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Creed - 1978 Creed



ARTIST: Creed
ALBUM: Creed
LABEL: Asylum
SERIAL: E-146
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY330

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Hal Butler - vocals, keyboards * Steve Ingle - guitars, vocals * Luther Maben - guitars * James Flynn - bass * Chip Thomas - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Keep On Rockin' * 02 Tied Down * 03 Firecracker * 04 You Never See It That Way * 05 We're Gonna Make It * 06 Just Can't Stop * 07 Too Proud To Cry * 08 Can't Find Love * 09 Time And Time Again

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/theoriginalsoutherncreed


Background
From the dim dark days of 1978 came a band with a southern style called Creed. Lets not get this mob confused with that other popular outfit by the same name from the late 90's. This Creed go way back into time, and originate from Memphis Tennessee. The guys in the band weren't up to much before and after this effort, but they did leave a legacy of a great album with some enjoyable moments. They have a bar-room boogie mentality about them, which places them in the same booth as The Boyzz, or Foghat for that matter. But let me reconfirm, the predominant sound and style is of period seventies hard rock. Vocalist Hal Butler has a lot in common with The Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston, though their music is not as commercial as those guys. So, if you think about a mixture of all that, then you've got Creed sussed.


The Songs
Creed give us a storming opener in 'Keep On Rockin', and that's exactly what they do to great effect. Despite the song-title 'Tied Down', they are gonna do nothing of the sort with this type of catchy southern rock being dished up. For me the album highlight is the keyboard driven event that is 'Firecracker'. The relentless boogie attack continues on 'You Never See It That Way'. There's clever guitar lines leading into 'Just Can't Stop' with some interesting instrumentation in between. 'Too Proud To Cry' is a rollicking piece of hard rock, which has a British blues feel to it, while Butler lets his keyboard fingers do the talking on 'Can't Find Love'. The band could be forgiven for slowing down by the time they get to the end with 'Time And Time Again', but they don't, with keyboard flurries and guitar solos flying out the window in true 'lets go out with a bang' attitude. Unfortunately for Creed, there would never be another time for them again, based on this one off effort.


In Summary
The band continued on after this album. Guitarist Luther Maben was replaced by Jimmy Rusidoff, they then released a 4 track EP before breaking up in 1984. Judging from what I've heard on this album, I can imagine they would have been an awesome band to see live. There's so much energy coming through the speakers that it's obvious they've rolled some of that live spirit into the studio. This is definitely the sort of sound/album now being promoted by labels such as Record Heaven, who deal with that retro hard rock sound. In future and related news, Hal Butler was seen playing with Jimi Jamison on his 1999 'Empires' album, while the band reunited for a reunion gig during 2005 in their hometown of Memphis. Wonderful stuff.


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Comments
#1 | 149 on February 23 2006 10:41:30
THIS RECORD IS A PIECE OF GENIUS AND ONE OF THE VERY BEST RECORDS OF ALL TIME!
ALL SONGS ARE WINNERS, BUT I ESPECIALLY LIKE 'CAN'T FIND LOVE', 'KEEP ON ROCKIN' AND ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT SONGS EVER : 'TIME AND TIME AGAIN'!!!
I KNOW A LOT OF FANS WANT THIS ALBUM RELEASED ON CD, FULLY DIGITALLY REMASTERED!!!!
OH, BOY!
BRILLIANT!
#2 | rostoned on June 01 2008 14:10:24
'Time And Time Again' is an epic, undiscovered piece de resistance! To me hairy ears it's worth the purchase for this track alone.
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 23 2008 15:54:45
AORpompy's favourite record does need to be reissued. It is a pretty undervalued album. Maybe a reissue with the EP that was released a few years later as the bonus tracks?
#4 | rkbluez on November 29 2009 02:47:50
Creed is a favorite of mine also...I know Pompy loves it...I love this album and still play my vinyl transfer regularly...I remember seeing these guys in 1978 at the Civic Center backing up the Cars...they friggin' rocked...Time and Time Again was even more killer live...these guys made The Cars look like amateurs...I've been busting Terry @ Wounded to do this album...nothing yet...so how's about you Dave getting on Rock Candy's case the album with the bonus EP would be amazing!!pray...
#5 | Eric on November 29 2009 04:00:18
I've never met anyone who saw The Cars or opened for The Cars live that came away impressed. Very odd, but Creed also did a lot of shows with Ted Nugent which to me would have been a better audience. A cut-out bin mainstay, I was never fond of the album until I gave it another listen with fresh ears last year- twenty years on from the last time I heard it and it seriously rocks.
#6 | reyno-roxx on November 10 2011 20:55:11
After his original stint with Creed, Jimmy Rusidoff later formed Tracy Lords, the band later renamed Lord Tracy for legal reasons when they signed to UNI and released a sole album with ex Pantera singer Terry Glaze on vocals.
#7 | super80boy on January 16 2013 04:25:14
Just bought this at a local record store after a day of crate digging and it's a stunning melodic rock record. Every song is great.
#8 | gdazegod on September 07 2016 05:28:18
Coming soon on Rock Candy Records. This one has been asked for since the beginning of time.. lol!
#9 | gdazegod on February 20 2017 19:13:16
Now out on Rock Candy. BUY OR DIE! guitar4
#10 | richardb on March 02 2017 20:03:16
Great to see this finally get a CD release. Looking forward to giving this some serious airplay on the CD player.

Now all I need is for 'Half Moon Silver' to get an official release (RC are you listening?) and I'll be in seventh heaven..Thumbs Up
 
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