Includes 4 bonus tracks.
Recording information: Air Studios, London, England; Knowle Hall, Somerset; Mobile Studios, London, England; Olympic Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Julian Ruthven.
Family decided to call it quits, but wrapped it all up with a tour and this final album in 1973. IT'S ONLY A MOVIE finds them exiting in grand style. This set is full of wit, invention, surprise and punch-in-the-gut rocking. With new keyboardist Tony Ashton on board, the sound here is a natural progression from BANDSTAND, which also left some of the group's more florid forays by the wayside in favor of a beefier ensemble sound.
The streamlining left them tougher and fully able to tackle material that ranges from the honky-tonk of the title track and the sassy balladry of "Leroy," to the steamroller of "Boom Bang" and the funky "Sweet Desiree." Rare is the band that can close the book on their own career with an album ending song called "Check Out." It'll spin your head around in your own living room. You'll be standing on your couch crying for more, but that was all they wrote. One could start here and work backwards to their debut, or do it the other way around--either way the listener wins.