Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, 'The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away'
The real hook here is that Jimi Hendrix produced The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away – one of only two non-Jimi albums he would produce in his lifetime. The Street Giveth produced the band's lone Top 40 hit "Good Old Rock and Roll," a medley of Fifties rock songs. Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys were also part of the famed Toronto Rock & Roll Revival concert in September 1969 that featured the Doors, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and, in a surprise appearance, Plastic Ono Band. The Seventies didn't provide the same opportunities for Cat Mother, and by 1977, the band had split for good.
What We Said Then: "This is the kind of set that makes all the hours and money spent on useless, pretentious Art Rock so worthwhile… For all their talent and inspiration as musicians, it is impossible to speculate whether Cat Mother will ever make a permanent contribution to rock & roll. It doesn't matter. It is often these non-innovative, journeymen groups who put out the most comfortable and consistently listenable sounds… This is one of those rare albums which knocks you out the very first time you hear it, but sustains itself as well, by virtue of its honest exuberance, lucid musical sensibility and propulsive drive." By Lester Bangs, August 9th 1969