Saturday, 30 June 2018

Albatross “Rockin The Sky” 1975 US Private Southern Hard Rock


Albatross “Rockin The Sky” 1975  ultra rare  US Private Southern  Hard Rock
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Undoubtedly one of my personal favorite private press albums from the ’70s. This is hard southern rock with extremely solid guitars. The vocals and keyboards are a slight weak point, but more due to the production values than the talent herein. It’s confident, driving, and often metallic in the way that Blackfoot could be. A consistent album that I would say is an absolute must for those looking into the far reaches of southern rock obscurities, and the heavier side of Southern Rock in general…..~


This is so rare that rare can’t describe it. Same label as beloved Sweet Toothe and much in the same vein. Heavy hard rock with some occasional progressive touches in place. “After the Rain”..these boys could have been really something. Have heard it compared to a very heavy Blackfoot and I find that close to the mark. One of the heaviest of “Southern Rock” lps…. One of those records you read about in the Acid Archives and wonder if you will find it. ….~


There is not much information about this band from Virginia that led Mike George to the voice, Henry Reid (keyboardist) and Gary Ward (guitarist), who were responsible for writing most of the songs that make up his only album, published in 75 and entitled “Rockin ‘the sky”; so we will concentrate on the content that is what really counts. 
The album that concerns us today runs halfway between hard-rock, southern and blues, and will not leave anyone indifferent to appreciate this type of candy with clear influences to Lynyrd Skynyrd or The Outlaws, to give some example. 
If you have the opportunity, do not miss listening to beautiful songs like “Other side of town”, “Out of control”, “No reason to cry” or “Mean woman blues”, all of them adorned with magnificent melodies supported by an excellent voice and some burning guitars that perfectly fulfill their role. The rest follow the same wave without lowering the piston at any time. Everything fits in its proper measure and it is a pity that these guys have stayed in this unique product. 
To note, that this album has not been edited in digital format and is an invaluable object for avid collectors of ultra rare material. You just have to take a look at the Ebay portal to realize this, although most of the time it does not even appear in the auctions, as it was an LP released in its day privately under the label Dominion Records. 
A rarity that deserves your attention……~


Sound of the record, guitars full of echo, great songs. We are back in the seventies! And it’s real. This only album of this American band Albatross has been issued in 1975 and shows how god these musicians were. This album has been reissued in cd and we can listen to the noise of the recording, but it’s still good. It’s a kind of nostalgia on this album. Mid tempo blues “Out of Control” is exactly in that spirit with a guitar sounds full of echoes.”Back Street Lover” is a Country-Rock song with slow moments. After a good guitar solo, song becomes faster and faster on a Country rhythm with great guitar interventions. “Same Old Song” looks like Black Sabbath at the beginnings and “Nor Reason to Cry” is a Hard Southern Boogie song, just like on Molly Hatchet or .38 Special albums. Best songs are the final four. “Yankee Jam” is an instrumental jazz-rock song makes us think at Stillwater or Sea Level. Swing and melody are on “Both Sides Now”. Unfortunately the organ sound is pretty bad but guitar parts are great. “Other Side of Town” looks like a Poco country-rock song with a really beautiful solo. Organ is not good enough on “Mean Woman Blues”, a Southern soul slow, with a fast final in a rock and melodic way, just like Jeff Carlisi. This album gave real promises and it’s pity that Albatross hasn’t issued other albums. Thank you to Southern Records for the publication of this old album from the past…..by…Olivier Aubry…..~


Mike George - lead vocals 
Henry Reid - keyboards 
Gary Ward - lead guitar, backing vocals 
Chris Massie - guitars 
Rudy Weayer - bass guitars, backing vocals 
Joe Campbell – drums, backing vocals



Tracklist 
A1 Out Of Control 4:00 
A2 After The Fire 4:48 
A3 Spare A Dime 3:20 
A4 About Losing 3:27 
A5 Back Street Lover 3:53 
B1 Same Old Song 3:38 
B2 No Reason To Cry 2:34 
B3 On The Run 2:38 
B4 Yankee Jam 2:14 
B5 Both Sides Now 2:14 
B6 Other Side Of Town 2:55 
B7 Mean Woman Blues 3:45 

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