The Doc Thomas Group

Doc Thomas Group

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This album would be of no interest whatsoever if two of its members had not gone on to Mott the Hoople in a few years. It's guitar-oriented R&B/soul in the mold of the Small Faces and (more obscurely) the Byrds, although lacking anything like the personality of those two outfits. The all-cover LP is heavy on well-trod soul tunes like "Rescue Me," "Barefootin'," "Harlem Shuffle," and "I Got You," done with enough spirit to convey the band's qualifications for playing clubs of the time. The vocals aren't so hot, though, and the drumming falters into near amateurishness from time to time. The album has been reissued in its entirety (and retitled The Italian Job) on a single-disc CD that also includes 15 tracks by a reunited version of the Silence, an unrecorded '60s band that went through various lineups and featured a few future members of Mott the Hoople.

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