Thundermug Strikes [Epic]

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In one of those confusing instances where albums are issued with the same title in different countries, the American LP titled Thundermug Strikes (on Epic) has a substantially different track listing than the Canadian one called Thundermug Strikes (on Axe). Though the Canadian version of Thundermug Strikes is their actual debut full-length album, the U.S. version is actually a compilation of tracks from their first two Canadian LPs, the original Thundermug Strikes and its follow-up, Orbit. It did a reasonable job of representing the sound of this Canadian hard rock band, including some of its better-known tracks with "Africa," "Orbit," "Garden Green," "Jane J James," and a cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me." It might be worth checking out for those who like their early-'70s hard rock with pop/rock influences, decent vocal harmonies, and unusual song construction. If you're serious enough to seek out anything by Thundermug, however, it would make the most sense to try finding the actual first two Canadian albums, rather than settle for this abridged single-disc version of their first pair of LPs.

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