George Porter, Jr.

Runnin' Partner

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Guitarist/vocalist George Porter's connection to the Meters probably got him this album deal, and that link was even cited in his identification on the credits. While the music is basically satisfactory and his guitar playing outstanding, the arrangements, lyrics, and lead vocals seldom equal the high levels of Porter's work with the Meters. There is a disturbingly generic quality that makes most of these tunes instantly forgettable, and while the instrumentals have more spark, they also lack the extra edge to separate them from studio throwaways. If anything, this record proves that great session players don't automatically make good featured artists.

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