Head Over Heels

Band members               Related acts

- Jim Bredeau - drums (1970-71)

- Paul Franks - vocals, guitar (1970-71)

- Michael Urso - vocals, bass (1970-71)




- Fresh (Paul Franks and Michael Urso)

- HUB (Michael Urso)

- Rare Earth (Michael Urso)




Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Head Over Heels

Company: Capitol

Catalog: ST 797

Year: 1971

Country/State: Michigan

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor ring wear (see picture)

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 2324

Price: $80.00

Cost: $45.00


Geez, there are certainly some loud power trios (Cream, Mountain, early Robin Trower, etc. readily coming to mind), but this early-1970s Michigan-based outfit deserves special recognition ...

Showcasing a line up consisting of drummer John Bredeau, singer/guitarist Paul Frank and singer/bassist Michael Urso, the band only managed to release one instantly obscure album, but what an LP!   Produced by Dan Moore and Buzz Clifford, 1971's "Head Over Heels" is simply great. Loud, tough, yet surprisingly accessible, material such as 'Road Runner' and 'In My Woman showcased the trio's knack for melodic, but crunching guitar rock. Frank and Urso had attractive voices and as we said before, they sure could generate some volume. Among the few missteps were some out of kilter harmony vocals ('Question') and the bland power ballad 'Children of the Mist' (which was almost redeemed by Frank's nice guitar solo). Elsewhere, recorded at Detroit's Eastowne, an extended cover of Willie Dixon's 'Red Rooster' and 'Circles' were live efforts that aptly showcased the band's impressive in-concert chops. Wish we'd seen 'em live ... Frank and Urso reappeared with the band Fresh Start. Urso was also a member of HUB and a late-inning member of Rare Earth. 

"Head Over Heels" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Road Runner (Paul Frank) - 3:21
1.) Right Away (Paul Frank) - 3:04
3.) Red Rooster (live) (Willie Dixon) - 7:32
4.) Children of the Mist (Paul Frank) - 3:30

(side 2)

1.) Question (Paul Frank) - 3:00
2.) Tired and Blue/Land, Land (Paul Frank) - 5:00
3.) In My Woman (Matthew Moore) - 2:45
4.) Circles (live) (Paul Frank) - 7:33



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