Friday, May 09, 2008

THE STANKY BROWN GROUP / OUR PLEASURE TO SERVE YOU

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1976 on Sire records.
ALBUM INFO:
Produced by Al Steckler and Ron Frangipane for Eroica Productions
Engineered by Larry Alexander
Recorded at Ultima Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York
Strings and Horns arranged and conducted by Ron Frangipane
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate - 320 Kbps
TRACK LISTING:
Masquerade
You've Come Over Me
Let's Get To Livin'
U B U
A Hundred Times Around
Don't You Refuse
Friday Night Without You
Matthew
Misery Loves Company
Ravin' Beauty
Where Have They Gone
BAND LINEUP:
James Brown - Keyboards, Vocals, ARP 2600, ARP pro-soloist
Richard Bunkiewicz - Assorted Fender basses, mostly fretless
Jerry M. Cordasco - Pearl Drums, percussion, vocals
Jeffery Leynor - Acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Allan Ross - Saxophone, clarinet, flute
Frank Green - Lyrics
Guests:
Leslie West - Guitar
Stan Bronstein - Sax
Eric Weisberg - Pedal Steel
WEBSITE:
I Wasn't able to find a single site with any information.
REVIEW:
By Yours Truly
While there's nothing on this album to change the course of musical history it is an enjoyable listening experience if you're not too jaded with life. To the best of my knowledge Stanky Brown was an Austrailian band (Ala Little River Band).
(WHOOPS, According to Jerry Cordasco and he should know, he was the drummer for The SBG, they were from New Jersey, NOT Austrailia. I didn't make that up, I heard or read it somewhere, but nevertheless the record has been set straight now).
The Jersey based boys put out 3 albums in the mid '70's before disappearing off the radar. There are some weak moments on this first effort as there is on many first efforts, but there are also some great tunes that are well done. My favorites include Masquerade, Let's Get To Livin' and U. B. U.
If you're up for hearing new things that you missed the first time around then I'd suggest taking the time to download this one and give it a listen. I feel like I say it all the time but it's true, this is another band which didn't get the recognition their talent should've entitled them to receive.
As a side note I learned while searching for a website or other online info that Jerry Cordasco (drummer) went on to play drums for the Blues Brothers among many others.
CONTACT:
READ THIS for more information on this album.

Tom

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Tom. I'll give it a go. Be back with a comment.

The Swede.

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 11:26:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous JerryC said...

Tom,

I was the drummer for Stanky Brown. We were NOT an Australian band at all but were from New Jersey. We were originally signed to Arista Records and released a single for them called "Rockin Rollin Star". We were managed by John Scher, one of the biggest east coast promoters and owner of the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ.
I think you might have gotten confused about the Austrailian thing because our third album on Sire was produced by Charles Fisher of Austraila (he later produced Savage Garden).
I did play with the Blues Brothers early on along with the rest of Stanky Brown as the rhythm section. I also toured with Jonathan Edwards along with Richard Bunkiewicz on bass, and we did a live album with him (that might be one for you to review!).
I now have a recording studio as does Jim Brown. Interestingly enough we are in the process of re-recording some Stanky Brown stuff.

Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 3:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Jerry! it's a pleasant surprise and an honor to have you stop by my little blog and leave a note.
I apologise for getting your point of origin wrong, New Jersey is a long way from Austrailia. I'm not entirely sure where that came from but I'm pretty sure I read it or heard it from someone on the radio. Obviously they didn't have a clue either!
It's also good to do know you're still out there and still playing. For the record I have all 3 S.B. albums and planned on reviewing and sharing the other two also...they're too good to just let 'em disappear.
I'd love to hear the updated versions of the tunes you're doing...if you put out a CD please let me know how to get a copy. ]

Keep on Rocking and U.B.U. :-)

Tom

Monday, July 21, 2008 at 12:28:00 AM EDT  
OpenID Rich B said...

If you'd like to hear some new "Stanky Brown" music, go to

http://www.myspace.com/thestankybrowngroup

There are 4 songs there from the new soon to be released CD "Happy EndingS

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Wooohooo, Thanks for the tip Rich, heading over that way right now!

Let us know when you have a release date for the CD!

Tc

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 10:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jerry2 said...

We also now have a Stanky Brown site up on Facebook and it includes some tunes from the new record and some old photos of the band. We are just in the process of making the CD available on CDbaby. Recording the new music was a blast. We have a whole different perspective on recording now and one of ow own, Jim Brown produced it.

By the way, I have copies of the first three Stanky Records on CD now with pops and clicks removed. If you'd like copies let me know. my email is j_cordasco@yahoo.com.
Thanks for the review and for remembering us!!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11:36:00 AM EDT  
Blogger losvegas said...

I work with Allan Ross from this band. He's currently doing a few dates with the O'Jays.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 8:40:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Stanky Brown Group at the Red Creek in Rochester NY circa 1976...still remember it being a great group for such a small venue...I was just a kid...snuck in with fake id. where can i get a copy of this?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 5:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mike said...

Did Stanky Brown open for Deep Purple at Cornell in 1972 when the lightning hit?

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 4:28:00 PM EDT  

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