Friday, January 22, 2016

Aesop's Fables - 1969 - In Due Time

Aesop's Fables 
In Due Time

01. Lift Up Your Hearts    3:33
02. What Is Soul    2:33
03. In Due Time    2:57
04. In The Morning    3:42
05. Everyone's Talking    2:21
06. Spoons Full Of Sand    5:02
07. The Sound Of Crying    2:40
08. What Is LOve    3:38
09. Look Out    3:13
10. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me    3:45
11. And When It's Over    5:8

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals – Ronny Alterville
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals – Robert Di Monda
Guitar, Vocals – Frank Krepala
Organ, Vocals – Barry Taylor
Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Joe Fraticelli
Trumpet, Trombone – Louis Montaruli
Vocals, Drums – John Scaduto
Vocals, Percussion – Sonny Bottari

Falling somewhere in the musical spectrum between David Clayton-Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears and The Young Rascals,  the short-lived and little known Aesop's Fables deserved a better fate.  Led by singer/songwriter Sonny Bottari, the Long Island-based group was initially signed by ATCO where they released a series of three widely ignored mid-1960s singles.
After four unsuccessful singles ATCO dropped the band, though in a matter of months they rebounded, attracting the attention of the Chess affiliated Cadet Concept label.  Eager to expand its catalog of rock material, Cadet Concept gave the go ahead for an album teaming them with producer/songwriter  Bob (Robert) Gallo for their 1969 label debut "In Due Time".  Sporting two capable vocalists in Sonny Bottari and drummer John Scaduto, the collection aptly demonstrated the octet's enjoyable blend of blue-eyed soul and more experimental horn based outings ('Everybody's Talking' and 'Look Out' and 'In the Morning').  Featuring a mixture of Gallo-penned numbers and band originals, blue-eyed soul moves like 'Lift Up Your Hearts', 'What Is Soul', and The Rascals blue-eyed soul clone 'What Is Love' were quite commercial.  Unfortunately, in the midst of a burgeoning blues and metal scene, the band's easygoing soul moves also seemed slightly out of date; almost like they were a year or two behind popular tastes.  Elsewhere there were a couple of stabs at updating the sound.  Sporting a much harder rock sound 'Spoons Full of Sand' came off as a weird hybrid of  Cream-meets Blood, Sweat and Tears.  Guufy but kind of neat.  Unfortunately the group's lounge lizard cover of the Supremes' 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' was simply a boneheaded move. The album was tapped for a single:

- 1969's  'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' b/w 'They Go Out and Get It' (Cadet Concept catalog number 7005).  

Unfortunately that seems to have been about it as far as promotional supposet went.