Probably better remembered for their artwork than for the sheer dynamite of their music, Nutz were three ridiculously underachieving albums into their career when local Radio Trent captured them live, one evening in March 1977. But Tightened Up remains the sound of a band that was so close to breaking through that there were times when you could taste it. Blistering rock on funky backdrops, and pushing a serious prog intent into the kind of territory that Queen once toyed with, Nutz were one of the hottest bands around in the years before punk rock rose to sweep their generation to oblivion, and they retained those energies for a while afterwards. Tightened Up was recorded within much the same time frame as Nutz's final album, the Live Cutz set, and pumping out side by side, they take you effortlessly back to a time when the only people who didn't like Nutz were…nuts.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson