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Starbuck - 1976 Moonlight Feels Right

ARTIST: Starbuck
ALBUM: Moonlight Feels Right
LABEL: Private Stock
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 2009, Cherry Red Records (UK), STERN2, 2 on 1 with 'Rock N Roll Rocket'


LINEUP: Bruce Blackman - vocals, keyboards * Bo Wagner - marimba, vibes, percussion * Tommy Strain - lead guitar * Ron Norris - guitars, vocals * David Snavely - drums * Sloan Hayes - keyboards, vocals * Jimmy Cobb - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Got To Know * 02 Drop A Little Rock * 03 Lash Larue * 04 Slower You Go (The Longer It Lasts) * 05 Moonlight Feels Right * 06 I'm Crazy * 07 So The Night Goes * 08 Working My Heart To The Bone * 09 Lucky Man * 10 Bordello Bordeaux


A few years ago I was driving through the prairies of central Illinois on a starry Summer night at two o'clock in the morning (don't ask!) and Starbuck's 'Moonlight Feels Right' came on the radio. I had always loved the song and still believe it's one of the 70's greatest pop singles, but on that particular night it all came together, the stars, the moon, warm breeze.. well, you get the picture. Starbuck released three albums in their lifetime, but nothing they did would top that amazing single. Formed in Atlanta by Bruce Blackman and Bo Wagner whose previous claim to fame was with late 60's sunshine pop masters Eternity's Children, and picking up Atlanta session men along the way, 'Moonlight Feels Right' was released as a single in 1975 and flopped. It wasn't until 1976 and thanks to an Alabama disc jockey; the song began to take off. A major tour followed supporting Kansas, Robin Trower, Boston and Electric Light Orchestra as well as headlining on their own, although line-up changes continually plagued the band. Guitarist Tommy Strain left the group after the debut, forming obscure pomp rockers Magic Cat, releasing one highly sought after gem 'Only Make Believe' and later joined up with Mother's Finest. Starbuck split up in 1980 and other than Blackman who runs a music publishing company, the rest of the band disappeared into the Atlanta local scene, never to be heard from again.

The Songs
'I Got To Know' opens the album with a near disco beat, featuring one of the bands signature Marimba solos. The song was the albums second single and believe it or not, I remember hearing it on the radio back then, but it never charted very high. 'Drop A Little Rock', 'Lash LaRue', 'The Slower You Go (The Longer It Lasts)' and 'Working My Heart To The Bone' are nothing but dated funky southern rock with pompy keys, much like fellow Georgian's Whiteface. A weird mixture indeed although 'Lucky Man' as with the opening track, moves dangerously close to disco throwing yet another ill advised ingredient into one mess of a record. The title track of course, stands miles above anything on the album and as I alluded to earlier, is a masterpiece of pop music.

In Summary
This record was released on CD by the German label - Line Records several years ago, but is now long out of print and getting far too expensive. A couple Starbuck compilations are floating around out there if you really want to hear more, but I suggest picking up a good 70's pop compilation with 'Moonlight Feels Right' and leave it at that.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 16 2009 15:11:00
There is also a 2 On 1 CD (actually it might be a 3 on 1) for sale on the Starbuck website, refer URL above. The third item is material from their 1978 Lp 'Searching For A Thrill', which is an album I'm unaware of, though i guess that's the third ..

The track listing is also quite different to the recent Cherry Red listing on their website http://www.cherry...y=starbuck
#2 | gdazegod on November 16 2009 15:18:49
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#3 | Eric on November 16 2009 18:13:19
Look for a review of 'Searchin' For A Thrill' in the next few weeks, and yes- the LP was thier third and last LP.
#4 | dangerzone on June 06 2010 15:40:00
'Searchin' For A Thrill' is a great album. Good to see it on the Late For The Sky blog.
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