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10 Jun 2016

Dust"Hard Attack “1972 + Dust “Dust” 1971 US Hard Rock

'Snow Giants' (1969) used in 1972 for the cover of the record 'Hard Attack' by the band Dust. artist  ‘Frank Frazetta

True story: in 1972, four teenage mooks from Flatbush, Brooklyn record a fully realized doom metal masterpiece that sells a half-million copies, but shortly thereafter the group has to break up because their parents won’t let them drop out of high school to go on tour. So goes the sad, funny, only-in-New-York, only-in-the-’70s saga of the band Dust.
Hard Attack, the Dust album in question, is noteworthy not just for its monstrous hard rock onslaught as typified by the underground metal classic “Suicide,” but also for being the first album to employ cover imagery by pulp artist and fellow Brooklyn boy Frank Frazetta. The lush, action-packed painting, “Snow Giants,” showcases a threeway Viking battle-axe brawl atop icy mountain peaks, and thereby established metal’s endlessly formidable devotion to depictions barbarians being barbarous.

Even more amazing, though, is that Dust drummer Marc Bell would later go on to play for Richard Hell and the Voidoids before reinventing himself as punk legend Marky Ramone. Gabba-gabba-hey—how about that?....Mike McPadden............

Where the American metal bands were in the early 70s has always been a mystery to me. The Detroit scene was in the process of fizzling, and outside of that I'm hard pressed to name another American group that would qualify as early metal outside of Blue Oyster Cult (but that's another story). So are Dust an early metal band? Well, I haven't heard their debut from the year before, but according to this, occasionally yes. Guitarist Richie Wise clearly has drawn his inspiration from the loud English blues groups of the late 60s, but he hasn't evolved much, still firing off snappy little blues lines here and there on his cranked-up guitar like it's 1969 ("Ivory"). But the group's sound is also grounded in country/folk, and Wise uses a fair amount of acoustic guitar both on the harder-edged songs (most visible on the mildly schizophrenic "Pull Away/So Many Times") and in a couple of down-home songs. It's a bit odd to hear an angry breakup song with loads of slide guitar ("How Many Horses") right next to a thunderous tune along the same lines but with darker lyrics ("Suicide"). Lyricist Kenny Kerner must have been hanging with Keith Reid on that pre-Home bender, as they lyrics here are either on along these post-breakup or suicide contemplation lines, the latter sometimes paired ironically with the music ("I Been Thinkin'" is a poetic ode to the latter). This comes out in "Thusly Spoken" which sounds like a pairing of a Procol Harum tune with the scale of Bowie's "Oh You Pretty Things" as Richie casually describes the apocalypse over strings and gentle piano. The fantastic rhythm section consists of Kenny Aaronson, who pulls plenty of weight on bass and slide guitar, and Marc Bell (the future Marky Ramone) who's driving style is only made absurd by the fact that he was about 16 years old when this was recorded! This album's problem is that while the group has a fairly diverse sound, Wise is not that good a guitar player, and the band's material isn't too distinct. Take "Ivory" for instance - a great track which finds the band engaged in the titular hard attack, but Wise isn't able to go anywhere beyond his rather ordinary line, where there's plenty of room for him to solo. This is what makes them seem more like a really loud depressed rock group at times (the great "All in All" with plenty of who-like power chords, "Walk in the Soft Rain"). Still, this is an interesting album to listen to, if not essential. Kerner and Wise produced, and they later did that as a team after the group's breakup (the Stories which Aaronson joined, and Kiss)...............

 Dust  "Hard Attack.“1972   New York Hard Rock excellent  second album Kama Sutra Label  + Dust “Dust” 1971 first album

Ivory {HQ}

"Pull Away So Many Times” {HQ}


Dust Interview with Marky Ramone:

Dust story trailer....

Hard Attack by Dust is an improvement over the acceptable performance of the self-titled debut from the year before. The team of producer Kenny Kerner and vocalist/guitarist/producer Richie Wise do just what the title suggests, bringing a harder attack to songs like “Pull Away/So Many Times” and “Ivory,” the latter an instrumental with emphasis on guitar riffs and cymbal work. It’s an all-out assault from the trio and pretty interesting, though the album as a whole works better when Thog’s Fred Singer adds piano and organ. “How Many Horses” benefits from keyboard presence, and brings the group back to the Leslie West/Mountain flavors so obvious on the group’s 1971 debut. That song definitely sounds like Dust was intent on remaking the Jack Bruce/Mountain classic “Theme From an Imaginary Western,” one of that group’s highlights. That the quieter moments, the elegant “Walk in the Soft Rain” and “How Many Horses,” work better than the brutally hard “Suicide” hints at the adult contemporary leanings of Kerner and Wise. That they would merge this group with their labelmates in the band Stories for 1973’s Traveling Underground is more evidence of what musical style they were more comfortable with. Unlike the commercial happy style of Stories, this album is obsessed with death – perhaps a marketing tool to the hard rock audience with that theme running through the disc. It’s no secret why Stories lead singer Ian Lloyd ended up on Scotti Brothers Records in 1979 and 1980: Producer Wise, the lead singer of Dust, was A&R man at that label. The two Dust albums provide evidence that there were some music business execs who actually had talent. The wonderful Frank Frazetta artwork on the front of the album also shows good taste. Frazetta did many a cover drawing for Creepy and Eerie magazines. It’s a well-known fact that Gene Simmons from Kiss came from the world of fanzines and fantasy, and it should be no surprise that Wise and Kerner went on to produce the debut from Kiss in 1974 on Neil Bogart’s Casablanca imprint. They also did the follow-up, Hotter Than Hell. You see, Bogart was VP of Kama Sutra’s Buddah imprint as far back as 1967, and these Dust albums are truly the prototype to what became Kiss, at least in terms of sound. How could it not be so? The two men who made the first Kiss albums made these two albums a couple of years before Simmons and crew made their debut. All Music Guide writer Greg Prato calls Kiss (their debut album) “one of hard rock’s all-time classic studio recordings.” It was a product of the people who made Dust. Interesting that Buddah hasn’t considered combining the first two Dust and third Stories album on a double CD to show the roots of Kiss; it would certainly be a neat marketing ploy. There’s a pretty 19-second bonus 11th song/tenth track entitled “Entrance,” which concludes the dark poetry of the Hard Attack album, an album that is one of the forgotten soldiers in rock history…..

