ring, corner and edge wear; cut corner; minor soiling
catalog ID: 4261
by San Francisco bands (Big Brother and the Trucking Company and The
Jefferson Airplane quickly come to mind), the Santa Rosa, California-based A
Euphonious Wail was roughly five years behind creative and popular tastes.
Not that it seemed to matter given a financially struggling Kapp Records
went ahead and signed the quintet to a recording contract.
Built around the talents of drummer Doug Hoffman, keyboardist Bart Libby,
singer Suzanne Rey, singer/guitarist Steve Tracy and bassist Gary Violetti,
the band's self-titled 1973 debut teamed them with producer Brian Ingoldsby
(Lowell Levinger of Youngbloods fame reportedly also helped out). While
"A Euphonious Wail" had
a couple of nice moments, for the most part the LP was surprisingly lame and
uninspired. As lead vocalists Rey and Tracy had decent, if
unexceptional voices (though Rey tended to screech in the higher registers).
The same type of limitations were true of the band as songwriters (all but
Hoffman contributing material). Taken individually guitar and keyboard
propelled rockers such as 'Pony', 'We've Got the Chance', 'When I Start To
Live' and 'F#' weren't bad, but stretched over an entire album, there simply
wasn't much that really stood out. The band were even less successful when
they tried slowing things down - check out the lame ballads 'Did You Ever'
and 'I Want To Be a Star'. (The Michael Hawes cover drawing was interesting.
Depending on how you looked at it you saw something completely abstract, or
possibly obscene.) Needless to say, the album vanished without a
trace, followed in short order by the band.
"A Euphonious Wail" track listing:
1.) Pony (John
Brandenburg Jr.) - 4:36
2.) We've Got the Chance (Bart Libby - Suzanne Ray) - 4:09
3.) Did You Ever (Steve Tracy) - 3:41
4.) When I Start To Live (Steve Tracy) - 4:50
5.) F# (Steve Tracy) - 3:36
1.) Chicken (Gary
Violetti - Bart Libby) - 4:32
2.) Night Out (Gary Violetti - Suzanne Rey) - 2:49
3.) Love My Brother (Gary Violetti - Suzanne Rey) - 4:40
4.) I Want To Be a Star (Bart Libby) - 5:29