First Cut: Gas

Well they can’t all have started with classics. While this instrumental cut to “Rhythm Hips” is far from terrible, it also doesn’t quite stand out in the manner some of the other first cuts really stand out. Even the B side “Action Line” doesn’t save this one. Both sides are credited to Eric Barnet but the B side is actually the Versalites. Lucky for us collectors, the label didn’t take too long to make up for this lackluster release as pretty quickly solid cuts from the likes of The Melodians and Pat Kelly weren’t long in coming. For sheer class nothing on the label beats Pat Kelly’s “How Long Will It Take/If It Don’t Work out” monster but The Slickers “Ba Ba” backed with Glen Adams “Power Cut” is a close second. The featured single, as well as the Pat Kelly one mentioned, can both be found on the cheap and in great condition for those interested.


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