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Ten Wheel Drive & Genya Ravan - Peculiar Friends (1971) [Reissue 2009]

Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock, Jazz | Author: artmuss | 29-12-2014, 19:30
Ten Wheel Drive & Genya Ravan - Peculiar Friends (1971) [Reissue 2009]
Artist: Ten Wheel Drive & Genya Ravan
Title Of Album: Peculiar Friends
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Polydor Records
Genre: Blues Jazz Rock
Total Time: 36:52 min
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 253 mb (Covers)

The third and final disc on Polydor from Ten Wheel Drive before Annie Sutton would come in to take over for the irreplaceable Genya Ravan and they would move the organization to Capitol for one more go at it, this is the most sophisticated of the small but cherished output from the ever changing and evolving entity known as Ten Wheel Drive. The pity here is that they had really found their groove on Peculiar Friends.The band blends so nicely behind Ravan's unique and multi-purpose voice, changing genres while exploring the possibilities of a song like "I Had Him Down." They lift a few notes from Blood, Sweat & Tears' cover of the Laura Nyro composition, "And When I Die," but the song mutates before you can hold it down. The key word is "down," and the six-minute "Down in the Cold" rocks — co-written by the core of the band, keyboardist Michael Zager (no relation to Zager & Evans of "25/25" fame, though many have made that mistake), guitarist Aram Schefrin, and vocalist Ravan. Drummers and bassists and horn players came and went, but the musical vision of the three main partners kept maturing, "Down in the Cold" takes Janis Joplin's drunken barroom "Turtle Blues" and speeds it up a whole lot. Ravan is in total control from the very slick "Shootin' the Breeze," which is one of the most magnificent songs they ever put on plastic, to "Fourteenth Street (I Can't Get Together)." The textures Schefrin and Zager build are the perfect complement to Ravan, and they should have kept this unit together at all costs. The title track is a mere 19 seconds of silliness while "The Night I Got Out of Jail" takes a Beatles riff and tucks it inside an Ike & Tina Turner rave-up. The nine tracks here hardly satisfy fans of early adult rock who would demand more. What they got was "No Next Time," the closest thing to a duet on this album, and a wonderful exercise in stretching the boundaries of pop. This is tough stuff that didn't lend itself to early-'70s radio, but had the potential to move the music from this time period to another, higher level. "The Pickpocket" fuses the hard rock of early Deep Purple from their keyboard heavy Tetragrammaton Days with contemporary jazz. The arrangements and performance here are top-notch, so good that the fact that there would be no more is the most disappointing aspect of Peculiar Friends.

TRACKLIST:

01 Peculiar Friends
02 The Night I Got Out Of Jail
03 Shootin' The Breeze
04 The Pickpocket
05 No Next Time
06 Love Me
07 Fourteenth Street (I Can't Get Together)
08 I Had Him Down
09 Down In The Cold

01 Peculiar Friends
02 The Night I Got Out Of Jail
03 Shootin' The Breeze
04 The Pickpocket
05 No Next Time
06 Love Me
07 Fourteenth Street (I Can't Get Together)
08 I Had Him Down
09 Down In The Cold





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