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Bighorn - 1978 Bighorn

ARTIST: Bighorn
ALBUM: Bighorn
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 1999, Sony Japan, SRCS 9464


LINEUP: Joe Shikany - guitars, vocals * Michael Ipsen - bass * Peter Davis - keyboards, vocals * Bob Marcy - woodwinds, vocals * Steve Adamek - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Penny For Your Dreams * 02 (I Love You) I'm Not Afraid Anymore * 03 Star Rocker * 04 Mary-Anne * 05 Tried Every Trick * 06 Stand Up * 07 Sparrow * 08 Helen Betty * 09 Sunday Boy * 10 I Know

I've heard this album being unfavourably compared with Led Zeppelin, but I took a punt on it after reading an AOR Basement (www.aorbasement.com) article a while back. The truth is the album stands alone as an interesting combination of pomp rock a la early Kansas and Starcastle, and harder guitar based heavy rock. True that two of the tunes can be compared to Robert Plant and his cronies, those being 'Tried Every Trick' and 'Helen Betty', but the rest of the record sits comfortably alongside the finer moments of the aforementioned Kansas, Trillion and Avalon.

The Songs
There is some very atmospheric orchestration none more so than on album openers 'Penny For Your Dreams' and the excellent '(I Love You) I'm Not Afraid Anymore'. Third track in 'Star Rocker' sees the band moving in familiar Starcastle (circa 'Citadel') territory. 'Mary-Anne' almost has a Pavlov's Dog feel to it, being almost whimsical in its approach, but is far more accessible than David Surkamp's bunch. I must admit to not being a fan when the band attempt to emulate the Zeppelinish riffs on 'Tried Every Trick' and 'Helen Betty', and feel they are much better suited to sticking to their pomp rock guns. The rest of the album follows suit and is well produced by Martin Shaer (also producer of pre Bryan Adams outfit Sweeney Todd).

In Summary
Good news for fans of this type of music is the recent CD re-release on Sony Japan of this otherwise hard to track down piece of vinyl. Essential for lovers of Starcastle and the like.

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#1 | tompa on April 22 2006 12:12:58
Sortof pompy in a very wimpy way. Occasionally, they beef things up (Tried Every Trick, Helen Betty) but overall there's a cheesy feel to this album. Have been compared to Led Zeppelin and I just don't see how.
#2 | gdazegod on December 30 2006 10:58:33
Agree with you Tompa. The Zep comparison is a bit 'throwaway' I feel.
#3 | gdazegod on September 24 2010 02:12:03
Shikany was well known in Seattle music circles back in the day. Had involvement with other bands, particularly SHYANNE, and was also a producer for LIGHTYEARS. He died in 2008 after a tree fell on him. R.I.P.
#4 | swazi on May 22 2012 13:49:44
I am looking for a CD, but it has become rare and expensive, unfortunately. Sad
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