Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team
When the OAKTeam
Comes to Town
If a flying saucer landed on our lawn tomorrow and the little green men asked, "What's rock-and-roll?", we'd hand them this disc. Terry Anderson doesn't try to reinvent the music, he just distills it to its glorious essence - fast, loud and, above all, fun - and he does it with an uproarious, hick-happy brilliance.
This live set serves up many of Anderson's greatest hits, or what should have been hits. (His best-known tunes were done by others and are not here - the Georgia Satellites' "Battleship Chains" and Dan Baird's "I Love You Period.") Anderson can do straight-up and melodic in winning fashion - see the likes of "Weather or Not" and "Sunday Dress." But most of the time the North Carolinian and his mighty OAKTeam are gleefully tearing up pea patches like "Daddy Had a Wreck" and "I Feel a Drunk Comin' On." The influences are obvious - NRBQ, Faces, Chuck Berry, etc. - but it's also clear how smartly and colorfully Anderson twists them to create his own indelible rock-and-roll personality.