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30 Mar 2017

Train “Costumed Cuties” 1970 Danish / US Psych Rock

Train “Costumed Cuties” 1970 Danish / US Psych Rock

By the late-‘60s the band had relocated to the States where they were signed by Vanguard. Teamed with producer Geoff Turner, by the time their 1970 debut “Costumed Cuties” hit the streets the band seems to have effectively been reduced to a duo consisting of Lenox and Keider (the two names prominently featured in the liner notes). Largely penned by Lenox (Gordon contributing one selection), musically the set wasn’t bad. Keyboard dominated rockers, Lenox had a decent voice that was well suited for material such as “Oink Oink”, “Dreams and Realities” and the title track. On the other hand, with the exception of the atypical freak out closer “Road Race”, none of the 12 tracks was particularly distinguished, or memorable. One reviewer’s compared these guys to ARS. Personally I don’t hear it. Imagine a duller version of Procol Harum with occasional pseudo-jazz breaks (“Hasting’s Worth Resolved ”) and you’ll get a better feel for the results … Greeted with complete critical and commercial indifference, the set vanished without a trace; followed in short order by the band…..Bad Cat………

Bob Lenox – vocals, keyboards 
Dame Lumsden — alto saxophone 
Jimmy Roberts — tenor saxophone 
Murry Gordon — bass 
Vinnie Bell — guitar, sitar (06) 
Irving Spice — violin 
Alan Shulman — cello 
Kirsten Loppenthin — vocals 
Jamie Faust – bass (08, 09, 12) 
Don Kreider — drums, vibes, vocals

A1 Oink Oink 3:07 
A2 Bishop Pawn Three 3:46 
A3 Guest Hotel 4:07 
A4 Screw You 0:59 
A5 Lilly White 2:05 
A6 Dreams And Realities 3:47 
B1 Costumed Cuties 3:31 
B2 Hasting’s Worth Resolved 3:32 
B3 Toe Jam 1:26 
B4 Abolene Gold 3:11 
B5 Love Is All 1:27 
B6 Road Race 4:13 

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