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Dodgers, The - 1978 Love On The Rebound

ARTIST: Dodgers, The
ALBUM: Love On The Rebound
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 2383513
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Bob Jackson - keyboards, guitars, vocals * Roger Lomas - guitars, bass, vocals * John Wilson - guitar, bass, vocals * Paul Hopper - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love On The Rebound * 02 Little Darlin' * 03 Anytime * 04 Come Out Fighting * 05 It Was You * 06 Mr Music * 07 Don't Know What You're Doing * 08 For Your Love * 09 I Call Your Name * 10 Take Another Piece * 11 Don't Let Me Be Wrong * 12 All I Do * 13 Das Ende

Another band that factors into the history of Badfinger, The Dodgers released just one album, but not without some controversy. Group leader Bob Jackson (formerly of Indian Summer) who replaced Pete Ham in Badfinger for a short time had also put out two mediocre prog albums with the British band - Ross. Following Ross' tour with Eric Clapton, Jackson began shopping demos for a new pop project and landed a singles deal with Island Records. Former Badfinger band mate Tom Evans; still reeling from the death of Pete Ham was enlisted in The Dodgers and a handful of singles were released, all very good but none of them charted. The group secured tour dates around the UK with Pilot, Renaissance and the Steve Gibbons Band, but problems developed between management and Tom Evans who due to his legendary struggle with alcoholism appeared to be 'over the top', yet to this day among Badfinger fans there is some question as to why he was really let go. Regrouping, The Dodgers signed with Polydor Records and released 'Love On The Rebound'.

The Songs
Parallels to Badfinger, The Beatles and Paul McCartney and Wings are undeniable. 'Love On The Rebound' is filled with swirling and infectious melodies with a dash of the 'Mersey' sound. 'Anytime' could almost be a lost Badfinger track, but so could most of the album. There is a hint at Bad Company with 'Come Out Fighting' which is a tasty blues based tune, but The Dodgers main interest was in classic British pop of the day and 'Mr. Music' is pure 'Red Rose Speedway' Wings as is side two's Don't Know What You're Doing' and 'I Call Your Name' which is fine with me as I am a huge fan of Sir Paul McCartney's 'other' band.

In Summary
The Dodgers would go back in the studio and begin recording a second album, but they were dropped from the label, and the project was never completed. There is a nice CD release which might be a pirate (?) of the Joey Molland's post Badfinger group Natural Gas and their only album (reviewed elsewhere here on Glory Daze) paired with a BBC session from The Dodgers featuring Tom Evans. Get it if you can, and pick up a copy of 'Love On The Rebound'. It's a sweet pop album and worthy of a place in every collection of Beatles influenced rock.

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#1 | super80boy on February 19 2013 05:18:26
Acquired this on a recent local record crate digging junket. At the time it was a blind buy. This lone effort is quite engaging with upbeat melodies and quite a few standout tracks. The title song is a infectious radio ready single. This is worth a pick up for any AOR collection.
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