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11 Feb 2017

Joy “Thunderfoot” 1972 US Private Prog Psych







Joy “Thunderfoot” 1972  US  Private  Prog Psych…recommended
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With a line up consisting of drummer Ralph DeSimone, lead guitarist Bob Di Piero, bass player Don Di Piero, singer Billy Joe Shina and keyboardist Ralph Vitello, the group was signed by the Louisiana based Paula label, debuting with the single ‘Get Outta My Mind’ b/w ‘Your Mama’ (Paula catalog number 341).

Self-produced, 1972′s “Thunderfoot” is interesting for a couple of reasons, least of all that fact it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard on Paula Records. While most Paula associated acts I’ve heard sport a pop or blue-eyed soul sound (John Fred, The Uniques), Joy are out and out rockers. Featuring all original material, tracks such as ‘Cross Country Woman’, ‘Things Are Gonna Be Alright’ and the three section suite ‘Hasufel’ offered up a mix of hard rock and progressive moves.

Mind you, I’m not talking ELP-styled doodling, rather song structures such as ‘Ride the World’ were more complex than most of the stuff you’re accustomed to hearing on this label. Other positives included the fact Shina had a nice voice and the band’s guitar and keyboard attack generated more than its share of successes.

Highlights included the opener ‘Mother Nature’, ‘Cross Countty Woman’ and ‘Brothers’. On the down side, nothing here really jumped out at you and after awhile it all began to blend together. The LP also sported one of the year’s uglier covers courtesy of Carolyn Armacost. (Bad Cat) ....

Classic US release from this band who were called Joy apparently and not Thunderfoot as some people maintain. A great blend of progressive psych rock with a hard organ and guitar sound. I guess these guys were moving away from the overtly psychedelic sound of the mid-sixties to more complex progressive compositions. An odd album to be relased on the Paula label......

I've seen this obscurity listed under the name 'Thunderfoot' with the album entitled "Joy", but it's actually the other way around. There's also at least one on line reference that has these guys peed as playing jazz! Regardless, this early 1970s five piece is pretty obscure. I've looked through various references, but there simply isn't much information to be found on them. Based on the fact their album was recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana I'm guessing they were from the area, but who really knows.

With a line up consisting of drummer Ralph DeSimone, lead guitarist Bob Di Piero, bass player Don Di Piero, singer Billy Joe Shina and keyboardist Ralph Vitello, the group was signed by the Louisiana based Paula label, debuting with the single 'Get Outta My Mind' b/w 'Your Mama' (Paula catalog number 341).

Self-produced, 1970's "Thunderfoot" is interesting for a couple of reasons, least of all that fact it's unlike anything else I've heard on Paula Records. While most Paula associated acts I've heard sport a pop or blue-eyed soul sound (John Fred, The Uniques), Joy are out and out rockers. Featuring all original material, tracks such as 'Cross Country Woman', 'Things Are Gonna Be Alright' and the three section suite 'Hasufel' offered up a mix of hard rock and progressive moves. Mind you, I'm not talking ELP-styled doodling, rather song structures such as 'Ride the World' were more complex than most of the stuff you're accustomed to hearing on this label. Other positives included the fact Shina had a nice voice and the band's guitar and keyboard attack generated more than its share of successes. Highlights included the opener 'Mother Nature', 'Cross Countty Woman' and 'Brothers'. On the down side, nothing here really jumped out at you and after awhile it all began to blend together. The LP also sported one of the year's uglier covers (courtesy of Carolyn Armacost).

Elsewhere two singles were pulled from the album:

- 1971's 'Ride the World' b/w 'For What it's Worth' (Paula catalog number 348)
- 1971's 'Things Are Gonna Be Alright' b/w 'Yes My Friend' (Paula catalog number 359)

At least two of the members seem to have stayed in music. Bob Di Piero's a well known country songwriter and was a member of the short lived country band Billy Hill. He's got a web presence at: ....by..RDTEN1 ............

- Ralph DeSimone -- drums, percussion
- Bob Di Piero -- lead guitar, backing vocals
- Don Di Piero -- bass
- Billy Joe Shina -- lead vocals, percussion
- Ralph Vitello -- keyboards, guitar

Track Listing

Mother Nature
Sea Green Symphony
Your Friend And Mine
Dreams
Cross Country Woman
Ride The World
Thing Are Gonna Be Alright
Ragged Old Man
Brothers
Hasufel a. Sky Bound b. The Journey c. Arrival

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