National Flag ‎– Thank You & Goodnight

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Not On Label ‎– none
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Vinyl, LP, Stereo
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Tracklist

A1 Nervous
A2 Golden Olden Days Of Rock N Roll
A3 Captains Orders
A4 Harbor Lights
B1 Blowin' A Million
B2 If I Were A Carpenter
B3 Shine In My Sky
B4 Day Out
B5 Paradise Skies

Notes

Self-Released album in 1976.
Generic Sleeve with front and back artwork on sheets of paper glued in place, hence all album are wrinkled over the years from this glue, with some even developing glue-mold.
Blank Olive coloured Record Label with Sticker-Dots to indicate sides.
Runout Grooves Side A: [Diamond Symbol] followed by 1576 / IBCLP 3671 A
Runout Grooves Side B: [Diamond Symbol] followed by 1576 / IBCLP 3671 B

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streetmouse

streetmouse

January 5, 2017

I was on a layover flight in Paris, which would stop in the UK before heading onto NYC back in 1976, killing some time in the lounge, with everyone avoiding me, even eye contact, because of my military uniform, except for one guy with super long hair, who plopped down in the seat next to me. I just looked at him and the way he was dressed and said, "You've gotta be in a rock n' roll outfit." He smiled and said, "Yes," which lead to a 40 minute conversation about his band's music and the state of the recording industry at the time. Our time together continued onto the flight, and before he disembarked at London/Heathrow, he reached into his carryall and handed me a copy of Thank You & Goodnight, saying that he and his mates had self-published this bit of vinyl, and that I should enjoy it. And you know, for all these years I have.

Defined by their good time guitar licks and blazing rhythms, this delight from the UK seemed poised to hit the big time, yet never did. They’re a riveting combination of Grand Funk meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, combined with the sensibilities and smart lyrics of The Doobie Brothers, along with the swagger of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, on “Captain’s Orders.” Their lyrics are centered and upfront, relentlessly carried forward by instrumentation bound for fun in the sun and two pieced bathing suites.

If there was anything that lead to the demise of Nation Flag before they had even hit the charts, it was the rise of punk in England, where all at once bands like this found themselves out in the cold, with nowhere to go except for a self-pressing to promote themselves … in this case a limited quantity of 100 copies, making this album a first rate addition to any collection. Like Wishbone Ash, Nation Flag employed twin lead guitars that’s just savage and heavy enough, along with driving bass lines, to make this a stoner’s delight. The album has been remastered from the original tapes for CD, along with some extra tracks that are just as wasted and worthy.

*** The album was last up for public sale on the 9th of September 2012, selling for a staggering $1946US. The record jack was constructed of three parts: a blank generic sleeve onto which the front and rear artwork was physically glued to the jacket by the band members. You may find a super clean album, but all jackets over time have developed wrinkles, due to the glue used, often leading to a spotty molding that will need to be addressed. The record label is olive with no tracking information, just a dot sticker to distinguish one side from the other.

Runout Grooves Side A: [Diamond Symbol] followed by 1576 / IBCLP 3671 A
Runout Grooves Side B: [Diamond Symbol] followed by 1576 / IBCLP 3671 B

Review by Jenell Kesler