Wilson, Little Kenny (and His Bad of Renown)


Band members               Related acts

- Bob Berberich - drums (1979)

- Duke Dahmer - 

- Tim Eyermann - sax

- Barry Foley - bass (1979)

- Tom Guitera - bass

- Tommy Hannum - pedal steel guitar (1979)

- Peter Kennedy - guitar, backing vocals

- Paul Maiorana - drumsKenny Rumpf - bass

- Ed Orndorff - drums

- Tom Triplett - acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar

- Kenneth Alan Wilson - vocals, guitar

- Paul Zitzman - 
  

 

 

- none known

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Flying Together and Other Short Subjects

Company: HDO Inc.

Catalog: HDO-USA/75  

Year: 1975

Country/State:

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: includes original lyric inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4193

Price: $50.00

Cost: $50.00

 

Geez, here's a weird one ...  Probably a self-financed vanity project but it's got first rate, big budget sound and production (courtesy of Bias Recording Studios in Falls Church, Virginia).  Co-produced by Wilson and Bill McElroy, 1975's "Flying Together and Other Short Subjects" showcased Wilson's likeable voice on a set of pop-rock that's surprisingly catchy and commercial.  Admittedly there's nothing particularly original or stunning on the album, but quite a few of these Wilson originals would have sounded good on top-40 radio including these personal favorites: 'Constitution', '3/24/74' or 'Flying Together #2'.  (By the way, in case anyone cares the HDO label stands for Hunky Dory Organization.) 

"Flying Together and Other Short Subjects" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) The Flying Together Medley   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

     i.) Flying Together #1   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

     ii.) Constitution   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

     iii.) 3/24/74   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

     iv.) 1975   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

     v.) Flying Together #2   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

     vi.) Eternal Balloons and the Hungry Parade   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

     vii.) Flying Together   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

 

(side 2)
1.) All Is Not Known   (Bill Robinson)

2.) $2.50   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

3.) I See In Your Eyes   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

4.) Diane   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

5.) Reasons   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

6.) All the Time   (Kenneth Wilson) - 

 

 


Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Fill In the Measures

Company: no label

Catalog: 5010 A/B 

Year: 1979

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: original lyric inner sleeve (though torn)

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4741

Price: $60.00

Cost: $50.00

 

For a no budget private press, 1979's "Fill In the Measures" sports some surprisingly good sound (kudos again to Bias Recording Studios in Falls Church, Virginia).  Credited to 'Little Kenny Wilson and the Band of Renown' musically it's also kind of interesting, though not in the real person/psych style that some big ticket item sellers would have you believe.  Propelled by Wilson's likeable voice, the set's full of attractive folk-rock with tracks like 'Crucifix Love' and 'Miracle Music' offering up a faint religious flavor (not to worry, nothing here is 'in-your-face' obnoxious).  Elsewhere material such as 'You Can Walk', 'Critical Mass' and 'Change In the Wind' reflects a subtle (and all the more effective) social agenda.  I'll be honest and admit that it took me a couple of spins to get into the collection, but it's one that rewards repeated spins.  Curiously there's little out there on this guy.  Wilson clearly has Washington D.C. area roots, but even Mark Opsasnick who penned 'Capitol Rock' doesn't know anything about the guy.  (Note that most pressing are apparently quite crappy.  This one's one of the exceptions.)

 

"Fill In the Measure" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Intro   (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

2.) Nameless  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

3.) Crucifix Love  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

4.) You Can Go No Further  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

5.) Miracle Music  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

 

(side 2)
1.) You Can Walk  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

2.) Change In the Wind  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

3.) Look Out!   (William E. Robinson) - 

4.) Drifting Away  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

5.) Critical Mass  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

6.) Fill In the Measure  (Kenneth A. Wilson) - 

 

 

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