Don Covay recorded with the Rainbows, the Soldier Boys, the Goodtimers, the Soul Clan, and solo as Pretty Boy, and his recording career experienced a mini revival via his first Mercury album, Superdude. Hot Blood was supposed to continue the roll and take Covay to even higher planes. He even managed to get his old friends the Isley Brothers to contribute some liner notes. Things look promising when "It's Better to Have (And Don't Need)" started picking up airplay on R&B stations; the gritty soul tune remains vibrant these days on numerous websites and still screams with passion. But a second (and Covay's final) Mercury single, "Rumble in the Jungle," a play on the name of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's celebrated boxing match, didn't live up to its title and hardly created a stir, let alone any rumblings. Then Mercury inexplicably dropped the ball, wasting tracks like "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste," "What's Good to You (Don't Have to Be Good for You)," the title track, and "Sexy Lady."
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton