Monday, December 23, 2019

New Year's Eve Jan 3 and 4th at Bohemia - a new Media Center of Facebook Live on New Year's Eve!

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CLUB BOHEMIA:

WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC
**Please Note: Happy The Clown are NOT on the bill for New Year's Eve.
It is a jam session after Andy Pratt.  Apologies for the convenience.
All bands and times are subject to change.  No one under 21 admitted. Adults Only,
just like Deep Throat and Myra Breckinridge films!  Adults Only!

READ KENNE HIGHLAND @ Large 
in the Boston Groupie News

Read about Kenne Highland New Years Eve Show at Bohemia in the
Somerville News Weekly
 


Avenging Andy at 12:15 am 
Larry Newman solo opening at 8 pm. 

WMFO'S BRIAN YOUNG M.C.


 https://www.allmusic.com/album/gemini-on-a-full-moon-mw0000948022?fbclid=IwAR1vGFOj-bJ34qk2CjmZ1LMl4i09QJ9PVAlJRKQZjqNIImYkyG5Zhy1IhrM




Frank Rowe



From Start to Finish. So bring your iPhones and Tablets and Androids and let us rock in 2020

 The Count and the Emperor...well, one of them, anyway, on New Year's Eve!
My first album, Flamingo/Carrere Records, Paris France  FREE ADMISSION this New Year's Eve --- I don't play out much these days...come to Club Bohemia at the Cantab Lounge 728 Mass Ave Cambridge, Mass in Central Square New Year's Eve 12-31-19  www.club-bohemia.com

CLUB BOHEMIA:

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**Please Note: Happy The Clown are NOT on the bill for New Year's Eve.
It is a jam session after Andy Pratt.  Apologies for the convenience.
All bands and times are subject to change.  No one under 21 admitted. Adults Only,
just like Deep Throat and Myra Breckinridge films!  Adults Only!


CLUB BOHEMIA:

WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC

Directions to the club 


DIRECTIONS TO CLUB BOHEMIA IN CENTRAL SQ at the CANTAB,  
738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139     tel: (617)354 2685

Click here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/520713701425752/  

Great things about Club Bohemia on
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Friday Jan 3
Scott Vallee and the Dollmakers
Larry Lifeless
Evert
The Creepy Freaks
https://www.facebook.com/events/1229098773959999/

CREEPY FREAKS

CLUB BOHEMIA:

WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC
https://www.facebook.com/creepyfreaksboston/

Evert
https://www.facebook.com/evertbostonmass/
Jim Alger (A Band Called Spike-Maniacal Reason)
Matt Burns (Coffin Lids-Kenne Highland-Lifehouse-V etc.)
Joe Packard (Ashers-The Smuts-Crash and Burn)

Larry Lifeless
Larry Lifeless on guitar and vocals, and guitar . Josh Randall on drums , Paulie on Bass . Heavy duty Rock N Roll
https://www.facebook.com/Larry6L6L6Lifeless/


Saturday Jan 4th
https://www.facebook.com/events/2559115160870476/

A great night of Rock and Roll:
The Stigmatics 11PM
A Bunch of Jerks 10PM
Club Linehan A Go Go 9PM
Soup 8PM
* all times approximate



Soup
https://www.facebook.com/soupbandofficial/




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January 10, 2019   MAD PAINTER
 Mad Painter returns to Club Bohemia in Cambridge.

8:00 PM The N Connection
9:00 PM The Rollo Tomasi Quintet
10:00 PM Mad Painter
11:00 PM Soaked In Strange

Soaked in Strange
https://www.facebook.com/soakedinstrange/ 

Rollo Tomasi Quartet







Johnny Sahula on Saturday  January 11th


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January 24  Fat Togue Music Presents


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January 24 2020

 Night of the heavy with:
Karate Steve
Mourn The Light
VAT
Gasoline Virgins 
Mourn The Light
https://www.facebook.com/MournTheLight/

More TBA


event page






https://www.facebook.com/events/512345362697229/

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February 3, 2020

Wastebuds 

https://www.facebook.com/Wastebuds-102749084486856/

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                                             MEMPHOUS




