Whaaa, "Emergency" sucks? Sure, it doesn't really rank up there in substance or vision as the parallel work Paul did during the early 70s, but I still enjoy the song and it's a total manifestation of everything that is Marty Balin. I do have to say that it's hard for me to resist any Marty track though- even the god awful stuff Jefferson Starship stuff in the late 70s. I also believe "Drifting" was a great one that had potential.
I loved the performance of "Emergency" on "Go Ride the Music"- Jorma and Jack seemed to really get into the song as much as Marty did. Totally could have been a charting song, IMO. Far better than the somewhat similar "Up and Down", which comes off as very desperate and derivative. I don't think "Dresses" had much potential as an album song- one of those songs that would simply fall flat in the studio, like "Other Side of this Life" or "Mau Mau (Amerikon)". I do however enjoy the live performances- it's obviously much more jam oriented. I've never seen or heard of anybody possessing the studio recordings of "Emergency", "Dresses", or "Bludgeon".
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