Band members Related acts
- Rod Eaton - drums, percussion (1965-70)
- Freddy Freeman - vocals, keyboards (1965-70)
- Joe Kanan - bass, backing vocals (1965-70)
- Bob Wells - lead guitar (1965-70)
- Eric Marshall and the Chimes
- The Pigmies
- The Underbeats (Rod Eaton)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Recorded Live at the Bel-Rae Ballroom
Grade (cover/record): VG/VG
Comments: minor ring wear
GEMM catalog ID: 4126
For a brief period in the mid-1960s T.C. Atlantic was one Minnesota's most popular club acts. Hailing from St. Paul Park, the band sported a lineup consisting of drummer Rod Eaton, singer/keyboard player Freddy Freeman, bassist Joe Kanan and lead guitarist Bob Wells. The group started it's recording career with a 1965 single for the small Minneapolis Aesop's label "Once Upon A Melody" b/w "I Love You So Little Girl" (catalog number 5-6044). 1966 saw the band release a second single on the small B-Sharp label ("Mona" b/w "My Babe" (catalog number 272)). Later in the year the band released a pair of 45s for the equally small Turtle Records: "Faces" b/w "Baby Please Don't Go (catalog number 1103) and "Shake" b/w "Spanish Harlem" (catalog number 1105).
1967 saw the band given an opportunity to record an album. Released by the local Dove label, "Recorded Live at the Bel-Rae Ballroom" captured the group in a club environment. Featuring an all covers set, tracks such as "I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "Smokestack Lightening" and "Stand By Me" exhibited the band's somewhat surprising R&B/soul influences (not quite what I would have expected from a bunch of white guys from St. Paul Park). The overall production qualities were a little on the raw side and their song selections weren't particularly original, but they ran through the set with considerable energy and enthusiasm. It's not exactly the James Brown Revue, but not half bad! Personal favorites - "Mona" (sporting some nice guitar work from Wells) and their spirited "Don't Ask Me What I Say".
"Recorded Live at the Bel-Rae Ballroom" track listing:
1.) I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine (Seneca - Lee) - q:56
2.) Mona (Eugene McDaniels) - 4:06
3.) Spanish Harlem (Phil Spector - Lieber) - 3:29
4.) Don't Ask Me What I Say (P. Jones) - 4:11
5.) Smokestack Lightening (C. Burnett) - 4:15
1.) Shotgun (instrumental) (A. DeWalt) - 3:35
2.) Stand By Me (Carole King - Glick) - 3:32
3.) Shake (Sam Cooke) - 3:00
4.) Lovelight (Malone - Scott) - 8:42
If you want to save some money you can always look around for the 1983 French Eva label bootleg (12014), though set's sound quality is up to Eva's usual shoddy standard.
The band also recorded a couple of isolated 45s billed as 'Eric Marshall and the Chimes' and as 'The Pigmies'.
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