CHARLIE -- Fight Dirty / Good Morning America (Renaissance)

Fight Dirty was probably the most consistent of all the Charlie albums. The first two songs--"Killer Cut" and the title track--are some of the best things the band ever recorded. Arnie Lawrence's alto sax on the title track and "Heartless" is outstanding. Good Morning America was a major disappointment after the great songs on Fight Dirty. The only track worth mentioning on the album was the cover of the Couchois tune, "Roll the Dice." Luckily, the reissue makes up for the lack of good material with three unlisted (and otherwise unavailable) bonus tracks--"Fantasy Girls," "It's Inevitable" and "Never Too Late." All three songs are alternate mixes.

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© 1997 Steve Marshall