In their highly active time between 1967 and 1974 Agitation Free released just two albums. Then came the dissolution of the Berlin Kraut cult icons - almost exactly 40 years ago. In 1999 they got together again for a (rather disappointing) album.
Once again a supergroup is being celebrated: Stephen Stills joins in, Barry Goldberg founded The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, played as keyboardman at Bob Dylan's side and was involved in the record "Super Sessions" by Bloomfield and Stills in 1968. He did not meet Stills back then - both were only recently encouraged to work together by their joint manager. And Kenny Wayne Shepherd, with his 36 years half as old as his two companions, is a highly decorated blues guitarist and singer in the States. The three, who are supported by Kevin McCormick (bass) and Chris Layton (drums), have taken to their chest four original compositions, classics by Muddy Waters and Elmore James, hymns by Neil Young ("Rockin' In A Free World") and Iggy Pop ("Search And Destroy"). Every beat of the album, produced by ex-talking head Jerry Harrison, makes it clear why Stills is so euphoric ("I've waited my whole life for the guys"): The Rides refresh you with blues and blues rock that are not burdened with the dust of bygone eras.
Top track: Can't Get Enough Of Loving You