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Cherry Red CDMRED281 (40:51) (2005)

Famed for featuring Led Zeppelinís Robert Plant and John Bonham in the late 60s, Band Of Joy never got beyond some demos.

This debut album and itís follow up (also released on Cherry Red) from the late 70s, features neither, but the rest of the band produced some fine music.

With original bassist Paul Lockey taking on guitar and lead vocals, music mixes pop and rock with ríníb and funk influences. The rhythm section of bassist John Pasternak and drummer Francesco Nizza produce some interesting and classy beats, and Chetwoodís keyboards and Gammondís lead guitar help fill the sound.

Opener 3AM In The City features some nice guitar touches and typically 70s vocals. Even so, the music has dated well and itís a well annotated piece of history.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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