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Buster - 1977 Buster Live!

ARTIST: Buster
ALBUM: Buster Live!
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2008, Airmail (Japan), AIRAC-1448


LINEUP: Kevin Roberts - bass, vocals * Les Brians - drums * Pete Leay - guitar, vocals * Rob Fennah - guitar, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Beautiful Child * 02 Gotta Move Like Yesterday * 03 Sunday * 04 Rock Around The Clock * 05 Shake Rattle And Roll * 06 When The Saints Go Marching In * 07 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On * 08 Twist And Shout * 09 Daybreak * 10 The King Will Come * 11 Johnny B Goode * 12 Born To Be Wild

Liverpool's Buster certainly look young at first glance. Initially, I imagined they were a record company attempt at cashing in on the Bay City Rollers hit machine which at that time was pretty much unstoppable, but that was not the case. Buster recorded at least two studio albums, the cleverly titled 'Buster' and 'Buster 2' both gaining a huge reputation with young girls in their native country, but in particular Japan where they scored a number of hit singles and performed at the legendary Budokan. No small feat for any band, but their fame was short-lived due to the rise of punk rock and the death of 'teenie' music in general. After several failed attempts to rekindle the old spark, Buster transformed themselves into the infinitely less interesting new wave act Alternative Radio in the 80's with limited success.

The Songs
To my knowledge, this album was recorded in London, Newcastle and Horsham, and was only released in Japan. I could be wrong of course, but my copy, complete with poster is Japanese, and every other copy I have seen of 'Live' has come from the land of the rising sun. The album is a mixture of originals and covers ranging from 'Twist And Shout' to 'Born To Be Wild' and there is plenty of screaming from what I assume was a predominantly female audience reminiscent of the early Beatles concerts or Cheap Trick's 'Live at Budokan' masterpiece. The band originals 'Gotta Move Like Yesterday' and 'Daybreak' are decent enough, as well as songs from writers outside the band including the hit single 'Sunday', but it all fits together rather nicely. Why? These guys could play, unlike most bands aimed at the teen market in their day with that unmistakable 'Englishness' that we all know and love. 'Live' rocks from start to finish and you couldn't ask for much more that that!

In Summary
Despite their teeny bopper image, Buster played pure power pop in the American tradition of The Raspberries, Pezband, Rubinoos, The Knack and Shoes with a smattering of The Beatles and The Who. In fact, I'm convinced if these guys had waited a couple years, their music would have gone over quite well in the States, capitalizing on the 'power pop' movement and latching on to one of those legendary marathon Cheap Trick tours perhaps? If only..

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#1 | gdazegod on December 20 2009 03:24:45
There's quite a bit of stuff on Buster via the Pulse Records (UK) website.
#2 | trillion1999 on October 08 2011 19:13:28
Thank you very much for this! Would have missed picking up one of their albums otherwise!Thumbs Up
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