Zini “Better Than A Kick In The Teeth” 1977 excellent US Private Hard Rock.
Very rare limited private issue of 500 from this 70’s Kansas City band with a great Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, and early raw Eagles sound. Some really fine songwriting and layered electric guitar textures round it this obscure LP nicely..
Here’s one of my guilty pleasures from the vast US private press scene. You may see Zini listed as ‘psych’ or some such nonsense elsewhere, but in actuality it’s classic '70s guitar-rock from the American heartland. Like bands such as Tree Fox or Stagefright, this works as a unique snapshot of the local reality these guys lived in, hanging out, cruising around their small hometown, listening to the Allman Bros and the Doobie Brothers, and trying to get something going with their own band. In that scene, this is a very solid, above-average record. The guitar-work is strong throughout, but the tracks that grab me most are the melodic things like the opener and “The Line Of Fire”. Not for everyone, but an album that holds a place in my private collection, unlike a lot of other more 'cool’ stuff. Not terribly easy to find..