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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

1968 Cherry People - Cherry People
@192 cleaned vinyl rip

1973 Bux - We come to play
@320 cleaned vinyl rip

1975 Angel - Angel

1976 Angel - Helluva Band

1977 Angel - On Earth as It Is in Heaven

1984 Giuffria - Giuffria