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20 Jul 2017

Diamond Reo "Diamond Reo" 1975 US Glam Rock debut Lp

Diamond Reo "Diamond Reo" 1975 US Glam Rock debut Lp


Continuing on from my prior Diamond Reo post, this is the band's debut issued by Big Tree Records in 1975. While their sophomore album was on the verge of being proto-metal, this release is considerably more subdued and fluid. Contrary to popular opinion, the album is NOT even remotely close to sounding glam. In fact, there's more of a Clempson-era Humble Pie or Bandit [US] vibe happening here. Though the album is universally panned by classic rock aficionados, I actually prefer this to "Dirty Diamonds" simply because the hooks are more evident throughout. Though it's quite easy to find a clean copy of the album at just about any online merchant, it has been virtually ignored by bloggers...until now. Sink your teeth into this fine contrubtion from Brian and hear Pittsburgh's legendary hard rockers at their earliest stage...............

In the mid-1960s, the group The Igniters existed in the city of Penn Hills. Their repertoire ranged from British Invasion to R & B. The frontman of the band was Frankie Czuri (the legendary American tenor), who joined them in 1965. The Igniters recorded and released the single High Flying Wine, which became a big regional hit. Atlantic Records signed a contract with them simultaneously with Felix Cavaliere & The Rascals. Here they were forced to change their name several times - from Jimmy Mack and The Music Factory to Mack's Factory. After the release of several singles, they failed to achieve tangible results. Then they again changed the name to Friends and terminated the contract. Frank Zuri did not drop his hands and joined Jaggerz. After staying here a little he was accepted into the trio of Diamond Reo from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, thus becoming a quartet. In 1975, they released a cover for Marvin Gaye's song "Is not That Peculiar", which hit the Top 40. They performed at Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" and toured with Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa, Kansas, Ian Hunter, Blue Oyster Cult and Canned Heat. On the wave of success they were offered a contract with Big Tree Label and three albums were recorded. Then in the group there were some personnel changes - in 1980, instead of the left Norman Nardini (in The Tigers), Frank Zuri and Warren King, drummer Ron "Byrd" Foster from Roy Buchanan's Band, bass guitarist Mike Pela and keyboard player Dennis Tacos were accepted. Actually the history of Diamond Reo ends here because the new musicians renamed The Silencers and after going to CBS Records there they continued their journey. Warren King made his career in Pittsburgh as an excellent blues guitarist. Frank Zuri became a member of the vocal group Pure Gold, where he is still performing classic R & B covers. Here is played an aggressive and hard hard rock on a blues base somewhere in the direction of Judas Prista and even the JPT Scare Band. Zeppelinov's influence is also evident, and there are dramatic and glorious guitar solos, although the musicians are already openly looking toward the hard-n-heavy of the 80s. Nevertheless, while on this album enjoy the sound of the mid-70's without any synthesizers and speed-metal cuts. Normal is a very group, the music of which is quite in the border zone with heavy-prog.......

The Diamond Reo band was founded in 1974 by Frank Zuri, Bob McKeag, Norman Nardini and Robbie Johns. McKeag and Zuri played together earlier in the group Igniters, which managed to release only one single in 1968 at Atlantic Records.

With the contribution of this company and the production of Tom Cossie, the Diamond Reo members release their first eponymous LP for less than a year after their creation.

With the cover version of Marvin Gaye's song "Is Not That Peculiar," the band had some nationwide success and toured in the States along with Kiss, Kansas, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Blue Oyster Cultem and Canned Heat.............

The Diamond Reo
*Norman Nardini - Vocals, Bass
*Bob McKeag - Guitars, Vocals, Bag
*Frank Zuri - Voclas, Keyboards
*Rob Jones - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Warren King - Guitars
*Al Mossburg - Acoustic Guitar
*Ed Jonnet - Tenor, Alto, Soprano Saxophones
*Chris Patarini - Tenor Saxophone
*Van Crozier - Baritone, Alto Saxophones

1. Rock 'N' Roll Till I Die (Bob McKeag) - 3:27
2. I Want You (J. MacDonald) - 3:43
3. Work Hard Labor (J. MacDonald) - 3:03
4. Thing For You (Bob McKeag) - 3:19
5. Nowhere To Run (Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr., Lamont Dozier) - 3:15
6. Ain't That Peculiar (Marvin Tarplin, Robert Rogers, Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore) - 2:45
7. Lover In The Sky (Bob McKeag) - 3:17
8. It's Gonna Be Alright (J. MacDonald) - 3:54
9. Sittin' On Top Of The Blues (Bob McKeag) - 3:21
10.I'm Movin' On (J. MacDonald) - 4:20

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