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posted a review of Trapeze - You Are The Music ...We're Just The Band. about 1 year ago
Trapeze's third collection found the roster still operating as a trio featuring singer/guitarist Mel Galley, drummer Dave Holland, and singer/bassist Glenn Hughes.  

Having bought a number of Trapeze albums from their latter catalog before this one ... See full review
posted a review of Odyssey (23) - Electric One. over 2 years ago
So, without a doubt, here's one of the holy grails in the tax scam genre. I've looked thorough various hardcopy and on line reference materials, but have never found a review of this LP, let alone another photo of this late-1970s slice of soul and ... See full review
posted a review of Whitney Sunday - Whitney Sunday. over 3 years ago
Originally known as The Friends of Whitney Sunday, this Pennsylvania-based band had a couple of years of club and touring experience under their belts when they were signed by Capitol where they released a pair of late-'60s 45s:

- 1969's 'Hey Joe (Part ... See full review
posted a review of The Petards - Burning Rainbows. over 3 years ago
I'm not a Petards scholar, but as I understand the story, 1970 saw singer/lead guitarist Bernd Wippich joining the band as a replacement for Klaus Ebert. The following year the group went into the studio recording material for their projected fourth ... See full review
posted a review of Joe Simon - Mood, Heart And Soul. over 4 years ago
Risqué cover there Mr. Simon ... By my count 1974's "Mood, Heart and Soul" was Joe Simon's tenth studio set in eight years. Continuing his collaboration with long-time producer Brad Shapiro, as good as Simon's voice was, by the time this one was ... See full review
posted a review of Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear. over 4 years ago
It's funny but I can remember walking into a local record store (yes, I'm old enough to remember record stores) and literally seeing piles of this album sitting in the clearance section. Stores literally could not give this double album set away ... ... See full review
posted a review of Rory Gallagher - Against The Grain. over 4 years ago
At least to my ears 1975's self-produced and aptly-titled "Against the Grain" was a major surprise. For a guy who had always prided himself on his non-commerciality (I'm guessing that was the inspiration for the title), the album came off as quite ... See full review
posted a review of Good Rats - Live At Last. over 4 years ago
So I may be the only person outside of New York who owns the first six Good Rats studio albums. While each of those studio sets had something going for them (1974's "Tasty" being my choice for the best of the lot), by and large those albums were ... See full review
posted a review of Crow (4) - Best Of Crow. over 6 years ago
An eleven track compilation, 1972's "The Best of Crow" pulled together five out of the band's seven 1969-71 era singles. Missing in action were 1970's 'Slow Down' and 'Watching Can Waste Up Time'. Given the band's limited catalog (they'd only recorded ... See full review
posted a review of Silk (24) - Smooth As Raw Silk. over 6 years ago
This short-lived Cleveland-based outfit is probably best known for having served as a springboard for singer/guitarist Michael Stanley Gee of future Michael Stanley band fame. 

Like half of the teenagers in the United States, by 1965 the combination of ... See full review
posted a review of Muscle Shoals Horns - Born To Get Down. over 6 years ago
As the Muscle Shoals Horns, trumpet player Harrison Calloway, sax player Ronnie Lee Eades, trombonist Charles Rose, and sax player Harvey Thompson had been playing together since the mid-1960s. Over that timeframe they literally supported thousands of ... See full review
posted a review of Mark Eric - A Midsummer's Day Dream. over 6 years ago
So this one sounds so hokey that it could be the plot to one of those Hallmark television specials. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mark Eric Malmborg was the stereotyped Southern California teenager - blond, tanned, good looking, great teeth, complete ... See full review
posted a review of Clydie King - Direct Me. over 6 years ago
Over the years King had worked with both Vennetta Fields and Sherlie Matthews. They'd done sessions work together in various combinations and Matthews co-wrote a song King had recorded ('My Love Grows Deeper'). In 1968 Matthews approached Fields and ... See full review
posted a review of Coldwater Stone - Defrost Me. over 6 years ago
Hiding behind the Coldwater Stone name, 1973's "Defrost Me" was actually the work of the late Freddy Briggs. Soul aficionados will recognize Briggs for his work as a songwriter and producer (plus the fact he was married to the late Kimberley ... See full review
posted a review of Party Hats - Party Hats. over 6 years ago
Unlike many Baby Grand releases, 1979's "Party Hats" actually had some information on the liner notes:

- The album was recorded at Dirk Dalton Studios in Santa Monica, California
- Dennis Dreith, Ron Fair and Joe Romano shared arranging and conducing ... See full review
posted a review of NRBQ - RC Cola And A Moon Pie. over 6 years ago
For various reasons, including the sheer length of their recording career, as well as the multitude of labels they've been on, NRBQ's discography is kind of a mess. No matter how you look at it, 1986's 1986, "RC Cola and a Moon Pie" was an odd addition ... See full review
posted a review of The Barons (5) - Small Town Revival. over 6 years ago
Produced by The Barons, 1976's "Small Town Revival" found the band opting to showcase a largely original set of material. And like the earlier album, the results were mixed. On the positive side, Charles and Anderson were both decent singers, capable ... See full review
posted a review of West (11) - West. over 6 years ago
West's self-titled 1968 debut isn't particularly rare and it isn't particularly original, but I'll readily admit to enjoying some of the album's country-rock moves.

