Artful Dodger - Honor Among Thieves - Columbia 1976

Artful Dodger - Babes on Broadway - front cover

front cover

Artful Dodger - Babes on Broadway - rear cover

rear cover


Music - 4 stars

We need to make a point. Artful Dodger isn't comparable to the Raspberries, Badfinger, Big Star, Todd Rundgren or any other band of the 70's.
This is a rock group in a class by itself.

Side one of Babes On Broadway is somewhat Beatlesque, but we think it pays homage to the most influential band of the twentieth century. The songs are still very definable Artful Dodger, and in a class by themselves.

As usual the rhythm section cooks, guitar solo's are taut and tuneful and Palisell's vocals are unique.
The one cover lets the band put it's imprimatur on Eddie Cochrans's "C'mon Everybody" If you are able to find this album you'll hear "Mistake" one of AD'S greatest tunes.

At the end of 1977, Artful Dodger found itself out on the street without a record deal and an uncertain future.
If this was to be it, what a legacy they left; three rock and roll albums that sound as fresh today as they did in 1977, and an indomitable creative spirit!