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Outlaws, The - 1978 Playin' To Win
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on April 05 2017, In 1978 Articles , 1 Comment , 351 Reads , Print

ARTIST: Outlaws, The
ALBUM: Playin' To Win
LABEL: Arista
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Billy Jones - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals * Hughie Thomasson - lead guitar, pedal Steel guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals * Freddie Salem - lead guitar, slide guitar, vocals * Harvey Dalton Arnold - bass * Mike Duke - keyboards * David Dix - drums, congas, percussion * Monte Yoho - drums, percussion * Robert John 'Mutt' Lange - production * Rodney Mills - engineer

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take It Any Way You Want * 02 Cry Some More * 03 You Are The Show * 04 If Dreams Came True * 05 A Real Good Feeling * 06 Love At First Sight * 07 Falling Rain * 08 You Can Have It * 09 Dirty City

WEBLINKS: www.outlawsmusic.com

We've written about this band previously, but haven't really focused on their busiest period, which was between 1975 and 1980. There have been a consistent slew of releases, including a double live set, and now this 1978 LP 'Playin' To Win' gets a 2017 CD reissue from Rock Candy Records. In fact, 1978 was the year which saw both this studio effort and the aforementioned Live album 'Bring It Back Alive' being released by Arista Records, and strange as it seems, both reissued on Rock Candy. Maybe we'll see more Outlaws albums get the RC treatment into the future.

The Songs
So what of 'Playin' To Win'? It was released during the heyday of southern rock. 1978 was indeed a busy period for many bands during this timeframe, and The Outlaws were right up there. Being their fourth album, the band had lost Henry Paul, who had decided to form his own outfit the Henry Paul Band, which became a successful band in their own right. Produced by 'Mutt' Lange' at Doraville's Studio One (home to many successful bands and albums recorded there), this 9 set offering moved away from the Outlaws country base as heard on the prior three albums, toward something more purely southern rock. For instance, 'Cry No More' picks a few choice cuts from the Allman Brothers, while 'Love At First Sight' is a captivating rocker which provides some tell-tale signs of their commercial future. The album contains three ballads: 'You Are The Show', 'If Dreams Come True' and the twangy 'Fallin' Rain'. Considering the album contains nine tracks, three ballads is probably (in the words of AC/DC) a touch too much.

In Summary
Thankfully, the album's tracks are relatively short. No 8 minute extravaganza's here, which make 'Playin' To Win' very digestible. I have to be in the right mood to play an album like this, usually a glass of Whiskey or Southern Comfort in hand, but when I'm on, southern albums can be queued up for hours on end. As mentioned earlier, I hope for more Outlaws reissues, maybe one of my favourites; 1980's 'Ghost Riders'..

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#1 | Eric on April 05 2017 02:20:54
I seem to remember this clogging cut-out bins for several years. I dunno, I think they had peaked a year or two earlier and started riding the downward slide.....
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