Bangor Flying Circus

Band members               Related acts

- Alan De Carlo -- vocals , guitars, percussion
- Michael Tegza -- drums, percussion
- David Wolinski -- vocals, keyboards, bass


- Flying Circus (Mike Tezga)
- H.P. Lovecraft (Mike Tezga)
- Madura (Alan De Carlo and David Wolinski)
- Rufus (David Wolinski)
- David Wolinski (solo efforts)



Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Bangor Flying Circus

Company: Dunhill

Catalog: DS-50069

Year: 1969

Country/State: Chicago, Illinois

Grade (cover/record): NM / NM

Comments: still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5088

Price: $25.00



An original member of Chicago's landmark H.P. Lovecraft (see separate entry), in the wake of the band's demise drummer Mike Tezga formed The Bangor Flying Circus with singer/guitarist Alan De Carlo and former Shadows of the Knight singer/keyboardist David Wolinski.

Signed by Dunhill, the trio's self-titled 1969 debut teamed them with producer George Badonsky.  Musically "Bangor Flying Circus" wasn't anything spectacular. On the positive side, DeCarlo and Wolinski were both decent, if anonymous singers; the trio's performances never less than professional. Unfortunately, with Wolinski writing the majority of material (De Carlo credited with one song), selections such as 'Violent Man', 'A Change In Our Lives' and their gawdawful elevator music instrumental cover of The Beatles' 'Norwegian Wood' reflected a surprisingly pedestrian AOR feel.  Occasional jazzy touches on tracks like 'In the Woods' and  the skat segments in 'Ode To Sadness' and 'Someday I'll Find' didn't help much either.  In spite of those shortcomings the album still managed to sell, peaking at # 190.

"Bangor Flying Circus" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Violent Man   (David Wolinski) - 6:05
2.) Come On People   (David Wolinski) - 4:02
3.) Ode To Sadness   (David Wolinski) - 6:02 
4.) Concerto Four Clouds   (David Wolinski) - 5:23
5.) A Change In Our Lives   (Alan De Carlo) - 3:45

(side 2)

1.) Someday I'll Find   (David Wolinski) - 4:25
2.) Mama Don't You Know (That Your Daughter's Acting Might Strange)   (David Wolinski) - 3:15
3.) In the Woods   (David Wolinski) - 4:18
4.) Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (instrumental)   (John Lennon - Paul McCartney) - 6:00

Shortly after the album was released internal disagreements saw the band split up. De Carlo and Wolinski reappeared in Madura, while Tezga joined a late inning increment of H.P. Lovecraft (Lovecraft). The mid-1970s saw Tezga reactivate the band under the name Flying Circus.