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13 Feb 2017

Trapeze “You Are The Music… We’re Just The Band” 1972 UK Hard Rock


Trapeze “You Are The Music… We’re Just The Band”  1972 UK Hard Rock
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From Wolverhampton, Trapeze formed in 1968 and were one of several acts signed to Moody Blues label Threshold Records. Originally a five piece, after the release of their eponymous first album John Jones (vocal) and Terry Rowley (guitar) were dropped from the line up, leaving Glen Hughes (vocals and bass - who went on to join Deep Purple as a replacement for Roger Glover in late 1973.), Dave Holland (drums, percussion) and Mel Galley (guitar). It was this new line up that went on to record "You Are the Music... We're Just the Band" in 1972, Trapeze's third album. This is classic 70's funk rock at it's best. With original artwork and photos by Fin Costello this is a must for all rock and Deep Purple fans!.............. 

Though they were best known for a kind of muscular funk rock, the band Trapeze always had a jazzy element, and on You Are the Music, We're Just the Band it is the softer tunes that stand out. This isn't to say that there aren't some good rockers here, since the title tune and "Keepin' Time" are energetic and enjoyable. However it is on "Coast to Coast" and "What Is a Woman's Role" that the band really shines. This is partly because both are really good songs, partly because both benefit from some inspired sax and vibes work from guests Jimmy Hastings and Frank Ricotti. Vocalist Glenn Hughes takes the lead on most tracks, and is very effective as long as he stays in his low range; on the rock tracks he uses his higher register, which tends to have a squealing or screechy tone. Those who only know Hughes from his subsequent work with Deep Purple may be surprised to hear his warm, soulful work on this disc, which was his last with Trapeze...... by Richard Foss...... 

As careers come and go, the life of Trapeze was far too short. For a shooting star glance at their career - GET THIS RECORD. Glenn Hughes' voice and accompanying bass and keyboard playing are absolutely incredible. The Talley brothers (rounding out this power trio) are no slouches either, rather, they throw a bit of their weight around as well. The title track and "Feelin' Better Now" are incindiary rock classics that all rockers should expose themselves too. And for the ballad fans there's "What is a Woman's Role" and "Coast to Coast" should amply fill the platter. These guys were much more deserving of fame and fortune than many of their counterparts yet in an unfair world they chose to kick some rock b*tt and let the rest of it fall where ever it landed. Thank goodness we have memories, vynyl, and after far too long a wait CD's to bang our collective heads to. If this stuff is stylistically your bag - check out the soon to be released CD from a Nashville funk band THE JONES - "Showtime At The Apocalypse" soon to be available through amazon.com too. Keep rockin' all....... 

"You are the music we're just the band" is a ground breaking album, believe me, there was nothing like it in 1972. It predates the chilli peppers by 25 years. The first Trapeze album as a five piece had an aura of their mates "The Moody Blues" , the second album 'Medusa' [the first one as a three piece] they couldn't decide whether to be the new Free, or the next Black Sabbath. But with "you are the music" they were most definitely Trapeze, helped I think by the vastly underrated producer, Neil Slaven. One great album! I sometimes wonder what would have happened if Glen hadn't have joined Deep Purple - what would they have become. Their sound somewhat stolen a few years later by Wild Cherry and their hit 'play that funky music whiteboy'. This CD however, on the Lemon Records label was taken from vinyl. The sound being compressed and less superior to the London release of 1996. I hope there are plans for a re-release from the original master tapes similar to the upcoming Medusa album apparently from the original tapes. Kevin Spiers.............. 

This is defiantly a treat to own. Glenn Hughs is a monster bass player and sings like a bird! Bringing back memories of the 70's that were favorable of a Rock cover band I was in with my older brother and playing "you are the music....we're just the band" made an impact on my playing and my attitude. So happy to have received it and already ripped it to my external hard drive which I will back up with another one soon, as to pass it on to my sons to dig when they get old like me!! lol Don't expect digital quality, expect the music of some bad ass rockers from back in the day!!................. 

