Lazarus (1)

Band members               Related acts

- Steve McNicol -- vocals, guitar

- The Oxfords
- The Rugbys




Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Lazarus

Company: Amazon

Catalog: 1001

Year: 1970

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $40.00



Having previously recorded with The Oxfords and The Rugbys (see separate entries), in 1971 singer/guitarist Steve McNicol formed Lazarus. Signed by Shelby Singleton's Amazon label, the band's self-titled debut "Lazarus" made for an interesting, if frustrating effort. Abandoning his earlier blue-eyed soul attack, material such as 'You've Got To Get Ahead', 'Faces of Tomorrow' and 'Back In the City' offered up an odd blend of conventional MOR pop, lite psych and BS&T-styled horns ('Desire'). On paper the combination probably doesn't sound all that appealing, but to be honest the results aren't half bad (imagine 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' era Tommy James mixed with early BS&T). McNicol's voice was attractive and the majority of the Raymond Cichon-penned material was catchy enough to warrant at least a quick spin. That didn't do anything for sales, the set quickly vanishing into cutout bins. 

"Lazarus" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) You've Got To Get Ahead (Raymond Cichon - Tony Bertollotti) - 3:00
2.) Faces of Tomorrow (Raymond Cichon) - 3:15
3.) Desire (Raymond Cichon) - 2:20
4.) Once Again (Thomas Bombaci - Ronald Stablini) - 3:15
5.) Stay with Me (Steve McNicol) - 2:50

(side 2)

1.) Back In the City (Raymond Cichon) - 2:05
2.) Shades of Winter (Raymond Cichon) - 2:35
3.) I'll Get To You (Raymond Cichon) - 
4.) In the Beginning (Raymond Cichon) - 2:55
5.) Message To the People (Raymond Cichon) - 3:50
6.) Molly (Raymond Cichon) - 2:55




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