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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Hungry Tiger “Hungry Tiger” US 1977 Private Psych Prog Rock


Hungry Tiger “Hungry Tiger” US 1977 Private Psych Prog Rock


Besides the cool, un-credited cover art, the main reason I grabbed this album was the fact it was released on bubblegum kings Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz's Magna Glide label.  Magna Glide hasn't attracted a great deal of attention, but is interesting in the world of tax scam releases.   You can fund a little bit of information on the label at the BadCatRecords site.

Assuming they were a real band, based on the abbreviated liner notes on the album, Hungry Tiger featured the talents of brothers Denny (lead guitar and vocals) and Randy (vocals, guitar, keyboards) Davidson, drummer Michael Medeck, and bassist James Webster.  Given many Magna Glide acts were from Ohio, that's where I'd guess these guys were based. 

The group's link to Kasenetz and Katz goes back to 1968 when they produced a killer one-shot blue-eyed soul single for the White Whale label for the band
- 1968's 'Fee-Fi-Foo-Fum' b/w 'Tic Tac Toe' (White Whale catalog number WWS 313)
Co-produced by Kasenetz, Katz, and Randy Davidson, musically 1977's "Hungry Tiger" offered up a pretty decent set of MOR pop with a heavy emphasis on ballads like 'Ten Miles Long', 'Forget About Tomorrow', and 'Small Craft Warning.'.   Randy was responsible for most of the material and most of the vocals. The other three members each handled one tune.  Randy was an okay lead singer, though his delivery was occasionally on the nasally and fragile side ('Can't Stop Breathing'),   Unfortuntnately the heavy emphasis on ballads gave the album a one sided flavor and on those rare occasions they took a stab at an up-tempo rocker, the results  were sabotaged by flat vocals - check out Webster's performance on 'Time To Love'.  They clearly were a talented outfit, but the absence of a strong lead singer was something they simply couldn't overcome.   
Let me add the back cover liner notes don't show the proper running order.  The information below has the songs in the proper sequence.... by... RDTEN1 ...~


line up 1 (1977) 

- Denny Davidson -- vocals, lead guitar 
- Randy Davidson -- vocals, guitar, keyboards, trumpet 
- Michael Medeck -- vocals, drums, percussion 
- James Webster -- vocals, bass 



Track listing 
Can't Stop Breathing 
Ten Miles Long 
The Slave 
Lucy Arbor Medley (Small Craft Warning, Lake of the Bays, South Bass Island) 
Feeling Down 
All the Pleasing Things 
Time to Live 
Forget About Tomorrow 
Think It's OK 

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