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Friday, May 25, 2012

The New York Rock Ensemble – Roll Over / Freedomburger (1971-72 us, excellent classic rock with funky psych traces, rare Collectors' Choise edition)



An apocryphal tale says Juilliard Music Conservatory-trained musicians Michael Kamen, Marty Fulterman, and Dorian Rudnytsky decided in the late '60s in New York that they could make bigger bucks as rock stars than as classical musicians. The results of this legendary experiment were inconclusive. Forming the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, they broke with tradition on their first two albums -- 1968's self-titled debut and Faithful Friends the next year -- by using classical music instruments in rock songs and using rock instruments on classical pieces. 

This fusion, daring at the time, impressed legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein so much that he invited the group to appear at one of his Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. For their third Atco release, Reflections, they collaborated with Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis, best known for scoring music for the movie Never on Sunday. Rhythm guitarist Brian Corrigan departed after the third album, and pedal steel guitar player Hank Devito joined. 

The band then shortened its name to New York Rock Ensemble and switched to Columbia. Released in 1971, Roll Over was their most overtly rock album to date and their biggest seller, although they fell well short of Led Zeppelin on the Billboard charts. The band dispersed after Freedomburger, although Rudnytsky, Fulterman, and Corrigan had one final shot with Flattering Foe.... Devito surfaced years later as a stalwart player in the bands of Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash. Only Kamen fulfilled the original trio's objective of successfully melding classical and pop music to make big bucks. 

After being music director for David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour, he went on to a thriving career scoring films. After his score for Brazil gained him wide exposure, he hit the mother lode composing music for the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon series. In 1991, Kamen earned an Academy Award nomination for "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You," the Bryan Adams monster international pop smash hit from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Kamen has also worked with Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Liona Boyd, Sting, Rod Stewart, Metallica, Kate Bush, Belinda Carlisle, the Chieftains, the Cranberries, Roger Daltrey, Eurythmics, John Mellencamp, Jim Croce, and many others.
by Mark Allan

Martin Fulterman, changed his name to Mark Snow and relocated to Los Angeles in 1974. Mark's musical soundtrack composition career began in 1975 with the TV series, Starsky and Hutch and has taken off since then. However he is best known for his work on The X-Files and Millennium, he has made music for many other programs. He took piano lessons at age ten and by the time he was twenty he played both oboe and percussion.


Tracks
1. Running Down the Highway (Nivison) - 3:27
2. Gravedigger (Fulterman, Kamen) - 4:51
3. Law and Order (Fulterman) - 3:35
4. Fields of Joy (Fredricks, Kamen) - 3:46
5. The King Is Dead (Nivison) - 4:09
6. Don't Wait Too Long (Kamen) - 3:04
7. Anaconda (Frederick, Kamen) - 3:22
8. Beside You (Fulterman, Kamen) - 3:47
9. Traditional Order (Rudnytsky) - 6:07
10.Ride, Ride My Lady (Rudnytsky) - 2:44
11.More Like the Master (Kamen) - 3:23
12.Magic Lady (Nivison) - 2:44
13.I'm Sending a Friend to You (Fulterman, Kamen, McClure) - 2:34
14.Kiss Your Future (Barber, Kamen, Nivison) - 2:40
15.A Whiter Shade of Pale (Brooker, Reid) - 3:36
16.Willow Tree (Kamen) - 2:30
17.Shuffle (Nivison) - 1:57
18.Barrell Full of Wine (Rudnytsky) - 2:35
19.Carry Me Up (Kamen) - 3:41
20.Roll Over (Nivison) - 3:09
21.Raise Your Barriers (Fulterman, Kamen, Nivison) - 2:54
22.Goodnight Irene (Leadbelly, Lomax) - 2:52

The New York Rock Ensemble
*Michael Kamen - Keyboards, Oboe, Arp, Synthesizer, Vocals
*Μartin Fulterman (Mark Snow) - Drums, Oboe
*Clifton Νivison - Lead Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
*Dorian Rudnytsky - Bass Guitar, Cello, Piano, Trumpet, French Horn
*Hank DeVito – Pedal Steel Guitar (only on “Roll Over”)

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Alex Chilton – Feudalist Tarts (1985 us, sophisticated funky blues rock, Big Time Vinyl edition)



1985's Feudalist Tarts was Chilton's first studio release since 1979; after spending most of the 1970s as one of the few rock acts from the Deep South who displayed almost no visible R&B influence, Chilton belatedly embraced the pleasures of vintage soul music after moving to New Orleans and giving up alcohol, and Feudalist Tarts is dominated by covers of Slim Harpo's "Ti Ni Nee Ni Noo" and Carla Thomas's "B-A-B-Y," with bare-wired originals like "Lost My Job" along for good measure. Cut in a single day, Feudalist Tarts is a bit rough around the edges, but Chilton's guitar playing is solid, and the band of veteran Southern studio players give Chilton as good as he gets (if not better). 
by Mark Deming


Tracks
1. Tee Ni Nee Ni Noo / Tip on In (Slim Harpo) - 5:20
2. Stuff (Alex Chilton, Rene Coman) - 5:05
3. B-A-B-Y (David Porter, Isaac Hayes) - 2:59
4. Thank You John (Willie Turbinton) - 3:13
5. Lost My Job (Alex Chilton) - 3:06
6. Paradise (Alex Chilton) - 2:23

Musicians
Rene Coman - Bass, Vocals
Nokie Taylor - Cornet
Doug Garrison - Drums
Alex Chilton - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Fred Ford - Baritone Saxophone
Jim Spake - Tenor Saxophone

1970  Free Again: The 1970 Sessions 
1967-70  The Best Of Box Tops

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