*** (3 stars)
(cover/record): NM / NM
in shrink wrap
Catalog ID: 5088
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
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:
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
1.) Someday I'll Find
(David Wolinski) - 4:25
2.) Mama Don't You Know (That Your Daughter's Acting Might Strange)
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.