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Bluebeard - 1978 Bluebeard

ARTIST: Bluebeard
ALBUM: Bad Dream
LABEL: Parliament
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Barry Leech - vocals, guitars * Vincent Thomas Penny - guitars, vocals * Vincent Bitetti - guitars, vocals * Bob Campbell - keyboards * Gayle Hart - bass * Dan Bogan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Know I'm In Love * 02 She Looks Like An Angel * 03 The Good Life (Turnin' Tricks For Her Man) * 04 Sad Forgotten Song * 05 Live To Live * 06 Bad Dream * 07 Take Hold Of Yourself * 08 I'll Give You Roses * 09 Here I Am * 10 Paint It Black


Angel fans listen up.. This outfit Bluebeard should tickle your fancy big time. If you miss the Frank Dimino warbling or even the OTT keyboard work a la Gregg Giuffria then you need to be investigating this lot because this is so Angel sounding that they could be accused of being a tribute band! From California, Bluebeard's formative days go back as early as 1972, when band members Barry Leech and Dan Bogan were playing in the Boris Peach Band. The sound you hear on this album did not eventuate until about 1977, with the arrival of keyboard maestro Bob Campbell. The resulting sound is progressive yet commercial.. a pomp lovers dream.

The Songs
The album kicks off with a track that could've graced the first Trillion album. 'I Know I'm In Love' shows similar traits, but the keyboard solo makes it even more pompier. We get energetic hard rock fare with 'She Looks Like An Angel' which contains the guitar rhythms of BTO, the vocal harmonies of Starcastle and the style of Angel. Confused? You should be! Equally hard rockin' is 'Life To Live', the Boston like organ work a treat to hear. The title track 'Bad Dream' is a pomp classic. If just for this song, this album is a pomp collectors compulsory addition. The stabbing keys reminisce to Styx and Angel levels with ease, while guitars blaze away on the solo spots. When it is time for the synth solo by Campbell, it borders on breathtaking, and even outdoes Roadmaster's 'Higher Higher' for fave pomp synth solo ever I reckon. On a lighter scale we get 'I'll Give You Roses' which is wimphem indeed, the keyboard parts by Campbell bordering on lounge club jazz in places, while the album is completed by a cover version (albeit a pomp version) of the Rolling Stones stalwart 'Paint It Black'.

In Summary
Probably the only let down of this album is the final production. However, that may soon be corrected as Bluebeard are re-releasing 'Bad Dream' on CD very very soon. The only sad thing to note is the passing of singer Barry Leech in 2004, however, the band are still in operation and that is a great tribute to him and their music.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on March 07 2009 22:15:17
Talking about old records the other day, Derek Oliver pointed out that this was on the same label as the first Trigger album, 'Trigger Treat'! Having checked both albums he's spot on.
#2 | gdazegod on September 24 2010 02:32:09
Despite their being activity in the Bluebeard camp, and the release of their 2007 CD 'Deluxe With Reverb', there doesn't appear to be any progress with a possible reissue of 'Bluebeard', as mentioned in this review, and as discussed previously in some personal dialog I had with Vince Bitetti. I wonder if another reissue label would like to pick up the slack and run with the ball?
#3 | thevillaboy on October 26 2012 19:34:28
And they are still alive in 2012!;_fb_noscript=1
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