Linhart, Buzzy

Band members               Related acts

- Buzzy Linhart - vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, vibes


  supporting musicians (1971)

- Douglas Rauch - bass, percussion, lead guitar

- Doug Rodrigues - lead guitar, percussion

- John Siomos - drums


  supporting musicians (1972)

- Jeff Skunk Baxter -- lead guitar

- Mark Klingman -- keyboards

= Peter Plonsky -- electric tamoura

- Peter Ponzol -- brass

- L. Luther Rix -- drums, percussion

- Danny Trifan -- keyboards, percussion




Eyes of Blue





Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Buzzy Linhart Is Music

Company: Kama Sutra

Catalog: KSBS-2042

Year: 1971

Country/State: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: double LP, gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4817

Price: $20.00

Cost: $1.00


I occasionally go to a community yard sale in my neighborhood and there's a guy who sells records.  I always look through what he's selling and usually pick up a couple of interesting items.  Well, this was an album that I looked at for at least two years but never purchased.  I know I asked the seller what it sounded like on a couple of occasions, but he'd never listened to it and couldn't tell me what it sounded like and since I didn't know much about Linhart I routinely passed on it.  Well I finally succumbed to curiosity and I'm here to tell you that for a guy best known for playing vibes this is a surprisingly good rock album.


1971's "Music" was originally released on Artie Kornfeld's Buddah affiliated Eleuthera Records (catalog ELS 3601).  Unfortunately the label collapsed after releasing two album (an album by the late Bert Sommer and this one), leaving Buddah/Kama Sutra to pick it up and re-issue it as  "Buzzy Linhart Is Music".  From a marketing perspective that wasn't exactly great timing since the album came out almost simultaneously with Linhart's solo debut "The Time To Live Is Now".  As I said before, for a guy best know for playing vibes, the collection is surprisingly impressive.  Linhart had a nice voice that was versatile enough to handle everything from folk-rock to bluesy numbers and even harder-rock oriented material.  Starting out with an energetic bluesy cover of long time friend Fred Neil's "That's the Bag I'm In", Linhart and company (with cameos by the likes of David Bromberg and keyboardist Mark Klingman), effortlessly plowed their way through a thoroughly attractive and commercial set of  pop and rock numbers.  The entire first side is great, with the original 'Talk About A Morning'  displaying every ingredient necessary for a top-10 hit. Other highlights included his cover of friend Tim Hardin's Yellow Cab'', the bizarre Indian influenced largely instrumental 'Sing Joy' and the psychedelic closer 'End Song'.   Mind you the set isn't perfect.  Linhart's penchant for scat singing (or vamping) was nothing less than irritating and he does a lot of it.  Elsewhere Kama Sutra released 'Talk About a Morning' b/w 'Kilptrick's Defeat' (Kama Sutra catalog number KS-526) as an instantly forgotten single.  Not life changing, but well worth tracking down since you can still find an affordable copy ...

"Buzzy Linhart Is Music" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) That's The Bag I'm In   (Fred Neil) - 

2.) You Got A Reputation

3.) Time To Go

4.) Talk About A Morning


(side 2)
If You Love Me   (Buzzy Linhart) - 3:49

2.) Everybody's Got   (Buzzy Linhart) - 1:27

3.) Don't You Know   (Buzzy Linhart) - 1:38

4.) Mother's Red Light   (Buzzy Linhart) 4:22

5.) Kilpatrick's Defeat   (Mark Klingman - Gayle) - 4:22

6.) Searchin'   (JerryLieber - Mike Stoller) - 5:36


(side 3)

1.) Yellow Cab   (Tim Hardin) - 4:27

2.) Willie Jean   (Drew) - 10:38

3.) Step Into My Wildest Dreams   (Buzzy Linhart) - 5:32

4.) Wish I Could Find   (Buzzy Linhart) - 3:18


(side 4)

1.) Sing Joy   (Buzzy Linhart) - 18:36

2.) End Song   (Buzzy Linhart) - 3:04

Genre: rock

Rating: 2 stars **

Title:  Buzzy

Company: Kama Sutra

Catalog: KSBS-2053

Country/State: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: minor ring wear; gatefold sleeve; includes inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 6125

Price: $15.00



His third album for Kama Sutra, 1972's Todd Rundgren produced "Buzzy" surrounded Buzzy Linhart with an impressive backing band including Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skink" Baxter and Ten Wheel After drummer Luther Rix.  That said I'll readily admit this one did nothing to improve my appreciation for Linhart's talents.  If anything the collection's versatility left me at a loss in terms of figuring out what Linhart's game was.  Did he want to be a jazz star?  A pop artist?   A rocker?   Who knows since he didn't seem to excel in any of these roles.


