Blue Mountain Eagle
Band members Related acts
line up 1 (1968-69) as Blue Buffalo and The New
- Randy Fuller --
vocals, bass, guitar
- Dewey Martin (RIP) -- drums, percussion
- Joey Newman (aka Vern Kjellberg) -- vocals, lead guitar,
line up 2 (1969) as Blue Mountain Eagle
- Randy Fuller --
bass, guitar, backing vocals
line up 3 (1969-70)
- David Johnson -- bass, vocals
(replaced randy Fuller)
- Bandit (Joey Newman)
- Blue Rose (Don Piocher)
- Brothers Keeprs (Don Poncher)
- The Buffalo Springfield (Dewey Martin)
- The Chelsea (David Price)
- Danny and the Saints (Bob Jones)
- The Demons (Bob Jones)
- Don and the Good Times (Joey Newman and Don
- The Liberty Party (Joey Newman)
- Rabbit and Renegade (David Johnson)
- Merilee Rush & The Turnabouts.(Joey Newman)
- Stepson (Joey Newman)
- Sweathog (David Johnson and Bob Jones)
- Touch (Joey Newman)
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Title: Blue Mountain Eagle
Catalog: SD-33- 324
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Catalog ID: SOLD 6302
Price: SOLD $40.00
Following the collapse of The Buffalo Springfield, drummer Dewey Martin formed The New Buffalo Springfield. The original line up included bassist Bob Apperson, guitarist David Price, drummer Don Poncher, horn planer Jim Price, and guitarist Gary Rowles, but the outfit collapsed in the face of legal action by the other former Buffalo Springfield members. The threat of legal action didn't keep Martin from forming another band, though this time around he was careful o name them Blue Buffalo. With the second line up rounded out by former Bobby Fuller Four bassist/guitarist Randy Fuller (Randy was the late Bobby's younger brother), guitarist Bob Jones, former Touch keyboardist Joey Newman, and guitarist David Price, they quickly scored a recording contract with Atlantic's ATCO subsidiary (which had been The Buffalo Springfield's label), but before heading into the studio the ever volatile Martin bailed from the project leaving the rest of the band to continue on their own.
"Blue Mountain Eagle" track listing:
1.) Love Is Here (Joey Newman) - 4:25 rating: **** stars
A straight-ahead rocker that showcased some great double lead fuzz guitar from Jones and Newman, 'Love Is Here' was a nice way to start off the album. With a pounding beat and some excellent lead vocals from Newman (the rest of the band provided first rate harmony vocals), the track had a highly commercial early-70s vibe that I find highly appealing.
2.) Yellow's Dream (Joey Newman) -2:42 rating: *** stars
Abruptly shifting gears, 'Yellow's Dream' started out as slightly lysergic flavored ballad, before shifting gears into a mid-tempo, acoustic guitar powered number that sported what was almost a Gospel flavor. This time around Newman's keyboards were showcased. Perhaps not the most commercial song on the album ATCO nevertheless tapped it as the US single.
3.) Feel Like A Bandit (David Price) - 3:03 rating: *** stars
Showcasing Price on lead vocals (he also wrote the song), 'Feel Like a Bandit" was a likeable rollicking pop number. Jones added another nice lead fuzz guitar and the harmony vocals were priceless, but the song's highlight came in the form of a guitar riff that should have sounded very familiar to many listeners - they were luck that Robbie van Leeuwen and the band Shocking Blue didn't sue the crap out of them for having stolen it.
4.) Troubles (Carol Myles - Bob Jones) - 3:07 rating: *** stars
Hardly the album's most original track, 'Troubles' was a pretty country-rocker that sounded like something Poco might have recorded. Jones co-wrote the song and handled the lead vocals.
-5.) Loveless Lives (Don Poncher - Bob Jones - Joey Newman) -
1.) No Regrets (Don Poncher - David Price) - 4:08 rating: **** stars
The album's best country-rocker (emphasis on rocker), 'No Regrets' was the kind of song that would have made The Buffalo Springfield proud. First-rate melody with slashing guitars and more of those gorgeous harmony vocals.
2.) Winding Your String (Joey Newman) - 2:55 rating: **** stars
With a cool, staggering guitar powered melody *Fuller's fluid bass provided the song's secret weapon), and what's probably Newman's best vocal, 'Winding Your String' showcased the band at their most radio-friendly.
3.) Sweet Mama (Randy Fuller) - 4:18 rating: **** stars
Though it was Randy Fuller's only contribution to the album and his lone lead vocal, 'Sweet Mama' was one of the album highlights. Kicked along by Jones and Newman's twin lead guitars, the results were a crushing, take-no-prisoners rocker (okay the percussion heavy ending actually got a bit funky). Fuller's gruff voice may have been the best of the lot. Shame he didn't contribute more to the album. ATCO didn't do a great deal to promote the set in the States, though a German single was release:
- 1970's 'Sweet Mama' b/w Loveless Lives'' (Atlantic catalog number 70 444)
4.) Promise Of Love (Joey Newman) - 3:00 rating: *** stars
'Promise Of Love' sounded a but like something Jim Messina might have recorded and served as the album's prettiest ballad. Nice group harmonies on the song, though it wasn't nearly as good as some of the more up-tempo material.
5.) Trivial Sum (Terry Furlong - Richard Bowen) - 3:08 rating: **** stars
The lone non-original, 'Trivial Sum' didn't sound anything like the rest of the album. In fact, it's always reminded me of something out of the Mike Pinera/Blues Image catalog. That said, Jones and Newman turned in fabulous guitar solos on this one.
Shame they weren't given another shot as they had more than enough talent to make it and with a little more focus they could have been a fantastic band.
Talent also proved the end of the band. With the release of the album egos began to clash. Fuller dropped out to join Dewey Martin & the Medicine Ball and was briefly replace by David Johnson. Actively touring opening for a slew of headliners ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Pink Floyd, the band wrote and apparently recorded at least some material for a planned follow up which ATCO management subsequently shelved. They also managed to record one non-LP single:
- 1970's ' Marianne' b/w 'Yellow's Dream' (ATCO catalog number 45-6770)
Shortly thereafter the rest of the band called it quits. Johnson and Jones formed Sweathog. Jones subsequently played with Demon. Newman helped form Bandit before joining Stepson. Poncher briefly hooked up with Arthur Lee and Love (they'd previously opened for Love), before recording an album with the band Blue Rose.
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