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Buckner -- keyboards, autoharp, backing vocals
- Jerry Buckner (solo efforts)
Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: Wild Butter
Company: United Artists
Catalog: UAS 6766
Country/State: Akron, Ohio
Grade (cover/record): VG/VG
Comments: minor ring and edge wear; gatefold sleeve
GEMM catalog ID: 4938
While there's absolutely nothing original or mind altering to be found on 1970's "Wild Butter", this short-lived Akron, Ohio based quartet's debut is well worth tracking down.
Singer/keyboardist Jerry Buckner had apparently already been signed by United Artists and was under direction to quickly come up with a band. He wasted no time recruiting singer/drummer Rick Garen, bassist Steve Price, and lead guitarist Jon Senne. All had been playing in local bands, including The Collection. Within a month the band were in the studio.
Produced by Eric Stevens the resulting album was surprisingly accomplished given the four members hadn't played together very long. That may also explain why the collection occasionally sounded like it was recorded by a couple of different bands and then stitched together. As an example, the atypical lead off track 'Roxanne' sounded like an outtake from Kansas or some other pseudo-progressive collective, while their cover of The Moody Blues sound like ... The Moody Blues. With Bucker, Price and Senne all contributing material the set was also kind of interesting from the perspective of hearing the band attempt to find a balance between commerciality (the ballads 'From One Who Sang the Song' and a painful cover of The Bee Gees' 'New York Mining Disaster (1941)') and a more hip 'n happenin' sound. Too bad management didn't let them opt for the second path since they would have had a killer collection. Still, the good news included the fact Garen had a nice voice that was quite capable of handling the band's diverse repertoire. Similarly, judging by material such as the fuzz guitars on 'Oh Martha' and a killer cover of Neil Young's 'I've Been Waiting For You' Senne was an above par guitarist. Personal favorites included the raging rocker 'Terribly Blind', the psych-ish 'Oh Martha' and the country-rocker ''And We Loved It. All hyperbole aside, one or two more rockers and this one be a major collectable.
Released as a single 'Roxanne' b/w 'Terribly Blind' (United Artists catalog number UAS50688) generated considerable regional airplay, but the band wasn't able to break nationally and subsequently called it quits.
Butter" track listing:
(Thank You for Getting Me High) (Jon
Senne) - 2:40
Buckner went on to have a major hit with the irritating 'Pac Man Fever'. Steve Price's brother Mark is known as a member of Akron's acclaimed Tin Huey.
I'll never know how he stumbled across my small write-up, but here are a couple of additional band factoids from Steve Price:
brother Mark Price [is
in the band Tin Huey].
He played the fuzz lead on my song, 'Terribly Blind'. Senne is good, but
Mark had this lead from jamming
I also got an email from Jerry Buckner who was a little less thrilled with my comments:
happened to read your review for my old group Wild Butter. You mentioned my
ties to the "irritating" record Pac Man Fever. Apparently it
didn't irritate some 1 1/2 million people since they took the time to walk
into a store and purchased it. I am curious to know how many hits
you have supplied the music industry with.
Well of course he's right with respect to my artistic contributions to the world and bless his soul for having the taken the time to exchange emails with me (I'll even admit I own a copy of the "Pac Man" LP.)
One thing you might find of interest ... Joe Walsh once said that he thought Jon Senne' was the greatest 12 string guitar player he ever heard. Not a bad endorsement.
think you have a great looking site. Good luck and best wishes!
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