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Rock - Released December 4, 2015 | Legacy Recordings

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Rock - Released June 11, 1965 | Legacy Recordings

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Rock - Released January 21, 1966 | Legacy Recordings

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Metal - Released October 30, 2020 | Steamhammer

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Metal - Released September 30, 2016 | Empire Records

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Lounge - Released March 14, 2016 | Rarity Music

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Progressive Rock - Released October 10, 2014 | ODL

Them in Reality kicks off with a version of Them's best known song, "Gloria," but anyone who doesn't recognize this as the same band that introduced Van Morrison's garage rock classic to the world is to be forgiven for not making the connection. Them in Reality was cut in 1971, long after Morrison had quit to go solo, and bassist Alan Henderson was the only original member still on board; after parting ways with Jerry Cole, who played guitar and drums as well as singing lead on Them's previous album, Henderson recruited guitarist Jim Parker and drummer John Stark, and their extended interpretation of "Gloria" (which segues into a similarly stretched out take of "Baby Please Don't Go") sounds more like a second-rate Cream knock-off than anything else. At least Them in Reality displayed a more distinct personality than 1970s Them, even if it is borrowed; Parker and Stark wrote most of the songs, and their sturdy hard rock jams allow Them to sound like a band rather than an under-funded studio project as they did with Cole. (They also managed to anticipate the opening guitar figure of "Sweet Home Alabama" by three years on "Let My Song Through.") But this music bears practically no relation to the hard-as-nails blues rock that was Them's calling card in the mid-'60s, and the recording of "Gloria" only makes it glaringly obvious that this is a different and far less satisfying kettle of fish. Them in Reality proved to be the group's last album, though Them's demise only made official something that anyone who had listened to this album already knew. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Progressive Rock - Released October 11, 2014 | ODL

Them's star attraction, Van Morrison, had been out of the group for four years by the time they released their self-titled sixth album in 1970, though when Them came out they barely qualified as a band -- bassist Alan Henderson was the sole holdover from the original lineup, and the only other member cited was American session musician Jerry Cole, who played guitar and drums as well as handling lead vocals. The tough blues-influenced rock of Them's early sides had been replaced a by a psychedelic-tinged garage sound, and the fuzzy report of Cole's guitar and the fevered (if somewhat mannered) sneer of his voice made for a better-than-average slice of West Coast studio-centric garage howling, though 1970 was pretty late in the game for this sort of stuff. Rumor has it that Ry Cooder and Jack Nitzsche are among the sessionmen helping out on this set, but if this is true neither brought their A-game to the studio for this project. The performances are pretty straightforward stuff, and while there's nothing inherently wrong with the execution, Them has the inescapable feel of a rush job, especially since it clocks in at under 29 minutes and features a whopping two original songs from Cole, no songwriting credits for Henderson, and covers of hits by the Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, and the Beau Brummels. If Them had been some budget-priced throwaway project from a handful of L.A. studio cats, it might qualify as a pleasant surprise, but as a latter-day release from one of the better bands of the British Invasion era, it's competent fun but wildly disappointing. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Pop - Released November 28, 2016 | Rarity Music

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Pop - Released June 13, 2016 | Rarity Music

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Pop - Released June 6, 2016 | Rarity Music

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Metal - Released June 7, 2019 | Steamhammer

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Pop - Released July 15, 2019 | Rarity Music

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Metal - Released October 26, 2018 | Steamhammer

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Rock - Released December 11, 2017 | Resnik Music Group

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Metal - Released September 7, 2018 | Steamhammer

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Pop - Released February 20, 2020 | Them

Rock - Released January 1, 2009 | Infierno Chileno Records

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Rock - Released July 12, 2017 | Resnik Music Group

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Pop - Released June 30, 2021 | Smallroom

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