Head East ‎– Flat As A Pancake

A&M Records ‎– SP-4537
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Never Been Any Reason
Written-By – Somerville*
A2 One Against The Other
Written-By – Schlitt*
A3 Love Me Tonight
Written-By – Somerville*
A4 City Of Gold
Written-By – Huston*
A5 Fly By Night Lady
Written-By – Huston*
B1 Jefftown Creek
Written-By – Huston*
B2 Lovin' Me Along
Written-By – Somerville*
B3 Ticket Back To Georgia
Written-By – Huston*
B4 Brother Jacob
Written-By – Huston*

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Golden Voice Studios, Pekin, Illinois

All songs published by Zuckschank Music/Irving Music, Inc. (BMI) except:
B3 published by Terrace/Chet Music (ASCAP)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Label Side 1): SP-4811
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side 2): SP-4812
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Eched): T1 A&M SP4811-T1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Eched): T1 A&M SP4812-T1
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SP-4537 Head East Flat As A Pancake(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4537 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CD 3196 Head East Flat As A Pancake(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records CD 3196 US 1987 Sell This Version
SP-4537 Head East Flat As A Pancake(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4537 US 1975 Sell This Version
CS-4537 Head East Flat As A Pancake(Cass, Album, Tit) A&M Records CS-4537 US 1987 Sell This Version
SP-3196 Head East Flat As A Pancake(LP, Album, RE) A&M Records SP-3196 US Unknown Sell This Version


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October 17, 2017
Nothing objectionable.

Rock and roll. Nice and solid. Great opening act music. Great for driving on two lane roads in the Midwest or the Central Valley of CA, or anywhere there’s wide open agricultural spaces. Heading north on SR41 from Kettleman City to Stratford, or heading east (!) on Avenue 144 From Blanco to Plano, it’s nice driving music.

But ... not driving through ranchland, tho. Not ranchland, Monument Valley, desert, or Route 66 east of the Rockies. Or the Rockies. Or urban areas. Or the Northeast Corridor. Or the Capital Beltway. Not even Canada, or Mexico or England or Austrailia. And France ... completely out of the question. Serge Gainsbourg or April March for France, not Head East.

This is drive-alongside-the-fields-of-corn-or-alfalfa music. The Marshall Tucker Band meets Styx.

Interesting what keyboards can do, and the variety of keyboards makes this album straddle the Hammond organ-supported 60s-era rock and the 80s synth-driven new wave, although its soul is strictly 70s looking back to the 60s. The Moog drives the hit “Never Been Any Reason” and shows up again for a bridge toward the end of “Lovin’ Me Along” after 80% of the song was supported by the organ; the change catches the ear, but not necessarily in a “Hey, I belong in this song!” kind of way.

Aside from simple lyrics, there’s nothing objectionable about this album. While some albums are lyric-driven (think singer-songwriter bands), this is more music-driven in a way that the melody and rhythm tell the story more so than the lyrics. “Ticket Back to Georgia” is a nice ballad, and I don’t like ballads.

(They do try a story-song [good vs. evil] with “Brother Jacob,” but despite the nice harmonies The Marshall Tucker Band would’ve given “Brother Jacob” the drama and soul and immediacy a song with the devil inside requires.)

Their name may say Head East, but this is heartland rock. Up 1/2 star to 3 1/2.

(The word ‘nice’ was used three times in this review. See, nothing objectionable.)


December 3, 2015
edited over 2 years ago

I picked this up at a thrift store for a quarter as a joke b/c I liked the album art but every song turned out to be pretty good.


February 2, 2011
edited over 6 years ago