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Uncorked – Rare Tracks from a Vintage 70s Band

Review by Gary Hill

This collection of rare tracks from an act I’ve not previously heard is solid. These guys were not the most original band out there. That said, some songs are more creative than others. I’m not blown away by everything here, but there are enough moments of magic to make it worth owning.

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Track by Track Review
Boogie Bad Express

This is a well performed, but rather generic rock tune. It’s very typical of the kind of thing that was popular in the early 70s or even late 60s.

Funky Day
This is even more in keeping with the sound of the late 60s. It seems a little less polished in terms of production. Yet, it’s perhaps a little more interesting in terms of the song structure. There are no molds broken here, but this shows some creativity and flair.
Gone Are the Days
Now, this melodic rocker is more like it. It’s still nothing exceptionally original. It’s just a strong 1970s pop rock tune. It’s well performed and written. Overall, it’s not far removed from something like The Allman Brothers in a lot of ways.
There are some hints of jazz in the mix here. I really like this song a lot. The balance between the intricate mellower motifs and the more rocking ones is classy. The vocal arrangement is among the best here, too. In some ways this reminds me a bit of something like America.
Frostbite Fantasy
The introduction to this is pretty classy and spacey. The whole cut is very tasty. The guitar bits that run throughout the song add a lot of style. This really has kind of a space rock vibe in some ways. It’s not that far removed from something like Captain Beyond in some ways. The guitar solo section (and some of the other parts) also makes me think of Robin Trower a little. Either way, this is the best track to this point on the disc. It’s nearly worth the price of admission all by itself.
All You Need Is a Ticket
This has a more straight ahead rocking arrangement. The horns lend a soulful vibe to the piece. This might not be the most original thing here, but it’s fun. Also, the fast paced bit late is a great touch.
How Did You Get So Crazy
A dreamy pop rock song, this is melodic and accessible. It’s almost a ballad, but has a bit more energy to it than that. It’s more in keeping with 1970s soft rock. The melodic guitar solo works quite well.
Lovin’ So Fine
This is very much based in a fast paced jazz rock style. It’s cool, but doesn’t really fit all that well with some of the rest of the stuff here.
Change Your Mind
Again, not the most creative or original thing I’ve heard, this is nonetheless a well crafted and performed pop song.
Follow Your Dream

There is a cool jazz meets soaring rock vibe to this number. It’s one of the better songs here. Again, it’s nothing Earth shattering in terms of originality, but it’s still a strong piece.

Persephone’s Poison

This instrumental is another highlight of the set. It starts with a real jazz oriented fast paced jam. That holds the cut for quite a while with different variants taking it at different points. Then it fires off into a noisy space jam for a time. It launches back into the song proper from there. The mix of jazz, arena rock and space music works extremely well, making this one of the more creative pieces here.

Till the Break of Day
With a blend of jazzy elements, some hints of psychedelia and classic 70s rock, this is another effective piece. It’s one of the more creative things here, too.
Break of Day Coda
This is a fast paced jam that has a lot of jazz and soul in the mix. The guitar soloing is purely on fire. The whole instrumental just really rocks. It twists and turns and as a lot of fun. It’s another highlight of the set.
In the Sun
Although this might be a little trite, it’s also a very touching and strong cut. It’s basically a soft rock ballad-style piece. It’s very much a product of its era, but it’s also one of the highlights here.
There’s a Feeling

While there are no real surprises here, this soft rocker is classy. The lyrics feel a little generic, but the mix of classic rock and jazz makes the musical arrangement work quite well.

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