Dust were almost an ideal cult band: a group that were of their time but never belonged to it, yet its members became better-known later, with drummer Marc Bell becoming Marky Ramone and bassist Kenny Aaronson joining the Stories, a band the singer/guitarist produced along with Dust producer Kenny Kerner. Of course, neither 1971’s Dust or its 1972 sequel Hard Attack – both combined on this Legacy two-fer from 2013 – sound anything like the breakneck punk of the Ramones or the Baroque pop of the Stories, nor is it quite the proto-metal of its lore. Instead, the two albums find a power trio adrift in the mythic murk of the early ‘70s, sometimes recalling a bit of the towering cinematic crunch of Mountain, sometimes the folk-art-blues of Jethro Tull, occasionally dipping into a bit of blooze boogie but not as often as they dabble in some of the majestic art rock muddle of early Deep Purple. They can be heavy, they can be loud, but there’s too much color and too many acoustic guitars for this to be easily be pegged as metallic. Instead, it’s where acid rock begins to unravel, hitting very hard before receding into faux hippieland, peppered with pseudo-profound tales, but it’s always clear that Dust would rather be “Chasin’ Ladies.” All this makes Dust read a lot more interesting than they sound: they have these unformed ideas, unwitting allusions, and gangly gallop that are kind of intriguing on their own terms but never quite add up to more of the sum of their parts. A great cult item, in other words: listening to it, you can hear why people love it, even if when you can’t fall for its charms yourself.     by allmusic….. by Stephen Thomas Erlewine,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Born in Brooklyn, New York in the late 1960’s, Dust were a pro-type Heavy Metal band made up of three musicians and a lyrist that all went on to have major careers in rock and roll.  Dust could actually be called a pre-super group as the band consisted of the two guys who went on to produce the first two Kiss albums, guitarist/vocalist Richie Wise and manager/lyricist Kenny Kerner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Marc Bell, AKA Marky Ramone, and bassist extraordinaire Kenny Aaronson who went on to play with Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar and Joan Jett among others.
Before they were famous, they were Dust, however, a band of kids who were, accidentally and in some ways unbeknownst to them, creating American Heavy Metal.  They only released two albums, 1971’s self-titled debut, and 1972’s Hard Attack before breaking up.  Now, both albums  have been re-released and remastered from the original analog master tapes on a single CD with a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl version released on April 20.
“We were loud and fast, and it was just unreal,” recalls Wise. “Even when we played low, we were 20 times louder than everybody else. When we got our record deal, I got three Marshall stacks, Kenny Aaronson bought four Acoustic 360-watt amps, Marc bought this huge set of Ludwigs with a big 28-inch bass drum. On stage, it was just an amazing amount of exhale — not a whole lot of inhale.”
The self-titled Dust album featured a song that is considered one of the first and finest examples of early American Heavy Metal in “From a Dry Camel.”  That album also contains rockers “Stone Woman,” “Chasin’ Ladies” and “Loose Goose.”  Hard Attack saw Dust write the best hard rock songs of their brief career, stepping up the musicianship, yet also performing songs outside of the Metal genre including “Thusly Spoken” and “How Many Horses.”  It is the powerhouse tunes on Hard Attach, though, that make this album so special.  “Suicide” has been a cult favorite for years while “Learning to Die” and “Pull Away/So Many Times” see Dust creating their own individual sound.  Pretty amazing considering they were all 21 years of age or younger at the time!
Marky Ramone AKA Marc Bell comments, “We were teenagers, but we were pretty developed as musicians — concerning that genre. Nobody else in Brooklyn that I knew of could do what we could do as a threesome. And we had a style. Yeah, we could all play blues and rock, but we took it further. We took it to different time changes within the songs, and people weren’t doing that at that time.”
Both albums sound amazing as the songs, after being remastered, literally rock harder than ever before and have had new life breathed into them.  "We tweaked it a bit,“ points out Aaronson. "But didn’t want to stray too far from the original, because that’s what people who do know it are used to. If it was up to me, I was thinking, 'I wish I could remix the whole record,’ but the remastering was nice.”
The final word on Dust goes to manager and lyricist Kenny Kerner, who is thrilled the band’s two albums will once again see the light of day. “I think young kids who never heard it before will find new Metal heroes, and people who grew up with Dust will rekindle their love for this music and this band.”....................

The cult following that’s grown up around Dust is about to get bigger. That’s because Sony Legacy has seen fit to reissue the proto-metal legends’ only two albums, 1971’s Dust and 1972’s Hard Attack, two highly influential documents of heavy blues-driven rock that had been out of print for eons. Time and neglect haven’t eroded their extraordinary power one bit. 

Dust was, quite possibly, a bit too hasty in calling it quits so soon after the release of Hard Attack, but they all moved on in impressive fashion, hardly taking a moment to reflect on their brief existence. They were only teenagers when they formed, but the precocious threesome of Richie Wise, Marc Bell and Kenny Aaronson – plus Kenny Kerner, who helped out with production and songwriting – had a loud, fully-realized sonic vision in mind for Dust, but it wasn’t getting them anywhere. So, they parted, and Dust was history. Wise, the band’s guitarist, singer and main songwriter, went on to produce the first two KISS records with Kerner, his partner. 

Aaronson did session work for Dust’s label, Kama Sutra, and toured with just about everybody who was anybody in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, including Bob Dylan, Edgar Winter, Billy Idol and Billy Squier, to name but a few. He also played with both the New York band Stories, who struck gold with the chart-topping single “Brother Louie,” and the short-lived super group HSAS, which stood for Hagar, Schon, Aaronson and Schrieve. And as for Bell, the drummer, he joined The Ramones in 1978. You might know him better as Marky Ramone. 

Had the world known what they'd accomplish post-Dust, perhaps those records released in the dark ages of American heavy metal wouldn’t have fallen on deaf ears. And maybe, just maybe, Dust would have lived a little longer, changing the course of rock history forever. Alas, it was not to be, and with serious concerns about their management, their label and their future, Dust called it a day and everybody scattered to the four winds. And Dust and Hard Attack, they just sat on a shelf gathering … well, dust. 

Remastered for maximum impact, the sound of these lost treasures – both the product of good, solid songwriting – has been cleaned spotless and is fuller and richer than the original recordings. Hard Attack, in particular, comes on like a hurricane, with the untamed energy of “Ivory” – a rolling tank of an instrumental – and “All in All” whipping around as violently and furiously as any of the wild storms brewed up by The Who or Cream. Heavy weather is experienced on “Learning to Die” and “Full Away/So Many Times,” as well, with Aaronson’s muscular bass and Bell’s galloping drums racing with the wind. And the Sabbath-like “Suicide” swings a big hammer, one that could drive spikes through railroad ties. 

Variety spices up Hard Attack, however, as the exquisitely arranged ballad “Thusly Spoken” – blanketed in gorgeous strings and twinkling piano – might be the most sophisticated pop music Burt Bacharach never wrote. Golden flecks of bent steel pedal sparkle in the quiet acoustic country rumination “I Been Thinkin’” and its kissing cousin “How Many Horses,” giving Hard Attack some tasty twang. 

Dust is the black sheep of the family, as “Love Me Hard,” “Chasin’ Ladies” and “Stone Woman” – all cut up by gliding, shooting stars of slide guitar – ramble on like Zeppelin in their prime. Nothing on either album, though, compares to the heavy, 9:53 psychedelic trip “From a Dry Camel” on Dust, a blustery, hallucinogenic dreamscape of alien shapes and a searing, extended guitar solo that goes deep into the recesses of the brain. 

