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2 Aug 2017

Landslide "Two Sided Fantasy" 1972 US Hard Country Acid Blues

Landslide "Two Sided Fantasy" 1972 US Hard Country Acid Blues


In 1972 Five Italian-americans from Nyc Got Together to Produce this Great Album for Capitol, Only to Drop off the Radar Soon after Without a Trace. A True Loss Because "Two Sided Fantasy" is Immediately Convincing, Both for Its Freshness and the Originality of the Material Presented. In the Liner Notes, the Band Members Indicate their Various Musical Influences, which Include Zeppelin, Cream, Winter, the Allman Brothers, Ravi Shankar, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and George Harrison...............

Landslide's only album is amiable but inconsequential early-'70s rock. It's not indebted to any style or band in particular, though one can hear traces of the Allman Brothers, Santana, and blues-rock acts like Johnny Winter. There's some Jack Bruce/Cream quaver in the vocals, too, particularly on one of the more melodic cuts, "Dream Traveler." A gentler laid-back bluesy groove is explored in "Creepy Feelin'." But on the whole it doesn't have songs or riffs to get excited about, and the rave-up on the closing blues-rocker "Happy" sounds like an attempt to create some excitement that isn't inherent in the material. This rare 1972 Capitol release was reissued on CD by Akarma in Richie Unterberger........

Thought to have been a New York bunch, they don’t appear to have released any 45s for Capitol, but their album is an undiscovered gem. Kicking off with ‘Do What I Want’ which featured slick rhythms and fine guitar, a high standard is set and equalled by ‘Creepy Feeling’ and the Johnny Winter-influenced ‘Everybody Knowns (Slippin)’, with its gruff vocals and fine guitar interplay. ‘Dream Novel’ rounds off side one with some simply exquisite guitar work. Perhaps the album’s finest moment is ‘Happy’, the closing track, which builds into an amazing climax. Recommended..............

“When Landslide cut their album Two Sided Fantasy on Capitol Records, the band and the label probably had no clue that everything would end so fast. The album became a rare collector’s item because of their lack of success. I am sure the album disappeared from LP racks in stores very quickly giving it the “hard to find” tag that turned it into a valued and sought after piece.

This was a good rock band that had a sound comparable to Cream and at times early Santana. They did not do anything special or out of the ordinary, at least not anything that was unique at the time that would separate them from all the other bands doing the same thing. Possibly, with more time to develop as a group and a campaign to spread the word about their music, it may have changed the outcome of their fate.

We have evidence of their efforts and one that has survived many years on this reissue. The fact that this LP resurfaced is a nod to their legacy. It does not matter how short their stay in the music world was or the importance to the history of music, they were a part of the early ‘70’s rock that would become the classic rock that you now hear on top rock radio stations to this day. I read a review that considered their labors as inconsequential, I do not agree. If in fact what they recorded did not matter, this album would not have become a collector’s item nor would music fans have the opportunity to hear it again today. Indeed this is not a great memorable album that ranks amongst the all-time classics; it is however, a solid and enjoyable listen.”........

Among the rarest hard rock albums on this label. It's a solidly very good record featuring guitar driven, rural flavored hard rock, featuring fuzz and wah-wah. It's release coincided with the change-over from Capitol's green labels to red, so apparently, there are original pressings on both variations, depending on which plant the copy came from. by......tymeshifter .............

It's interesting to note that in the early and mid-1970s Capitol Records had some fantastic acts signed to recording contracts. Unfortunately, the label's focus was on boogie bands such as Grand Funk Railroad, relegating even more deserving outfits like Food and Long Island's Landslide to instant oblivion.

In terms of bibliographical information, there doesn't seem to be a great deal of stuff readily available on this New York quartet. What little I've found comes from the liner notes on their LP. The line up consisted of drummer Tommy Caglioti, Joseph Caglioti, singer Ed Cass, bassist Bobby Sallustio and lead guitarist Billy Savoca. Prior to forming Landslide, Joseph and Tommy Caglioti and Sallusito had played in the blues band Trax. Following it's break up, Sallustio dropped out of music to attend college, but within a short period, decided to form a new band with his former partners. The three promptly recruited vocalist Cass and guitarist Savoca (who had been playing in the band Gullotos). The five piece began playing local clubs as Hot Waks before metamorphosing into Landslide.

Released in 1972, their sole album "Two Sided Fantasy" was apparently a self-produced effort (credited to Proud Productions, Inc.). With four of the five members contributing material the album offered up an enjoyable mix of blues-rock ('Everybody Knows (Slippin')'), Manassas-styled Latin-flavored rock ('Doin' What I Want') and conventional hard rock ('Happy'). Exemplified by tracks such as the leadoff rocker 'Doin' What I Want' ' the album offered up strong melodies, taunt vocals and Savoca's always tasty guitar. While the entire album is good, highlights include 'Dream Traveler' (be sure to check out Savoca's lead guitar) and the closer 'Happy'. ..........

I missed this the first time around but thankfully I now have a burn of this spectacular fuzz guitar driven hard rock long player from 1972. There is a slight hint of a country attitude with some tremendous wah-wah fuzz guitar on rippin rockin toe tappers. Another one of those " one and done " from back in those foggy days. Catch a buzz, put on the headphones and ......

This is a great recording and I wonder why it wasn't more successful. They are far more interesting than your average rock band of the time, and come up with some really interesting arrangements. The guitar playing is more psych rock than blues-rock, another thing that sets them apart from the rest in 1972. Certainly worth picking up....ByMichael...............

The only album from Long Island (NY). Was established (under the name «Hot Waks») former members «Trax» - Bobby Sallustio and brothers Joseph and Tommy Caglioti, and former members of the group «Gullotos» - Ed Cass and Billy Savoca (all of Italian origin). The album was released on the «Capitol Records», produced the band itself. A winning team, for connoisseurs and gourmets of the early period of formation of rock music.............

   I really dont know a lot about Landslide except that this album is just way tooo cool ! This is acid-blues music the way it was meant to be played and should excite even your pet gerbil ! The line up consisted of drummer Tommy Caglioti, Joseph Caglioti, singer Ed Cass, bassist Bobby Sallustio and lead guitarist Billy Savoca and boy-o-boy can these guys "giver". I picked this gem back in 2003 snagging the Akarma CD gatefold album sleeve replica release. Not sure of the source of this one (it may be from vinyl transfer actaully) but having said that the sound on this CD is actually quite good.
Musically these guys played a blues based rhythm style with wah wah guitars and echoed reverb mixed with excellent drums and some great vocals too ! A Very cool album...............

Bass – Bobby Sallustio
Drums, Percussion, Sitar – Tommy Caglioti
Guitar, Drum, Vocals – Joseph Caglioti
Lead Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar – Billy Savoca
Lead Vocals, Drums, Percussion – Ed Cass

A1 Doin' What I Want 5:08
A2 Creepy Feelin' 4:01
A3 Everybody Knows (Slippin') 7:18
A4 Dream Traveler 4:37
B1 Susan 5:54
B2 Sad And Lonely 3:01
B3 Little Bird 4:58
B4 Happy 5:51 

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