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Crane - 1978 Crane

ALBUM: Crane
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-11742
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Chuck Crane (aka Kirkpatrick) - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards * Les Luhring - vocals * Eddie Keating - bass * Scott Kirkpatrick - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad? * 02 Can't Run Away * 03 Over And Over * 04 Oh Dancer * 05 Now You Know Just How It Feels * 06 I'm Not Gonna Wait Forever * 07 Lady In Love * 08 Every Day * 09 Whatever Happened To Rock And Roll

Crane's one-off album for Capitol back in 1978 is a tale littered with Record Company hi-jinx, an oft-heard subject for many recording artists back in the day. Crane is the project of Chuck Kirkpatrick, who by this stage in his career was widely known in the LA music scene as an engineer as well as a musician. Previously with the band Game, that outfit had run its course by the time 1976 rolled around. Tinkering around with what to do next, Kirkpatrick decided on pitching some of his solo material at labels. The one who showed the most interest, after a few efforts in locking away the deal, was Capitol Records. Kirkpatrick, nervous at being referenced back to his engineering work and being separate as a musician, opted on the stage-name Chuck Crane, the surname being his mothers maiden name. he enlisted the help of his brother Scott, and some of the guys from Game to play on the album.

The Songs
Musically, Crane (the band) are taking on a similar style to 70's era Head East, Nazareth, and occasionally dabble into that southern type sound made popular by the likes of Crimson Tide, Wet Willie and bands of that ilk. The album displays the skills of musicians who have honed their craft in many bars, and I guess that sort of rubs off in the music. The occasional song draws some interest such as 'Oh Dancer', which initially drew the attention of record labels and the upbeat southern flavoured 'Every Day'. But mostly I was left with a sense of..'yeah ok, whats next?'

In Summary
As with most on-off efforts, the record label did not take up its option for a second release by Crane - the band. Left high and dry, Kirkpatrick returned to playing bars, engineering sessions, and later become a member of AOR/Country band Firefall. Chuck now runs his own jingle business based out of Florida.

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#1 | chuckk1 on August 11 2008 21:35:15
Hey George, a fair review. Record Company Hi-jinx indeed! I was lucky enough to be around when everybody was getting deals like crazy. I got to spend 90 grand of Capitol's money and have fun in the studio, plus get to meet Brian and Dennis Wilson and record with them. And you think the record biz is bad? Try the automotive advertising business! Well, I got more airplay with jingles than I ever did with CRANE. 'What's next?' Well, about 15 other songs since CRANE if I can figure out how to market it. Thanks for the honest review!
#2 | rostoned on August 11 2008 22:22:07
Chuck I know that you sang background vocals on the debut from Blackjack on Polydor in 1979 featuring a young Michael Bolotin. Any memories of that recording session and/or on young Mickey? If u wanna share please post those under the 'Blackjack' review on this site, not here, I think that would be better.
#3 | gdazegod on August 12 2008 01:59:37
Thanks for dropping by Chuck. Damn record labels huh? lol!
#4 | super80boy on October 13 2013 16:14:05
Good album that has tight musicianship and a bunch of late 70's ear pleasing AOR melodic rock songs including the lead off track, 'Can't Run Away', 'Oh Dancer' and 'I'm Not Gonna Wait Forever'.
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