Wednesday, May 28, 2008

LEROUX / LOUISIANA'S LEROUX

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1978 on Capitol Records.
ALBUM INFO:
Produced by Leon Medica
Recorded at Studio in the Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana
Engineered by Warren Dewey - Assistant Engineers: Brad Aaron and Bill Evans
Mixed At Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, California
Engineer: Warren Dewey - Assistant Engineer: Steve Hodge
Mastered at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California
Engineer: Hally Traugott
Art Direction: Leon Medica and Dean Torrence
Photography: Norman Seeff
Cut Glass Photograph: Bill Eastabrook
Design and Graphics: Dean Torrence
Calligraphy: Alice McEuen
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 Kbps
TRACK LISTING:
Take A Ride On A Riverboat
Love Abductor
New Orleans Ladies
Crazy In Love
Slow Burn
Snake Eyes
Backslider
Bridge Of Silence
Heavenly Days
I Can't Do One More Two-Step
THE BAND:
Jeff Pollard - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Lead Vocals
Leon Medica - Bass, Vocals
Rod Roddy - Rhodes Electric and Acoustic Pianos, Clavinet, Oberheim Synthesizer, Vocals
David Peters - Drums and Percussion
Bobby Campo - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Flute, Congas, Percussion, Vocals
Tony Haselden - Electric Guitars, Vocals
All arrangements by LeRoux
WEBSITE:
http://www.laleroux.com/
REVIEW:
By Lindsay Planer
Released in 1978, Louisiana's Le Roux is the self-titled debut long-player from Le Roux — a sextet whose moniker is derived from a word describing a distinct gumbo. As it is traditionally extracted from several sources, the broth-like substance retains an extremely unique flavor. In much the same way, Bobby Campo (trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, congas, percussion, vocals), Tony Haselden (electric guitar, vocals), Leon Medica (bass), David Peters (drums, percussion), Jeff Pollard (electric and acoustic guitars, lead vocals), and Rod Roddy (Rhodes electric piano, acoustic piano, clavinet, Oberheim synthesizer, vocals) create a fusion drawing from pop, rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and of course their Crescent City roots. Le Roux evolved from the Jeff Pollard Band out of Baton Rouge, and their initial notice grew out of supporting blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitar, vocals) during a mid-'70s tour of North America and Africa. Leon Medica (bass, producer) brought them to the attention of Screen Gems-EMI exec Paul Tannen, which ultimately led to a three-disc deal recording for Capitol. For their audience, the platter was undoubtedly a welcome diversion from the pop music disco dregs and remained nowhere as angst-ridden as the ensuing punk movement. "Take a Ride on a Riverboat" is a propulsive midtempo rocker commencing the affair with both their penchant for tight well-arranged harmonies and an ability to kick out the jams — especially Roddy's effusive piano fills, Campo's bluesy solo, and Medica's thick and hearty bassline holding it all together. Pollard's fretwork alternately shines and grinds throughout the slinky and satisfying "Love Abductor." The compact vocals during the chorus stand as a perfect correlation against Pollard's chiming jazzy-inspired progressions. "New Orleans Ladies" is their ode to the bayou's steel magnolias, and became not only the best-known track from this album, but arguably of Le Roux's entire repertoire. That honor was solidified when the prestigious Creole-based Gambit Weekly magazine named "New Orleans Ladies" as Song of the Century. The driving rocker "Slow Burn" allows the band — especially Campo, Medica, and Pollard — a chance to wail. Not surprisingly, it also became an outlet for extended improvisations during live performances. "Snake Eyes" is a bouncy foreboding tale with some tasty phrases recalling Steely Dan's "Haitian Divorce." "Bridge of Silence" is a lyrical love song that again shows the combo's blend and Pollard's considerable skills as a composer, while "I Can't Do One More Two-Step" is freewheeling, offering a groove that isn't too far removed from the Meters. Louisiana's Le Roux made a brief entry onto the Pop Album survey, although outside the prestigious Top 100.
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank U very Much !
George

Monday, June 30, 2008 at 2:50:00 PM EDT  

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