Handling dynamic shifts in tempo and mood with deft chops and synchronized charges into the breach, as a band, Dust was bold, adventurous and exceedingly confident of their abilities. Few would appreciate their talents when they were around. That’s what often happens with artists who are ahead of their time. But, eventually, the world catches up, and with this reissue, augmented by a fantastic selection of vintage memorabilia and photos, along with concise, but revealing, liner notes comprised of passionate remembrances by band members, it seems the time is right to reassess the impact Dust had on heavy metal. Get to your independent record store early on April 20 for a lush Record Store Day exclusive vinyl version of this archival treasure. 
– Peter Lindblad................

Brooklyn: We Go Hard… 
Even in the time before Twitter, information could fly like mad bees through high school hallways and such was the case in the early 1970’s when friends started buzzing about a band called Dust. Unquestionably local heroes here in Brooklyn, everyone seemed to know a relative or close friend of one of the members, and that sixth degree of separation from a signed act was an inspiration for an upstart guitarist like myself. Seeing the skulls staring from the cover of their first, self-titled, LP on the racks at Jaime’s Record Store on Flatbush Avenue made the rumors reality. The following year Hard Attack, adorned with Frank Frazetta’s Frost Giants painting, made an even bigger impression. Was their ever an album that better represented its title? 

Truth is I owned neither of these albums in their time. You didn’t need to buy them to hear them regularly. In the days of communal listening everyone had a personal stash of records they brought along when visiting friends. At gatherings I was responsible for supplying Black Sabbath’s first, the Who’s Live At Leeds and Screaming Lord Sutch and His Heavy Friends, among others. I did add both Dust albums to my collection a few years later, when they turned up in the “cut-out” bins at Titus Oaks (also on Flatbush Ave). 

While most pre-press for the CD points to Dust as progenitors of American metal, (a title I’d personally ascribe to Blue Cheer) that spin actually short sheets the bands talents. They were in fact children of their times, likely listening to friends’ record collections, and being influenced by a wide variety of styles. Across the 17 song disc you’ll get flavorings of Cream, Mountain, The Who, and even Beggar’s Banquet/Let It Bleed era Rolling Stones. That said, the dirge-like “From A Dry Camel” with its extended eastern modal jamming, the instro “Ivory” and the heavy riffing and extended bass guitar solo of “Suicide”, will not disappoint fans of early Black Sabbath. 

In this classic power trio line-up Kenny Aaronson’s bass playing at once approximated the styles of both John Entwistle and Jack Bruce, and like them his melodic counterpoint drives many of the tunes. He also peppered the mix with dobro slide and touches of pedal steel guitar ala Led Zeppelin 1. Like early Zep records Richie Wise’s acoustic guitars are used to add texture intermingled with the electric rhythm and lead tracks. Marc Bell’s powerhouse double bass drum tracks are an excellent primer for current 70’s centric skin bashers.........

Think the phrase "proto metal," and the usual suspects come to mind - Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, etc. But only a select few have known that an obscure Brooklyn, New York-based band, Dust, was one of the first stateside bands to crank their amps up to ten and let it rip. And now, thanks to a reissue of the group's two albums, 1971's self-titled debut and 1972's 'Hard Attack,' as a remastered (from the original analog master tapes) single CD, now many rock fans will finally discover the sonic proof. 

Both albums were originally released on the Kama Sutra label in the early seventies. Dust was also the beginning of the three members amazing careers. Kenny Aaronson (bass) went on the play with everyone from Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, The New York Dolls and the list goes on. Marc Bell - a.k.a. Marky Ramone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award for his work with the Ramones. Richie Wise continued on as a producer with his partner Kenny Kerner, who went on to produce several platinum and gold records, including the first two Kiss albums (Kiss, Hotter Than Hell)...............

An absolute must-own 2-fer-1 CD reissue of both of the lp's of Dust - an early '70's hard rock trio that apparently never received the recognition that they truly deserved. First you get their second album 'Hard Attack' ('72) with the awesome "Walk In The Soft Rain", the power-house [in every sense of the word] "Learning To Die", "All In All", the steady rocker "Ivory" and their ballad (?) "Trusly Spoken". Then there's the stellar self-titled debut record 'Dust' ('71) with the ass-kicking "Chasin' Ladies" (after hearing this cut, I believe that Triumph had possibly drew some inspiration from it), the wailing "Goin' Easy", the well-received "From A Dry Camel" and "Often Shadows Felt". Personnel: Richie Wise - guitar & vocals, Kenny Aaronson - bass and Marc Bell- drums. Bassist notably went on to work with the band Stories (huge hit with "Brother Louie) as well as with artists Rick Derringer, Hagar-Schon and the Yardbirds. Comes with a nifty twenty-page CD booklet packed with unseen pics and exclusive liner notes with inside band info. Such as in 1971-72, Dust was opener for King Crimson and Alice Cooper. Recommended if you like Ten Years After, first four Zeppelin lp's, Gun, Uriah Heep, Free, Bad Company and possibly Thin Lizzy or even Cream. I'm surprised that until a month ago, I never even heard of Dust. Essential....By Mike Reed.............

Upon the recommendation of a fellow poster in the music forums discussion boards, I decided to order this and give it a try as its documented that this trio called "Dust", was a springboard for everyone involved within its short inception. Formed in 1969 and hailing from New York City, Dust was the brainchild of Richie Wise, a dynamic vocalist/guitarist and producer Kenny Kerner, whom was a collaborator of the music on this collection, writing the lyrics. Rounded out by bassist Kenny Aaronson and drummer Marc Bell, this early group formation intrigued me as I was aware of each members' future successes in the rock business and now I'm proud to say that this collection of their only two albums remains an interesting lost piece of work. "Hard Attack" was their first release in 1971 and features a blend of heavy hitting rock as evidenced on the opening track "Pull Away/So Many Times" as well as "Learning to Die" and "Suicide", but they also display softer, quieter moments in the songs "Thusly Spoken", "I Been Thinkin'" and "How Many Horses". Richie Wise was quite an adept guitarist and while his vocal range is somewhat limited, the spirit's there and that more than makes up for any inefficiency on that end. Marc Bell's drumming is quite heavy, at times, and would serve as a good "boot camp" for his future as a Ramone. Kenny Aaronson, of course, is quite the journeyman within the music business and has played with artists such as Joan Jett, Edgar Winter, Billy Idol and Bob Dylan to name a few; his bass playing is a wealth of creative and prolific measure within the rounding of this collection and while its understandable in some ways, why this group didn't catch on to a broader appeal back then, all the same, its a great set to indulge in, for the sake of their early "1st stage" within the music industry.

