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23 Aug 2016

Bangor Flying Circus “Bangor Flying Circus “1969 US Psych Rock


Bangor Flying Circus “Bangor Flying Circus “1969 US Psych Rock
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Bangor Flying Circus was a progressive rock trio from Chicago, USA, formed in mid-1967 and breaking up in 1969. It is notable for being formed by members of the Shadows of Knight and H.P. Lovecraft and for being a predecessor band to Madura. Bangor Flying Circus consisted of David "Hawk" Wolinski (bass, keyboards, vocals), Alan DeCarlo (guitar, vocals), and Tom Schiffour (drums), who was replaced in late 1968 by former H.P. Lovecraft member Michael Tegza (drums, percussion). Wolinski and Schiffour had previously been in the Shadows of Knight. They put out one self-titled album in 1969, which peaked at No. 190 on The Billboard 200. After they broke up, Wolinski and DeCarlo formed Madura, while Tegza participated in two reconfigurations of Lovecraft, a successor band to H.P. Lovecraft. by allmusic.... 


Signed by Dunhill, the trio's self-titled 1969, debut teamed them with producer George Badonsky. Musically "Bangor Flying Circus" wasn't anything spectacular. On the positive side, DeCarlo and Wolinski were both decent, if anonymous singers; the trio's performances never less than professional. Unfortunately, with Wolinski writing the majority of material (De Carlo credited with one song), selections such as 'Violent Man', 'A Change In Our Lives' and their gawdawful elevator music instrumental cover of The Beatles' 'Norwegian Wood' reflected a surprisingly pedestrian AOR feel. 

Occasional jazzy touches on tracks like 'In the Woods' and the skat segments in 'Ode To Sadness' and 'Someday I'll Find' didn't help much either. In spite of those shortcomings, well constructed heavy-psych album from a Chicago trio, with meaty guitar riffs and full organ sounds. This kind of music was done to death in the early 70s, but "Bangor Flying Circus" was made in 1969 and it's still fresh and innovative. 

The extended use of organ does not make this proto-prog, which continually gets off to an active jazz-rock (especially noticeable on the last track). Interestingly, the bassist, and is responsible for the keyboard at the same time, with these tools, "led by the show." Above all, they are wonderful melodic, but fully disclosed during improvisations. It's a very well balanced album. .... 

An original member of Chicago's landmark H.P. Lovecraft (see separate entry), in the wake of the band's demise drummer Mike Tezga formed The Bangor Flying Circus with singer/guitarist Alan De Carlo and former Shadows of the Knight singer/keyboardist David Wolinski. 

Signed by Dunhill, the trio's self-titled 1969 debut teamed them with producer George Badonsky. Musically "Bangor Flying Circus" wasn't anything spectacular. On the positive side, DeCarlo and Wolinski were both decent, if anonymous singers; the trio's performances never less than professional. Unfortunately, with Wolinski writing the majority of material (De Carlo credited with one song), selections such as 'Violent Man', 'A Change In Our Lives' and their gawdawful elevator music instrumental cover of The Beatles' 'Norwegian Wood' reflected a surprisingly pedestrian AOR feel. Occasional jazzy touches on tracks like 'In the Woods' and the skat segments in 'Ode To Sadness' and 'Someday I'll Find' didn't help much either. In spite of those shortcomings the album still managed to sell, peaking at # 190. .....


The Bangor Flying Circus born in Chicago in the late sixties and in their only self-titled 1969 disc creating an enjoyable blend of pop, rock, jazz with hints of prog rock. 
The band's history is intertwined with legendary bands and characters of pop record, from Shadows of Knight, the HP Lovecraft coming to Chaka Khan !!! 
It all starts in Chicago in 1966 when Dave "The Hawk" Wolinski keyboardist, organist and session man starts playing with a rock legend: the band the Shadows of Knight, who in January 1966 released the single "Gloria" that becomes a hit. 
The band's first album with the participation of Wolinski in some songs to 'organ. In November of 1966 Wolinski enters effectively in the official formation of the Shadows of Knight. 
The following year, Dave and drummer Shadow of Schiffour Tom Knight left the band to form precisely the Bangor Flying Circus, to them joins the guitarist Alan De Carlo and the trio began playing a lot around Chicago building a good reputation live band. 
The Shadows of Knight will continue his career by slightly changing sound and becoming part of the Buddha Records stable, but that's a different story. 
The local fame allows Bangor Flying Circus to get a contract with the label Dunwich (the same as the Shadows of Knight), before he replaced (apparently under the pressure of their manager) Tom Schiffour with drummer Michael Tegza already with another Chicago legend: HP Lovecraft. 
The drumming of Tegza gives an edge to the sound that in Bangor Flying Circus' in October of 1969 they released their first LP. 
The disc is a job performed masterfully (someone on the network has written that it is a record made by musicians for musicians audience), a nice example (perhaps one of the few American examples) Pop rock, proto prog with jazz influences. 
The technique of all three musicians is much higher than average, but fortunately not exaggerate with virtuosity still putting the song in front of the only instrumental. 
Result: a very good album with good songs, the opening song "Violent man" super pop, catchy and almost proto prog, personally reminds me of the first things the Orme, perhaps not reach the heights of the Venetian group, but the guitar riffs and the vocals are very cool, 'another disc strength is powerful, "Come on people" excellent progressive pop song with a rousing chorus, personally is my favorite song on the disc. 
With "Ode to sadness" you touch the genre pop jazz, in mid-song voice and guitar duet almost like a scat song. 
A guitar with an almost rhythmic funk and a catchy melody for "A change in our Life", here the technique takes the windward and mid song the trio delights in a great improvisation, the A-side ends with another highlight of the disc "Concerto for Clouds" which, like a pop song, and then transforms into a jam funk blues to return to the pop and become again a jam funk rock, the work of Tegza the battery is superb. 
The mischievous "Mama Do not You Know (That Your Daughter's Acting Mighty Strange)" is a pop gem of the late sixties, organ and guitar duet that is a pleasure. 
The closing track is a beautiful version of "Norvegian Woods", here the Fab Four song is completely changed and become a cross between jazz, lounge and fusion and Groove. 
The album also managed to enter the very low parts of the Billboard charts coming to the 190 position, but then towards the band was always limited to the city of Chicago. 
Wolinski and Alan de Carlo abandoned the project and formed the Madura, a rock fusion band that recorded two Lp for Columbia between 1971 and 1973; Wolinski later began a successful career as a song writer, producer and he started playing in the band of Chaka Khan. 
Micheal Tegza well as collaborate with Madura began a career as session man. 



Bangor Flying Circus: 
David Wolinski - keyboards, vocals, bass, percussion 
Alan Decarlo - guitar, vocals, percussion 
Michael Tegza - drums, percussion 


Tracklist: 
01.Violent Men 6:08 
02.Come On People 4:11 
03.Ode To Sadness 6:07 
04.Concerto Four Clouds 5:26 
05.A Change In Our Lives 4:16 
06.Someday I'll Find 5:15 
07.Mama Don't You Know 3:20 
08.In the Woods 4:20 
09.Norwegian Wood 6:08 







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