Here's another release from Louisiana's Potliquor. By 1979, the band had undergone noticable changes both with an overhaul of the entire lineup(minus bassist Guy Schaeffer) and the band's musical direction. Where classic Potliquor were drenched in gospel influenced southern rock, this reborn lineup were aiming more for Allman Brothers territory. Along with a lineup change, the band also found a new home at Capitol Records, which presented greater career possibilities than their previous contract with the smaller Janus label. Whether this change prompted mass resistance is not known, but surely fans were divided when the singles from this effort hit the airwaves later that year. It is known that the band toured for a year or so before collapsing completely. Members went on to work in various bands as well as pursuing other interests outside of the business.
So how does it stand up to the Potliquor legacy? It doesn't one way or the other. It's a whole ball of wax in its own right. With Ratzlaff's bellowing voice out of the equation, Potliquor's sound has adopted a more radio friendly style, that is admittedly more faceless than their previous work. In spite of this setback, there are some great moments captured here with a smoother and more refined sound at the forefront. Though the album did manage to net the band airplay in southern markets , it failed to meet both critical and consumer expectations. It's a shame, because taken on its own, "Potliquor" is a decent southern rock effort. Take a quick listen and judge for yourself.
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