...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Monday, 19 February 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: New Riders of the Purple Sage - Up Against the Wall Redneck (Live)



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The Lost Broadcasts
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PINK FAIRIES IN THE NEWS


You just cannot keep a good band down. The original Pink Fairies starting gigging in 1969 and were one of the original freak/biker bands, playing for free at many festivals and gatherings. The line-up has been through multiple changes over the years, but does that matter as long as they still produce ..

... – A unique vinyl compilation of rare demos and radio broadcasts from one of the most legendary British space rock bands, The Pink Fairies! – This deluxe release comes with a free fold out poster, full liner notes, and a free BONUS CD with even more live t. Track List: 1. Do It [1970 Demo] [Demo ...

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Naked Radio
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GARDENING CLUB CANADIAN REVIEW

Band: The Gardening Club : The Gardening Club
Website:  www.gardeningclubmusicandart.com/
Label:  Gonzo Multimedia (2018)
Rating: Engaging Prog-Lite finally sees release

I always enjoy catching up on albums that perhaps had a limited release in their heyday or perhaps never saw the light of day. Such is the case here with The Gardening Club and their 1983 self-titled release. Given the timing of the original release, prog fans will no doubt have some idea of the mainstream nature of the music performed here as the album often times sounds more like a lost 10CC album of quirky pop tunes. That’s certainly most obvious in main man Martin Springett’s vocal style but also in the actual crafting of these tunes. Proggy embellishments are everywhere especially on a few of the instrumentals where band members take the opportunity to stretch out performance wise; nothing overly complex or crazy, but certainly thoughtful extended solos and shifting musical dynamics or arrangements. It’s at times like these that you can see why this record failed to find an audience in 1983. It was simply too complex for the time. 

Very interesting material released at the wrong time. Gonzo Multimeida are the folks behind the release of The Gardening Club and they’ve done a nice job is putting a package together that not only includes the original album but features five bonus tracks and a twenty-four page booklet displaying original artwork. There’s a total of seventeen tracks included, a whopping seventy-three minutes of music and I have to say, this is an exceedingly pleasant listen with just a hint of something more musically complex or serious going on in the background that breaks through here and there. It’s enough to keep me coming back to the disc to hear what else I might have missed on previous listens. Great to seeThe Gardening Club hit the light of day after all these years. Word is a new album is on the way and I’m certainly looking forward to that.

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The Gardening Club
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

THEY HOLD WOOD IN THEIR HANDS
IT IS THE HANDLE OF THEIR SHOVELS
They will seed the soil ,and plant
trees that will bloom and blossom in time
Beyond their little lives,of three score years or more
future harvests of bright beauty will rise
like the bodies of those killed in wars.
Resurrection and reincarnation happen for arboreal realities
Welcome to the New World-of Emergent Trees!
Hello!Johnny Appleseed!

China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage. A large regiment…
independent.co.uk

MICHAEL BRUCE INTERVIEW



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Battle Axe - Expanded Edition
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First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977
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Sunday, 18 February 2018

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

IN THE MIRROR OF YOUR EYES
This world is gardens,art and Jazz
You are your Spirit Dance
Those lines are experience
You have danced for freedom and for fun
Embraced word as art ,and love and poem
You are just beginning your new cycle round one sun
You add to Life.You add to everyone!

DANCE SONG!

BILLION $ BABIES REVIEW

http://www.antimusic.com/reviews/18/Billion_Dollar_Babies_-_First_Ever_Live_Show_-_Flint_1977.shtml

Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977

by Kevin Wierzbicki
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When the Alice Cooper band broke up in the mid-1970's, band members Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway formed Billion Dollar Babies and managed to put out one album called Battle Axe before the project fizzled. This release from deep in the archives presents their first-ever live performance, recorded in July 1977 in Flint, Michigan. The recording's sound quality is not the greatest but the performance is pretty good as the guys rip through Battle Axe cuts "I Miss You," "Rock 'n' Roll Radio," stand out track "Love is Rather Blind" and ballad "Rock Me Slowly" before launching into what no doubt many fans came to hear: a selection of Alice Cooper songs. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" begins a medley that also includes "Elected," "I'm Eighteen," a hot take on "School's Out" and a brief drum solo from Smith. By the time the set closes the band had played most of the rest of Battle Axe along with non-album cut "Nights in Cracked Leather." Bruce, the rhythm guitar player during his time with Cooper, is exciting and sharp on lead guitar throughout, sounding especially good on "Battle Axe Suite: Ego Mania." The band dips into the Cooper catalog once again for the raucous set closer "Billion Dollar Babies."
Order it here
Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977
Rating:

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PLAYLIST: SF 244 – 4 Feb 2018


Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

SF 244 – 4 Feb 2018


Klaus Harmony:  Scene: Calfskin Shoes
David Lynch:  Good day Today
The Magnetic North:  Sandy Lane
Peter Walker:  Southwind
Quintessence:  Bliss Trip
Jozef van Wissem  Golden Bells Ring in the Ears of Earth’s Inhabitants
Upp:  Nitto
Blondie:  Bang a Gong (Get it on)
Neil Young:  Just Singing a Song
Peter Walker:  Barefoot
Peter Walker:  Gypsy Song
Sister Rosetta Tharp:  The Devil has Thrown him Down
Neon Indian:  Psychic Chasms
Lorde:  Hard Feelings – Loveless
The Dirty Duck:  Suzanne
Mary Hampton:  Free Grace
Mimi Kamara:  Baba Varipi
Acid Mothers Temple:  Crystal Rainbow Pyramid
Peter Walker:  Mixture
In Crowd:  Back a Yard
David Crosby:  I’d Swear There was Somebody

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Tibetan Morning Chant

Being Sunday I always post sacred music. The name of the deity may change, or even the deity Him/Herself but the spirit remains the same.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Gonzo Weekly #274

Gonzo Weekly #274
THE MY PEOPLE WERE FAIR AND HAD STARS IN THEIR WASSNAMES ISSUE
 
In this awesomely groovy issue, Jeremy critiques the new biography of the legendary Steve Peregrin Took, once of T Tex, and later of Shagrat, but always of Ladbroke Grove, Richard eulogises the Maya Youssef Trio, Doug goes to see Andreas Vollenweider, Alan gets the blues revival, Biffo gets a series, and Jon gets all hippylike.
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND Mack Maloney. TheRE ARE columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
This issue features:
 
Tony Klinger, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Metallica, Prince, Yes, Mark E. Smith, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Daryle Bruce Singletary, Vic Damone, Thomas Dale "Tom" Rapp, Troy A.Blakely, Craig MacGregor, Algia Mae Hinton, Kevin Smith (Lovebug Sarski, Paul Torpey, Michael White, Scott Boyer, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick akeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Jeremy Smith, Steve Peregrin Took, Fee Warner, Doug Harr, Andreas Vollenweider, Alan Dearling, Bluetouch Live.com, Brent Hutchinson Band, Chicago 9, The Herbz, Richard Foreman, Maya Youssef Trio, Kev Rowland, L.A. Guns, Laura Ainsworth, Lyn Stanley, Mark "Porkchop" Holder, NE Obliviscaris, Nimrod B.C., Omotai, The Oxford Trauma, Panzer, Mr. Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Pink Floyd, Peter Frampton, The Herd, Mick Fleetwood, Beatles, Martin Springett, Neil Nixon, The Fireside Theatre
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
 
 
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
 

SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.

PINK FAIRIES IN THE NEWS


You just cannot keep a good band down. The original Pink Fairies starting gigging in 1969 and were one of the original freak/biker bands, playing for free at many festivals and gatherings. The line-up has been through multiple changes over the years, but does that matter as long as they still produce ...

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COMING THIS WEEKEND


THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?


WHAT IS IT LIKE (LIVING IN A HOUSE OF POETRY?)
WELL-FIRST IT IS LEARNING
with a sense of wonder.Elders sharing
Children imbibing.Then limits appear-
personality defects/words askew.
Truth appears outside the House and declaims.
Integration happens in time-to absorb lessons
and grow in beauty,while seeing elders as they are.
Everything may be poetry,but subject to enjambment..
Rhyme and reason may sleep together,but someone
always wants their free verse.Time to hip-hop into the new-
Let Jazz refresh with outsider views.And if Truth and Harmony
become estranged-to seek other examples outside the House.
Growing up is one life.Next is going out..



BILLION $ BABIES - GERMAN REVIEW TRANSLATED


http://www.wp.rocktimes.de/billion-dollar-babies-first-ever-live-show-flint-1977-cd-review/

Billion Dollar Babies / First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977 - CD Review

