Classify under the Glam Girls Hall of Fame…..Mother Trucker are fine examples of Tuff Glam Crunch-a-rama in Punchin’ Judy mode with extra horn(s). Signed by the US branch of Ember by John Madara, Mother Trucker was an all-girl UK outfit supposedly with a background in road haulage (yeah right…). There also seems to be some line-up confusion between the US and Belgium releases –spot the similarities…. of the two picture sleeves of these beautiful girls, looks like a different band. The Japanese Lp release (Titled ‘Love Rock’ and has a different track order) shows only three girls, rather than that of the UK (which shows six girls on the cover, but only 5 on the back). The songs are Glam Rock with pretty good vocals to back them up, electric guitars and horns add for a great mix…. 'Propeller Love’ is the standout track. About half the LP is good-to-great stompin’ glam-tinged rock; the rest pulls in too many directions, and the band is often drowned out by the horns. Musically the album is a mix of pop, soft and glam rock with what in all honesty can only be described as somewhat dated innuendo laden lyrics - all in all though it’s actually quite fun….. Whatever the line-up Mother Trucker can handle my logistics any day!…..
Come the 70s and Ember was trying to muscle in on both the all-woman group and glam rock markets with Mother Trucker. If the press release is to be believed, the women were variously involved in the road haulage industry before getting together and being spotted at a London club gig and signed to Ember in 1973. At this time, industry veteran John Madara was heading up the US wing of Ember, and sessions for Mother Trucker (NR 5082, 1975) took place in Hollywood. Highlights include Tonight and Propeller Love, coupled for single release ahead of the album’s appearance, and covers of Gamble & Huff’s Explosion In My Soul (also a single) and Hayes & Porter’s Wrap It Up…….
Both sides of this Mother Trucker single are fine examples of tuff Glam Crunch-a-rama in Punchin’ Judy mode with extra horn(s). Signed by the US branch of Ember by John Madara, Mother Trucker was a UK outfit supposedly with a background in road haulage (yeah right…). There also seems to be some line-up confusion between the US and Belgium sleeves –spot the similarities…not obviously apparent. Whatever the line-up Mother Trucker can handle my logistics any day –niark niark… …..
Tracklist Goin’ Back 2:42 Big Mama 2:27 Tonight 2:41 Fancy Dan 3:28 Shine It On 2:13 Love In Them There Hills 2:56 Rock N’ Roll Lady 2:52 When I’m Alone With You 2:32 Propeller Love 2:35 Explosion In My Soul 2:40 Billy John 2:34 Wrap It Up 2:27
Mother Trucker “Love Rock” 1975
Tracklist A1 Love In Them There Hills A2 Fancy Dan A3 Tonight A4 Big Mama A5 Going Back A6 Shine It On B1 Propeller Love B2 When I’m Alone With You B3 Rock'n'Roll Lady B4 Billy John B5 Wrap It Up B6 Explosion In My Soul