- Not to sound overly critical, but 'Tornado' was an irritating jazz-tinged number that simply tried too hard to be cute and clever and ended up sounding neither.  Linhart's strained vocals didn't help much.  Yech.   rating: ** stars

- An acoustic ballad,  Linhart, acoustic guitar, and vibes), 'Rollin' On' had a certain low tech charm.   With a likeable, breezy melody, it wasn't going to get you overly excited, but was still worth hearing.   rating: *** stars

- 'You Got What It Takes' found Linhart seemingly trying to get down and funky ...  You could just hear him trying to find a hip groove.  Shame he didn't come close to that goal.   Hard to believe it, but the James Taylor cover actually beats the crap out of this version.    rating: ** stars

- Not sure what was up with the goofy title, but the brief 'Boogaloother or Captain Hornbone's Last Desperate Truck' offered up an okay jazz-rock fusion instrumental.  Shame the song faded out just as Baxter's guitar solo was starting to ramp up.     rating: ** stars

- Previously recorded for a 1969 LP on Philips, the first half of the 'Sing Joy / Tutti Frutt' medley had a distinctive raga and psychedelic feel.  The song actually sounded like Linhart had been hanging out with Donovan, or perhaps the Beatles on their brief trip to India.  Yeah, stretching the song out over eight minutes in order to give each member a solo spot was a nice and democratic thing to do, but really didn't do anything to improve the song.  Still, compared to the previous four tracks this one was actually quite innovative and enjoyable.  As for the second half of the medley ...  Apparently recorded live in the studio, at least it was relatively short.   rating: ** stars

- While Linhart deserved some credit for being one of the first acts to cover an Elton John song, deciding to turn 'Take Me To the Pilot' into a country-rocker may not have been the smartest move.  The song's wonderful melody remained intact, but the country-rock arrangement (complete with some scat singing) only served to mess with a classic tune.  And what was up with the throat tearing squeal at the end of the song?   rating: ** stars

- Normally a horn-propelled slice of Chicago blues like 'Eye 1-2-C-U Shuffle' genre wouldn't do much for me, but this one actually generate a bit of energy.  Again, it wasn't anything particularly original, but Linhart sounded fairly enthusiastic on this performance.    rating: *** stars

- Probably the album's most commercially oriented number, the ballad 'Tell Me True' featured a beautiful country-rock tinged melody and one of Linhart's most subdued and effective vocals.   Wonderful performance and could have been a hit.   rating: **** stars

- 'Don't You Pay Me No Mind' ended the album with another too cute stab at a rocker.    rating: ** stars



The album was also tapped for a single:



- 1972's 'You Got What It Takes' b/w '' (Kama Sutra catalog number KA 548)


"Buzzy" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Tornado    (Buzzy Linhart - Artie Traum) - 2:30

2.) Rollin' On    (Buzzy Linhart) - 3:20

3.) You Got What It Takes   (Berry GOrdy  Gwen Gordy - Tyron Carlo) - 2:45

4.) Boogaloother or Captain Hornbone's Last Desperate Truck (instrumental) - 1:10

5.) Sing Joy / Tutti Frutti   (Buzzy Linhart - Dpmma Calles) - 8:30


(side 2)
1.) Take Me To the Pilot   (Elton John - Bernie Taupin) - 5:00

2.) Eye 1-2-C-U Shuffle    (Buzzy Linhart) - 2:30

3.) Tell Me True    (Buzzy Linhart) - 3:30

4.) Don't You Pay Me No Mind    (Buzzy Linhart) - 3:55