Band members Related acts
line up 1 (1978)
- Felix Pappalardi (RIP 1983) -- vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
- Jack Cavari -- guitar
- Eric Gale -- guitar
"Pretty" Purdie -- drums, percussion
- The Devil's Anvil
- Felix Pappalardi and Creation
Rating: 2 stars **
Title: Don't Worry Ma
Country/State: New York, New York
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: white label promo copy
Catalog ID: 2322
There's plenty of biographical info out there on the late Felix Pappalardi so I'm not going to waste your time rehashing it. Besides, if you're looking at this album then the chances are pretty good you already know a great deal about the man.
There's no denying Pappalardi was a talented guy. The problem was virtually none of that talent was on display on his 1979 solo debut "Don't Worry Ma". First off, anyone expecting to hear a collection of Mountain-styled hard rock was in for a major surprise. Backed by a collection of New York-based sessions players, including producer/drummer Bernard Purdie, the album found Pappalardi walking away from his hard rock moves in favor of a diverse mixture that seemed geared to showcasing his musical diversity. Over the span of these nine tracks Pappalardi touched on New Orleans styled funk ('Bring It with You When You Come'), traditional blues ('As the Years Go Passing'), Buffet-styled Caribbean moves ('Railroad Angels'), and even white boy funk (the horrible 'White Boy Blues'). Technically I guess it wasn't bad, if you overlooked the absence of anything even remotely close to a memorable performance, let alone the project's truly flat and uninspired vibe. Fact of the matter is that after hearing this slag heap, Ma should have worried for Pappalardi. I don't think I would be stretching the point by telling you this was one of the worst albums ever recorded by a "known" rock name.
Worry Ma" track listing:
1.) Bring It with You When You Come (traditional - arranged by Felix Pappalardi - Gail Collins) rating: *** stars
I'll readily admit the funky 'Bring It with You When You Come'
was not what I was expecting ... His Mountain fans simply won't know
what hit them. The late Allen Toussaint would have been proud of
Pappalardi's slinky performance on this one.
the Years Go Passing was a pedestrian slice of electric blues ...
Imagine a lounge band trying to sound like Steely Dan. Frankly
Pappalardi's frail voice didn't do much for me on this
a light Caribbean feel, 'Railroad Angels'
sounded like a third tier attempt to cash in on some of Jimmy Buffets
drunker fans. Wow, what was he thinking when he recorded this
Sneakers' was framed as another slice of New Orleans styled funk. The
heavy orchestration didn't help, but admittedly Pappalardi's bubbling bass
line and rough vocals were kind of cool. Nah you weren't going to
mistake him for James Brown, but on this one he at least sounded enthusiastic.
strange, strange ... Not sure I would ever have expected to hear
Pappalardi crooning his way through a heavily orchestrated Gospel
tune. A surprise, if not a very nice surprise.
his close association with the song, I guess it shouldn't have come as a
surprise that Pappalardi would feel the need to cover it. The surprise
comes in the form of how wrong-headed and lame his jazz-up version of the
song was. A true yawner that had nothing going for
guessing the ballad
'Caught a Fever'
was intended to showcase
Pappalardi's commercial side. Given how flaccid and bland the song was, I'm
guessing few people would be surprised to discover it didn't
thought I'd put a Wild Cherry album on by mistake. Well, nothing in the Wild
Cherry catalog was as bland, forgettable, or possible as offensive as this
track. This set the concept of funky white boys back a
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