понедельник, 7 апреля 2014 г.

Magnet - Worldwide Attraction (1979) 

Artist: Magnet
Album: Worldwide Attraction
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: SP-4740
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
Duration: 00:39:23

Группа Magnet возникла из "обломков" супергруппы Natural Gas, выпустивших в 1976 один альбом. Джерри Ширли (Humble Pie) и Питер Вуд (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver) продолжили работать вместе и в конце концов переехали из Лос-Анджелеса в Нью-Йорк, чтобы сформировать другую группу с вокалистом Montrose Бобом Джеймсом, которая в итоге стала называться Magnet. A&M Records предложили новоиспеченной группе контракт в 1978 году, а к середине следующего года "Worldwide Attraction" появился в музыкальных магазинах по всему США. Не известно, гастролировали группа в поддержку альбома, но история Magnet была окончена. На следующий год Ширли принял участие в воссоединении реформированных Humble Pie, а затем присоединения к Fastway. Вуд стал сессионником, работал с такими музыкантами, как Синди Лаупер, Карли Саймон и Джон Леннон (незадолго до его кончины). Деятельность остальных членов группы неизвестна.

Magnet sprung from the ashes of Natural Gas, a british 'supergroup' who issued one album in 1976 only to vanish without a trace a year later. Two of the alumni, Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie) and Peter Wood (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver) continued working together and eventually relocated from Los Angeles to New York City to form another band, which ultimately became Magnet. A&M Records were quick to offer the band a contract in 1978 and by the middle of the following year, "Worldwide Attraction" had landed in record stores all over the USA. It is not known whether the band ever toured behind the album, but Magnet were already history by the following year with Shirley rejoining a reformed Humble Pie and later joining Fastway. Wood would move on to session work for artists like Cyndi Lauper, Carly Simon and John Lennon before passing away in 1994. The activities of the remaining members are unknown.
"Worldwide Attraction" is a decent album, though there's a real mixed bag of material happening here. It seems Magnet were simply without direction, as the tracks sway carelessly from west coast soft rock to AOR and back. The result is a band who doesn't know whether they are Firefall or Survivor. For me personally, it's the harder tracks that get my attention and there are a few worth noting. "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love" and "Night Patrol" both muster enough fire to justify repeated listens. "Underneath the Moonlight" is a decent boogie rock track, though it's nothing mindblowing. The rest of the album unfortunately falls short of praise, with cliched and unimaginative soft rock being in majority. Though I've certainly heard far worse, "Worldwide Attraction" is really just a run-of-the-mill 70's rock album with a few highlights worth hearing. - (robotsforronnie.blogspot.co.uk)

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  Side One:
A1. Golden Arm 03:38
A2. Underneath The Moonlight 02:52
A3. Hold On 03:35
A4. Night Patrol 03:27
A5. Lost In Space 05:31
 • Side Two:
B1. In Love Again 03:42
B2. You Got The Power 03:42
B3. Bones 04:03
B4. I Don't Want To Lose Your Love 02:44
B5. Empty 05:33

     Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
     Recorded At – Kendun Recorders, House Of Music
     Mixed At – House Of Music
     Mastered At – Sterling Sound
     Producer – Stephan Galfas
     Art Direction – Roland Young
     Production – Irene Conrad
     Design – Amy Nagasawa 

Drums – Jerry Shirley
Keyboards – Peter Wood
Guitar, Vocals – Les Nichol
Electric Bass, Vocals – Michael Neville
Vocals – Robert James
Strings And Horns – John Tropea
Backing Vocals – Jim Cuomo, Joel Krantz, Paul Vigrass
Baritone Saxophone, Soloist – John Zangrando
Soprano Saxophone, Soloist – Lou Marini
Horns – Alan Rubin
Percussion – James Maelen
Strings – Kermit Moore

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