(cover/record): VG / VG
catalog ID: 4100
We've always wondered about this quartet (keyboardist Joe Di Marzo, singer
Danny Mahony, guitarist Jay Saving and drummer Al Esposito). A number of
reviewers have categorized the band's sound as psychedelic, but to us they
sound like Young Rascal clones.
Released by Decca, 1968's "Real"
teamed the quartet with producer Jim Curtiss. Showcasing a mixture of
originals (Di Marzo, Mahony and Savino all contributing material) and two
covers, the collection offered up an enjoyable set of blue-eyed soul.
Propelled by Mahony's crusty voice (baring an uncanny resemblance to Felix
Cavaliere), tracks such as "I Want You By My Side", "Got
Away" and "I'm Sitting By the Wayside of My Life" were
melodic and highly commercial Okay, back to the psych label for a moment:
admittedly "Red, Purple and Blue" had a nifty freak-out fade,
while "It's All Over" benefited from a tasty lead fuzz guitar. A
commercial non-entity, the set vanished without trace. Within a matter of
months the band followed suit.
"Real" track listing:
1.) Up In the Morning (Joe Di Marzo - Jay Savino) - 2:46
2.) I Want You By My Side (Jerry Vance) - 2:39
3.) I Don't Want To (Joe Di Marzo - Jay Savino) - 2:52
4.) Red, Purple and Blue (Marcia Hilman - Dan Mahony) - 4:14
5.) Bide My Time (Joe Di Marzo - Jay Savino) - 2:38
1.) Nickles 'n
Dimes (Jim Curtiss - Dan Mahony) - 2:39
2.) Got Away (Dan Mahony) - 2:29
3.) Nobody's Child (Jim Curtiss - Dan Mahony) - 2:16
4.) Down and Out (Joe Di Marzo - Jay Savino) - 2:42
5.) It's All Over (Jay Savino) - 2:35
6.) I'm Sitting By the Wayside of My Life (Steve Kanyon) - 2:47