Artist:  ,  Label:  Music style: 
Billion Dollar Babies - "First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977" - CD Review
Somehow stupid ... after the band Alice Cooper had settled in Los Angeles in the late sixties and actually managed to get a recording contract with one of Frank Zappa's labels, things started to move forward. Although the first two albums "Pretties For You" (1969) and "Easy Action" (1970) remained like lead on the shelves of the record stores, but at the latest with the disc "Love It To Death" (1971), it was then steep uphill, which includes several platinum albums such as "School's Out" (1972) or even Billion Dollar Babies(1973). As so often happens, when musicians in the studio or tour bus perpetually on the spot, it came at some point to serious personal differences. After the record "Muscle Of Love" (1973), the musicians parted ways to go their own way and record solo albums.
Unfortunately, they never met again and on top of that, lead vocalist Vincent Veneer had the name Alice Cooper legally secured. And then he made - until today, as you know - just solo with hired musicians on. So finally with Michael Bruce , Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith three of the band members got together again (with Glen Buxton somehow nobody wanted to have anything to do) to start a joint project. It was baptized on trillion dollar babiesand with "Battleaxe" a single album was released in 1977, before the juice was out again. Even the scheduled tour was canceled after not many concerts and this combo was history again. After all, there are rare live recordings and with "First Ever Live Show - Flint, 1977" was now trying to fight against the oblivion of this band.
The disc consists of a total of ten tracks (including two medleys), which are composed of the songs of the studio disc and older Alice Cooper numbers. Okay, in advance it should be mentioned that the sound is more bootleg quality, though not completely catastrophic. It's just not a high-gloss production, which is certainly due to the age of the recordings and the opportunities at that time. In fact, there are fluctuations in volume here and there, which is likely only for real Billion Dollar Babies - / Alice CooperMakes fans interesting. The songs, however, are certainly not from bad parents. "Rock'n'Roll Radio", "Too Young" or "Love Is Rather Blind" are hardcore rockers, but the ballad "Rock Me Slowly" keeps the standard casual.
The tracks 6 to 8, all of which are conceptually related under the title "Battleaxe", were also implemented visually very elaborately on stage. Some even hear fanfares that give you an idea of ​​a dramatic show. And finally, there are the titles of the former band, for example, in a medley together mega hits "No More Mr. Nice Guy" / "Elected" / "Eighteen" / "School's Out" and to conclude the eponymous track "Billion Dollars Babies ".
"First Ever Live Show - Flint, 1977" of the Billion Dollar Babies is a thoroughly entertaining and historically interesting album, albeit not elemental. The great plus is the great enthusiasm of the Americans, the minus of the not optimal sound. It would be almost more interesting if the only studio album "Battleaxe" (which was originally planned as a farewell album of the actual band Alice Cooper - the singer Vincent Veneer did not want to do that) would give another chance.

Line up Billion Dollar Babies:

Michael Bruce (guitars, lead vocals) 
Dennis Dunaway (bass, background vocals) 
Mike Marconi (guitars, background vocals) 
Bob Dolan (keyboards, background vocals) 
Neal Smith (drums)

Tracklist "First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977":

  1. I miss you
  2. Rock'n'Roll radio
  3. Love Is Rather Blind
  4. Rock Me Slowly
  5. Medley: No More Mr. Nice Guy / Neal Smith Solo / Elected / Eighteen / School's Out
  6. Battle Ax Suite: Ego Mania
  7. Battle Ax
  8. Medley: Nights In Cracked Leather / Sudden Death / Winner
  9. Too Young
  10. Billion Dollar Babies
Total playing time: 50:05, release year: 2017 (1977)

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS /// 2. Sin City - (The Gilded Palace Of Sin) - (1969)



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From Another Time
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

HAWKWIND IN THE NEWS


Hawkwind have announced a 3 day festival at the Alhambra Theatre in Morecambe, taking place from Friday 30th March - Sunday 1st April 2018. Playing alongside the band will be Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy's System 7, Ginger Wildheart, Membranes, Evil Blizzard and more. On the Friday, to ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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FRANK ZAPPA NEWS


22 years ago today, Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of the television series Miami Vice. Zappa portrayed a crime boss named 'Mr. Frankie.' The musician over course acted in in his own productions including 200 Motels, but it was this appearance in the midst of the Reagan era that raised a few ...

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

RICK SPRINGFIELD IN THE NEWS


“Being alive's a struggle, honestly,” he told PEOPLE recently during a candid interview at his Malibu home. “I'm happy I'm alive when I'm happy I'm alive.” The “Jessie's Girl” singer — who shot to fame in the '80s and became a heartthrob after a stint on General Hospital — says his depression hit as soon ...

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Live And Kickin
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beach Boys - I Get Around



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The Beach Boys And The Satan
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?



DO YOU REMEMBER
A LINE FROM A SONG OR A POEM
that changed you.You could never be the same.
So many hooks for just one fish.Your mind.Your heart.
Your eyes.Your ears.Once connected,you can never pretend aloneness
Others have walked solitary paths or been in solitary confinement
Others have wept with sorrow and with pain/have changed.
Because something was said in consolation.Caring.Compassion.
A kind word heals wounds deep.A song can awaken
or soft you to sleep.Reassurance in a wild world
may be what we really need.




you were previously asking about Poets and I remembered Lemn Sissay:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/.../lemn-sissay...
Manage

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Hey Jude



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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?
Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?


