Monday, December 31, 2012

Angel - Very white, very 'eavy

Cherry People were a Psychedelic pop and later hard rock group that formed from remnants of The English Setters. The band is best known for their semi-hit single And Suddenly, which barely missed the top 40, and including guitarist Punky Meadows and later Barry Brandt who would join Bux in 1972 respective Angel in 1975.

We Came to Play was the first and only album released by Bux in 1976. The album was originally recorded in 1973 but Capitol decided not to release it. In 1976, however when lead guitarist Punky Meadows and bassist Mickie Jones had success with their band Angel, Capitol tried to cash in and finally released We Came to Play. The album is an interesting affair blending hard rock and the standard boogie band approach with mixed results. White Lightning, which later became a featured cut on Angel's third album, is included here with different lyrics.
Angel's first album (1975) was the self-titled Angel and consisted of guitarist Punky Meadows, bassist Mickie Jones, vocalist Frank Dimino, keyboardist Gregg Giuffria, and drummer Barry Brandt. This lineup would hold for the following two albums, Helluva Band and On Earth as It Is in Heaven.
1976's Helluva Band is the second album by Angel. It explores the heavier side of progressive rock and includes their most progressive song, The Fortune.
On Earth As It Is In Heaven is their third album. This marks the last album with Mickie Jones who was Angel's bass player since 1974. It was produced by Eddie Kramer and recorded in an actual castle in the Hollywood Hills. This album marked the shift from progressive and symphonic hard rock to a more mainstream hard rock approach, with the exception of Cast the First Stone and Just A Dream which are very similar in sound to Angel and Helluva Band. In fact, these two was written during the Helluva Band sessions. Mickie Jones passed away in San Dimas, CA September 5, 2009 after a long battle with liver cancer.
Giuffria was composed of Gregg Giuffria, David Glen Eisley, Craig Goldy, Chuck Wright, and Alan Krigger. Giuffria's debut album was released in 1984. It's peak position on Billboard was #26 in March, 1985. It was the most successful album from the Giuffria releases.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Manfred Mann - Chapter I and Chapter II

The debut album by british invasionists Manfred Mann holds up even better 40 years on than it did in 1964. It's also one of the longest LPs of its era, clocking in at 39 minutes, and there's not a wasted note or a song extended too far among its 14 tracks. They never had the reputation that the Rolling Stones enjoyed, which is a shame, because The Five Faces of Manfred Mann is one of the great blues-based albums; it's a hot, rocking record that benefits from some virtuoso playing as well, and some of the best singing of its era, courtesy of Paul Jones, who blew most of his rivals out of the competition with his magnificently impassioned, soulful performance on Untie Me, and his simmering, lusty renditions of Smokestack Lightning and Bring It to Jerome. The stereo mix of the album, which never surfaced officially in England until this 1997 EMI anniversary reissue holds up very nicely, with sharp separation between the channels yet -- apart from a few moments on Untie Me -- few moments of artificiality.

The group's second British album Mann Made, released 1965 just as the original lineup was entering a state of collapse with the impending departure of two key members, shows some of the changes that can happen in a year, as they move away from Chess Records' brand of blues as their baseline. Instead, Manfred Mann produce a sound that is slightly smoother and a lot more soulful. A handful of originals, mostly by Mike Vickers and Mike Hugg with one Paul Jones-authored number thrown in, are scattered amid covers of songs originally from the Temptations, the Skyliners, and T-Bone Walker. If it isn't as fierce, bold, or daringly ambitious as Manfred Mann's debut long-player, Mann Made is just as much a virtuoso effort, and a surprisingly cohesive one considering that it was released immediately after Mike Vickers and Paul Jones announced their respective departures from the band.
Mannerisms was originally issued in 1976, containing all the Fontana singles and notable album tracks, and it was decent as far as it went, filling in a few holes and re-exposing some worthwhile album tracks.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Run C&W

Run C&W was an American country group composed of Russell Smith(vocals), formerly of the Amazing Rhythm Aces; Bernie Leadon(bj,g), formerly of the Flying Burrito Brothers,Eagles; and songwriters Jim Photoglo and Vince Melamed, both of whom played various instruments. In the group, they were fictional non-identical quadruplets who went by the names of Crash'n Burns, G.W. Wash Burns, Side Burns, and Rug Burns.

Run C&W recorded two albums: 1993's Into the Twangy-First Century, followed by Row vs. Wade two years later. The group were considered a novelty country act, as their albums contained a mix of parodies and humorous original songs, as well as country renditions of black music songs.
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Randy Meisner 2 albums

The Poor were:
Veder Van Dove
John Day
Randy Meisner Randy Naylor
Allen Kemp
Pat Shanahan
From here Randy Meisner, Allen and Pat joined Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band. Randy Meisner then went on to Poco and later to the Eagles. Allen Kemp and Pat Shanahan went on to the New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Randy Meisner Live in Dallas.Musicians:
John Coury-guitar-vocals
Dixon House-keyboards-vocals
Tom Erak-bass-vocals
Sterling Smith-keyboards-vocals
Stan Kipper-drums
Randy Meisner-acoustic guitar-vocals

Buford Jones-guitar on Stranger

Recorder live on December 1, 1982 and produced by Randy Meisner and Buford Jones.Reissue produced 2002
Edit: This article was first published on February 24, 2009 by Gormul.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Night - Night/Long Distance

In the late 1970's singers Stevie Vann (aka Stevie Lange) and ex-Earthband singer Chris Thompson met when Vann was performing background vocals for a Manfred Mann's Earthband album. Thompson approached Vann to form a band, known as Night, soon after Vann's own backing group, Bones had split up. Night then later split in 1983 after releasing two albums.

1979 Night - Night
1981 Night - Long Distance

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Paul Jones - Crucifix in a Horseshoe

As lead singer of Manfred Mann during their early run of hits, Paul Jones was far more influential than people realize. After leaving the Manfreds in 1966, Jones made one of the greatest cult films of all time, 1967's Privilege. In 1972 Jones recorded Crucifix in a Horseshoe with White Cloud, a New York based session group featuring Teddy Wender on keyboards and Kenny Kosek on fiddle.

Mike Hugg - Stress & Strain

The second Mike Hugg solo album released in 1973. The album features Elton Dean on sax, Tony Rivers (Keyboards, Vocals), Mick Waller (drums), Paul Westwood (bass), Lyn Dobson (horn), Kevin Peek (guitar), Sonny Corbett (horn), Kim Gardner (bass), Eddy Grant (guitar), David Hadfield (guitar) and Ian Carr (horn).

Mike Hugg - Somewhere

Mike Hugg was first known as a founding member of the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, who evolved into the 1960's group Manfred Mann. Hugg was a competent pianist and an able vibraphonist, but his basic role in Manfred Mann was that of drummer. He was credited as co-writer of the group's early hits and contributed solo compositions throughout its life, including jazzy instrumentals and wistful acid-pop. When he and Manfred Mann formed the more progressive Manfred Mann's Chapter Three, Hugg moved to electric piano and lead vocals, the latter, by his own account, purely for want of someone better. Mike Hugg released three solo albums in the 1970's, 1972's Somewhere is his first.