Chuck Trois & the National Band


Band members                             Related acts

- Chuck Trois - vocals

 

 

 

- The Soul Survivors (Chuck Trois)

- Chuck Trois and the Amazing Maze

 

 

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Chuck Trois & the National Band

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP-4201

Year: 1969

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: white label, promo copy; small promo sticker on back cover; original inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 8774

Price: $50.00

 

Singer/guitarist Chuck Trois is probably best known for his work with Philadelphia's The Soul Searchers (see separate entry).  

 

1969's self-produced "Chuck Trois & the National Band" represents a post-Soul Searchers outing, and is modestly interesting in that it finds Trois moving away from blue-eyed soul towards something best described as David Clayton-Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears meet light psych.  The first side is devoted to a series of three covers; two extended Traffic covers which don't exactly benefit from the addition of horn charts, or from Trois vocal theatrics.  The third effort, a Katz-Kasenetz cover is marginally more impressive.  On contrast, the flip side featured a series of five Trois originals. What you think of these tracks is likely to depend on your feelings about horn rock.  If you don't mind BS&T-styled rock, then you'll probably be okay with material such as "Cheers To You" and "Gypsy War".  Otherwise, well you might want to pass on this LP.

 

"Chuck Trois & the National Band" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) 40,000 Headmen  (Steve Winwood - Jim Capaldi) - 6:19

2.) Heartless Hurdy Gurdy   (Jeff Katz - Jerry Kasenetz) - 4:30

3.) Dear Mr. Fantasy  (Jim Capaldi - Steve Winwood - Chris Wood) - 6:09

 

(side 2)

1.) Cheers To You   (Chuck Trois) - 2:54

2.) What Might Have Been   (Chuck Trois) - 3:44

3.) Gypsy War   (Chuck Trois) - 3:35

4.) Anyone That You Want   (Chuck Trois) - 2:44

5.) Free Thing   (Chuck Trois) - 2:51 

 

 

 

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