Having previously recorded a couple of singles with The Untouchables and Captain Zoom ... See full review
posted a review of Joe South - The Joe South Story. over 6 years ago
With Joe South having scored a string of late-1969s and early-1970s radio hits, it was only natural that record labels would jump at the opportunity to latch on to his sudden popularity. MGM's Mine subsidiary was one of the labels willing to cash-in on ... See full review
posted a comment on Sleepy Hollow (4) - Sleepy Hollow. over 6 years ago
Slapping an album with a Beatles comparison is usually the equivalent of an artistic and commercial kiss of death. Luckily, this was one of those rare cases where the comparison actually had some basis.

Recorded at Philadelphia International's ... See full review
posted a review of Sam Samudio - Sam, Hard And Heavy. over 6 years ago
Best known as front man and lead singer for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, following the band's late-1960s collapse, Domingo "Sam" Samudio signed a solo deal with Atlantic. Released in 1971, in case you couldn't figure it out from the cover photo with a ... See full review
posted a review of String Driven Thing - The Machine That Cried. over 6 years ago
Having generated considerable attention with their 1972 debut, virtually all of the band's momentum disappeared when front man Chris Adams found himself in the hospital with a collapsed lung. During what should have been a three month recuperative ... See full review
posted a comment on Stray Dog (3) - Stray Dog. over 6 years ago
Drummer Randy Reeder, bassist Alan Roberts, and lead guitarist Snuffy Walden started their musical partnership as members of the Texas-based blues-rock band Aphrodite. Formed in 1968, the trio spent five years touring extensively throughout the mid-west ... See full review
posted a review of Joe Thomas - Is The Ebony Godfather. over 6 years ago
Given he's best known as a jazz flautist, I didn't have very high expectations for this 1972 Joe Thomas' album. Only having heard a little bit of Thomas work before, I guess I was expecting to hear something along the lines of one of those lame Herbie ... See full review
posted a review of Spooner Oldham - Pot Luck. over 6 years ago
So why would this obscurity be so expensive? Well, seemingly because it is so obscure ... as far as I know it only recently saw CD reissue on the Korean Big Pink Music label (paired with Oldham's "Spare Change" album) and as far as I can tell, you're ... See full review
posted a review of Sly Stone - Ten Years Too Soon. over 6 years ago
I own some truly bizarre albums and one of the strangest has to be this 1979 remix collection - "Ten Years Too Soon".

Anyhow, here's what Cheryl Machat's liner notes had to say: "[the album] was conceived in an attempt to awaken millions of fans of ... See full review
posted a review of Don Agrati - Homegrown. over 6 years ago
Yes, I'll admit that I bought this album knowing full well that it was the work of 'Robbie Douglas' of Mickey Mouse Club 'Mouseketeer and My Three Sons' fame (check out the sly nod to the television program on the album cover - look in the weeds). I ... See full review
posted a review of The Dynamic Superiors* - The Dynamic Superiors. over 7 years ago
Michael McCalpin, George Wesley Peterbark Jr., George Spann and brothers Maurice and Toni Washington grew up in the same Washington, D.C. housing project. The five went to school together, singing on street corners and playing in various talent contests ... See full review
posted a review of The Dynamic Superiors* - The Dynamic Superiors. over 7 years ago
Michael McCalpin, George Wesley Peterbark Jr., George Spann and brothers Maurice and Toni Washington grew up in the same Washington, D.C. housing project. The five went to school together, singing on street corners and playing in various talent contests ... See full review
posted a review of Hardwater. over 7 years ago
The Denver-based Astronauts released a string of nine early-1960s surf and hot rod-themed albums for RCA Victor . Unfortunately, by the mid-1960s popular tastes had moved on,. Always willing to cater to popular trends and tastes, Astronauts guitarist ... See full review
posted a review of Hardwater. over 7 years ago
The Denver-based Astronauts released a string of nine early-1960s surf and hot rod-themed albums for RCA Victor . Unfortunately, by the mid-1960s popular tastes had moved on,. Always willing to cater to popular trends and tastes, Astronauts guitarist ... See full review
posted a review of Betty Davis - Nasty Gal. over 7 years ago
As much as I love the likes of Millie Jackson, Laura Lee, Tina Turner, Betty Wright and others, they simply don't have nothing on Betty Davis ... 