The self titled follow up release, features 7 tracks that tilt towards the heavier aspects of their sound more consistently within the songwriting and performance areas. "Stone Woman" features slide guitar introducing a fast boogie/blues rocker with the solid, "in the pocket" playing of Aaronson's bass and Bell's driving drumbeats; and like "Pull Away/So Many Times" from the debut, "Woman" is a great and solid opener. "Chasin' Ladies" sounds a bit like Mountain within its heavy blues/rock attack and Wise's guitar work is quite exceptional here as well as his vocal performance which features an accompanying harmony vocal during its choruses. "Love Me Hard" is a rave up of a rocker with some tasty bass playing from Kenny, while "From a Dry Camel", features a dirge-like tempo with distorted wah-wah guitar from Wise and a thumping bass rhythm that catches fire once the middle section speeds up into a driving jam. "Often Shadows Felt" offers up a bit more adventure and diversity from the record's steady blues/hard rock vibe culminating in a folky flavor with acoustic guitar, an ethereal vocal from Richie and some nice dobro courtesy of Aaronson during the song's middle section. Closing the record is another raver, in "Loose Goose" credited to Aaronson, which features propulsive bass lines within a breakneck speed tempo rendered from Bell's drumming and Wise's fiery guitar style; its a fun and fast instrumental jam and is a cool way to end the record.

I find this disc to be a great collection to have and its been said that Dust was one of the first American heavy metal groups, but judging on some of the cuts within this disc set, the band were much more diversified than typical heavy metal acts and while some songs certainly point towards that claim, in the grand scheme of things, these guys were young, hungry and wanting to express themselves based on those merits as well as the passion within the playing. Everyone has to start somewhere, and this disc is a living artifact of that phrase and then some. 4 stars..........By  Thirty-Ought Six..............

these are 2 very over looked hard rock records from some 40 odd years ago before the term heavy metal was used, what i would call dust back then was an awesome heavy hard rock power trio, for over 25 years i have had both albums on 2 seperate cds as german imports, this us version that took forever to come out has better mastering and great liner notes, i just wish even though this is a 2 albums on one cd deal more was done to keep the original artwork in tact, if you are into audiophile you can easily get that wish as BOTH of these records have been re issued on vinyl within the past 5 years twice now so you can get the reissues wich replicate the original vinyl sleeves etc, anyway these guys where an awesome power trio, sadly they went very overlooked back in the early 70s but the past 10 years or so they seem to be becoming a bit of a cult band among the younger fans wich is nice to see, so so many bands like this fell over the wayside so long ago i feel that is one of the only good things about the internet and that is it helps young music lovers discover stuff like this that was around long before they where born, im in my mid 40s and i got into dust about 25 years ago and im happy to say THEY ARE BIGGER NOW THEN BACK IN 89/90 and even bigger now then they where in 1973 and 1974 we can thank the net for that, anyway very highley reccomended for 70s hard rock lovers.....By Edward J. mccarthy Jr......................

If you are a fan of 60s and 70s power trios then you have to pick up this disc, which features their sophomore outing of DUST and their second and last album HARD ATTACK (the latter notable for the first album cover to feature a Frank Frazetta painting). Richie Wise, the guitar player, may not be the greatest guitarist in a power trio format but he has a great voice and knows how to crank out a riff. Somewhat like the Who (in context but not in style) it is the band's rhythm section which is at the forefront, featuring Kenny Aaronson on bass and Mark Ramone on drums. These two guys cook and Aaronson is one of the best rock bass players ever captured on vinyl (check out the tune "Suicide" on HARD ATTACK and which features a monster bass solo). Aaronson also does slide guitar work that gives an almost C&W touch to some of their softer tunes, as not all of their output was balls to the wall. If you are a fan of 60s bands like Cream, Aum, Blue Cheer, The Hook, or Led Zeppelin, then I don't see how you could not get into this. Don't buy their two albums individually, get this combo disc and be ahead of the game......ByLawrence A. Strid....................

Dust was formed in 1969 by Richie Wise and two teenagers, Kenny Aaronson (later of Derringer and HSAS fame) and Marc Bell (a.k.a. Marky Ramone). The trio's producer and manager, Kenny Kerner, also wrote the band's lyrics. Their eponymous debut album was released on Kama Sutra records in 1971, followed by a sophomore release Hard Attack on the same label the following year, which sharpened the band's edge and intensified the band's approach, thus it became the more sought after of the pair by collectors interested in the roots of American metal.

At the dawn of the 70's, hard rock and early heavy metal were almost completely dominated by British innovators. Dust was one of the few American bands to try picking up the gauntlet, playing a progressive brand of proto-metal that was explicitly indebted to their British contemporaries.
Dust didn't last long, nor did they get up to much touring: "No, we didn't get far", says Richie, "and I think, if we'd stayed together, I think we would have gone a lot further. But in the Midwest, there was, for some reason, the radio stations there, and some of the cities, like St. Louis, started to play us -- I guess they really like that kind of rock sound. And I guess they did for many years after that, because they broke a lot of the heavy bands in the Midwest. Kiss, who I later on produced, broke in the Midwest. Detroit, places like that. I remember us playing with Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Cactus."

Although Wise began writing material for a third album, the band dissolved due to lack of promotion and Wise's growing disinterest in producing.
While the group only released two album's, the band gained interest in collectors of early heavy metal. Both albums were reissued on April 16, 2013 together as a combined CD set titled Hard Attack/Dust, as well as on vinyl on August 20 for Record Store Day.

Wise and Kerner went into production for Kiss, among others, producing their first two albums.
Bell's next project after Dust was Estus. He played on their 1973 eponymous album. In the mid 70's, he joined Richard Hell and the Voidiods, playing on their seminal Blank Generation L.P. In 1978, he replaced Thomas Erdelyi in the Ramones, assuming the name Marky Ramone.
(Potions of this article written by Steve Huey - Allmusic)................

