Primal Scream: Bobby Gillespie, Denise Johnson (vocals); Robert Young, Andrew Innes (guitar); Martin Duffy (keyboards).
Additional personnel: George Clinton, Jackie Johnson, Susan Marshall (vocals); Charlie Jacobs (harmonica); Amp Fiddler, Jim Dickinson, Benmont Tench (keyboards); George Drakoulias (bass, drums); Henry Olsen, Marco Nelso (bass); Roger Hawkins, Tony Brock, Toby Tomanov (drums); Greg Morrow, David Minnick (percussion).
The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet).
Recorded at Ardent Studio, Memphis, Tennessee and Ocean Way Studio, Hollywood, California.
Before transforming into druggy dance-groovers with 1990's awesome and influential acid-house single "Loaded," Primal Scream, led by vocalist/ex-Jesus and Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, started life as a crew of anorak-wearing guitar-popsters in the mid-'80s UK tradition of The Pastels or The Television Personalities. Four years later, Primal Scream reinvented itself once again. The cover's images of a neon Confederate flag and a photo of late Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel scream the band's intent: GIVE OUT BUT DON'T GIVE UP is a '70s-style Southern rock album given a massive infusion of funk. Recorded at Memphis' legendary Ardent Studios by Black Crowes mastermind George Drakoulias, and featuring guest spots by everyone from George Clinton to Tom Petty sideman Benmont Tench, the album mixes its musical metaphors well. The clear highlight is "Rocks," a brilliant stomping single that sounds so much like the Faces that Rod Stewart himself later covered it.
Entertainment Weekly (4/15/94, p.62) - Rating: B+
NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.23) - Ranked #32 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'