These 18 tracks (all but one of them actually recorded between 1976 and 1978) might be of more interest to specialized fans than demos usually are, as many of the songs didn't make it onto Crawler's two albums. (The sole 1975 track, "Sweet, Sweet Judy," is more a Rabbit Bundrick solo boogie that happened to feature the other members of Crawler, cut shortly before Bundrick joined the band.) The sound is good and the performances not much different, indeed often barely different, from what you would expect of studio sounds from that era, though sometimes the sound is thin and boxy. The catch is that the music isn't very interesting, though it's not terrible. It's average, perhaps slightly sub-average, mid-'70s blues-flavored British rock. It sounds more like a support band for Free than Free itself, but there are similarities, particularly in the more downbeat material, like "Sweet Sister," "Sail On," and "Cold, Cold World."
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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger