Target - 'Target' / 'Captured' Hot

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If you're going to buy one of these then 'Captured' will serve you best, but to be honest the smart move is to get both.

Way back in the mid-seventies, Target came to us all the way from Memphis with a couple of albums that became legendary for both the quality of the songs and the introduction of their young singer... one Jimi Jamison. With an appreciation of British Blues Rockers such as Free, the band tried and succeeded in delivering two albums of similar fayre.

Perhaps the best example of Target's British Blues idolatry is on the self-titled debut with 'Let Me Live', a track that would not be at all out of place on a Free or Bad Company greatest hits package. Jamison delivers his vocals like he was Paul Rodgers understudy here, although it's nice to see him start to develop his own style elsewhere, particularly on the second album. 'Captured' saw the band show a little maturity in their song-writing, although the basic template is still adhered to, and Jamison's vocals are stepped up a notch to help Target become more of their own band than a bunch of Brit Blues wannabes. Take the very catchy Blues of 'Maybe In Time' as an example – it's a cracking song with vocals that are a marked variation from those on the debut. As good as the debut is (and it's a great album), 'Captured' takes what worked and runs with it, resulting in a first class example of seventies Blues Rock.

As usual with Rock Candy releases, it's not just about the original album, although the re-mastering has resulted in the usual high quality sound that belies the age of the album. Each disc also comes with a nice booklet stuffed with photos and an informative essay by Malcolm Dome, and for me that's one of the best things about Rock Candy, as there's nothing like enjoying the album whilst reading all about it at the same time. On top of all this there's the usual bonus tracks, with two live recordings on the debut and an impressive six (recorded in 1978) on 'Captured'.

In conclusion, if you're going to buy one of these then 'Captured' will serve you best, but to be honest the smart move is to get both.

Alan Holloway

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