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22 Jul 2017

Melvin McRae Band ‎"Queen Of Hearts" 1976 UK Finland Prog Hard Rock

Melvin McRae Band ‎"Queen Of Hearts" 1976 UK Finland Prog Hard Rock


A Finnish hard-rock trio led by Melvin McRae (guitar & vocals) from England. All three guys used to be members of Yellow. Their 1st and only album, featuring e.g. a hard rocking version of "Day Tripper". Very rare these days!.....

Mostly uninspired and commercially aimed hard-ish boogie rock, but with a few worthy tracks. My favourite three in particular are Law Man, Evil Woman and Queen of Hearts which crack along with decent speed and aggression. It's hard to find info but they had Melvin McRae (and possibly more names) from Yellow who made an album the previous year, which itself only had one good track, the first (and only heavy) one.

Here are the credits from the album: Melvin McRae (guitar, vox), Rauni Osterman (drums) and Hannu Takala (bass) (which is the same as the final Yellow lineup, minus Helge Koskela). Engineer: Tom Vuori. Recorded at Finnlevy Studios, Helsinki, Finland 1975. According to the Finnish Wikipedia, Yellow emerged from a 60s band called 'Only Five', though by the looks of it none of those original members were still around in the McRae band....r0b0c0p .............

Bass – Hannu Takala
Drums – Rauni Österman
Guitar, Vocals – Melvin McRae

A1 Queen Of Hearts 2:02
A2 Let The Sunshine 3:25
A3 Open Road 2:54
A4 I Like That 0:20
A5 Rock'n Roll Queen 2:12
A6 Things'll Be Right 1:55
A7 Evil Woman 2:52
B1 Midnight People 2:31
B2 Off The Hook 4:42
B3 Law Man 2:59
B4 For You And Rock'n Roll 2:35
B5 Daytripper 2:54

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