Dust is a miracle hard rocking trio of the early seventies, a proto-metal wonder band which many people would wish had lasted longer. Too bad for all of us, they only recorded two albums (on Kama Sutra records originally), their self-titled debut album in 1971 and Hard Attack in 1972 and then disbanded.
They formed around 1968 and they were one of the few American bands that sounded so "British", in the blues explosion of the times but also combining it with some progressive hints. But they were probably too good to get proper recognition and so they decided to go their separate ways. Even if you never heard of them, you definitely acknowledge their next steps. Most of the people know him as Marky Ramone, but the fact is that drummer Marc Bell (aka Marky Ramone) was one of the founding members of Dust and after their separation he moved on to Richard Hell & the Voidoids and then to the Ramones.
Bassist Kenny Aaronson joined The Stories in 1973, after Dust split, and also worked as a session bassist and guest in some Blue Oyster Cult albums. Vocalist Ritchie Wise, along with Kenny Kerner, Dust's lyricist and producer, formed a production team, also working with The Stories and producing the first two albums of Kiss.
In their debut album Dust put some of the greatest tunes of American proto-metal, and it's no wonder that it is considered a collectible for many fans of this early, full of raw power and thus sentimental sound. The album begins with a whistle and the fast blues-rock Stone Woman, which is a powerful opening track, but the best is yet to come... Marc Bell's distinguishing drum sound introduces us to the second track, Chasing Ladies, a short in length, 'catchy' hard rock song. A bluesy and more heartfelt slow tune is the third track, Goin' Easy and then comes the thunder! The fourth track, Love Me Hard, is not a romantic soft tune, as maybe the title indicates... it is a stormy hard rock diamond, which will stick to your head for its distinctive melody and lyrics! Probably the best (or second best, for some) song of this album but definitely the best way to close the first side of the LP (vinyl).
But there is more. The fifth track From a Dry Camel (opening for side two of the LP) is a lengthy but explosive tune with many variations in rhythm, a bombast displaying all three musicians at the peak of their superlative skills. This song made the list of Top Ten Heavy Metal songs EVER in the original ROCK BOOK OF LISTS, and you owe it to yourself to hear why - and some consider this one to be the best song of the album, it is a matter of taste I suppose! And I wouldn't mind if the album closed here, at this point, as I got all the satisfaction I would expect. but there are two more tracks, the more progressive. Often Shadows Felt. Which comes as a continuation of the previous, in a slower and softer manner, and the fast, hard beating instrumental Loose Goose, which is a showcase of Aaronson's gifted bass playing and closes the album in a memorable way.
Thanks to Repertoire records, the savior of many rare seventies diamonds, this album can still be found in stores (not very easily, but it is re-released). I suggest to the hard-rock lovers to grab it no matter what! It is certainly worth not only a hearing, but having it in your collection. Eleni Konstantinidou................
Οι Dust είναι ένα από εκείνα τα συγκροτήματα που το μόνο λάθος τους, υπήρξε πως ατυχώς εμφανίστηκαν σε ακατάλληλη στιγμή και πιθανά με λάθος εταιρία.
Η δισκογραφική εταιρία Kama Sutra, που δημιουργήθηκε προς τα τέλη της δεκαετίας του ’60, συγνωνέυτηκε με την Casablanca του Neil Bogart, την εταιρία που κυκλοφόρησε στη συνέχεια 14 δίσκους των KISS.
Οι Dust δημιουργήθηκαν το 1970 στη New York, USA, από τους Wise, Aaronson και Bell, ενώ ήταν ακόμα μαθητές του λυκείου.
Μια συμφωνία με την δισκογραφική εταιρία Kama Sutra, τους έδωσε το πολυπόθητο συμβόλαιο.
Τόσο το ντεμπούτο LP των Dust το 1971, όσο και το “Hard Attack” που κυκλοφόρησε το 1972, προκάλεσαν αίσθηση με την φοβερή τους δύναμη, ένταση και γνησιότητα ώστε πάντοτε θα παραμένει μυστήριο, γιατί αυτό το τρίο δεν μπόρεσε ποτέ να φτάσει πραγματικά σε ένα πιο υψηλό επίπεδο αναγνώρισης και επιτυχίας.
Πιο πολιτισμένοι απ’ ότι οι MC5 και οι Blue Cheer, οι Dust περνούσαν αστραπιαία από τα Hard Rock riffs σε μελωδικά ακουστικά μέρη, δημιουργώντας αληθινούς ύμνους, οι οποίοι ακόμα και τώρα (36 χρόνια μετά) συνεχίζουν να συγκινούν την παλιότερη γενιά.
Παρόλο που το Heavy Rock εναλλασσόταν με Country τραγούδια το συγκρότημα έβγαζε πολύ θόρυβο, παρά το γεγονός ότι ήταν τρίο.
Θεωρήθηκαν από πολλούς εκείνη την εποχή πιο Heavy και από τους Black Sabbath.
Σίγουρα δεν ήταν απλώς και μόνο εξαιτίας του ώριμου παιξίματος στα τύμπανα του Marc Bell (ο οποίος μερικές φορές αποκαλούσε τον εαυτό του Marc Ramone και αργότερα πήγε στο group των Ramones), που έκανε το “Hard Attack” ένα τόσο καλό δίσκο, αλλά εξαιτίας επίσης ενός συγκεκριμένου καλού τραγουδιού του “Suicide”.
Το “Suicide” με το εκπληκτικό refrain του και το θαυμάσιο solo στο bass του Kenny Aaronson. Τραγούδια όπως τα: “Suicide”, “Walk In The Soft Rain”, “So Many Times”, “All In All”, “I Been Thinking”, “How Many Horses” και “Learning To Die” σίγουρα θα σας ενθουσιάσουν και θα σας ταξιδέψουν σε μια εποχή που το Hard Rock ήταν πιο γνήσιο και χωρίς πολλά φτιασίδια.
Δυστυχώς το “Hard Attack” δεν πούλησε όσο έπρεπε και έτσι το σχήμα διαλύεται, και παραμένουν μια σχετικά unknown band.
Πριν διαλυθεί το group, είχε προλάβει να ηχογραφήσει κάποια τραγούδια για ένα τρίτο LP, το οποίο δεν βγήκε ποτέ.
Ο Kenny Aaronson αργότερα γνώρισε κάποια δόξα στο πλευρό του Rick Denninger, καθώς επίσης και στο συγκρότημα των Sammy Hagar-Neal Schon (HSAS), χωρίς να πετύχει όμως την αναγνώριση που του άξιζε.
Ενώ ο Richie Wise μαζί με τον Kenny Kerner συνέχισαν σαν παραγωγοί.
Έκαναν την παραγωγή στα δυο πρώτα LP των KISS, τα οποία και θεωρούνται τα πιο Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll που έκαναν ποτέ οι KISS.
Οι πραγματικοί φίλοι των κεραυνοβόλων riffs θα πούλαγαν και την γιαγιά τους για τα δυο LP των Dust, έτσι τουλάχιστον είχα διαβάσει σε ξένο μουσικό έντυπο πριν από αρκετά χρόνια, ίσως πάνω από 15 αν θυμάμαι καλά.
Τέλος, σε μια συνέντευξη του Richie Wise είχα διαβάσει, ότι του είχε πει ο Gene Simmons των KISS, ότι την ιδέα να βγάζει την γλώσσα του στα live την είχε πάρει από τον Kenny Aaronson στις αρχές των ΄70s, όταν είχε δει live τους from southern rock gr................

The second album of Dust proves the excellent potential of the band. “Hard Attack” is a kind of an album as good as “Machine Head” of Deep Purple, but unfortunately, little known.

Dust is a band similar to a lot of bands of 70’s, with the sound and style of hard rock, the popular genre marked by bands like Deep Purple, Led Zepellin and Whitesnake. There was some bands as good as these bands but that unfortunately didn’t became so famous, (bands like T-Rex, UFO and other bands) and Dust is in this category. The potential of this power trio are in the integrants: Kenny Aaronson, Richie Wise, Marc Bell (after known like Mark Ramone) and the production and lyrics by Kenny Kerner.