FEBRUARY 2-29-20   
The Bamboo Steamers
Sedagive
The Montgomerys

photo SEDAGIVE
SEDAGIVE - the band


Sedagive review: Sedagive is a band that plays Western, Mass, and they are looking to come our way. George Lenides sent me the Spotify and it knocked me out, instantly, which doesn’t happen often. Power pop, Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop? Sedagive has all the elements! The song “Massachusetts” opens up the 5 song e.p. entitled SUMMERS OVER (no apostrophe on summer’s) – so here’s a Tiny URL https://tinyurl.com/sedagivemusic check it out. “Massachusetts” has flavors of Bob Lind, sixties star whose birthday is Nov. 25, day I’m writing this. “Flowers” follows, and it’s upbeat, bright and rocks smoothly…with delicate and elegant musicianship and vocals. “Nine” also has the sparkling guitars, a “Girl from Ipanema” feel with vocals out of Pere Ubu or Psychedelic Furs, but just a touch, more pop than new wave…delightful. “Little Angel” goes to more hard-driving Beatles by way of the Seeds or Paul Revere & The Raiders…these guys know how to change rock genres in an instant…and, no, “This Girl” is not an answer to John, Paul, George and Ringo’s “This Boy” – I can’t place my finger on the influences at this moment, listened last night too and can’t figure it out, but it is highly listenable and worth your attention…reminds me of how great the music of Steve Dennis is, so let’s go there. https://thesomervillenewsweekly.blog/2019/11/26/hotline-to-the-underground-week-6-by-joe-viglione/


Saturday February 22, 2019  

PSYCHO

https://www.facebook.com/Psychoboston/







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February 28

Heavy rock at a Cambridge institution. Featuring:

Scuzzy Yeti
Death Pesos
3 Parts Dead
Blue Manic
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February 28
BLUE MANIC, SCUZZY YETI


Heavy rock at a Cambridge institution. Featuring:

Scuzzy Yeti

Much more TBA


https://www.facebook.com/events/489416971681514/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1576434378287055
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March 15
 Science Fair 
Pavlov's Dog
Padlovz Dog???

On March 3 Club Bohemia has Padlovz Dog. I reviewed the original band (not the band coming to Bohemia) years ago 
2:23 pm Sunday 12-29-19

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

+Bohemia Notes / Christmas Eve New Years Eve FREE ADMISSION - Andy Pratt, Frank Rowe & Leon Rich, Lou Reed Tribute: Count Viglione with Lady Carolyn, Kenneth Highland, John D. Keegan, Mike Quirk...


CLUB BOHEMIA: WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC

BOHEMIA NOTES!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE YOUR HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH FREE ADMISSION TO KENNE HIGHLAND'S PARTY WHICH FEATURES LEGENDS OF THE BOSTON SCENE. 

NOTES:
The System Drive is looking for a new bassist
https://www.facebook.com/thesystemdrive/ 

Follow the band on Facebook and Twitter
https://twitter.com/thesystemdrive
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CLUB BOHEMIA REVIEW OF THE DAY
BY ROCK JOURNALIST JOE VIGLIONE


'ENGAGE' 

The title song and first track of The System Drive's release on Bandcamp starts with an ominous Jaimie Lanes bass riff followed by sharp drums of Mark Podgurski and a guitar splash exploding into a riff-driven slide of hard rock.  Spitfire vocals from guitarist Mario Passi unload the story - it's truly a "system drive," and engage they do.  The voice is complemented by the guitar while the rhythm generates a solid platform for the controlled mayhem.   
Each of the eight tracks has something to offer and for a debut, it is very impressive. Recorded at Woolly Mammoth and produced by the band and Dave Westner

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Engage is the debut, full-length studio album from the Boston Hard Rock Trio, The System Drive.

credits


released December 20, 2018

Mario Passi: Lyrics, Vocals, Guitar
Mark Podgurski: Drums
Jaime Llanes: Bass
Gino Caira: Additional Guitar on Learn How To Fall, State of the Union, Tugboat, What I'd Like and The Flow
Carolyn Blake: Piano on What I'd Like

Produced by Dave Westner and The System Drive
at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, MA. Logo design by Bart Gold.
©2018 The System Drive

Engage

by The System Drive


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2020 Bookings  617 482 4920

Presented by the legendary Mickey Bliss

For Bookings - 617 482 4920



Club Bohemia     *NEW ADDRESS! for booking information - in Boston,
separate from the Cambridge address for the nightclub
Hitman Records/Club Bohemia
c/o.  Mickey Bliss
151 Tremont Street, Suite 110
Box #374
Boston, MA 02111-1151

tel 617 482 4920  

The Club itself is at 738 Mass. Ave Cambridge

The Booking Office with Mickey Bliss is in Boston.

