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Artful Dodger, 'The Complete Columbia Recordings'

14. Artful Dodger, 'The Complete Columbia Recordings'

This two-CD set contains three albums by a mid-Seventies power-pop quintet that, if fortune had been the least bit kinder, you would find listed in the historical record with Big Star, Badfinger and the Raspberries. Instead, Artful Dodger hit every possible landmine in the road out of Fairfax, Virginia: booking agents that put them on shows with Iron Butterfly and Ted Nugent; a label distracted by the sudden, runaway success of another artist (Bruce Springsteen); a parade of surefire FM-radio hits – three alone on 1975's Artful Dodger: the Aerosmith-from-Liverpool action of "Wayside," the '67-Who-ish "Follow Me" and the ballad-with-balls "It's Over" – that couldn't get past the station receptionists. This story should have turned out differently; here is everything you need to understand why.

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