|Outlaws-nokkamiehen Henry Paulin oman yhtyeen debyytti-albumi.|
Genre: Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Boogie Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock, Country Rock
Samantyylisiä yhtyeitä: .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, John Fogerty, Gov't Mule, John Mellencamp, J.J. Cale, Neil Young, Randall Bramblett, Charlie Daniels Band, Poco, Blackfoot
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Grey Ghost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKj4b2IEhYI
Grey Ghost is a powerful, seven minute ode to the late Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)… “the man is gone but the spirit remains”.
Levyn kappaleet: https://www.discogs.com/Henry-Paul-Band-Grey-Ghost/release/8875113
Levy-yhtiö: Atlantic Records * Reissue: Rock Candy
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Henry Paul was a rhythm guitarist and vocalist for the Outlaws. He left the group in 1977 after its third album. He formed the Henry Paul Band in 1978 and signed to Atlantic later that year. Grey Ghost is the band's debut, and it is drenched in Southern rock influences as well as those of '70s West Coast bands such as the Eagles. The opening cut, "So Long," combines folk, country-rock, and the over the top guitar punch of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, while "Crossfire" sounds like the Joe Walsh-era Eagles jamming with the Pure Prairie League and "Foolin'" has the Byrds' signature all over it. But to say that Paul and his band merely copied what was out there wouldn't be fair. Grey Ghost is a fine album; the songcraft is tight and crisp, the lead and harmony vocals are crystalline, and the production is unobtrusive. But those twin guitar leads that sound like they come from the Allmans' "Ramblin' Man" are a bit derivative sounding. The title track is the best thing on the record. Written in 1977, it is an uncredited but undisguised tribute to the late Ronnie VanZant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, who had perished two years earlier in a plane crash: "And the autumn wind whispers through the tall and lonely pines / And the hour of fate is drawing close at hand / A free bird falling from the sky / Brings an end to another Southern man...." Despite the close harmonies and softer edges of the first half of the disc, the second half entrenches itself more in the raw Southern boogie and hard honky tonk rock that defines the genre, from "I Don't Need You No More" to "Lonely Dreamer," the crunchy "You Really Know (What I Mean)," and the closer, which reverts back to the more airy sound of side one with added percussion by ace Joe Lala, who guests. The only loser is the idiotic "One Night Stands." A hard rocker, even at the end of the 1970s they should have known better than this. Still, it's a small mark against one of the more obscure but worthy albums from the era. Rock Candy Records issued the band's Atlantic album on CD with excellent remastered sound.
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Ex Outlaws’ guitarist/vocalist Henry Paul‘s first album with his own band. 1979, and the album itself is a musical microcosm, a pin sharp, hi-def snapshot of rock music’s transition from the sixties/seventies to the eighties. It was music in evolution, carrying the sweet, westcoast sound of the Eagles, the Byrds, Poco and others into the deep south, where the blue collar blues rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special and other confederate sons were flying an easily identified flag.
In common with many reissues on this label, ‘Grey Ghost’, the album, enjoys a sympathetic remastering job, adding sonic clarity and musical thrust. Paul went on to record three more albums, one with the help of Richard (Mr Mister) Page and Bill (Chicago) Champlin before the band broke up. He kept the good company habit, forming the band Blackhawk with Van Stephenson. More recently he reformed The Outlaws with erstwhile colleague, Huey Thomasson.
Hinta: 19 €