Sunday, December 16, 2007

BABY GRAND / ANCIENT MEDICINE

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1978 on Arista records.
ALBUM INFO:
Produced by Rick Chertoff & Rob Hyman, An Alchemy Production
Recorded and Mixed At Sound Mixers, New York City
Engineered by William Wittman & Tim Bomba
Front Cover Artwork by Matthew Klein
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate - 320 Kbps
TRACK LISTING:
All Night Long
Much Too Much
Weekend In New Jersey
Runner In The Rain
Walk Away Renee
Right Here, Right Now
Flame In The Wind
It’s Not A Figure Salon
THE BAND:
David Kagan – Lead Vocals
Rob Hyman – Keyboards, Harmonies
Eric Bazilian – Guitar, Harmonies
Carmine Rojas – Bass
David Prater – Drums
WEBSITES
http://home.comcast.net/~robhyman/rob/index.html
http://www.ericbazilian.com/
REVIEW:
By Yours Truly

Well, I bought this cuz of the record cover. I mean is that cool or what. I figured if they had spent that much effort on the cover than it made sense that they’d spend at least as much energy on the music inside and within seconds of putting the album on the turntable for the first playing, I realized I was right. This album has a definite sound and feel to it and it rocks. Great Drumming, lots of great keyboard work and some awesome guitar. Among the 8 tunes is a great cover of Walk Away Renee, the old Left Banke tune. The fact that this work of art got over looked in the late 70’s isn’t a big surprise. Loads of great albums got left by the wayside as “tastes” changed and other styles of music found public favor as the latest fad. Ancient Medicine was Baby Grand’s second and final effort but that’s not to say it’s members gave up, they adapted to the times and came back with a new band for the ‘80’s called the Hooters who were quite good also, albeit quite different from Baby Grand’s groove. I consider this record a lost classic of Rock & Roll. Made to be played loud and absorbed thru all the sensory outputs you possess.
CONTACT:
READ THIS for more information on this album.

8 Comments:

Blogger walknthabass said...

Gee . . . why am I not surprised that you have this?

Do you have their first album? Should I put this on my list of things to digitize?

http://www.connollyco.com/discography/baby_grand/baby_hi.jpg

# NEVER ENOUGH 4:20
# CAN'T KEEP IT INSIDE 4:36
# BRING ME YOUR BROKEN HEART (Rob Hyman/David Kagan/Rick Chertoff) 3:49
# LADY OF MY DREAMS 4:46
# DOWN, DOWN 7:00
# ALLIGATOR DRIVE 5:19
# SHININ' IN THE SPOTLIGHT (Rob Hyman/David Kagan/Rick Chertoff) 3:55
# BOY IN THE BAND 5:01

ERIC BAZILIAN -- guitars, vocals
ROB HYMAN -- keyboards, vocals, percussion
DAVID KAGAN -- lead vocals
RICK MAROTTA -- drums
RALPH SHUCKETT -- clavinet, synthesizer solo
JOHN SIEGLER -- bass
Michael Brecker -- sax solo (8)
Rick Chertoff -- percussion
David Darth Prater -- drums (3)
Prof. Gerald Block -- engineer
Michael Hutchinson -- additional engineering
Bob Heimall -- cover concept
Botero -- cover art
Andy Engel -- cover logo
Bill Stettner -- photography back cover
Ron Kellum -- inner sleeve design
Lynn Goldsmith -- sleeve photo
Steve Feldman -- art direction

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Hehehe....I have the first album but haven't gotten around to doing it yet. If you want to do the honors, more power to you, help me save my record needle for awhile longer.


Tom

Monday, December 24, 2007 at 4:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger WVKayaker said...

Thanks to you leaving comments on my Patty Smyth post, and then your fine review, I am gonna give this one listen to as well. I must say, your blog rocks!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 11:49:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After searching for the first Baby Grand album on CD for many years (I have it on vinyl), I finally got my hands on a German import. Both the first album and Ancient Medicine are on a CD set called "Two Originals." This was published by "Second Harvest" a division of Powers & Peak & Co., 181 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 in 2007 (read off the CD).

Interestingly, the CD was made in the US, but sold by a dealer in Germany. I got mind off eBay, but there may be a few online sellers of this.

Search for "Baby Grand" and/or "Ancient Medicine" and the word "digipak" or "digipack."

I don't know if this CD came from vinyl or a master recording. The sound is excellent!

Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:46:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One other note: there used to be a web site called the "Hooters Trading Page" which had the two Baby Grand albums on one CD, digitized from vinyl. In addition, he had a CD of the one and only live Baby Grand recording, taken from the soundboard (I was actually at this show 30 years ago!)

While the Hooters Trading Page is no longer active, I was able to view this live CD through the Internet Archive "Wayback Machine." Here is a link to a real rarity:

http://web.archive.org/web/20050211201655/http://www.knopfler.net/hooters/hooters54.html

Now this CD I would really like more information about!

Friday, December 26, 2008 at 11:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Yeah, I'd like to know how to get my hands on a copy of that too!
Thanks for the info.

Tc

Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 3:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Moose KnuckleHead said...

Here is the Baby Grand live audio:

http://www.guitars101.com/forums/f90/baby-grand-pre-hooters-2-shows-fm-and-sbd-320-a-93666.html

Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 12:06:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the guy that posted the Anonymous comment on 12/26/2008.

Moose KnuckleHead's post is accurate. That link will take you to the Baby Grand live soundboard recording I mentioned.

Check out this recording. The sound quality is excellent! (And the comment posted with this recording by "Number 6" is me.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:54:00 AM EDT  

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