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Black Orchid - 1992 Earotica

ARTIST: Black Orchid
ALBUM: Earotica
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Jay Fruet - guitars, bass * Lou Kahlenbeck - vocals * Chris Schweitzer - vocals * Jim Harte - drums

Guests: Jerry Giguere - drums * Joe Torra - hammond B3 * Tom Konow - keyboards, violins

TRACK LISTING: 01 Without Love * 02 Layla - Prelude * 03 Layla * 04 Baby's Got The Blues * 05 Diana * 06 Don't Give It Up * 07 Something Happens * 08 Tonight * 09 True Faith


Over the years, we've heard a few Boston clones in our time, but perhaps none go so close as fellow Massachusetts rockers Black Orchid. Well yes, Long Island melodic rockers Band Central Station had that title awarded to them and Chicago based Kamera also ran them close, until this lot crossed my desk. Actually to be fair, only a handful of songs are close to that famous Boston style - not everything. The music on 'Earotica' appears to be the work of guitarist Jay Fruet. For a bit of trivia, it seems that in his earlier days, David Carron, formerly with the highly regarded 70's band Gulliver handled vocals on Jay's 80's demos up until his passing in 1985. For 9 tracks, we get a variety of tunes: melodic rock, blues, acoustic ballads, and of course Boston flavoured rockers.

The Songs
Starting out with 'Without Love' - this track had been through the wringer a few times before Jay was happy with it. The bluesy intro belies the Boston like nature this track would move into. Brave of the band to have a crack at the legendary Eric Clapton chestnut 'Layla' - pretty good version it is too, and preceded by a nice instrumental prelude as well! Jay has a dabble into the blues with the obviously titled 'Baby's Got The Blues', but it's the AOR stuff that tends to rise to the surface on this album. 'Diana' is a sweet melodic piece that has radio appeal. More Boston like goodies appear with the pairing of 'Don't Give It Up' and 'Tonight'.. great stuff. To wind down the album, Black Orchid deliver a sweeping power-ballad 'Something Happens' (again Boston is the reference point). This tune was written by Jay and David Carron.. interesting to hear this actually. To round things off, the closer 'True Faith' is a true acoustic ballad with the electrics nearly completely switched off while the drums have gone walkabout!

In Summary
Jay Fruet has put up a bit of information about Black Orchid on his Bravehost website (shown above). He also mentions that a new CD comprising demo and rarities material will be released very shortly (March 2008). Beyond that, we could also be looking at a new Black Orchid CD for release by summer 2008! In the meantime, if you are intrigued by what Jay and Black Orchid have to offer, have a listen to one of their tracks below..

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