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Kenneth Highland Presents...
HUGE NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
WITH ANDY PRATT, HAPPY THE CLOWN
COUNT VIGLIONE LOU REED TRIBUTE
CLUB LINEHAN A GO GO
FRANK ROWE AND LEON RICH



Thursday, December 19, 2019

CLUB BOHEMIA: WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC™ January Calendar / Deep House Dec 20 / December 21 SATURDAY Its the annual Fat Togue holiday party. Featuring: Black Helicopter Blood Built EmpireAbove the DinNorth Star the Wanderer

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Welcome to the Revolution!
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Happy the Clown added to the New Year's Eve show!  after Andy Pratt

Club Bohemia Rocks December!

On New Year's Eve - Publicist sings Lou Reed

Photo of publicist JV in Paradise, 1999, performing Lou Reed with Musicians
Denny Dias of Steely Dan and John Morelli of Cyndi Lauper's Blue Angel
This year the band is Mike Quirk, Kenneth Highland, Lady Carolyn, John Keegan and more!
Twenty Years after our Lou Reed show in Paradise.
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UPCOMING DATES:
Fri Dec 20  DEEP HOUSE
Sat Dec 21  Fat Togue Holiday Party

Tues Dec 31 
 Andy Pratt, Kenneth Highland, Count Viglione Love & Flame, Club Linehan,
Frank Rowe Duo with Leon Rich, Happy the Clown

                                                                   Friday January 3, 2019
                                                           Scott Vallee and the Dollmakers
The Larry Lifeless Band

Jan 10 Mad Painter Presents
Mad Painter returns to Club Bohemia in Cambridge.
8:00 PM The N Connection
9:00 PM The Rollo Tomasi Quintet
10:00 PM Mad Painter
11:00 PM Soaked In Strange

Jan 11 Johnny Sahula on Saturday 
Jan 24  Fat Togue Music
Feb 14
Bazmati Vice
Memphous

Feb 28
Blue Manic
Scuzzy Yeti 

March 15
                                                                                           Science Fair 
                                                                                           Pavlov's Dog

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This week! 
 --Friday Dec 20, 2019
DEEP HOUSE

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
                                           ― Bob Marley


December 21  SATURDAY

Its the annual Fat Togue holiday party.
Featuring:
Black Helicopter
Blood Built Empire
Above the DinNorth Star the Wanderer

DECEMBER 21
FAT TOGUE MUSIC
EVENT PAGE
FAT TOGUE HOLIDAY PARTY
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DECEMBER 31, 2019

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH US
FREE ADMISSION

SERIOUSLY, I WANTED A $25.00 TICKET AND SURE WE COULD SELL IT OUT, BUT THE CLUB WANTS TO THANK EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING BOHEMIA SO THE DOORS ARE OPEN FOR FREE!

Andy Pratt  12:15 am
Kenne Highland 11 pm- Midnight
Lou Reed Tribute 10 pm
with Love and Flame
Count Joe Viglione, Lady Carolyn

OH TO BE YOUNG AND GOOD-LOOKING AGAIN! HA.
FREDDY MERCURY COPPED MY LOOK!
JOE VIGLIONE LIVE IN PARADISE, BLOWFISH  GUITAR
DECEMBER 2, 1978 - 41 YEARS AGO
PHOTO BY JEANNIE ARCHIBALD

9 pm Club Linehan A Go Go
featuring Lady Carolyn, formerly of
Black Sheep in the Family! 

8 PM  Frank Rowe/Leon Rich

ok lineup. Leon Rich/Frank Rowe/Club Linehan-ago-go/ Love and Flame/Kenne Highland/Andy Pratt. Lou Year's Eve. Thank you for event pages! Dream Teamwork,I like it! like Patriots football



Directions to the club 


DIRECTIONS TO CLUB BOHEMIA IN CENTRAL SQ at the CANTAB,  
738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139     tel: (617)354 2685

Click here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/520713701425752/  

Great things about Club Bohemia on
TRIP ADVISOR

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After New Year's Party with Scott Vallee and the Dollmakers on Friday January 3, 2020


https://www.facebook.com/valleerock/

Reverb Nation!
https://www.reverbnation.com/scottvalleeandthedollmakers

Ruthless Black Metal is the order of the day on the new e.p., Victim of the Cross from Scott Vallee and the Dollmakers.  The tour-de-force aggression rocks your ears and speakers with devlish delight saturated with guitar master Tony Iommi undercurrents.  

