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21 Jan 2017

Stepson “Stepson” 1974 + The Lost Tapes"1972-1974 US Hard Blues Rock

Stepson “Stepson” 1974 + The Lost Tapes"  1972-1974  US Hard Blues Rock
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An excellent hard/blues album, with Jeff Simmons on one track. Most of the songs were written by the group and the vocals and guitar parts are especially interesting (Rude Attitude, I Apologize, Burnin’ Hurt). Arthur Lee of Love and Chris Hillman od The Byrds get “special thanks” on the cover. 
Hawks, Newman and Gallucci had all previously been in Don and the Goodtimes and later with Hauser in Touch. 
After the demise of TOUCH, 3 (of the 5) members went on and resurfaced in 1974 with this hard drivin’ slab of attitude, swagger, fuzz and hammond. Jeff Simmons appears on one of the tracks and a heavy Detroit-vibe hangs in the air throughout………… 

Portland’s Stepson were a sweatdrenched bluesy hard rock act that rose from the ashes of defunct area band, Touch. Their sole album was released on ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974, though the band were essentially a studio creation. Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of this amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success among collectors and obscurity geeks. Though the album doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it is a fine example of Detroit style hard rock with a healthy dose of punk attitude. Easily one of the best example of “cock rock” to come along at such an early stage of the genre’s existence, Stepson deserve recognition for their meager contribution to rock music. After the band’s efforts to record a followup were snuffed out, several members went on to later work for Elektra Records. Others went on to do session work for notably fluffier artists like Carole King, James Taylor and Shaun Cassidy……….

This CD is from the mastertape recorded in 1972/1974 which seemed to be lost. This quartet are clearly influenced by hard rock’s illustrious past, cuz there are faint echoes of Led Zeppelin, Cactus, Grand Funk, Leafhound and Bloodrock. Although Stepson are, at least on the surface, an easily familiar commonplace hard rock band, there is something absolutely intriguing and hypnotizing about their stab at bluesy hard rock music. The powerful opening track “Danger Zone” is screwed into your head, then you get hit with the excellent “Streets of Alameda” and ripping “Can’t help myself”. The songs on this LP are played with such awesome power that you cannot fail to be blown away. Possibly the best track on the album is the stunning MC 5-like “Midnight creep” which is a roller coaster ride into guitar madness. The recording is marred somewhat by inferior equipment and bad mixing, but it still is a splendidly thick slice of 70’s hardrock served up in the Golden Eagle in the motorcity Detroit, Michigan………..

About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album! Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it’s all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band’s “"devil may care”“ attitude and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, 'Danger Zone’ is the heaviest track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; 'Streets of Alameda’ (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’ hometown, featuring a liquor store holdup and a stolen Lincoln used as the getaway car. 'Flesh & Blood’ is the only track on here that got an official release, albeit by ex-Smith belter Gayle McCormick as the title track to her second solo album, released by Decca in 1972. This version showcases the riff in full glory. And if you don’t believe that this riff is strong, consider that The Tonight Show band played it for approximately two weeks in 1976, prompting Fagan to confront ”“author”“ Don Menza, who coincidentally did the Flesh & Blood album’s horn charts and was now claiming credit for the song under the title 'Instant Heart.’ The song disappeared from late night TV show shortly thereafter. 'Bad Situation,’ the only other 1974 track, describes the band’s predicament that year: a track that should have propelled them to the big time, but instead bounced off a brick wall like a tennis ball. The maracas and funkified quasi-Bo Diddley groove hint at Stepson’s growth and what might have been. ……………

Joey Newman (aka Vjern Kjellberg) : Guitar, Back Vocals Bandit, ex-Don and The Good Times, ex-Blue Mountain Eagle, ex-The Liberty Party, ex-Touch
Len Fagan : Drums
Bruce Hauser : Bass, Back Vocals Don and The Good Times, Sawmill Creek Band, ex-Touch
Jeff Hawks : Vocals ex-Don and The Good Times, ex-Touch
Don Gallucci : piano session member, ex-Touch, ex-Don and the Goodtimes
Jimmy Greenspoon : Keyboard session member
Jeff Simmons : harpe, harmonica session member

Stepson :The Lost Tapes” 1972-1974 CD+LP 2013 

LP limited to 1,000 copies
Another sure to sell-out limited edition vinyl release from Lion Productions & Vintage, including full size insert with detailed liner notes by Doug Sheppard, plus photos, and lyrics
Bluesy hard rock band that rose from the ashes of Touch. Their sole album was released on ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974. Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of their amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success among collectors. Easily one of the best examples of “cock rock” ever put onto wax.
Long sought after unreleased recordings from this hard-nosed raunchy Detroit-style 70s hard rock band whose 1974 debut album on ABC is highly regarded. A smashing collection of memorable tracks featuring vicious growling guitar from Joey Newman, soulful vocals of Jeffs Hawks, along with the non-stop rocking backbone of Bruce Hauser (bass) and Len Fagan (drums). These guys really knew how to ride the pocket and lay down some badass rock ‘n’ roll……………

Danger Zone
Streets Of Alameda
Can’t Help Myself
Flesh & Blood
Don’t Say Goodbye (Say Goodnight)
Midnight Creep
Mississippi Dirt Road
Rock’d To My Very Soul
Bad Situation

Stepson ‎ “It’s My Life- Rude Attitude” 1974 single 7"

A It’s My Life
Written-By – C. D'Errico*, R. Atkins*
B Rude Attitude
Written-By – B. Hauser*, J. Hawks*, J. Newman*, L. Fagan*

Stepson “Stepson” 1974

A1 Rule In The Book
A2 Lil’ Bit
A3 Rude Attitude
A4 It’s My Life
A5 I Apologize
B1 Suffer
B2 Back To 'Bama
B3 Man, I’m A Fool
B4 Turnpike
B5 Burnin’ Hurt 

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