Before Bruce Kulick became a fixture on the speed dial of legendary rockers like KISS (who proudly called him their lead guitarist for 12 years), Meat Loaf (he was a member of the Bat Out Of Hell touring troupe), or Grand Funk Railroad (with whom he has toured the country for most of the last decade); before he became one of the most sought after guest musicians in the world; before he garnered praise from press the world over as a Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp counselor to be both respected and feared; before all of that, Bruce Kulick was a fan of great rock music. Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Who... you name it, Kulick knew it.
"When people ask me how to get better at their instrument, I always tell them to find other players in your area and learn to make music," says Kulick. "To that end, after I'd been playing a while, I found a guy who lived in the next building over from me, in the Jackson Heights area of Queens, New York. His name was Mike Katz, and he was a bass player who loved all of the same bands I did. We started jamming, and, because we already spoke the same language musically, it was just magical. We found a drummer named Guy Bois who rounded out the picture, and we formed a group that we envisioned as a cross between Cream and Yes."
After months of rehearsal in the Bois family basement, the band (though called "KKB" today, never had an official name) entered New York's Sudden Rush recording studio in September of 1974 armed with a handful of songs. As with many young bands, things didn't progress for the three musicians. Eventually Kulick, Katz and Bois went their separate ways. The reel-to-reel tape of those sessions sat gathering dust until Kulick found a TEAC reel-to-reel player for $35.00 at garage sale in 2006, and thus he also rediscovered the "KKB" sessions.
"I put that tape on, and was blown away," smiles Kulick. "It was like a time capsule, and there was such passion and fury in the music. It was funny, too, how I recognized so many elements in that tape recording from almost 35 years ago that are still in my guitar playing today."
As enjoyable as it was for Bruce to journey down memory lane, it was playing the tape for friends and other musicians that lead him to consider releasing it to the public at large. "Everyone I played it for said the same thing, that I needed to put this music out as it sounds so current, no matter how many years ago it was created. So I began the process of getting this old tape transferred into a digital format."
While there was some repair work and extensive mastering (by Kulick and producer/engineer Jeremy Rubolino) done to the tape to get it up to digital standards, no overdubs or new music were recorded. The "KKB" sessions appear on the CD exactly as they were recorded.
"Oddly enough, even though this music was created in 1974, the vibe is right in line with some of the music that has come out in the last few years. Bands like Wolfmother and The White Stripes go for that vintage analog sound and KKB has that powerful punch that analog is known for," marvels Kulick. But beyond all of that, this music has relevance, is extremely catchy and musical, and will stand on its own no matter how many years ago it was created. Turn on the black lights and rock out to KKB!"
from The Official Bruce Kulick website
1. I'll Never Take You Back - 4:01
2. My Baby - 4:33
3. You've Got A Hold On Me - 4:07
4. Tryin' To Find A Way - 4:32
5. Someday - 2:08
6. You Won't Be There - 5:45
7. To Be Free - 3:01
8. You Won't Be There (Alternate Jam Take) - 6:24
All songs by Mike Katz, except (4-Tryin' To Find A Way) by Mike Katz and Bruce Kulick
*Bruce Kulick - Guitars
*Mike Katz - Bass, Vocals
*Guy Bois - Drums