    The title track is two minutes and seventeen seconds of crunching refined mayhem with Vallee snarling at Satan while singer Vallee and axe man Mike hit you with their vocal and guitar attack.  Andrew and Josh on bass and drums respectively collude with the dark forces of the underworld churning a bottom that works in unison with the layers of guitar.   

     Not for the timid, "The Holy Ghost" will have the born again movement protesting - even Ozzy and Black Sabbath didn't venture this far into the depths of hell. "I Lose Reality" lyrics appear to be notes from the insane asylum while "The Devil Wears High Heels" (on Reverb nation not the e.p.) will have preachers secretly dancing in their room with the receiver and hard drive reaching for decibel levels not yet known to man.


January 3, 2019
Fri
Jan 03
Cantab Lounge
8:00 PM in  Cambridge, MA - 01.03.20
Get Directions 

Band Members

  • Scott Vallee - Vocals
  • Mike - Guitar
  • Josh - Drums
  • Andrew - Bass
Scott Vallee and the Dollmakers
The Larry Lifeless Band

https://www.facebook.com/events/1229098773959999/


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January 10, 2019   MAD PAINTER
 Mad Painter returns to Club Bohemia in Cambridge.

8:00 PM The N Connection
9:00 PM The Rollo Tomasi Quintet
10:00 PM Mad Painter
11:00 PM Soaked In Strange

Soaked in Strange
https://www.facebook.com/soakedinstrange/ 

Rollo Tomasi Quartet






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BUSINESSES CAN ADVERTISE ON
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To advertise:
Write Joe Viglione
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RATES BELOW

the page is here:
Now Available:
Send us your already constructed ad.
For different dimensions, give a call  617 899 5926

ADVERTISING RATES:
1/8 page (3.5” wide x 2.3” tall) $104
1/4 page (3.5” wide x 4.7” tall) $165
1/2 page (7.3” wide x 4.7” tall) $264
Full page (7.3” wide x 9.8” tall) $440
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Johnny Sahula on Saturday  January 11th


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January 24  Fat Togue Music Presents


Mourn The Light
https://www.facebook.com/MournTheLight/

More TBA


event page

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FEBRUARY 2-29-20   
The Bamboo Steamers
Sedagive
The Montgomerys

photo SEDAGIVE
SEDAGIVE - the band


Sedagive review: Sedagive is a band that plays Western, Mass, and they are looking to come our way. George Lenides sent me the Spotify and it knocked me out, instantly, which doesn’t happen often. Power pop, Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop? Sedagive has all the elements! The song “Massachusetts” opens up the 5 song e.p. entitled SUMMERS OVER (no apostrophe on summer’s) – so here’s a Tiny URL https://tinyurl.com/sedagivemusic check it out. “Massachusetts” has flavors of Bob Lind, sixties star whose birthday is Nov. 25, day I’m writing this. “Flowers” follows, and it’s upbeat, bright and rocks smoothly…with delicate and elegant musicianship and vocals. “Nine” also has the sparkling guitars, a “Girl from Ipanema” feel with vocals out of Pere Ubu or Psychedelic Furs, but just a touch, more pop than new wave…delightful. “Little Angel” goes to more hard-driving Beatles by way of the Seeds or Paul Revere & The Raiders…these guys know how to change rock genres in an instant…and, no, “This Girl” is not an answer to John, Paul, George and Ringo’s “This Boy” – I can’t place my finger on the influences at this moment, listened last night too and can’t figure it out, but it is highly listenable and worth your attention…reminds me of how great the music of Steve Dennis is, so let’s go there. https://thesomervillenewsweekly.blog/2019/11/26/hotline-to-the-underground-week-6-by-joe-viglione/

kenne highland presents 
Lou
Years
Eve


LOU YEAR'S EVE



Andy Pratt  12:15 am
Kenne Highland 11 pm- Midnight
Lou Reed Tribute 10 pm
with Love and Flame
Count Joe Viglione, Lady Carolyn

9 pm Club Linehan A Go Go

8 PM  Frank Rowe/Leon Rich

ok lineup. Leon Rich/Frank Rowe/Club Linehan-ago-go/ Love and Flame/Kenne Highland/Andy Pratt. Lou Year's Eve. Thank you for event pages! Dream Teamwork,I like it! like Patriots football


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Valentines Day  February 14, 2020

Bazmati Vice
Memphous
https://www.facebook.com/bazmativice/




                                             MEMPHOUS









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February 28
BLUE MANIC, SCUZZY YETI


Heavy rock at a Cambridge institution. Featuring:

Scuzzy Yeti

Much more TBA


https://www.facebook.com/events/489416971681514/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1576434378287055
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March 15
 Science Fair 
Pavlov's Dog
Padlovz Dog???