Before buying Medusa I had never heard a Trapeze song before. But I knew about Glenn Hughes from his work with Deep Purple and less so from his work on Black Sabbath's Seventh Star. With DP his voice was soulfull and rock 'n' roll, and the music was rockin' and funky. I expected that would be what I would find with Trapeze. Reading the reviews here I figured Medusa would be the album to go with, but honestly I was not too thrilled. The album was good but never really hit me. Hughes often sounded a bit more like early Sabbath Ozzy and the music was more like Free meets early Judas Priest. 

This album, however, is what I thought Trapeze would be like. It's a combination of seventies funk/rock plus hard rock. The album opens with a blistering guitar attack of heavy chords with a thumping beat. The song lightens up a bit after the intro but the album already has my attention. The next two tracks have Hughes giving us his voice in full range, with so much range and variety I can't believe it's the same guy on Medusa. Sometime during all that touring in the U.S. he seems to have really found his voice. From Uriah Heep-like shrill screams to thick-throated soulful laments Hughes comes across like three different singers before the album is half through. Indeed, he is credited with "all voices" in the jacket. 

The songs come out funky or heavy, with tracks like Way Back to the Bone and Feelin' So Much Better Now letting the heavy guitar beast out of the cage. Mel Galley totally cooks on some of the solos and Dave Holland gives his drums a good workout. All three members seem to have found new sounds and new ideas with which to work and they are giving it everything they have. 

Though the sound quality is a slight bit muddy on this album, the talent and energy more than make up for it. I'm glad I found the Trapeze I was looking for.......... 

I'm shocked that no one has already reviewed this CD. I purchased this LP soon after it was originally released. Trapeze was a very interesting band and I always felt it was a shame that Glenn Hughes jumped ship to Deep Purple. His best work really was with Trapeze after all. I did see this band in '75 or so without Glenn and they still did a great job, but he was missed. 
If you're a Trapeze fan I would first buy Medusa, then this.............. 

Though they were best known for a kind of muscular funk rock, the band Trapeze always had a jazzy element, and on You Are the Music, We're Just the Band it is the softer tunes that stand out. This isn't to say that there aren't some good rockers here, since the title tune and "Keepin' Time" are energetic and enjoyable. However it is on "Coast to Coast" and "What Is a Woman's Role" that the band really shines. This is partly because both are really good songs, partly because both benefit from some inspired sax and vibes work from guests Jimmy Hastings and Frank Ricotti. Vocalist Glenn Hughes takes the lead on most tracks, and is very effective as long as he stays in his low range; on the rock tracks he uses his higher register, which tends to have a squealing or screechy tone. Those who only know Hughes from his subsequent work with Deep Purple may be surprised to hear his warm, soulful work on this disc, which was his last with Trapeze. ~ Richard Foss 

Trapeze: Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass); Mel Galley (guitar, background vocals); Dave Holland (drums). 

Liner Note Author: John Tracy . 

Personnel: Glenn Hughes (vocals, piano); Jimmy Hastings (alto, saxophone); Henry Hastings (alto); Mel Galley (guitar); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Rod Argent (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Kirk Duncan (electric piano, keyboards); Frank Ricotti (vibraphone, percussion); Dave Holland (drums, percussion); John Ogden (percussion)....................... 

Dave Holland - drums 
Frank Ricotti - vibraphone, percussion 
Glenn Hughes - vocals, bass 
B.J. Cole - steel guitar 
Jimmy Hastings - alto, saxophone 
Mel Galley - guitar, background vocals 
Kirk Duncan - electric piano, keyboards 
Rod Argent - piano, electric piano, keyboards 
John Ogden - percussion 
Henry Hastings - alto 

1. Keepin Time 
2. Coast To Coast 
3. What Is A Womans Role 
4. Way Back To The Bone 
5. Feelin So Much Better Now 
6. Will Our Love End 
7. Loser 
8. You Are The Music Were Just The Band 












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