The Fabulous Rhinestones
The Fabulous Rhinestones - Just Sunshine 1972

Music - 5 stars

The Fabulous Rhinestones
Freewheeling - Just Sunshine 1973

Music - 5 stars

The Rhinestones
The Rhinestones 20th Century 1975

Music - 5 stars

See also - Illinois Speed Press

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Kal David teams up with Harvey Brooks formerly of the Electric Flag. The result is a cool carefree sophisticated album of first rate rock with a strong blues accent. This band has terrific chops. The rhythm section with Brooks and Greg Thomas percolates perfectly, and though Kal David's guitar solos are short they are top notch. Marty Grebb fills out the groups sound with distinctive keyboard work. Kal David's stylish vocals are truly memorable and it all adds up to a cheerful, laid back, very attractive record. The original release comes in a good looking gatefold cover.
Strongly recommended by Vinyl History.com.

- Allan J Moore

The Fabulous Rhinestones Freewheeling - front cover

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It’s to their credit that this group didn't reprise the first album here. Yes the Rhinestones have already developed a signature sound but they've brought in an A-team of guests to flesh out some more terrific songs and the result is another big winner. Some of the distinguished guests are David Sandborn {Alto Sax}, Randy Brecker{Trumpet}, Michael Brecker {Tenor Sax} and Barry Rogers {Trumpet}. Joe Walsh programs the Arps. Of notable interest is a nice piece of jazz fusion called "Whitecaps.", It's a perfect ending to a bright and very worthy record.

- Allan J Moore

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They've dropped the Fabulous from their name but one can't remove it from their music. This is the funkiest album they made. They've stepped out of core group, did a few covers, and brought in some outside players. Among the many new contributers are Brian Auger [Organ], Eric Kaz [Arp String Ensemble] and Bill Curtis on congas. Kal David's vocals are super fine and the background vocals are flawless. This is just great stuff. If you like The Average White Band,Hall & Oats, or the music released on Philly International in the heyday of the 70's you are going to like this record. For the Rhinestones it's another one in the winners circle.

- Allan J Moore