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Mother’s Finest: Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beasts

Veteran Georgians return to their roots.

Best known in the mid-70s as a dangerous opening act specialising in a brand of funky hard rock fronted by the raucous Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy, Atlanta’s Mother’s Finest were left stranded when hard-core dance and hip hop made them seem redundant, though, as their album Black Radio Won’t Play This Record stated, they wouldn’t go down without a fight.

With the central core of the original MF still around, their latest disc retains the old blend: deep soul grooves and lashings of guitars that make them sound like an R&B Marshall Tucker Band on Shut Up and spiritual renegades on Cling To The Cross.

The remainder is passionate if seldom as engaging, but Kennedy remains a force of nature./o:p

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Max Bell worked for the NME during the golden 70s era before running up and down London’s Fleet Street for The Times and all the other hot-metal dailies. A long stint at the Standard and mags like The Face and GQ kept him honest. Later, Record Collector and Classic Rock called.