Thirty Days Out
Band members Related acts
- Phil Lowe -- drums, vocals
- Jack Malken -- lead guitar, vocals
- Monte Melnick - bass, keyboards, vocals
- John Micaleff -- vocals, guitar
- Jim Dickinson -- keyboards
- Larry Knechtel -- keyboards
- The Outcasts (Jack Malken)
Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: Miracle Lick
Country/State: New York
Grade (cover/record): VG / VG
GEMM catalog ID: 5745
Lick" track listing:
Everybody's Got to Have A Song
Thirty Days Out were formed New York in 1971 by John Micaleff (pronouced "McCullough"), a folksinger from Michigan and Jack Malken, who had previously been with The Outcasts. After teaming up with Melnick and Lowe, they found a place to practice but had to relocate in Greenfield, Massachussets when their neigbours complained! They soon managed to get a recording contract with Reprise and their first album was released in the summer of '71.
Produced by Larry Marks (previously in charge of Lee Michaels and Phil Ochs) their debut was recorded in New York and L.A. On offer are eight tracks penned by Micaleff and Malken, which mix competent guitars with early seventies style vocals. Influenced by Free on some tracks (Doing The Best That I Can and Survival, a rip-off of Clover's Shotgun). The most interesting element is probably the keyboard parts played by two ace sessionmen, Larry Knechtel and Jim Dickinson. The lyrics have often a Christian content and the overall result is rather undistinguished. In fact the album is maybe mainly notable for a weird packaging idea, as it came wrapped in a poster of a steamliner. Once the shrink was opened, the hidden black and white sleeve with pictures of the group would appear.
Probably due to this poster, the sales were quite good and the group soon released a second album, recorded in Wallingford, Connecticut and remixed in London. This time Malken handled the production and Micaleff wrote most of their material. Their ambition of "blending electricity and acousticity into a fresh, tasteful and unified rock sound" turned into a total disaster, the lyrics being over-ambitious and the songs lacking melodies or "Miracle Licks" (despite its title).
Their albums will appeal mainly to fans of early seventies prog rock, some tracks of their second effort being "graced" by the "Magic Mellotron" of Teddy Taylor and Bing McCoy.
Monte Melnick, their bass player later became The Ramones tour manager. At least one of their albums was engineered by Melnick's high school buddy Tom Erdelyi, later known as Tommy Ramone.
(Stephane Rebeschini/D.J. Hack)
Singer/guitarist John Micallef and ex-Outcasts guitarist Jack Malken formed progressive rock unit Thirty Days Out in New York in 1971. With the addition of bassist Monte Melnick and drummer Phil Lowe, the nascent group began practice sessions, but noise complaints from the neighbors forced relocation to Greenfield, MA. Upon signing to Reprise, Thirty Days Out returned to New York City to begin working on their Larry Marks-produced debut LP, also recorded in part in California with famed session keyboardists Jim Dickinson and Larry Knechtel. The completed self-titled effort caused a minor stir in record stores for its novel packaging — instead of shrinkwrap, the album was housed in a poster of a steamliner. Sales were promising, and in 1972 Reprise issued Thirty Days Out's follow-up, Miracle Lick. Reviews were poor and receipts dwindled, however, and the band split soon after. Melnick later resurfaced as tour manager for punk legends the Ramones
THIRTY DAYS OUT - MIRACLE LICK
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