CD cover photo by Andrew Orth
STEVE ROWLAND REVIEW HOLDING TOGETHER MAGAZINE (U.K.)
A Crook's Best Friend' - LAuren (own label,
Full marks if you recognise the title as a Joey Covington number (from the 'Fat Fandango' phase of his career). LAuren (the big LA is for
In addition to the four songs just mentioned and the title-track, LAuren also covers Covington's "Pretty As You Feel" (from 'Bark'), "Your Heart Is My Heart" (also from 'Fat Fandango'), "Visions" and "At The Right Time"; "(Baby) I'm Amazed", which opens the set, is credited to Covington and Taines and the whole thing finishes with an extended bonus version of "Whatever A Woman Does Is Always Right". LAuren's band revolves around Paul Shortino (guitars/ bass/background vocals/co-production), Mitch Perry (guitars), Sean McNabb (bass). Ray Hemandez (drums),J. T. Garrett (
What can I tell you? That LAuren is one ballsy lady -anyone who sings "I don't wear no panties, just don't think it's wrong" is going to be a pretty raunchy proposition and she doesn't hold back. The songs are declaimed, perhaps, rather than sung - but that's not to say LAuren can't sing... she does so most affectingly on the ballad "Your Heart Is My Heart" and on "Visions", but balladry isn't what she's really about.
This lady wants to rock the axis and no messing. The musicianship is a powerhouse classic rock line up, funky on the likes of "Pretty As You Feel" (which Covington insisted on doing in a different vein from the Airplane version) and "I Wear My Dresses Too Short", solid on "Hideout" and absolutely incendiary on the album's stand-out track "The Bludgeon Of The Bluecoat" which rivals anything the Sex Pistols ever did in its adrenalin-fuelled onslaught. You have to have quite a voice to impose yourself on top of that musical maelstrom but Lauren takes it in her stride and just imposes herself on the songs.
Her album has been on repeat play in the astral maisonette through the summer. It's such a blast to have these songs available again, to hear "Emergency" delivered with a sexy urgency, "Whatever A Woman Does" sung imperiously and "Bludgeon Of The Bluecoat" finally getting out to an audience despite being banned from the 'JALY' box set. To acquire a copy of the album - and it ought to be mandatory for any self-respecting Airplane fan - go to www.LAlauren.com from where you can purchase 'Hideout Is A Crook's Best Friend' with confidence by credit card or by PayPal. (sr)
1. (Baby) I’m Amazed (Covington/Taines) mp3
2. Pretty As You Feel (Covington/Shortino/Kaukonen/Casady) mp3
Your Heart Is My Heart (
4. Emergency (Balin) mp3
5. I Wear My Dresses Too Short (Balin) mp3
Hideout Is A Crook’s Best Friend (
Whatever A Woman Does (Is Always Right!) (
(formerly called Whatever The Old Man Does Is Always Right!)
The Bludgeon of the Bluecoat aka The Man (
10. At The
Rite Time (
11. Whatever A Woman Does (Is Always
Right!) extended jam (
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