Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Missouri

We're gonna have to jump in the way back machine for this classic album. Missouri is a band that hails from... uh Missouri. Kansas City that is. The band's self-titled first album was released in 1977 on a label called Panama Records. Even though Panama was an independent label, the band garnered huge airplay on American FM AOR radio stations, specifically with the track "Movin On". At least it was huge in the midwest where I grew up. Absolutely everyone I knew owned this album. They're kinda like your typical southern rock type band from that era. The album cover depicts the St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, “Gateway to the West,” superimposed over a scene of Monument Valley in north-eastern Arizona.

A month after its release, the album was listed on "Billboard's Recommended Album" page. As the album received massive airplay on Midwest radio, Missouri embarked upon a concert tour. "Missouri" performed across the nation and provided warm-up at large venue gigs, stadium shows and tours. Where the band was well known and had solid air play, "Missouri" would headline. Missouri toured with national acts such as Ted Nugent, Golden Earring, Scorpions, Blackfoot, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, REO Speedwagon, Blackfoot, Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, Van Halen, Jefferson Starship, just to name a few. I personally had the pleasure of seeing them open for Blue Oyster Cult in 81.

Missouri soon signed with Polydor records and released its second album entitled “Welcome two Missouri,” in 1979. The group continued touring until 1984. While the second album’s sales figures were impressive, the record industry and musical tastes were changing and southern rock was fading and new wave was taking over. Polydor Records did not renew Missouri’s option to record another album. Two classic albums which are out of print although there is a best of Missouri available which is a mix of the two albums.

Movin' On
Come on Move
Buy It


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