Just Water

The Riff

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It's hard to know what to make of New York band Just Water's only LP, issued in 1977 with a homemade cover and a pressing of 2,500 copies. Although in some ways it's more or less conventional, album-oriented mid-'70s rock, it was too quirky to fit into that era's mainstream. On the other hand, it was way too conventional to fit into the early New York punk and new wave of the period, though the group did play CBGB at the time. For much of the record, they actually sound a little like an indie Who, relying on a similar power chord/pummeling drum/anthemic lyrical approach without anything on the order of tunes as strong as the Who themselves. Just Water have a bit more of a power pop feel than the '70s Who, though, and the subject matter is a little more in the novelty-trivial arena. The entire album is included on the three-CD compilation Downtown and Brooklyn: The Complete Recordings, which also includes a wealth of additional material, most of it previously unreleased, that Just Water recorded in the mid- to late '70s.

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