Released: July 1975
Chart Peak: #13
Weeks Charted: 16
Certified Gold: 9/20/77
On their first album, Outlaws lack not just a distinct identity but interesting material: Too many of the songs have been constructed literally (an unimaginatively) from formulas developed by others, particularly the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Thus, "Waterhole" and "Knoxville Girl" come off as stereotypical country-rock tunes, while "There Goes Another Love Song" has the stylistic framework -- but no the catchiness -- of L.A.-style harmony rockers.
The best cut on the second side is Hughie Thomasson's "Green Grass & High Tides," an unflaggingly intense ten-minute rock & roll opus that gives the group music on which to begin building a reputation.
- Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 9/25/75.
The Outlaws were a fairly consistent band, at least until relegated to the Southern-rock oldies circuit, so any album's as good as another. But the best is probably 1975's Outlaws, recorded when the group still seemed like it might develop into something more than just another boogie band. * * *
- Brian Mansfield, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.
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