“One of the great mysteries of our time is not whatever happened to Amelia Earhart, but why the heck Angel City (The Angels) never clicked in America.”
|Señoras y señores... este es uno de los discos que más me han gustado.||Ladies & gentlemen... this is one of my favourite LP's.|
Angel City - Marseilles
|Se trata del segundo LP de ...||This is the second work of ...|
The Angels released albums under different names. The Angels (TA); Angel City (AC); The Angels From Angel City (TAFAC); The Original Angels Band(TOAB); The Angels 2006>(TA1)
In November 1970, brothers Rick and John Brewster formed The Moonshine Jug and String Band. In 1971 the band was joined by Belfast-born Doc Neeson, an arts student and former Army sergeant and already a prominent figure on the Adelaide music scene. (...) In 1974 they changed their name to The Keystone Angels, switched to electric instruments and began playing 1950s rock and roll on the pub circuit. (...) In 1975 the band supported AC/DC during a South Australian tour, and later performed as the backing band for Chuck Berry.
In 1975, on the recommendation of Bon Scott and Malcolm Young from AC/DC, the band was offered a recording deal with the Alberts label. They dropped "Keystone" from their name and became simply "The Angels". As this point the band was a four-piece with Neeson on bass guitar, Charlie King (Peter Christopolous) on drums, Rick Brewster on lead guitars and John Brewster on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
The Angels' first single, "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again", was released in April 1976. (...) Later in the year, Charlie King, at the time AWOL from the army, was replaced by Graham "Buzz Throckman" Bidstrup on the drums. (...) Chris Bailey had joined the band on bass, allowing Neeson to concentrate on vocals. Bailey had been a member of Mount Lofty Rangers with Bon Scott in 1974. (...) Neeson's move to specialist frontman allowed the band to develop an energetic and theatrical live presence. Neeson would typically appear on stage as a wild extrovert, dressed in a tuxedo and shaking maracas. As a foil, Rick Brewster would remain motionless, his head cocked to one side, for the entire performance.
1978's Face to Face album reached #16 in November and stayed on the Australian charts for 79 weeks. Mark Opitz engineered, and along with The Angels, co-produced the album. Peter Ledger, who designed the cover, won Best Australian Album Cover Design Award. Face to Face produced the band's first hit single, "Take a Long Line", which has gone on to become one of the Angels' most-recognised songs. In November, the band supported David Bowie on his first Australian tour, resulting in The Tour EP 7" single.
The Angels - Take A Long Line (1978)
Anyone with familiar with The Angels music and their history knows they are not only one of Australia’s greatest ever bands but one of its longest surviving.
Since releasing their now legendary debut single ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ in May 1976, the band has gone on to enjoy an extraordinary career – through the release of a vast catalogue of recorded music and performing thousands of gigs over more than three decades. Now that the quintessential Angels line-up responsible for recording the landmark first four albums that laid the foundations for everything that followed have reformed, and are now touring together for the first time since 1981, we are again reminded why the band is so revered.
The Angels - After The Rain (1978)
The official Angels web site
The official Angels MySpace
Unofficial MySpace page 1 and unofficial MySpace page 2.
Pero la saga no acaba con la historia de la banda, su separación y su reunión (este verano estaban de gira por Australia). Los hermanos Brewster mantienen su Brewster Brothers Trio: Rick Brewster (keyboards, vocals, acoustic/electric guitar and washboard) John Brewster (vocals, guitar and harmonica) Paul Robert Burton (upright bass, foot drums, harmonica, Ocarinas & vocals). De su MySpace hemos traído este video que, por cierto, me encanta.
Y del otro MySpace que tienen, recuperamos esta versión del Marseilles con el que hemos empezado la entrada. Genial!
Y no dejéis de visitar el sitio de Doc Neeson, donde podéis escuchar una versión de "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" intimista y, sencillamente, preciosa.