Thursday, August 14, 2014

Eastern Bloc - s/t (1987, Paradox)

I had a request for this many moons ago when I didn't even own it...but I do now.  I don't have much time for a write up today.  Luckily, Trouser Press have us covered, and you can see what they have to say after the jump.  BTW, there's a really dandy Patti Smith cover on here.  Percussionist Frankie LaRocka has passed on, but you can read a very thorough and thoughtful piece on his life and times courtesy of New York Rocker online.

These three New York scene veterans — bassist Ivan Kral, guitarist Mark Sidgwick and drummer Frankie LaRocka — have individually backed the likes of Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Holly Vincent, Tim Scott and John Waite. Their own band's album, while not exactly a groundbreaker, is a thoroughly respectable melodic rock collection that reflects the years they've spent in the trenches. Sidgwick has a pleasant if limited voice and his guitar playing is both fiery and flexible; the rhythm section is dexterous and inventive. A Pink Floyd-speed version of Kral's estimable 1979 Smith collaboration, "Dancing Barefoot," is odd enough to work; the Sidgwick/Kral originals could use smarter lyrics, but don't want for hooks or commercial craft.

01. So Long
02. Restless Heart
03. Woman Be Strange
04. Miracle Mile
05. Dancing Barefoot
06. You Got Love
07. Wait Too Long
08. untitled
09. Hearbreak
10. Don't Call Me
11. Time Will Tell


Bruce K. said...

Haven't heard a version of "Dancing Barefoot" I don't like. Let's hope this isn't the first.

Bruce K. said...

This is pretty good. Maybe a little too calculated and professional or maybe just not enough of that extra spark to put it over the top for me. In any event, that IS a nifty cover of "Dancing Barefoot".

Doug Remy said...

Brings back some old memories. I was there when they filmed "You Got Love". Was filmed on the campus of my high school.

Unknown said...

Could you please reupload this? Original link is broke. Thanks in advance!