Band members Related acts
line up 1 (1969-72)
- Randy Bugg --
- The Esquires (Hank Ruffin)
- Pat Terry Group (Randy Bugg)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: A Rock Opera The Survival of St. Joan
Catalog: PAS 9000
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: double album; no insert; gatefold sleeve
Catalog number: SOLD 4236
This is a weird one that I don't know much
- 'I Need a
Woman' b/w 'Late Last Friday Night' (ATCO catalog number 45-6851)
In case anyone cares, here's the somewhat appalling back cover artwork:
That was the original review I wrote a couple of years ago and has subsequently been used by people for various eBay sales, and even shows via a Wikipedia link (how funny is that). In the ensuing couple of years I've sold five copies of this set. Each time I've sold a copy I've ended up stumbling across another one which goes into my 'listen to it again' pile only to be pulled and sold before I can get to it. Well with the most recent sale I went back to the original review to see what all the excitement was about. I have to admit I don't remember all that much about the LP. Reading the review it also became clear that I must not have made much of an effort to research the group. Here's some of the stuff I missed the first time around.
It turns out the album was written by James Lineberger (lyrics) and brothers Gary and Hank Ruffin (music) as progressive rock musical play. Sporting a strong anti-war plotline (Lineberger wrote the film treatment for "Taps"), the story was apparently built on an old legend that Joan of Arc was spared from execution (a double took her place and was burned to death). The legend had it that Joan married a nobleman, while the musical has her ending up with a blind farmer, only to rejoin the Army; lose her faith in the war; ultimately being burned by country villagers who think she's hexed their cow. Adapted for the stage complete with dialog, the play was actually produced and presented in Buffalo and a brief off-Broadway run. Sounds like a fun night of entertainment for the family. Apparently quite complex and expensive to stage, it died quickly.
"A Rock Opera The Survival of St. Joan" track listing:
1.) Survival (Hank Ruffin - James Lineberger) - 3:37
6.) Love Me (Gary Ruffin - James Lineberger) - 1:02
1.) It's Over (Hank Ruffin - James Lineberger) - 2:22
Another interesting tidbit related to the album - Decibel Magazine has a special article on 'thud rock'. They listed their top-50 choices including such masters of subtlety as Bloodrock, Cactus, Crow, Grand Railroad, etc., etc. You get the picture. Amongst those competitors this album managed to hit # 18. Pretty darned impressive for an album virtually nobody ever heard. Here's the Decibel blurb
"While they might not have been the greatest hard rock band in the world, they are, as far as anyone knows, the only band high enough to think that a double album stoner boogie opera about Joan of Arc was a good idea. And thatís got to count for something."
Other odds and ends - drummer Bugg went on to record a string of Christian rock albums as a member of The Pat Terry Group.
Stan seems to have remained in music on the production side and has a small website at:
Here's a link to a brief bio on Lineberger:
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