Atlanta Rhythm Section – Underdog (Remastered) (1979/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 37:41 minutes | 746 MB | Genre: Southern Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polydor

Released in 1979, this is another excellent album that continued ARS’ popular success and documents the band continuing to make quality music-even though the critical and popular tide that had swelled through the late 1970s had reached its peak. The album features eight original songs, one of them incorporating a well known Ashford & Simpson song. The tone of this collection is softer, as only a couple of songs truly rock out, but the songwriting and musicianship continues at the superior levels the group had established previously. While two songs would break out as singles, overall it’s another superior set of tunes.

The material and performances are consistently strong thoughout the album, and along with a mix of tempos create a beautiful work from beginning to end. Do It or Die provides a pop musical mission statement to open and leads into the rock of Born Ready and the blues of I Hate the Blues/Let’s Go Get Stoned. While Time is Left is a musical masterpiece, and It’s Only Music and Spooky gradually slow the pace and carry the set home to a personal close.

01. Do It Or Die
02. Born Ready
03. I Hate The Blues / Let’s Go Get Stoned
04. Indigo Passion
05. While Time Is Left
06. It’s Only Music
07. Spooky
08. My Song

Buddy Buie – vocals, background vocals
Ronnie Hammond – vocals
Barry Bailey – acoustic and electric guitar
James B. Cobb – Jr., guitar, percussion, background vocals
Paul Goddard – bass, double bass
Roy Yeager – drums, percussion
Robert Nix – background vocals, drums
Dean Daughtry – keyboards