After the good album “Dust” from 1971, the band released Hard Attack, a classic album, as good as some classics like “Machine Head” by Deep Purple. The album isn’t just an album of hard rock, but had a lot of influences by a lot of genres. “Pull away – So Many Times” starts the album, the track has an amazing melody mixing the folk of 60’s and the hard rock of 70’s, there is a good guitar solo, and specially – you can see very clear – the strong presence of Kenny Aaronson with a great base of bass increasing the quality of the song.

The instrumental “Ivory” is one of the best examples of the potential of Marc Bell as a drummer. It’s difficult to see how good he is in Ramones, because the chords of punk rock’s music are very simple. This track is a terrific track and shows not just the potential of Marc Bell but specially the potential of the guitar player Richie Wise.

“How Many Horses” and “I Been Thinkin’” are some examples of the different influences that exist in the album. The first has strong country and blues influences, with a great sweet melody and good lyrics becomes one of the best songs of the band. The second has country and folk influences too, it’s an excellent song and the calmest track of “Hard Attack”.

“Suicide” is the heaviest of the album and reminds Black Sabatth, with a great instrumental and the best guitar solo of the album, it sounds like a song of the best age of heavy metal. After this, the album closes with the best way: a fast and sweet instrumental song with the sound of a guitar. “Entanco” is very simple, and has only 28 seconds. The sufficient to end a classic album in the best way Handerson Ornelas .................Sputnikmusic........

Like CAPTAIN BEYOND, WARHORSE, ANDROMEDA and many other wonderful hardcore bands from the '60s to the' 70s, DUST also had a meteoric career, releasing only two albums, very little for a brilliant band full of cool ideas to develop.

A very interesting point in his second record "Hard Attack" released in 1972 is that Dust did not have an excessive concern to make a heavy sound, on the contrary: "So Many Times" has until a very nice double of guitar and guitar, without Compromise the end result for those who like weight. In addition to that, we have the voice of Richie Wise, who owns a very beautiful timbre (listen to the beautiful "Thusly Spoken", for example), Kenny Aaronson's square baobab and a certain drummer Marc Bell, who thought it best to change The name a few years later for Marky Ramone, after which he joined the Ramones.

Imagine Oswaldo Montenegro singing in a Hard Hard band ... "Learning To Die" is more or less that. Without losing weight, comes "All In All" with a pickle bait, the drum turns all and Richie Wise singing a lot. "Suicide" is for head banging, with the guys once again filled with anger to channel through their music.

This is a great Rock'n Roll record with some very high quality soft ballads and demonstrating all the potential that this band still had to spit fire in the golden years of Rock.........................

Everybody has to start somewhere. For producers Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise (KISS), Stories bassist Kenny Aaronson, and Marc Bell, a.k.a. Marky Ramone, a major chapter of their starting chapter was Dust. Wise (guitar/vocals), Aaronson (bass/steel, dobro and bottleneck guitars) and Bell (drums) joined with producer/songwriter Kerner to create two albums for Neil Bogart’s Kama Sutra label in 1971 and 1972 that proved Americans could give their British brethren a run in the heavy-rock sweepstakes. The music of Dust can be fairly be labelled as hard rock or proto-metal, but the New York power trio’s pair of albums also take in pop and blues influences and would probably best be described now as in a classic rock vein. But you can decide for yourself, as these formative albums have been remastered and paired on one CD from Legacy Recordings (88883 70289 2). Dust/Hard Attack is oddly presented with the second album first, perhaps to emphasize the edgier side of the band which was explored more fully on the sophomore set.

A snarling attitude is evident on these ferocious tracks. In four separate notes contained in the nicely illustrated booklet, each key figure in the Dust story reflects on the Brooklyn group’s background and shot at success. Kenny Kerner laments that Kama Sutra wasn’t a “rock label,” depriving Dust of the chance to become a “Supergroup.” Indeed, Dust made unlikely company for Sha Na Na. Marky Ramone confesses that the band was influenced by “what was happening in Britain, but there really weren’t any bands in America doing what we did at the time.” Richie Wise admits a Brit influence, too, but perhaps a surprising one: The Beatles.

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And so 1971 debut Dust does an adequate job establishing the band’s loud, fast, hard and raw spin on rock. A tough riff, quite possibly the album’s strongest, propels the kiss-off “Chasin’ Ladies”. It’s almost a hard-rock spin on the Kama Sutra pop style, complete with a “ba-ba-ba-ba” refrain. Another heavy riff opens the epic “From a Dry Camel,” which exploits an eerie, exotic flavor and prog-influenced vocals. There’s also a touch of Black Sabbath in the sprawling track. Despite its title, “Goin’ Easy” is one of the best examples on Dust of the band’s reworking of the blues.

Musicianship from the young band members is strong throughout. (Marky Ramone remembers still being in high school when the album was released!) Aaronson’s slide guitar on the boogieing “Stone Woman” is impressive, and Ramone’s rapid-fire drums never take a rest. The sound is so thick and thunderous on numerous tracks, like the darkly evocative “Often Shadows Felt,” that it’s easy to forget you’re listening to a three-piece. The album closes with “Loose Goose,” an unexpected and quite storming riff on rockabilly. It was contributed by Kenny Aaronson; every other track on Dust was written by the team of Kerner and Wise.

Hard Attack, originally adorned with a striking Frank Frazetta cover painting, is a tighter and more diverse album than its predecessor. Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise took production and arranging credit; this is significant as Dust credited Kerner, the three band members and Dominic Sicilia for production only. The Kerner/Wise duo also wrote the entire album save one track penned by Kerner with Aaronson (“Learning to Die”). Hard Attack (which opens Legacy’s new CD) stakes out new territory immediately as its first track, “Pull Away/So Many Times,” begins with an acoustic strum and Wise’s resonant voice: “Waitin’ for something that is never comin’/So I guess I’ll be on my way/I know it’s over, we could never make it/So I guess I’ll just pull away…” And then the band enters in rip-roaring garage mode, all swagger and confidence. Before the song is out, it takes in an acoustic interlude, with Wise’s full-throated vocals in contrast to the gentler guitar part.

The experimentation continues throughout Hard Attack. “Walk in the Soft Rain” isn’t exactly a quiet moment, but it’s relatively quieter and melodic, with acoustic and electric guitars, Brit-inspired vocals and even background parts. But even it’s just an appetizer for “Thusly Spoken.” When strings and piano open the song, it’s a “Toto, we’re not in Brooklyn anymore!” moment. The lyrics are ironic counterpart to the pretty melody, with Wise crooning of demons and poisons over an atmospheric, baroque arrangement. (Thog’s Fred Singer played piano and organ, and orchestrator/arranger Larry Wilcox scored the strings.) There’s even a country vibe on “I Been Thinkin’” and the drawling “How Many Horses.” The former has one of Hard Attack’s most sensitive vocals, while the latter recalls the music of Leslie West’s Mountain, a touchstone for Dust’s first album.