While a number of critics think 1975's "Nasty Gal" was the weakest of Davis' three original studio ... See full review
posted a review of Brown Dust - Brown Dust. over 7 years ago
I don't know a great deal about this short-lived outfit ... I can only speculate that the hideous name might have played a role in their short career. Singer/horn player Paul Cisneros was apparently the Brown Dust front man and was responsible for ... See full review
posted a review of Odyssey (23). over 7 years ago
So, without a doubt, here's one of the holy grails in the tax scam genre. I've looked thorough various harcopy and on line reference materials, but have never found a review of this LP, let alone another photo of this late-1970s slice of soul and ... See full review
posted a review of Rattles* - The Witch. over 7 years ago
1970 saw the band undergo another set of personnel changes with drummer Peter Beckerlead replaced by Herbert Bornhold. Vocalist Henner Hoier also left, opting for a solo career. Bass player Kurt Lüngen and lead guitarist Frank Mille turned to an ... See full review
posted a review of The Sugar Bears* - Presenting The Sugar Bears. over 7 years ago
Its kind of funny how people complain about how sophisticated marketing has become and how it's almost criminal that companies target kids at such an early age. Where have they been for the last fifty years. This stuff's been going on for ages - ... See full review
posted a review of The Dells - The Dells Musical Menu / Always Together. over 7 years ago
You wouldn't buy a Dells album to hear something cutting edge (or if you did you were liable to be in for a major disappointment). Instead, you bought a Dells album to hear a Marvin Junior's instantly recognizable voice on a ballad heavy collection of ... See full review
posted a review of Creative Source - Creative Source. over 7 years ago
I've always suspected Creative Source as being Sussex Records' attempt to recreate a mid-1970s version of The 5th Dimension. Part of that may have something to do with the fact the band's original manager was 5th Dimension vocalist Ron ... See full review
posted a comment on The Last Words (2) - The Last Words. over 7 years ago
Not to be confused with similarly named English and Ohio-based bands (as well as an Australian punk outfit), New York's The Last Words featured the talents of guitarist Mike Byrnes, drummer Roger Cook, singer Johnny Lombardo and keyboardist Steve ... See full review
posted a review of Spirit (8) - Live Spirit. over 7 years ago
Released on the Potato/First American Record imprint, "Spirit Live" is a true oddity. If you believe the liner notes, these nine tracks were recorded at shows in London, Miami and Tampa. That's fine, except for the fact a couple of the songs sounded way ... See full review
posted a review of KEY (5) - Fit Me In. over 7 years ago
Wish I knew more about this short-lived Anglo-German duo. There isn't a great deal of info out there on the group and what you stumble across is essentially the same paragraph rehashed time after time.  

So what do I know about these guys? ... See full review
posted a review of Sweet Toothe - Testing. over 7 years ago
Buying rare music is very much a crap game. Many dealers erroneously equate rarity with quality. Add to that the fact dealers are frequently trying to generate a market for their wares ... The end result is that many highly praised rarities are simply ... See full review
posted a review of Status Quo - On The Level. over 7 years ago
Like lots of other folks, I've never quite understood how American radio and the buying public didn't get caught up in the mid-1970s wave of British hard rock bands like Status Quo. Zeppelin just swallowed the full bandwidth ? These guy were too ... See full review
posted a review of Lake (2) - No Time For Heroes. over 7 years ago
1984's "No Time For Heroes" marked Lake's first new studio set in three years; a new label (Polydor), and introduced what was basically a new lineup. This time around drummer Dieter Ahrendt, longtime singer James Hopkins-Harrison, and guitarist Achim ... See full review
posted a review of Eldeberry Jak* - Eldeberry Jak. over 7 years ago
First I'll be upfront and tell you this 1977 pressing is almost certainly an unauthorized bootleg released by the infamous tax scam Album World label. Yeah, the album was credited to the Forrest label, but if you look at the catalog number you'd see ... See full review
posted a review of John Miles - Sympathy. over 10 years ago
Continuing his partnership with producer Alan Parsons 1979 saw Decca release "More Miles per Hour". I've never understood the rationale behind the decision, but the album never saw an American release. Instead, having signed a multi-million dollar ... See full review
posted a review of Van Der Graaf Generator - World Record. over 10 years ago
Their second studio release in a year, 1976's self-produced "World Records" has always been savaged by critics who saw it as a sell-out attempt by the band to court a more commercial sound and a bigger audience. While I can see why hardcore VDGG fans ... See full review
posted a review of Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff. over 10 years ago
In an effort to hop onboard the punk and new wave jugernaut, the mid-1970s found record companies signing virtually any band with at least one band member sporting a mohawk or a safety pin poking though a cheek. Against that marketing environment it ... See full review
posted a review of Seventh Wave - Things To Come. over 10 years ago
Krautrock, schmockrock ... True, German bands were at the forefront of 1970s-era electronic music. That said, they weren't the only pioneers in the field - witness The Silver Apples, or these guys ... multi-instrumentalist Ken Elliott and drummer ... See full review
posted a review of National Lampoon - That's Not Funny, That's Sick!. over 11 years ago
As most folks will be able to deduce from the cover art and LP title, 1977's "That's Not Funny, That's Sick" isn't going to win over anyone with a sensitive disposition. Not that National Lampoon was ever known for being particularly sensitive, but on ... See full review