Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Head East

Today in Music History:

In 1990 Tom Petty wins his first Grammy when the Traveling Wilburys’ debut album takes the category “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.”
Head EastBeen tied up watching the Olympians quest for precious medals. Is it just me or do those medals like colorful CDs. Seems like reggae is not a fave subject of homercat's readers so I had to dig up another classic 70's group for today's installment.

Midwest rockers Head East were alumni of the University of Illinois and finally got their act together in the St Louis area in the mid 70's. They recorded their debut album, Flat As a Pancake, independently and released it on their own Pyramid Records label in early 1975. Another impressive debut album from an unknown band. When a certain track on the album began to attract radio airplay, AM records signed the band and re released the album in June 1975. The title of the album pokes fun at their midwest origins due to it being mostly flatland. The album is a real corker and it seems like every kid in school had a copy. The stand out track being Never Been Any Reason, which is a perfect song to crank up the volume and cruise the strip. Although subsequent efforts never matched the success of that first album, it's a testament to the band that their debut album is available on CD, owing to that one massive hit. More than that though it's a solid album with no klunkers on it. Head East released their last official studio album in 1980 and AM dropped them whcich essentially killed the band, but Head East can still be found out and about and typically play 30 to 40 shows a year although there's only one dude left from the original lineup. Flat As A Pancake is one of those classic must own albums from the seventies.

Never Been Any Reason by Head East
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