The frenetic, hard ‘n’ heavy, and gleefully-cackled attack of “Learning to Die” (“Now the time has come for every man to die! Soon you will all be gone!”) and the rowdy instrumental “Ivory” both balance the softer sides of Dust. Garage rock fervor again takes over on “All in All” while “Suicide” – one in a number of songs on the album focusing on death in all its forms – is purely brutal (“I found a shotgun and held it close to my head/And pulled the trigger just to be sure I was dead”).

Vic Anesini has remastered both albums well, and Kenny Kerner advises in the notes to “play the fuckin’ thing loud. Or don’t play it at all!” The entire package is nicely-designed, and it’s always a treat to see the Kama Sutra and Buddah logos reactivated. Only the reverse chronological sequence is a deterrent; following Hard Attack, the debut album feels like a step backward.

Dust, of course, didn’t make the kind of commercial waves that producer/manager Kerner and Kama Sutra likely hoped. Yet the band proved a fertile incubator of talent. As Marky Ramone, Marc Bell would be celebrated with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame among other accolades. Kenny Aaronson joined another band on Kama Sutra, Stories, and contributed bass to that group’s 1973 No. 1 hit “Brother Louie.” He then went on to tour or record with such diverse artists as Bob Dylan, Rick Derringer, Billy Idol, Joan Jett and the New York Dolls. Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise, of course, joined together to form a production team, and famously handled duties on KISS’ first two albums in addition to LPs from Stories, Badfinger, Elkie Brooks and others.

Though integral to the development of Stories and KISS, Dust has often been viewed as just a footnote to their histories, as well as to that of the Ramones. Thanks to Legacy’s reissue of this pair of albums, however, the Wise/Bell/Aaronson triumvirate has come into its own, all these many years later................ BY JOE MARCHESE .....................

- Richie Wise - Electric and acoustic guitars, vocals 
- Marc Bell - Drums 
- Kenny Aaronson - Bass, steel, dobro and bottleneck guitars

DUST Richie Wise, Marc Bell, Kenny Aaronson (photo courtesy of Sony Legacy)

Over the course of two albums-the entire Dust catalog, both included on this new CD-released in 1971 and 1972, they crafted a hard rock sound that set them apart from the leading blues-based progenitors (Cream, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad) on both sides of the pond. Guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter Richie Wise was not only a capable soloist, he brought an arsenal of interesting guitar sounds and a style that wasn't overly reliant on borrowed blues riffs. Bassist Kenny Aaronson continually explored possibilities beyond root notes, while laying down a rock-solid foundation, and gave the material extra flavor with is slide and steel guitars. Marc Bell was a beast on drums, with ferocious bursts of fills peppered throughout his propulsive playing. Together they brought something new to the power trio format and the nascent heavy metal genre.
The frantic opening track, "Stone Woman," is a précis of what made Dust so heavy and what set them apart: a compelling riff, manic drumming, and that seemingly malapropos steel guitar soaring over the song. It's a riveting opening and, you'd think, a statement of purpose that Dust is going to nail you to the wall from here on out.
Indeed, the intro to "Chasin' Ladies" sounds as if it's going to be one cowbell short of being an utter "Mississippi Queen" rip, only to confound expectations with an unpredictable vocal melody and double-time bridge that takes the song into uniquely Dust territory. "Goin' Easy" tamps down the volume and intensity for the kind of bluesy boogie sound that Status Quo was then transitioning to.
"From a Dry Camel," the first album's centerpiece, is a 10-minute guitar epic in ¾ time, a showcase for Wise's arsenal of heavy tones and riffs. Not a blazingly noteworthy soloist, Wise shrewdly makes up for his shortcomings with power chords and effects, making the monolithic track Dust's signature metal landmark.Wise's tasty tremolo guitar and Aaronson's slide work highlight the slow, moody "Often Shadows Felt," offering a glimpse of the variety of styles the band would employ on their second, superior album, Hard Attack....
For some ill-considered reason, the Legacy CD presents the two albums in reverse chronological order, so the band's evolution isn't apparent when it's played in its track order. And by the second album, Dust had gained considerably in finesse and the strength of their songwriting. Album opener "Pull Away/So Many Times" is one of their best efforts, somewhat reminiscent of Led Zep's version of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" in its dynamics, but with a unique riff and some searing guitar soloing that's among Wise's best. "Walk In the Soft Rain" showcases a gift for unusual, unexpected vocal melodies that could have set Dust apart from the rest of the metal crowd had they gone on. Even when they harken back to the heavy basics of the first album with "Learning To Die," the sound is darker, the vocal more fierce, and the drumming more ferocious.
Their greatest step forward, and the standout of the two albums, is the stately "Thusly Spoken," with lyrics (by producer-cowriter Kenny Kerner) that evoke angels and cherubim over a Procol Harum-esque palate of piano, organ, and strings. Though atypical of their other studio work (and certainly of their live approach, which has been described as "faster and louder" than any of their competition), "Thusly Spoken" suggests that Dust could have been heavy prog-rock contenders if they'd chosen to go that route.
Despite two strong albums and a growing reputation as an estimable live act, Dust found that neither their label, Kama Sutra, nor their management was able to help them reach the top echelon. The band folded not long after the release of Hard Attack, and, good as they are, the two albums would have faded to obscurity had it not been for the band member's post-Dust activities. Kenny Aaronson went on to become one of top bassists-for-hire of the past few decades, backing such luminaries as Bob Dylan and Dave Edmunds. Richie Wise became a successful producer, helming (with Kenny Kerner) the first two Kiss albums, among many others. And drummer Marc Bell came to international fame as Markey Ramone, an accomplishment that Wise says led to the Dust re-release............By James A. Gardner,..............

Known by enthusiasts thanks to their second and amazing album Hard Attack of 1972, an epic heavy metal disc created when neither of them existed yet, the Dust are a band that in no time and with just two albums, Active, represents one of the most delicious meals for those looking for pioneers in the metal movement. First of all, their geographic origin, as the band formed in New York, a city that in the late 1960s certainly produced a lot of music, but which in the "high voltage" sector paid heavily to the much prolific Britain. Secondly, the absolute originality and high technical level of the group undoubtedly represent a unicum even in the nascent US current. The group, probably formed between 1968 and 1969 by Richie Wise (voice and guitar) with a rhythm section formed by two teenagers (Kenny Aaronson on Bass and Acoustic Guitar, Slide and Steel and Marc Bell on drums) found in Kenny Kerner is an extremely involved and participant manager, as he will himself take care of song lyrics and the production of two albums released in 1971 and 1972. 

