dimanche 14 décembre 2008

CONSTELLATION - [Hard Rock U.S.A.'78]



"Constellation" 1978 (Pyramid 1590)
"Constellation" is a pretty amazing effort; even more so given that creative mainstay Punkin Crye wasn't even old enough to legally play in a nightclub. In addition to handling lead vocals (he sure didn't sound like a 14 year old) and lead guitar, Crye wrote or co-wrote all nine tracks. Exemplified by tracks such as the blazing opener "8 O Clock Monday", "There's Talk" and "Sell Out" the trio's take-no-prisoners brand of hard rock certainly won't appeal to everyone, but at least to out ears the LP's got more hooks and heart than a truck load of Slayer releases. Among the highlights were the sweet and atypical ballad "Little Things" and the chugging rocker "Always Be the Same". The album did little commercially and Crye relocated to L.A. where he enjoyed minor success playing in a number of local metal bands. Unfortunately, Crye also picked up a nasty drug habit. By the time he was in his early 20s he'd returned to Tennessee where he ended up homeless, living on the streets of Chattanooga. [SB]~~~The biggest clue as to the age of the songwriter here comes from the lyrics, which obviously refelect a horny teenager (or even pre-teen) view of dating. This album has a nice hard rock sheen, driven by a metallic but clean rhythm guitar sound. The performances are strong, the energy level high and the songs engagingly brief. It lacks riffs, though, and has a surprisingly sparse amount of lead guitar. They sound like a band with a lot of promise, but this album never really takes off. [AM]

7 commentaires:

lumpensammler a dit…

Smashin stuff, i realy do like this album. An as always excellent post on the best blog there is.

Menthol Frog a dit…

no words, just
WOW

Anonyme a dit…

Thanks alot man, as stated above, great post and when i`m in the mood for rare music i always visit this place. You are unmatched.

Anonyme a dit…

HELLO ZOSOPAT
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REUPLOAD THIS LP
IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU COULD PUT IT AGAIN ON YOUR SITE FOR A TIME
I WOULD LIKE TO DISCOVER IT
MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE FRANCK FROM FRANCE

Socram a dit…

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Anonyme a dit…

PLEASE REPOST!

Rich AfterSabbath a dit…

Another repost possible? thank you sir!

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