Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Graeme Edge Band - 1977 - Paradise Ballroom

The Graeme Edge Band 
Paradise Ballroom

01. Paradise Ballroom 8:25
02. Human 6:25
03. Everybody Needs Somebody 4:55
04. All Is Fair 5:10
05. Down, Down, Down 6:01
06. In The Night Of The Light 3:10
07. Caroline 6:05

Bass, Vocals – Paul Gurvitz
Drums – Graeme Edge
Flute – Lannie McMillan
Guitar, Vocals – Adrian Gurvitz
Keyboards – Blue Weaver, Tony Hymas
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Moog] – Ann Odell
Percussion – Rebop Kwaku Baah
Saxophone – Emerson Able
Saxophone, Flute – Bill Easley
Steel Guitar [Pedal] – BJ Cole
Trombone – Bill Floores, Ken Spain
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Ben Cauley, Edgar Matthews
Vocals – Brian Parrish

Having been pushed to the periphery on his sophomore solo album, Kick Off Your Muddy Boots, Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge wrestled back control for the follow-up, Paradise Ballroom. On Boots, singer/guitarist Adrian Gurvitz shared the limelight only with keyboardist Mickey Gallagher, leaving his own brother, bassist Paul, and his putative employer, Edge, to languish in the shadows. Now the tables were turned, as Edge insisting on co-writing all the tracks with Gurvitz (the drummer contributed only three on his debut), and promoted Paul to lead vocalist. This resulted in a much more coherent set, and a far funkier one, throwing the spotlight directly onto the rhythm section, bolstered by guesting Traffic percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah. Of course, Gurvitz's lead guitar still splays across the album, but so does a full horn section, as the set sashays around disco, reggae, Motown, funk, and soul, the upbeat songs counterbalanced by gorgeous, introspective numbers. The discofied adaptation of "Everybody Needs Somebody" is inspired, the breezy "In the Light of Night" a delight, and the funky title track a soul-filled extravaganza

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