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As always, "Hey Pachuco" is the featured track here. RCR's biggest "hit" clocks in at eight and a half minutes, but only after featuring amazing solos from trumpeter Scott Steen, bassist Veikko Lepisto and drummer Daniel Glass. Vocalist Eddie Nichols is the perennial persona--his personality reverberating as he sings, scats and snickers through all the songs. He serves as a true bandleader, paving the way with a sense of humor. The musicians follow suit as they incorporate licks from The Brady Bunch, The Flintstones and Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze."

Not that the only songs worth hearing are improvisational. There's definitely room for a few of the more familiar arrangements. Three tracks from Mugzy's Move--"Datin' With No Dough," "Honey Child" and "Park's Place"--are equally impressive because they closely approximate studio perfection.

Still, RCR built its reputation through years of touring, not from studio albums. It's no surprise that such a history would provide for more memorable live performances. For its fans, Caught in the Act is just the ticket.

--Mr. Peabody

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