LaCroix, Jerry

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- Jerry LaCroix -- vocals, sax


  supporting musicians:

- Randy Brecker -- horns

- Richard Crooks -- drums

- Rick derringer -- lead guitar

- Lewis Del Gatton -- horns

- Jerry Friedman -- lead guitar

- Rick Griffin -- clavinet, keyboards

- James Maeulien -- percussion

- Bob Mann - lead guitar

- Rick Marotta -- drums

- High McCracken -- lead guitar

- Ralph McDonald -- percussion

- Robert Millikan -- horns

- Bob Rose -- lead guitar

- David Sanborn -- horns

- Ralph Schuckett -- clavinet

- David Spinozza -- lead guitar

- John Tropea -- lead guitar

- Edgar Winter -- synthesizers

- Johnny Winter -- lead guitar

- Stu Woods -- bass




- Blood Sweat, and Tears

- The Boogie Kings

- Rare Earth

- Edgar Winter's White Trash





Genre: rock

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Second Coming

Company: Mercury

Catalog: SRM-1-701
Year: 1974

Country/State: Alexandria, Louisiana

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG+

Comments: minor edge wear

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 6093

Price: $20.00


As you tell from the bands he's worked with, singer Jerry LaCroix's quite a talented guy.  That said, he's never managed to breakout on his own, essentially serving as kind of a 'hired gun' supporting the like of Edgar Winter and replacing better known singers in bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears (where he took over for David Clayton-Thomas) and Rare Earth (where he replaced Peter Rivera).  LaCroix's own website describes him as a 'true road warrior'. 


LaCroix released his second (and last) solo album in 1974.  Co-produced by Kenner Kerner and Richie Wise, "Second Coming"  was recorded in New York, surrounding LaCroix with an all star cast of studio players.  Featuring a largely original set of material (there was one cover tune), the collection did a good job of showcasing LaCroix's vocal chops.  Exemplified by pounding funk numbers like 'Mean Ole World' and 'Genesis' there was simply no denying he had one of the best blue-eyed soul voices being recorded in the mid-1970s.  While the performances were all technically impressive, at times the results sounded  a bit clinical; LaCroix sounding somewhat detached from his surroundings.  Shame he could not have recorded this with the ex-White Trash cohorts who helped him record the debut collection.


- 'Mean Ole World' captured LaCroix at his funky best.  A highly commercial slice of blue-eyed soul, this one would have made a dandy single.  The song was made even better by the absence of any horns.  In case anyone cared, former boss Edgar Winter provided the arp solo.   rating: **** stars

- The lone outside cover tune, LaCroix's version of Bert Burns 'Are You Lonely for Me Baby' was okay, but sounded like he was trying a bit too hard to channel Van Morrison.   rating: ** stars

- Opening up with a Stu Wood bass line that sounded like it had been swiped from a Sam and Dave song, 'You Girl' made it clearly LaCroix could hold his own in the old school soul genre.  A blazing slice of Memphis-styled soul, Otis Redding would have been proud of the performance.  The song was made even better by David Spinozza's blazing guitar solo.   rating: *** stars

- 'The Die Has Been Cast' was a pretty ballad - perhaps a bit over-orchestrated, but one of his most restrained and impressive performances.   rating: *** stars

- 'Genesis' found LaCroix returning to straight-ahead funk with suitably impressive results.  Once again David Spinozza turned in a breath-taking solo,   rating: **** stars

- Opening up with some bubbly clavinet, 'She Does It To Me' was probably the album's most radio-friendly number.  Almost danceable for goodness sake ...   rating: *** stars   

- Johnny Winter's slide guitar provided the highlights on the bluesy 'Funny Boy'.  The song wasn't bad, but just sounded a bit too cutesy with LaCroix simply trying too hard to sound slinky.   rating: *** stars   

- Normally a cutesy song like 'Drinkin' Daddy's Wine' wouldn't do anything for me.  While it wasn't my favorite performance on the album, it wasn't half bad with LaCroix showing off a nice edge in his voice.  The female backing vocalists were irritating though ...   rating: *** stars

- Crap ...  naturally the album had to include a stab at a big ballad.  'Silent In the Night' was certainly commercial with a nice hook, but it was also highly forgettable.   rating: *** stars

- Yeah, the bells made it sound a bit like a Christmas carol, but 'You'll Always Be Mine' started out with some cheesy arp synthesizer (courtesy of Edgar Winter).  I'm a pushover for the instrument so this mid-tempo number registered well with me.     rating: *** stars


Unfortunately, in what proved to be a poor long term career decision, LaCroix essentially abandoned his solo career in order to replace David Clayton Thomas in Blood, Sweat and Tears.  A planned tour to support his album was abandoned when he recorded "Mirror Image" with BS&T and then head out on a world tour in support of the collection.   Needless to say, Mercury management lost all interest in LaCroix's career and the album instantly disappeared into cutout bins.


"Second Coming" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Mean Ole World   (Jerry LaCroix) - 4:42

2.) Are You Lonely for Me Baby  (Bert Burns) - 4:21

3.) You Girl   (Jerry LaCroix) -3:43

4.) The Die Has Been Cast   (Jerry LaCroix - W.D. LaCroix) - 3;30

5.) Genesis   (Jerry LaCroix) - 3:49


(side 2)
1.) She Does It To Me   (Jerry LaCroix) - 3:55

2.) Funny Boy   (Jerry LaCroix) - 3:50

3.) Drinkin' Daddy's Wine   (Jerry LaCroix) - 3:49

4.) Silent Is the Night   (Jerry LaCroix) - 4:32

5.) You'll Always Be Mine   (Jerry LaCroix) - 3:12



LaCroix has a small, but interesting website at: