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Bottles, The - 1979 The Bottles

ARTIST: Bottles, The
ALBUM: The Bottles
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Peter Bayless - vocals, bass, rhythm guitar * Jefery Levy - lead and rhythm guitar, bass, piano, drums * Andy Dworkin - drums * Kendall Roclord Schmidt - piano, organ * Jimmy Oppenheim - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Don't Wanna Be Your Man * 02 Look At Julie * 03 Broken Apart * 04 Too Late To Dance * 05 Further Into The Future * 06 Elania * 07 She's A Mystery * 08 You're A Liar * 09 Pulls Me To You * 10 Citizens

I used to come across hundreds of copies of this album back in the glory days of cut-out bins which lead me to believe The Bottles received to next to zero when it came to promotion from MCA. Part of the problem might have been the group name and even I sort of grew tired of all the new bands with a 'The' in front of their monikers. Pretty unimaginative if you asked me back then, although now I find it a charming aspect of power pop which is what The Bottles were all about.

The Songs
There was nothing fussy about the music of The Bottles - essentially a duo of Peter Bayless and Jefery Levy. The album has a very American and down to earth sound similar to Dwight Twilley and maybe even a dash of power pop darlings Big Star. It's all pretty fast paced musically with the exception of two softer numbers - 'Too Late To Dance' and 'Pulls Me Into You' featuring some nice piano work and gives the listener a breather from the steady drive of the remaining material with pride of place going to 'Further Into The Future' which reminds me a little bit of Face Dancer believe it or not.

In Summary
Needless to say there wasn't a second album no thanks to their label. Following the end of The Bottles, Jefery Levy went on to work in Film and Television including directing U.S shows 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' and 'Las Vegas' among others, while Peter Bayless has seemed to have disappeared from showbiz completely. The Bottles were short lived, but created a minor power pop classic that deserves its spot in the genres colourful history as well as your collection.

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