May 12, 2012

Re-post: Ironhorse - Ironhorse (1979)

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Following the disappointing lack of success of FREEWAYS and growing musical differences, Randy Bachman left Bachman Turner Overdrive in the spring of 1977. He retreated to his west coast home to ponder his future. After serving as producer for other acts including Trooper, he began writing new material while searching out the supporting cast for his new group. He began writing with Washington State native Chris Sparks. Drummer Mike Baird and John Pierce on bass were recruited to round out the group.

A deal was struck in '78 with Scotti Brothers Records and the band travelled to Hollywood's Studio 55 to record the demos, with Bachman serving as executive producer. They released their self-titled debut the next spring. It was described as Bachman's outlet to let loose all his penned up musical frustrations, the album ran the gamut of rock's spectrum, from the gritty "Watch Me Fly" and "Old Fashioned" to the almost-eclectic "Stateline Blues". The first single "Sweet Lui-Luise" showed great promise, cracking the Top 100. By that summer their second single "He's A Joker" hit the airwaves and also gained moderate success. "She's Got It", penned by Sparks was quick to follow, while the band was on the road finishing up their first North American tour.

Pressure from the label to come up with a more main-stream album led to Sparks being replaced with vocalist / keyboardist Frank Ludwig, who'd recently left Trooper. Released in the summer of 1980, EVERYTHING IS GREY featured new bassist Ron Foos as well, and was a fitting epitaphe for the band, with nothing seemingly going right. Problems with management and the label's financial woes were affecting the band - on the air and onstage. Though tracks like "Try A Little Harder", "Only Way To Fly" and the title track all held their own, all the problems going on, plus the changing musical landscape in general spelled the end of Ironhorse. Now released from their contract with Scotti Brothers, they replaced Foos with Bachman's fellow Brave Belt and BTO'er C.F. Turner on bass, and carried on - now under the monikor of Union in 1981.
Tracklist:
1. One and Only
2. Sweet Lui-Louise
3. Jump Back in the Light
4. You Gotta Let Go
5. Tumbleweed
6. Stateline Blues
7. Watch Me Fly
8. Old Fashioned
9. She's Got It
10. There Ain't No Cure


Line-up:
Randy Bachman - vocals, guitars, Roland synthesizer guitar
Tom Sparks - vocals, guitars
John Pierce - bass
Mike Baird - drums

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3 коммент.:

adamus67 said...

It has long been my admiration arouse old, kitschy album art. They have something magical and can tell a lot about the band. Sometimes, on the basis of such observations simply intuitively sense that the music is good. So it was this time, and the reason for the confusion of a horse was my visit to the bar when I saw it on the wall of the, old vinyl (bad luck, because the blank) cover of "iron horse". When asked what kind of team, no one gave me an answer. Cover was just a "cool" and therefore was exposed .

After some time I managed to get hold of this album. Together with it - find a little information about the formation. Ironhorse - here at once warn: do not be confused with the Iron Horse Ron Keel bluegrass or Scottish band of the same name, is a rock band from Canada (specifically, Winnipeg - Province of Manitoba), established in 1978 through the activity of a former member of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive - guitarist and vocalist - Randy Bachman (who knows though that the first position, can have a picture of our "horse" music). The remaining members shall be granted where: Tom Sparks - vocals, guitar, Chris Leighton - drums and Ron Foos - bass; (composition has changed slightly, but various sources give little certain information). Actually, this team has already been written in advance to failure. It was probably something of a rescue of Mr. Bachman's musical career. Solving the BTO, he tried his luck in solo action, but unfortunately it ended in failure. In this way, it led to the creation of another (alas) underestimated (alas), later famous for one hit (unfortunately ...), but damn, really good band! Perhaps the lack of interest resulted from the fact that at the time, like mushrooms after the rain stayed issued albums, with much more clout, even trivial examples such as "Highway To Hell" - AC / DC, "Breakfast In America" ​​- Supertramp " The Wall "- Pink Floyd ... It happens that some of the less commercial wonders, "digging up the" but only after some time. In fact, the material is too large can not boast: they recorded only two albums - presented here "IRONHORSE" (1979) and spent a year after her, "Everything Is Grey". Soon a division - the story of the band ended in 1981 after playing the last tour. Sadly, Bachman, capable musician, but somehow he did not specifically luck smiled on him.

adamus67 said...

