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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Frijid Pink - Earth Omen (1972 us, impressive heavy prog rock, 2016 bonus tracks digipak remaster)

The Frijid Pink saga began in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit located in the southern part of Wayne County. Composed of tree-lined streets and neat brick houses, the city was closely associated with the Ford Motor Company. Many of the auto company’s offices and facilities are still located within the city limits as is the Uniroyal Tire, the world’s largest sculpture of a tire. The city’s main roadside attraction was previously a Ferris wheel at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The structure, which is 80 feet tall and weighs 12 tons, was moved to Allen Park in 1966.

Round 1971 two former members Kelly Green and Gary Ray Thompson left the band, but their leaving not only derailed the tour and killed any hopes for the “Music For The People” single, but also cost the band its record label. The two remaining original members Tom Harris and Richard Stevers weathered the storm and auditioned new musicians. They eventually came up with a lineup that included Harris and Stevers along with keyboardist Larry Zelenka, Jon Wearing (formerly of the Tidal Waves) on lead vocals, and Craig Webb on guitar and vocals. Now signed to Lion Records, a subsidiary of MGM, this is the group that recorded “Earth Omen” in 1972. By this time the band’s management had also changed. The road had taken its toll on the marriage of Judy Harris and Marv Wilson and they dropped out after their divorce, leaving Clyde Stevers in charge.

The change in band personnel was reflected in the new material; and many of the songs were written during casual jam sessions while sitting on the floor of Stevers’ apartment. The album was recorded in the Osmond Brothers studio in California. “Earth Omen” was a commercial flop, however. Looking back, it may have been a little ahead of its time; and it was certainly different from the first two albums which may have confused or even disappointed Frijid Pink’s original fan base.

When it came to the all-important promotion of “Earth Omen” Stevers stated:  “Lion dropped the ball, didn’t push it, didn’t give it to the reps to push in the music stores. They didn’t do anything. It was just left to lie and rot. It was unfortunate because there were some good songs on it. The sound of the music was cleaner, easier to listen to, and more progressive than the other stuff we had done to that point”. Equally disappointing were the singles “Lazy Day” and a cover of “Go Now”, featuring the backing vocals of Hopkins and Wilson, released in the wake of “Earth Omen”.

“Earth Omen” album has gained respect over the years. One of the most polished rock albums of 1972-73, and definitely one of the most overlooked”. 
by Gary Johnson, 26 June 2013

1. Miss Evil - 6:26
2. Sailor - 4:25
3. Earth Omen - 3:37
4. Lazy Day - 4:37
5. Train Woman - 4:02
6. Eternal Dream - 4:22
7. New Horizon - 4:24
8. Rainbow Rider - 2:59
9. Mr. Blood - 4:40
10.Lazy Day - 3:07
11.Go Now (Larry Banks, Milton Bennett) - 2:56
All songs by Jon Wearing, Richard Stevers, Larry Zelanka, Craig Webb, Tom Harris except track #11
Bonus Tracks 10-11

Frijid Pink
*Jon Wearing - Lead Vocals
*Richard Stevers - Drums
*Tom Harris - Bass
*Craig Webb - Guitars
*Larry Zelanka - Keyboards