Terry Knight & the Pack

Terry Knight & the Pack

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"I (Who Have Nothing)" was a regional hit for Terry Knight & the Pack, and there's good reason for Ben E. King, Tom Jones, and even Sylvester to have seen more chart action from the Lieber/Stoller/Donida/Mogol composition -- Terry Knight was not a very good singer. Outside of the minor hit, which is more efficiently produced than the other 11 tunes, this album boasts a wonderfully precise '60s sound. Had Mark Farner sang these tunes, this album and Reflections by Terry Knight & the Pack would be much sought-after collectors items. The worst of the disc is "What's on Your Mind," one of eight originals by Terry Knight which plays like a poor man's Small Faces, but the cover of Sonny Bono's "Where Do You Go" and the Pack's rendition of "You're a Better Man Than I" at least show some kind of taste in song selection. "I've Been Told" sounds like Knight rewrote the Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire," while the cover of "Lady Jane" is evidence enough why Mick Jagger was the star and Terry Knight a man better suited to creating the hard rock phenomenon known as Grand Funk Railroad in a management/production/PR role. With Bobby Caldwell on drums, who would later join Captain Beyond, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, and others, along with Don Brewer and Mark Farner of Grand Funk, this album and other material by the Pack indeed do become unique historical documents of the evolution of one of America's most important hard rock outfits. An instrumental version of this recording would be very appealing. Like the band Pavlov's Dog, excellent music is not only hampered by vocals that just can't cut it, the voice of Terry Knight is so lacking in emotion, finesse, and passion that it disrupts the listening experience. Those who find a copy of this record are advised to keep it sealed.

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