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Unison - 1976 Unison



ARTIST: Unison
ALBUM: Unison
LABEL: Synton Archive Productions
SERIAL: 1780821
YEAR: 1976

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bruce Van Iderstine - vocals, congas, harmonica * Mark Tuberdyke - lead guitars * Guy Van Iderstine - guitars * John Vasey - bass * David Richmond - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Borderline * 02 Blow Me Away * 03 Flesh And Blood * 04 Cookin' For You * 05 Again * 06 Second Chance * 07 Running Out * 08 So Many Miles


Background
Unison are an undiscovered rarity coming at you from 1976. The album was reissued on CD, and apparently, is one of the most wanted and searched after hard rock albums from that year. It is great down to earth in your face hard rock with biting fuzz leads over basic very effective riffing. It is a must for all 70's hard rock collectors.


The Songs
Essentially it is a concept LP about relationship breakdowns, each song being a different aspect of how his woman has done him wrong. Sounds corny doesn't it? Particularly coming from 1976 where the word concept in relation to music, was confined to the likes of Pink Floyd or Jethro Tull. But it is pretty good nonetheless, with tracks like 'Borderline' delivering that seventies chunk fuzz with insane lyrics and 'Cookin' For You' containing so much phasing, you'd swear you were listening to the Marcus LP (from the same year I might add), while the chug-a-lug guitar antics bring back memories of Ramjam.


In Summary
Dealers give the date on the LP as 1984, but the CD indicates 1976 and that fits the sound better. The fact there's a strong disincentive for dealers to give an eighties date perhaps suggests a later pressing exists. Despite the long serial number and name change to Synton Archive Productions this still looks like a boot and sounds like it has been sourced from mint vinyl. In any case, this is pretty much down-to-earth hard rock with southern and blues traits from a band hailing from upstate New York. One of the most searched after hard rock albums of the mid-70's, and a must for all 70's hard rock buffs. Very good, and very rare.


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