McGuinness Flint

When I'm Dead and Gone

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They boasted superb songwriting, a trio of distinctive vocalists, and proficiency on a wide range of instruments that they used to give their records rare depth and flavor. That may sound like a description of the Band, and England's McGuinness Flint (a spinoff from Manfred Mann's band) had much in common with the underappreciated American group, even recording an album's worth of Basement Tapes-era Dylan/Band songs (Lo and Behold). This album, a reissue of their first release with two bonus tracks, is full of rustic charm: the opening "Lazy Afternoon" has a pastoral feel, and "International" is soothingly introspective. They do get rowdy and danceable, though, on many of the album's tracks (the title track, "Bodang Buck" and "Who You Got to Love" in particular), and "Letting You Know" has a natural bluesiness.

Satisfying from beginning to end, this is truly one of the great unknown debut albums.