Now probably you ask, what actually described the whole scene with the horse. Not since the parade, I just probably will be easier to understand the whole. The very title of "Iron Horse" has become a sort of icon in the world of rock'n'roll. Anyone who has it in the blood of those who feel the climate of the seventies blues rock, you should guess what it is. It is hardly surprising - music referred inherently associated with a certain lifestyle. Journey, the roads leading into the unknown, the wind in your hair, terrific speed, galloping horses, motorbikes whizzing around, etc. So, this horse is here, in a sense a kind of interpretation of all this rockers symbol.
Quite complicated - on the one hand, continues the tradition, on the other hand some of its distortion by adding a pinch of humor, or perhaps, (I do not know whether the target) the game of kitsch - they do not face it - this "naive" picture is certainly not a masterpiece ... And here's the whole idea of ​​this project! Reproduction of old patterns and a departure, which actually meant that I describe this album.

Beginning an inconspicuous. Welcome to our relatively quiet sounds without raising suspicion - a classic like those years, rock, nice. Resemble those calmer Rolling Stones songs, but the vocals certainly does not belong to Jagger, sometimes can be associated with Roger Daltrey'em bit of The Who. Melodic, catchy chorus. But this is just warming up. Complete the following phrase in the song number two. About him just to mention a little more fully, because it is the most hit song in the works of IRONHORSE. Launched by the then unusual to play a relatively fast "galloping" percussion and - strangely enough - not enough rock'n'roll, it has the features of a pop, as if someone had insisted, he could say that even a disco. He admires his finesse and even invites you to dance. Perhaps it was the cause of inclusion of that song on the U.S. charts with the 1979 "Top 40". This lightweight men liked to play and actually a little pity that our boys did not continue further play in this manner.
"Jump Back In The Light", especially for an interesting combination of chorus, in which singing is combined with words. The composition of simple, straightforward guitar is mainly repeated over and over again the same sequence. Slow, lazy, does not mean that crowns the whole boring solo. Phenomenal complement to an additional vocals in the background. Track opens again quite specific perk Randy singing casually, and maybe even slightly ironic tone, which certainly adds some flavor.

adamus67 said...

"Jump Back In The Light", especially for an interesting combination of chorus, in which singing is combined with words. The composition of simple, straightforward guitar is mainly repeated over and over again the same sequence. Slow, lazy, does not mean that crowns the whole boring solo. Phenomenal complement to an additional vocals in the background. Track opens again quite specific perk Randy singing casually, and maybe even slightly ironic tone, which certainly adds some flavor.

"You Gotta Let Go" can be properly classified as ballads. On one hand, calmly and gently, on the other - when you listen to makes me some anxiety linked to podumania a good mood. Reflective and mysterious. It seems that our warm wishes to the horse to rest. Mind's eye I can see how trot slowly, at their own pace, in the distance, blood red sun hides behind the horizon. I still feel traces of scorching day, but if the calm rhythm, suggested that the night will bring moments of solace.

Stones fans also recommend "Tumble Weed". Economical in the ornaments, raw and bluesowatej taste notes in "There Is not No Cure." The verses sung sharply, with verve, and the transition to milder chorus. That I really like it!

For the less interesting things on this record, which should be "przemęczyć" include "Watch Me Fly". As for me - unnecessary. This is one of the "filler" totally to the killing, while the rest can not complain.

This music, warm and rich sound, although I do not przekombinowana, perfectly captures the atmosphere of the 70s ended, as if to listen well, is in part a preview of what will meet with you later. Hard melodic rock, drum 'bits'.
So I'm sitting comfortably... "in room filled" with sounds of Ironhorse. You do not have to agree with my thoughts. Frankly, I realize that not every puzzle rozgryzałby this album in this way, not to mention interest in just this position. Perhaps doing a misinterpretation. But music is a gift that takes a subjectively. Most importantly, to enjoy the sound and all inquiries treated as secondary to the fun.

all the best,
Adam.