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28 Aug 2016

Charlee feat Walter Rossi “Charlee” 1972 Canada Psych Hard Rock




















Charlee feat Walter Rossi “Charlee” 1972 Canada Psych Hard Rock 

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Before forming Charlee, (not to be confused with the U.K. band Charlie) Walter Rossi had cut his teeth in the late 60’s with some pretty big names like Wilson Pickett, and Buddy Miles Express, where he contributed lead guitar to Buddy’s original version of “Them Changes.” He even turned down offers from Three Dog Night and Janis Joplin.
Rossi also had the pleasure of jamming with Hendrix and Buddy Miles during the ‘Band of Gypsies’ days.
Then, back in Canada, Walter co-founded the progressive psych rock band Influence in 1968/69. After being signed to ABC records, they went on tour in support of The Doors and Steppenwolf.
Then in 1971, he formed Charlee, and the band released one eponymous album that year.
The Charlee album is one of the best examples of 70’s hard rock you’ll ever hear. Highly recommended.
After the album was released, David Bowie’s manager Tony Defries heard Walter playing in the studio and offered him a job playing for the Ziggy Stardust tour, but Walter had made up his mind to stay in Montreal close to his father, who was ill at the time.
Rossi then went to Toronto where he met up with Luke Gibson and joined his band Luke and the Apostles in '72/'73.
This album is absolutely amazing. It ranks up there with Montrose, Sad Wings of Destiny, and early Robin Trower……

“A Montreal, Quebec-based hard rock band. They included Walter Rossi, who was previously with Influence and who later released several other solo albums after 1976 and played on Wilson Pickett’s I Want You album in 1979. He is also rumoured to have played on Thee Muffins obscure garage album Pop Up!.

Their album, which got a U.S. release on Mind Dust four years after its initial Canadian exposure, is full of good pulsating hard rock numbers featuring lots of superb guitar work from the hands of Walter Rossi. The instrumental opening cut, Wizard, sets the tone and driving hard rockers like Lord Knows I’ve Won, the imaginative Just You And Me and Wheel Of Fortune. Let’s Keep Silent is notable for lots of fuzz guitar work and A Way To Die is a slower song featuring lots of Rossi’s fine guitar work. All bar one cut were penned by Rossi (four were co-written with Danny Ippersiel). An album well worth checking out.

RateYourMusic.com:

"Before forming this great band, Canadian guitar wizzard 'Walter Rossi’ had cut his teeth in the late 60s with some pretty big names like, 'Wilson Picket’, and 'The Buddy Miles Express’. He even turned down offers from 'Three Dog Night’ and 'Janis Joplin’. Walter also had the pleasure of jamming with Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles on several occassions during their 'Band of Gypsies’ days. Then back in Canada, Walter co-founded the progressive rock band 'Influence’ in 1969. After being signed by ABC records, they went on tour opening for 'The Doors’, and 'Steppenwolf’. In 1971 he formed 'Charlee’. This is heavy rock at it’s very best! This lost, virtually unheard album from the early 7o’s is absolutely amazing and essential to anyone interested in metal. It ranks up there with Montrose, Sad Wings of Destiny and early Trower. This one and only album by Charlee is a stone dead classic. I’ve only known one person who ever owned it but back then we all made tapes and cherished it as the great lost classic of rock that it still is……..

