Sunday, December 07, 2008

Once Upon A Star

Fire up your way back machine and get those tartans ready because I feel another Bay City Rollers post coming on.

Once Upon a Star is the second UK album by the Scottish group Bay City Rollers. Released in 1975, the album featured a British #1 hit single, "Bye Bye Baby", and marked the first time the group performed its own music, rather than relying on session musicians. At the point "Bye Bye Baby" hit Number 1 in the U.K., the boys were hosts of their hit T.V. show "Shang-A-Lang," and "Rollermania" was in full swing. Due to pre-orders, this release hit Number 1 on the U.K. charts on the day of its release (also achieved by The Beatles and precious few others). Finally, the boys were allowed to play on all the songs, even on the album's surprisingly complex arrangements, which include such instruments as a mandolin, a violin, and even an accordion. Eric and Woody wrote seven of the 12 tunes. The production is more sophisticated than on "Rollin'" and this record establishes the group’s trademark sound. All in all, this release marks a major step forward and it may not win over listeners who dislike sugary pop music, it does show that the Bay City Rollers stood out from the rest of the teen idol pack because of their skills as writers and instrumentalists. An interesting note: the Rollers wouldn't make it big in North America until the next year when songs from the UK releases of Rollin' and Once Upon A Star were compiled to produce the group’s first American LP, Bay City Rollers. Homercat likes these guys.

Angel Baby
Rock & Roll Honeymoon
Let's Go (A Huggin' and a Kissin' in the Moonlight)

Once Upon a Star
Funny Toon