Label: Wounded Bird Records - WOU 2085 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock •
Honey I Do 2. I Need You 3. Any Other Day 4. Tupelo side 2 1. Everybody's Got to Have A Song 3. Phoenix 4. Never Felt Better 5. After teaming up with Melnick and Lowe, they found a place to practice but had to relocate in Greenfield, Massachussets when their neigbours complained!
They soon managed to get a recording contract with Reprise and their first album was released in the summer of ' On offer are eight tracks penned by Micaleff and Malken, which mix competent guitars with early seventies style vocals. The most interesting element is probably the keyboard parts played by two ace sessionmen, Larry Knechtel and Jim Dickinson.
The lyrics have often a Christian content and the overall result is rather undistinguished. In fact the album is maybe mainly notable for a weird packaging idea, as it came wrapped in a poster of a steamliner. Once the shrink was opened, the hidden black and white sleeve with pictures of the group would appear. Probably due to this poster, the sales were quite good and the group soon released a second album, recorded in Wallingford, Connecticut and remixed in London.
This time Malken handled Tupelo - Thirty Days Out - Miracle Lick production and Micaleff wrote most of their material. Their ambition of "blending electricity and acousticity into a fresh, tasteful and unified rock sound" turned into a total disaster, the lyrics being over-ambitious and the songs lacking melodies or "Miracle Licks" despite its title. Their albums will appeal mainly to fans of early seventies prog rock, some tracks of their second effort being "graced" by the "Magic Mellotron" of Teddy Taylor and Bing McCoy.
Monte Melnick, their bass player later became The Ramones tour manager. At least one of their albums Trisagion - Psalters - Chapter V - The Divine Liturgy Of The Wretched Exiles engineered by Melnick's high school buddy Tom Erdelyi, later known as Tommy Ramone. With the addition of bassist Monte Tupelo - Thirty Days Out - Miracle Lick and drummer Phil Lowethe nascent group began practice sessions, but noise complaints from the neighbors forced relocation to Greenfield, MA.
The completed self-titled effort caused a minor stir in record stores for its novel packaging — instead of shrinkwrap, the album was housed in a poster of a steamliner. Reviews were poor and receipts dwindled, however, and the band split soon after. The group released a self-titled album in sent to record stores not in shrink wrap, but housed in a poster of a Steamliner. A novel idea and it received a lot of attention from store owners and record buyers, but the band's second album 'Miracle Lick' didn't fare quite as well and the band folded shortly thereafter.
As shamefully post-Woodstock a title as 'Everybody's Got to Have A Song' is, you would be forgiven for expecting the worse but it's actually a very good tune with excellent vocals from John Micaleff who shines on much Tupelo - Thirty Days Out - Miracle Lick the record.
I imagine with the Steamliner poster intact it has to be worth a fortune.
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