The debut here shows us a band still raw and looking for herself, swinging among the prevailing hard influences and the numerous influences of country, folk, psychedelic and proto-heavy metal, who will find their full definition in the next Hard Attack. Here, the drunks of Marc Bell's drums, real dominants in the second album, are slightly more measured and typical of a certain way of understanding hard rock, borrowed from the English experience. Already recognizable, Aaronson's flagrant and highly aggressive style is at the low, true forerunner of the Steve Harris rides, and here he is the author of a test that attests to the already vibrant and glamorous talent. Richie Wise, author of almost all of the compositions, has an acute, very special voice that blends well with the roaring and telluric base offered by his guitar and the rhythm section of his two comrades . The taste for long and fluffy solo, like aggressive riffing up to almost proto-heavy, are worthy of mention and will soon be schooling. The album is made up of seven songs, for a length of just over thirty-six minutes, with the long-running From a Dry Camel psychedelic suite and proto-doom touring with nearly ten minutes in length. The album opens with blues veined rock hard rock, which is already somewhat arrogant and arrogant to be described as innovative: Stone Woman immediately presents the account with Bell's ruthless and powerful performance and a rigid riffing that could remember the Grand Funk Railroad, on which the sliding parts and the low button and the present of Aaronson are engraved. Blues feelings are felt, but language and rhythmic solutions tell us that we are already in much more aggressive and diverse areas. Still hard rock with the following Chasin 'Ladies, in which the rhythmic section makes the devil at four and Wise rubs the fabric yarn from his comrades with two riffs tough at the height of the refrain, packing a song that would have liked even the little brothers Of the NWOBHM. It's a strange effect to actually hear the melodic lines of the singing, still so typically anchored to the 60s psychedelic tradition, to come up on such a hard and projected future, albeit with distortions clearly unprepared for heavy standards; Yet, how can we not even appreciate the valid final solo? As typical of many pioneers, referring to roots, almost as a testimony to a past relationship that does not want to break completely but only renew, comes in the form of the next Goin 'Easy, from the country blues, which then goes on a tour Which more blues can not. Irresistible. But it's time to show the muscles and here is a devastating Love Me Hard, hard rock, with a riffing affectionate and Wise's voice to dominate to the awesome and extremely central break, where an acoustic section also appears and then leave An exchange field between solo and rhythm parts that thousands of metal groups will develop at least ten years after this release (one on all? The final section of Hangar 18 for an example). Still, we are still in the ascending stage of the album and the real masterpiece comes to this point with the quoted From a Dry Camel, almost ten minutes of pure poetry: doom, stoner, psychedelic, evocative and almost epic vocals, long instrumental sections with a 'Diabolic alternation between cadence riffs and frenzied accelerations, swirling solos and rhythmic rhythm. One of those songs that are worth an album and, ultimately, a musically fruitful episode and true go.....Metallized...................

New York-based Dust were one of the first "proto metal" bands to crank their amps to 11 and let it rip. Now the group's seminal albums, 1971's self-titled debut and 1972's Hard Attack, are being reissued as a single CD and double vinyl (numbered for collectors) via Sony/Legacy. Featuring a stellar line-up, Dust included drummer Marc Bell (later christened Marky Ramone of the Ramones), bassist Kenny Aaronson (who played with everyone from Bob Dylan to Joan Jett), singer-guitarist Richie Wise, and lyricist-producer Kenny Kerner - both of whom would form a production team and producer Kiss' first two albums. ....

Dust is a New York band that emerged in the late 1960s, headed by Richie Wise (guitar and vocals) and Marc Bell (drums, later known as Marky Ramone, after joining the Ramones in 1978). Young students - Marc was about 13 years old - sought to make a sound along the same lines as Cream, The Who and Black Sabbath (although they made a sound more in line with other American bands that were more influenced by Acid Rock and Rock Psychedelic, Iron Butterfly and Blue Cheer), with a lot of weight and a lot of groove in mind, they needed a third component, and they found what they needed in the figure of Kenny Aaronson, a full-fledged bass player who was already A full-time musician (having influenced Gene Simmons of Kiss and Joey May of Manowar, to name a few).

In a little less than two years, they got a contract for their only two albums: Dust (1971) and Hard Attack (1972), having as entrepreneur the (now legendary) Neil Bogart (better known for having discovered Kiss in 1973) The power trio enters the studio and releases one of the great Hard Rock albums of the American underground, which bore the name of the band and with a very aggressive cover, being this one illustrated with 3 skeletons of Mexican miners and that will be discussed in the lines below.
The pearl already begins with the energetic Stone Woman, with Wise releasing riffs backed by Aaronson's slides (in addition to the extremely heavy and grooved bass) and Bell's fierce footprint on drums, a song that is in fact A business card for what you'll hear soon after.

The next stall goes by the name of Chasin 'Ladies, which starts cadenciada and increases the speed of the half to end, with one foot more in the Southern Rock, but still dirty, heavy, with high floors of Wise and with the kitchen not leaving To be desired. Perfect. Soon after this energetic start, we have a song also pretty much rocked in the Southern Rock: Goin 'Easy, with a lot of Aaronson slides running loose and the guitars playing for the first time. A very welcome "mid tempo" that serves as refreshment pro that will come next: Love Me Hard. Here again the weight and groove run free, with simple and precise riffs, which stick together in the mind, and the kitchen breaking everything, with great beauty. Some guitars appear in the middle of the song, causing it to "fall" (in a good way), so that they then fly high again with guitar and bass commanding everything, Bell being not out of the joke, punching his drum kit with High battery turns. Amazing.

The next track, From A Dry Camel, is the longest song on the album (over 9 minutes long). With hypnotic and psychedelic lines, and with a footprint there Black Sabbath, it starts dragged and with a good "Doom" atmosphere to later grow, with the kitchen kicking asses while we listen to the guitar plugged in wah wah pedal releasing solos and more treble solos And then return to the initial sound. (Yes, Richie Wise was a first-rate "fritter!") I wonder how it would not be to see this madness live in the dark holds of New York at the time.

Often Shadows Felt can be considered the Folk-Werewolf music of the disc. It begins in a melancholy way and with some slides subtly embedded and the guitars getting in the foreground. After a while, the music grows and once again the angry kitchen is made present and with great beauty. One of the most melodic songs of all the work, no doubt. The album then ends with an instrumental energy track: Loose Goose, almost 4 minutes long. The guitars open the track with several quick riffs, soon after the distorted bass of Aaronson to enter scene and stealing the scene. Can anyone explain to me how this guy got that sound out of Rickenbacker? And obviously that Marc Bell also does not leave cheap and loose several turns of battery, but without letting everything go back. Indeed, the chemistry of this trio borders the supernatural.

Unfortunately, the following year the band closed activities, after the release of the second album, with each going to one side.

According to Marc Bell, due to the little age that he and Richie Wise had (Aaronson was already of age), it was difficult for the band to tour and they were restricted to the surroundings of the Great Apple. But at least they left two excellent firecrackers for posterity and that deserve to be discovered, especially by the galera who enjoy a beautiful setentista hardão. Excellent!..............


Hard Attack:
Pull Away/So Many Times
Walk in the Soft Rain
Thusly Spoken
Learning to Die
All in All
I Been Thinkin’
How Many Horses

Stone Woman
Chasin’ Ladies
Goin’ Easy
Love Me Hard
From a Dry Camel
Often Shadows Fall
Loose Goose

Dust Richie Wise, Kenny Aaronson, and Marc Bell

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