"BEREFT OF CONSOLATION"
Long nights.Silence.Voices.Uncertainty
No sleep.Thought magpie peck crow deep.
Coffee buzz.Bee flower sip.Midnight creeps on lead feet.
Slow time.Ropes that fail.Two islands ,separated.
What use is a bridge of sand?Have we not ever questioned
Yet never received rose response from a thorn garden?
History of pain .Continuing.Health is a dog with rabies.
Cat with the mange.Perfection pock-marked.Once,in Wales,
i saw a woman with her face of falling flesh.Village level.
Once,family,tribe,clan,village would shelter the weird.
Now cast aside like faulty fish.Age must eke
Bereft of consolation.

http://www.spiritthom.com
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Billion $ Babies Live - Belgium review translated

http://www.musicinbelgium.net/pl/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=9137



BILLION DOLLAR BABIES - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977
published on 30-01-2018 /
All is well, now between Michael Bruce , Neal SmithDennis Dunaway and Alice Cooper . The three musicians have also collaborated in the recording of some of the titles that appear on (the second CD) of the excellent double album Paranormal " , published by Father Alice at the end of July last year. Gonzo Multimedia reminds us, however, that not everything has always been "roses and violets" between Cooper and members of his original gang. 

To understand the depths of history, we must go back to the early seventies, when Alice Cooper was still the name of a group whose lead singer was calledVincent Furnier . This is how the extravagant singer was credited with the band's first seven albums, the 1969 "Pretties For You" and the "Muscle Of Love" of 1973. After the release of the latter, some tensions were appeared in the group, which, to limit the damage, had decided to take a temporary break. Some band members, such as guitarist Michael Bruce and Vincent Furnier took the opportunity to record a solo album. In 1974, Furnier had decided to renounce the patronymic of his father in order to legally take the name of Alice Cooper and it was therefore naturally that name that was released his solo album "Welcome To My Nightmare", released in 1975. The immense success of the plate had ruined all hopes of reformation of the original group, which, however, had already begun the composition of a new album. In spite of this, Bruce (guitars), Dunaway (Bass) and Smith (drums) recorded the tracks composed with the keyboardist Bob Dolin and the guitarist Marc Marconi and had published (in 1977) an album entitled '' Battle Ax ''under the name of Billion Dollar Babies (NDR  :who, as everyone knows, is the title of one of their hits within Alice Cooper (the band). The album, however, had not had much success and the Billion Dollar Babies had dislocated before being able to record a second one. According to what we have read on the web, the album has never been officially reissued in CD format. A true archaeologist of music, the English label Gonzo Multimedia has chosen, not to reissue this forgotten plate, but rather to share with us an unpublished recording of the very first concert of the group, given on July 6, 1977 in the city of Flint (Michigan). ). 

Admittedly, we only had a relative pleasure listening to this "First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977"Firstly because of the sound quality which, without being quite mediocre, probably does not present Billion Dollar Babies in its best light. Then, because most of the compositions performed that night are strongly influenced by Alice Cooper's typical style at the time, and Alice Cooper, without Alice Cooper, is frankly not as good as the Alice Cooper. with Alice Cooper, if you know where we are coming from. The thing is obvious on the medley "No More Mr Nice Guy / Elected / Eighteen / School's Out" which is frankly far from making us reach the peaks of happiness to which we are subjected when we re-listen to the fantastic "The Alice Cooper Show"recorded, too, during the summer '77. Add to these small disappointments the incongruous side of the instrumental break "Nights In Cracked Leather" , in which keyboardist Bob Dolin presents more than nine minutes of a mix of peplum music and sound extravagances similar to what At the same time, Keith Emerson was proposing to ELP, which is really breaking the Rock'n'Roll mood. 

A nice album, but not transcendent, reserved for collectors and lovers of ancient curiosities  ! 

The album (49'58)  :
  1. I Miss You (3'39)
  2. Rock'n'roll Radio (3'04)
  3. Love Is Rather Blind (3'14)
  4. Rock Me Slowly (3'28)
  5. Alice Cooper Medley (No More Mr Nice Guy / Elected / Eighteen / School's Out(8'51)
  6. Battle Ax Suite  : Ego Mania (3'02)
  7. Battle Ax (4'25)
  8. Nights In Cracked Leather / Sudden Death / Winner (12'04)
  9. Too Young (3'39)
  10. Billion Dollar Babies (4'28)

The group  :
  • Michael Bruce  : Guitars, vocals
  • Bob Dolin  : Keyboards
  • Dennis Dunaway  : Bass
  • Mike Marconi  : Guitars, vocals
  • Neal Smith  : Drums
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