Top 15 of 2007
I am among the minority that thinks Alive and Amplified was their best record. So, if we approach this as Sammy James Jr. first solo album (only one original member appears on this record while James wrote the entire record himself), I think this effort will fair better with the old school crowd. Have Mercy opens with "99%", starting out with a riff borrowed straight from Angus Young's playbook and joined with a back-up arrangement that was probably stolen from the black book of previous producer The Matrix. But what is borrowed and/or stolen does not hurt this record one bit. "Good Ol' Alcohol" plays like an R-rated basement classic that your least responsible uncle introduced you to back when you were knee-high while "Adam & Eve" is that lost soft rock classic that could become a guilty pleasure of both you and your parents. But don't call up Dad yet. Get yourself a few listens on your own or with your best pal before you share this gem of a rock album with pops.