On March 3 Club Bohemia has Padlovz Dog. I reviewed the original band (not the band coming to Bohemia) years ago  

Amazon:
Bringing Mellotron, flutes and strings to the table, this St. Louis prog band instantly stood out from the pack-even without the high, quavering vocals of David Surkamp. Here's their 1975 ABC-Dunhill debut, remastered and expanded with three live bonus cuts and David's first recording from '69; they join Julia; Episode; Fast Gun; Late November, and the rest of the original LP!


Review by Joe Viglione


Pampered Menial was the first album from Pavlov's Dog, a band produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman, the duo behind Blue Oyster Cult. The seven men in this group are revealed in the gatefold holding "Horace," a dog, while three engravings from 1849 by artist Robert Vernon make up the front, back and inside cover. Those paintings are striking, and though the music, mostly written by vocalist David Surkamp, tries hard, it just isn't as captivating as the package which surrounds it. Surkamp sounds like a chick singer, something that wasn't quite in vogue yet -- Journey and the Mickey Thomas Starship wouldn't happen for another four years, not until 1979, and even Thomas' hit with the Elvin Bishop Group was a year away, male vocalists were singing in lower registers at this point. With song titles like "Theme From Subway Sue" and "Of Once And Future Kings" the identity that a Blue Oyster Cult maintained was missing here. "Subway Sue" sounding very much like the 80s version of Mott, the band after Ian Hunter took his leave. If you thought Mott's high pitched vocals were out of place and annoying, check out Surkamp's strange warbling. The band itself isn't half bad. "Episode's mellotron, courtesy of Doug Rayburn and Siegfried Carver's violin, provide more than adequate sounds. Carver's sole composition, "Preludin," comes off as one of the best tracks, perhaps because it is an instrumental version of progressive rock that Triumvirat and early Journey were exploring, But when David Surkamp's vocals kick in again on the next tune, like Pavlov's experiments, it makes the listener want to break things, including this record. "Julia" is a mediocre lyric and ok melody, just destroyed by the vocalist who composed it. If this were an instrumental group, the music would be much easier to take. The band provides elegant rock, majestic drums by Mike Safron, additional keyboards by David Hamilton augmenting Rayburn's mellotron and flute, and solid 70s production from Krugman and Pearlman. Lead guitarist Steve Scorfina co-writes a beautiful piece with vocalist Surkamp in "Late November," but its perfection is marred by the whining sounds of the frontman. It is really sad, as there seems to be much potential here, drummer Michael Safron's "Song Dance" another highly creative number. A & R man Mark Spector had some kind of ears, what he was thinking here is anyone's guess. The solid riffs, the wonderful blend of sounds, all destroyed by David Surkamp's forced vocals which sound like some experiment by Pavlov gone awry. The Mott band from Shouting & Pointing infamy should have been put on a stage with Pavlov's Dog to see which act could clear the room first. "Fast Gun" is another solid progressive tune, but without the polish of a Brad Delp or Steve Perry, it just didn't stand a chance. Columbia Records should re-issue an instrumental version of this disc via their Legacy series, the music deserves it. --Muze, Joe Viglione

