Various Sucking The 70's

One of the most ambitious compilations ever, this two-CD set collects a whopping 35 stoner/riff-rock bands covering old '70s hits and chestnuts. Roadsaw's phenomenal take on one-hit wonders the Ides Of March's "Vehicle" and Clutch's spirited version of Jethro Tull's "Cross Eyed Mary" are worth the sticker price alone, but coupled with Novadriver's ultra-catchy slant on T. Rex's "20th Century Boy" (recently re-popularised via car commercials) and Kyuss/Unida bassist Scott Reeder playing all instruments and singing on Sugarloaf's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You," this makes for serious fun. Mind you, not all the tunes are worth their salt: Suplecs flounder through Rush's venerable "Working Man"; Spirit Caravan make Black Sabbath's "Wicked World" seem rather long in the tooth; and Porn (the Men Of) completely transform Neil Young's "Out On The Weekend" into unlistenable sludge. But a few nuggets - Throttlerod's "Black Betty" (Ram Jam), Fireball Ministry's "Doctor Doctor" (UFO), Hangnail's "Bron-Yr-Stomp" (Led Zeppelin), and ATP's "Hymn 43" (Jethro Tull) - even out the rough spots left by Los Natas, Milligram, Raging Slab, and Disengage. Though the package could use a trimming down to one disc, Sucking The 70's is indeed an excellent smorgasbord of an era dominated by the mighty FM radio. (Small Stone)