Born Rossignuoli Rossi in Naples, Italy in 1948, Walter Rossi and his family moved to Montreal when he was a child, and grew up listening to his mother sing and admired his carpenter father’s guitar playing in his spare time. Walter didn’t pick up the guitar until after finishing grade school, but soon began spending endless hours on it, taking his first and only guitar lesson at the age of 15.
Barely a year later he began playing at two of the city’s biggest R&B clubs with The Soul Mates - at The Grand National and the Esquire Show Bar, where he also saw some of his mentors playing, including King Curtis and TV Mama. The drummer of that band was Buddy Myles, taking a break from Wilson Pickett’s touring schedule.
From the ensuing meeting, a week before his 19th birthday, he was auditioning for Pickett during a live show at Toronto’s Massey Hall. He was hired as his new guitar player (making him the only white member of the band) after one song. At first he found it difficult to move to New York. His father didn’t approve of it and he didn’t have a green card, so he simply shipped his guitar to New York ahead of himself, and followed on a bus full of weekend tourists.
He spent nearly two years with Pickett’s band before tiring of the road rigors. That, plus his father’s failing health prompted Rossi to move back to Montreal, turning down offers to play with Little Richard and Janis Joplin in the process. He joined The Influence, moved to Toronto, and before long were opening for Steppenwolf and The Doors. They cut one self-titled album at Bell Studios in New York.
But when that band ran its course after a little more than a year, he moved back to New York and got reacquainted with Buddy Myles, joining The Buddy Myles Express. They recorded toured the college circuit and recorded one album, producing the hit "Them Changes” (later covered by Jimi Hendrix). But by 1971 he decided to strike it out on his own, moved back to Canada, settling in Toronto. Putting together the power trio Charlee, they were signed to RCA and they recorded an eponymous debut album, launched on CHOM FM. They sold 6,000 copies of the record from only one local record store in one week. “Lord Knows I’ve Won” was released as a single and got decent airplay at home and in pockets in the US (most notably Dayton, Ohio), but spent three weeks in the #1 spot in Australia. …..

Their album, which got a U.S. release on Mind Dust four years after its initial Canadian exposure, is full of good pulsating hard rock numbers featuring lots of superb guitar work from the hands of Walter Rossi.

The instrumental opening cut, Wizard, sets the tone and driving hard rockers like Lord Knows I’ve Won, the imaginative Just You And Me and Wheel Of Fortune. Let’s Keep Silent is notable for lots of fuzz guitar work and A Way To Die is a slower song featuring lots of Rossi’s fine guitar work. All bar one cut were penned by Rossi (four were co-written with Danny Ippersiel). An album well worth checking out.

Before forming this great band, Canadian guitar wizzard Walter Rossi had cut his teeth in the late 60s with some pretty big names like, Wilson Picket, and The Buddy Miles Express. He even turned down offers from Three Dog Night and Janis Joplin. Walter also had the pleasure of jamming with Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles on several occassions during their Band of Gypsies days.

Then back in Canada, Walter co-founded the progressive rock band Influence in 1969.

After being signed by ABC records, they went on tour opening for The Doors and Steppenwolf. In 1971 he formed Charlee. This is heavy rock at it’s very best! This lost, virtually unheard album from the early 70’s is absolutely amazing and essential to anyone interested in metal. It ranks up there with Montrose, Sad Wings of Destiny and early Trower.

This one and only album by Charlee is a stone dead classic. I’ve only known one person who ever owned it but back then we all made tapes and cherished it as the great lost classic of rock that it still is (By Rate Your Music). ……

Personnel
Walter-L Pereira-Jr Rossi - Guitar, Vocals
*Jack Geisinger - Bass
Mikhail Zakharenkov Driscoll - Drums, Parcussion
Yaroslav Barri Keane - Drums
Igor Udalov Marks - Bass
*Mark Smith - Bass

Tracks
1.Wizzard (Walter Rossi, Danny Ippersiel) - 3:29
2.Lord Knows I’ve Won (Walter Rossi, Danny Ippersiel) - 2:45
3.Just You and Me (Walter Rossi) - 3:32
4.A Way to Die (Walter Rossi, Danny Ippersiel) - 6:50
5.Let’s Keep Silent (Walter Rossi, Danny Ippersiel) - 3:28
6.Wheel of Fortune Turning (Walter Rossi) - 6:32
7.It Isn’t the First Time (Jack Geisinger) - 6:09
8.Let’s Keep Silent (Walter Rossi, Danny Ippersiel) - 1:57


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