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- David Lewis -- vocals, guitar
Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: Just Mollie and Me
Company: Tiger Lily
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Catalog ID: 5846
Another Tiger Lily obscurity ... I've only seen one review of David Lewis' "Just Mollie and Me" and that's a write up by tax scam label expert Aaron Milenski found in Patrick Lundborg's invaluable "Acid Archives" reference work.
Namesake Lewis is a complete mystery to me. There's a David Lewis who was a member of the British band Andwella's Dream and recorded a hideously rare and expensive 1970 solo album. No idea if this is the same guy, though since this David Lewis didn't sound like he was English, I doubt it. Anyone out there know? Let me know.
So what can I tell you about this Mr. Lewis? Well he was credited with penning all nine tracks (though there were actually only eight songs on the LP. Though shown on the track listing the closer 'Just a Little Loving' was missing in action. As a writer he was quite versatile, the album including quality shots at country-rock, pop, and rock. He was also a decent singer bouncing between a surprisingly attractive nasal voice employed on the pop numbers like ''Daydreamer' (his voice occasionally reminded me a little bit of a young Joe Walsh) and a lower, rock-oriented voice on tracks like 'You Push Too Hard'.
Mollie and Me" track listing:
1.) Daydreamer (David Lewis) -
'Daydreamer' opened the album with a glistening slice of pop. The song featured one of those power-pop melodies that climbed into your head and wouldn't leave. Think along the lines of a good Badfinger song. rating: ***** stars
2.) Loneliest Cowboy (David Lewis) -
Just Lewis and an acoustic guitar, 'Loneliest Cowboy" sounded like a studio demo. In spite of the stark sound and the fact it had a distinctive country feel, the track was surprisingly enjoyable. This was one of those vocals that reminded me a little bit of Joe Walsh. rating: *** stars
3.) Jeraboa (David Lewis) -
Again just Lewis and acoustic guitar, 'Jeraboa' also sounded like a demo though this one had a funkier feel and benefited from the fact Lewis employed his lower vocal register on it. rating: *** stars
4.) You Push Too Hard (David Lewis) -
Easily the best track on the album, the atypical 'You Push Too Hard' was an out-and-out rocker. With a great melody and raunchy rhythm guitar this was the kind of song a band like Sweet always wanted to write and record. Complete with a great arena-rock guitar solo (and hokey audience noise), this one could have been a radio hit. rating: ***** stars
Side two started with a nice bar rocker in the form of 'Witch's Brew'. The highlight on this one was actually the guitar work which more than made up for Lewis somewhat quivering vocals. Whoever the anonymous players were turned in some really nice lead work. rating: **** stars
2.) Make Me Alive (David Lewis) -
Switching back to his nasal delivery, 'Make Me Alive' was a pretty, but forgettable country-rocker. Hum, that nasal tone wasn't as irritating on the other songs ... rating: *** stars
3.) Can't Say Goodbye (David Lewis) -
I'll admit I'm a sucker for guitar effects and talk box is high on my list of guilty pleasures. Complete with tasty talk box guitar (Peter Frampton sounded like a beginner compared to this one), 'Can't Say Goodbye' was a classic greasy bar rocker and probably my favorite song on the album. rating: ***** stars
4.) Horsehead Crossing (David Lewis) -
'Horsehead Crossing' ended the album with another acoustic guitar and voice 'demo'. Kind of bland and a little too folk-ish for my tastes, rating: ** stars
5.) Just a Little Loving (David Lewis) -
Well 'Just a Little Loving' was shown on the track listing, but didn't actually make it on to the LP ...
A little too varied to get a real feel for Mr. Lewis' talents, though over half of the album was very good. The number would have been even high save the number of apparently 'demos'.
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