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Baby Grand - 1978 Ancient Future

ARTIST: Baby Grand
ALBUM: Ancient Medicine
LABEL: Arista
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: David Kagan - lead vocals * Eric Bazilian - guitars, vocals * Rob Hyman - piano, organ, vocals * Carmine Rojas - bass * David Prater - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Night Long * 02 Much Too Much * 03 Weekend In New Jersey * 04 Runner In The Rain * 05 Walk Away Renee * 06 Right Here, Right Now * 07 Flame In The Wind * 08 It's Not A Figure Salon

'Ancient Medicine' is one of those albums that still give me the old warm and fuzzies every time I hear it. The second and better of two studio records released by this Philadelphia based band that despite positive press, never really took off. The band gigged up and down the east coast, including a support slot with Cheap Trick in their hometown, but the album sales never followed their hard work and Arista sent Baby Grand their walking papers and the band split. Not to be deterred, drummer David Prater and bassist Carmine Rojas joined English progressive rockers Nektar. Prater of course would go on to produce albums for Dream Theater and Firehouse while keyboardist Rob Hyman and guitarist Eric Bazillian would find fame and fortune with The Hooters. A talented bunch indeed and for fans of classy 70's rock ala Steely Dan, 'Ancient Medicine' is a must hear.

The Songs
The opening cut 'All Night Long' is a fantastic slice of FM ready rock n' roll and generate airplay it did along with the albums single, a cover of The Left Banke classic 'Walk Away Renee'. 'Much Too Much' will bring to mind Steely Dan and Crack The Sky as will the smooth jazz of the instrumental 'Weekend in New Jersey'. 'Flame in the Wind' is a fine dramatic ballad although it highlights some of the weaknesses found in vocalist David Kagan style which is an acquired taste to say the least. Wrapping things up is another instrumental, the curiously titled 'It's Not A Figure Salon' and again highlights the bands interest in jazz. It's a lively piece reminiscent of label mates Happy The Man and a nice close to a very good album.

In Summary
Baby Grand released a live album which is incredibly rare, but finding a copy of 'Ancient Medicine' as well as the group's debut shouldn't be too difficult and it's unlikely these will ever get a CD reissue, although you just never know..

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#1 | reyno-roxx on April 28 2008 19:23:59
Fantastic band. There are a couple of tracks on the first album where the vocals are very much akin to Rex Smith's!
#2 | rostoned on April 29 2008 00:12:46
George, Eric beware of Green Tree out of Berlin in Germany: they always release pirate/bootleg CDs,everybody knows that. imagine their fake sub-label who put out this is called 'Second Harvest' (ah ah ah thumbs down). If they can produce me a regular license of any of their stuff I will eat my words but I suspect that it will be easier me getting a f******o from Micha Barton than that!
#3 | gdazegod on April 29 2008 02:08:59
Don't you mean blow job? say cheese!
#4 | rostoned on May 05 2008 15:07:46
For those unfamiliar with the music of this band (me too! I woke up after mighty Dave Reyno suggestion...*blushing*) on their myspace page (see below) you can check for free the full stream of 4 songs from this rare platter and 2 from their debut. And also discover many other similar bands (see 'their friends'). For this reason alone myspace is fantastic!

#5 | reyno-roxx on May 17 2008 19:50:47
Just picked up the 2 on 1 CD. It's on a supposedly US label called Green Harvest, not Greentree.
#6 | rostoned on May 17 2008 22:16:45
See below Dave, it's a ridicolously named label (Second Harvest...yeah after the 'real' Harvest!) set up by those German bootlegers based in Berlin and operating under the Numusi/Green Tree banner. They put fake addresses in USA, Spain etc but everybody knows they're not legit. They were here today in Milan at a Record Fair with their stand full of lousy bootlegs.

[url=http://cgi.ebay.de/Baby-Grand-S-T-Ancient-Medicine-Digipack-CD_W0QQitemZ250177526994QQihZ015QQcategoryZ37184QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247]Click here for link[/youtube]
#7 | reyno-roxx on May 18 2008 10:06:14
Ha Ha. That certainly clarifies things Filippo! I still thought it was worth picking this particular release up when I had the chance. It was cheap!
#8 | Jez on July 18 2014 15:15:53
Great album throughout especially the trio of 'Weekend In New Jersey' 'Walk Away Renee' and the awesome pomptastic 'Runner In The Rain', which is my album highlight. The first album has it's moments too, so the 2on1 is well worth tracking down if you haven't heard this before
#9 | super80boy on August 31 2014 00:00:38
Interesting cover art. 'Runner In The Rain' takes on a progressive vibe with big harmonies and arrangements. I also liked the funkish 'Right Here, Right Now'...lots of crazy guitar work as well.
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