Sunday, September 20, 2015

Madura - 1971 - Madura



01. Hawk Piano
02. Drinking No Wine
03. Dreams
04. Plain As Day
05. My Love Is Free
06. Free From The Devil
07. My My What A World
08. Stimulation
09. Don't Be Afraid
10. Damnation
11. See For Yourself
12. I Think I'm Dreaming
13. It's A Good Time For Loving
14. Trapped
15. Johnny B. Goode
16. Realization
17. Man's Rebirth Throught Childbirth Part 1
18. Man's Rebirth Trhough Childbirth Part 2
19. Joy In Old Age By Way Of Self Obserbation
20. Talking To Myself

David "Hawk" Wolinski (bass, keyboards, vocals)
Alan De Carlo (guitar, vocals)
Ross Salomone (drums, percussion)

Madura was a 1970s rock/fusion band from Chicago, United States. After the break up of Bangor Flying Circus (1969), Alan DeCarlo and Hawk Wolinski formed Madura. Only one personal change was made: drummer Michael Tegza was replaced with one of the best renowned drummers in the world: Ross Salomone.

David "Hawk" Wolinski, previous Shadows of Knight member, Alan DeCarlo and Ross Salomone recorded two albums produced by the Chicago producer James William Guercio. Hawk Wolinski later became a member of Rufus and Chaka Khan, and a successful producer and songwriter. Alan DeCarlo and Ross Salomone both appeared on Chicago keyboard player Robert Lamm's 1975 solo album "Skinny Boy," and Ross Salomone also appeared on albums by Chicago, Air Supply, Gerard, and Hollins & Star.

Madura can be seen and heard live on a short concert scene in J.W. Guercio's movie Electra Glide in Blue (1973) playing a part of Free from the devil. This is also included on the album from the movie. David Wolinski also appears as an actor in the movie, playing the part of "David, the VW bus driver."

The band's name "Madura" was inspired by the Meenakshi temple in Madurai

Alan Decarlo is fantastic on guitar. He plays everything from hard rock to jazz on this dbl album. Hawk Wolinsky is strong on B-3 alone but he also plays bass throughout the album on foot pedals! Russ Solomon plays the best drum solo i've ever heard on "Free From the Devil". Very little staight playing here. Decarlo has a pretty good voice and is like a madman at times. Madura is like Grand Funk on steriods!

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