Friday, May 4, 2012
The Rockets were formed in 1972 by former Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels members Johnny "Bee" Bandajek and Jim McCarty. Vocals and drums were handled by Bandajek, McCarty was on lead guitar, John Fraga was on bass and Marc Marcano was on keyboards. Johnny Bee was the driving force and primary songwriter for the Rockets.
In the early days, The Rockets paid their dues playing gigs at venues such as, The Rainbow Room in Detroit, The People's Ballroom in Ann Arbor, and The Rock 'N Roll Farm in Wayne, Michigan.
The band took on a new sound in 1976 when David Gilbert was brought in to take over vocals from Johnny Bee and Donnie Backus took over on keyboards. Gilbert had fronted several bands and was the lead singer for Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes in 1971, touring with them for a year and a half before forming Shadow which led to a record deal with RSO.
The Rockets made five studio albums produced several minor hits including a rocking rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well".
Always a popular group in Detroit, and Michigan, The Rockets had gotten some attention outside of the state, but never really got the big break to become a true national act. The first album, Love Transfusion, was released in 1977. It failed to produce any hits. The 1979 self-titled release featured the hits, "Oh Well" and "Turn Up The Radio". This record also featured on bass, David Hood, one of the "Swampers" from the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama. Muscle Shoals was mentioned in Lynyrd Skynyrd's southern rock anthem "Sweet Home Alabama". Also, this Rockets album was dedicated to Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, who all perished in Skynyrd's infamous 1977 plane crash. The third attempt came (with the addition of a new bass player, Dan Keylon) in 1980 with "No Ballads", "Desire" was a popular tune from this album. Next came the Back Talk album in '81 (with another new bass player, Bobby Haralson) and then finally Rocket Roll in 1982. "Rollin' By The Record Machine" from this release was the last hit for the band. The final release, Live Rockets, was recorded on New Year's Eve 1982 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre near Detroit.
The sound quality of this show is extremely good, is it a real stereo, with the vocals parts recorded only on one of the 2 channels, so in the instrumental parts the volume of one channel is it a little bit lower, but i did
not touch the balance of the 2 channels, i left it like the original recording was.....
1st generation reel to reel > behringer ultra curve pro deq 2496 equalizer > tascam cdrw750 > plex tool professional XL > wav > flac.
I finally located this reel to reel that i got in trade 25 years ago from a guy that copied his master reel for me....no doubts that this is an excellent complete
sounboard recording, and probably is taken from a radio broadcast, but i don't know which is the original source....may be we should ask Dave (davmar), those are the kind of shows he may be had recorded...this is a must for a steve miller fan.... (By tillywilly)
01 - Worried About My Baby Too Much
02 - Mercury Blues
03 - Think
04 - Junior Saw It Happen
05 - Superbird
06 - Instrumental
07 - Instrumental
08 - Your Old Lady
09 - Going Down To Mexico
10 - Lovin' Wheel
11 - Instrumental Jam
Steve Miller Guitar, Vocals
Lonnie Turner Bass, Guitar
Tim Davis Drums, Vocals
James "Curly" Cooke Guitar
James Curly Cooke -- whose middle name is sometimes spelled "Curley" and who is also often referred to as Curly Cooke -- is a great guitar player who's never quite gotten his due, despite very well-known professional collaborations with Steve Miller, Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, and Ben Sidran. Cooke was part of the original Steve Miller Band, and was in the lineup that backed Chuck Berry at the Fillmore West and played at the Monterey Pop Festival. He was later replaced in Miller's group by the leader's boyhood friend Boz Scaggs, and subsequently played with Scaggs as well as returning to work with Miller on Fly Like an Eagle and other 1970s projects. He also appeared with Mother Earth on Make a Joyful Noise (1969), and worked with Garcia and Howard Wales on the Hooteroll? album in 1971. During the 1970s, he was most visible on albums by Scaggs and Sidran.
Third World War - Third World War (1971 uk hard rock, blues rock and heavy blues - Repertoire records edition - Wave)
Reissued 1971 album. Astonishingly powerful three piece heavy metal band from the early Seventies, starring guitarist Terry Stamp. They can be heard on their 1971 album, tearing into such cuts as 'Ascension Day', which was their first single release, and eight other scorching hard rockers, including 'Get Out Of Bed You Dirty Red' and 'Preaching Violence.'
Terry Stamp and Jim Avery and company provide the perfect antidote to the complexities that became adult oriented rock. This was uncompromising honest stuff. Brilliant songs, well performed. It pre-dated pub rock, punk rock and the like and set the blueprint. If you only ever buy one rock album then make it this one.
01.Ascension Day 4:53
02.M.I.5's Alive 8:10
03.Teddy Teeth Goes Sailing 1:53
04.Working Class Man 4:32
05.Shepherds Bush Cowboy 4:40
06.Stardom Road, Part I 5:37
07.Stardom Road, Part II 3:43
08.Get out of Bed You Dirty Red 1:28
09.Preaching Violence 5:04
Third World War:
Terry Stamp: Vocals, Guitar
Jim Avery: Bass (Razar, ex-The Attack, ex-Thunderclap Newman)
Mick Liber: Guitar (Aztecs, The Denvermen, Python Lee Jackson)
Fred Smith: Drums
Tony Ashton: Piano (Ashton Gardner and Dyke)
Jim Price: Trompette, trombone
Bobby Keyes (saxophone)
Neemoi "Speed" Acquaye: Congas