Pampered Menial was the first album from Pavlov's Dog, a band produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman, the duo behind Blue Oyster Cult. The seven men in this group are revealed in the gatefold holding "Horace," a dog, while three engravings from 1849 by artist Robert Vernon make up the front, back and inside cover. Those paintings are striking, and though the music, mostly written by vocalist David Surkamp, tries hard, it just isn't as captivating as the package which surrounds it. Surkamp sounds like a chick singer, something that wasn't quite in vogue yet -- Journey and the Mickey Thomas Starship wouldn't happen for another four years, not until 1979, and even Thomas' hit with the Elvin Bishop Group was a year away, male vocalists were singing in lower registers at this point. With song titles like "Theme From Subway Sue" and "Of Once And Future Kings" the identity that a Blue Oyster Cult maintained was missing here. "Subway Sue" sounding very much like the 80s version of Mott, the band after Ian Hunter took his leave. If you thought Mott's high pitched vocals were out of place and annoying, check out Surkamp's strange warbling. The band itself isn't half bad. "Episode's mellotron, courtesy of Doug Rayburn and Siegfried Carver's violin, provide more than adequate sounds. Carver's sole composition, "Preludin," comes off as one of the best tracks, perhaps because it is an instrumental version of progressive rock that Triumvirat and early Journey were exploring, But when David Surkamp's vocals kick in again on the next tune, like Pavlov's experiments, it makes the listener want to break things, including this record. "Julia" is a mediocre lyric and ok melody, just destroyed by the vocalist who composed it. If this were an instrumental group, the music would be much easier to take. The band provides elegant rock, majestic drums by Mike Safron, additional keyboards by David Hamilton augmenting Rayburn's mellotron and flute, and solid 70s production from Krugman and Pearlman. Lead guitarist Steve Scorfina co-writes a beautiful piece with vocalist Surkamp in "Late November," but its perfection is marred by the whining sounds of the frontman. It is really sad, as there seems to be much potential here, drummer Michael Safron's "Song Dance" another highly creative number. A & R man Mark Spector had some kind of ears, what he was thinking here is anyone's guess. The solid riffs, the wonderful blend of sounds, all destroyed by David Surkamp's forced vocals which sound like some experiment by Pavlov gone awry. The Mott band from Shouting & Pointing infamy should have been put on a stage with Pavlov's Dog to see which act could clear the room first. "Fast Gun" is another solid progressive tune, but without the polish of a Brad Delp or Steve Perry, it just didn't stand a chance. Columbia Records should re-issue an instrumental version of this disc via their Legacy series, the music deserves it. --Muze, Joe Viglione https://www.amazon.com/Pampered-Menial-Digipak-Remastered-Tracks/dp/B0034YLWN8



Review

Pavlov's Dog lead singer David Surkamp was everything that was wrong with the band's Columbia debut Pampered Menial. Tempered here by Blue Oyster Cult producers Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman, who also recorded the first disc, the sound is more appealing to the ear. The question is, where was it going? Too pop for progressive rock, and too progressive for Top 40, the music is driving and more focused the second time around. There are some heavy guests to add to the festivities, Roxy Music's sax player Andy McKay along with drummer William Bruford and Arista sax player Michael Brecker, though the tracks they appear on are not designated. "Valkerie" has a great hook, of "bring back the good old days," and the production here is cleaner than the first time around, but there is something very left field about this group, extremely non-commercial, even on a pretty ballad like "Standing Here With You (Megan's Song)." The music isn't as artsy as the Mothers of Invention, and certainly not as on target as Blue Oyster Cult, making one wonder if A&R man Mark Spector was just being courteous to producers Krugman and Pearlman? Mark Spector had produced Bob Segarini's 1975 effort with Dudes on Columbia, and went on to manage 38 Special, his pop leanings make this signing all the more mysterious. That being said, this outing is actually more pop oriented, or at least as poppy as this style and singer may want to be. "Try to Hang On" is light and listener friendly, one of the best tracks on the album; it is followed by "Gold Nuggets" which is almost a continuation of "Try to Hang On." "She Breaks Like Morning Sky" interrupts the flow a bit, driving a little harder, but the performance is still light years beyond the previous album. The producers have brought the music up in the mix, and the skillful playing of Pampered Meniel is brought a few notches up. "Early Morning On" is a superior track, musically, and though Surkamp is more subdued, it is still his voice which throws the monkey wrench into this affair. The cover concept with model Michael Mantel dressed as the Hunchback of Notre Dame and swinging upside down from bells is very cool, while the mascot from the previous album's cover, the 1849 artwork/engravings by Robert Vernon, appears again on the record sleeve/lyric sheet. At the risk of sounding cruel to the lead vocalist/writer/co-writer of all the songs, both albums would work better as instrumentals -- David Surkamp's voice a little too grating for the elegant and complex music inside these grooves. Adventurous and meaningful, The Sound of the Bell is a great concept and musical experience that falls short. Have to give them A for effort, though. --Muze, Joe Viglione

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. She Came Shining
2. Standing Here with You (Megan's Song)
3. Mersey
4. Valkerie
5. Try to Hang on
6. Gold Nuggets
7. She Breaks Like Morning Sky
8. Early Morning on
9. Did You See Him Cry
10. Gold Nuggets [Live]
11. Standing Here with You [Live]
12. Try to Hang on [Live]



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