Side One of FM kicks of with a lovers tune "Love Ballad" which is an ok song in a soul style, but not really what we want to hear!
"go to a place where there is happiness , whole lotta love & some conciousness,
teach the children so they will learn,
na skin up na grin up, play no ease up we haffe leave yah"
Track 2 has Freddie updating his own I'm A Revolutionist here called simply Revolution. He's done a fantastic job too, featuring some very polished playing by the band, with Chinna trading guitar licks with the horn players & once again some very nice keyboards over the rootsy but relaxed riddim.
"I'm a revolutionist I dread no deal with critisim
We are go repatriate
Track 3 Mark Of The Beast is a warning to beware of Satan & his evilous plans.
"Satan is a sly old fox if i catch him i'll lock him in a box"......
Track 4 brings us to the end of this 8 track LP & is Freddies rendition of the reggae standard "Mission Impossible".
To sum up, it's an excellent album, if a little on the short side, and apart from the lightweight 'Love Ballad' the other seven tracks are superb with some exemplary musicianship by the Soul Syndicate with a very 'roots but polished' production from Chinna Smith. Now for the bad part - & it is BAD! The pressing of this LP is atrocious, giving new meaning to the description "frying bacon"! What should be a highly polished roots album is marred by a terribly crackly pressing. By the middle of Mission Imposible when you should be enjoying a cool organ influenced groove your having the music drowned out by a noisy "Ssscrrrrch" on every revolution!
I haven't heard an 'original press' of this LP, my LP is more likely a repress from the 1990's & it, like several other LP's on the High Times label are ruined by the terrible sound quality. 'FM' definately needs to be reissued because underneath all that noise there is a great album, but until there is a clean pressing on CD or LP of this album i'd not be tempted to buy it unless i could listen first.
Side 1 Side 2