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Skyband - 1975 Skyband

ARTIST: Skyband
ALBUM: Skyband
YEAR: 1975


LINEUP: Peter Beckett * Steve Kipner * Lane Caudell

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bang! Ooh! You Got Me * 02 Me And The Raver * 03 Pie In The Sky * 04 Hollywood * 05 Dream Machine * 06 Spotlight On The Dancer * 07 Cold Light Of Day * 08 Small Talk * 09 Can't Keep My Love Undercover * 10 Roll It Over * 11 Easier Than Saying Goodbye

Hard to imagine why this album failed to make an impact on the record buying public. Do think it might have been the cover photo? Not a clue what the concept was behind the band's disco/ bondage/ tribal head gear, but it's bizarre to say the least. Just exactly who were Skyband? Peter Beckett formerly of 'toy town- psych' favourites World of Oz, British prog band Paladin and future Player/ Little River Band alum. Steve Kipner who went on to dabble in all things west coast and released a nice solo in 1979, and Lane Caudell who's later acting and country music career was short-lived and has since disappeared. The band toured the UK with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and did some US dates before going their separate ways.

The Songs
Nothing about the Skyband's image would indicate the music found inside the shrink wrap. 'Bang! Ooh! You Got Me!' comes on like Sweet crossed with Jefferson Starship circa 'Red Octopus', with some Papa John Creach styled fiddle work. It's a strange song that could have benefited from a better guitar solo. 'Pie in the Sky' sounds like prime time Pilot, but the rest of side one is nothing to write home about and side two only continues the same pattern with only 'Can't Keep My Love Undercover' coming close to anything memorable with it's bubblegum chorus similar to Andy Kim or David Cassidy.

In Summary
I really can't recommend this album to anyone other than die hard Peter Beckett fans. Skyband were a curio at best and from an AOR history perspective only of minor importance and will probably be only remembered for its cover as time marches on.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 21 2008 01:18:32
Peter Beckett looks like he's auditioning to take Mike Tramp's place in Mabel in that album cover shot!
#2 | flameofnj on November 06 2008 15:27:32
Anything with Beckett on it is brilliant. The man oozes talent in many genres of music. Still rockin' his ass off today!

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#3 | Eric on December 13 2010 13:09:17
I've warmed (a little bit) to this album since the above review, still not the greatest album ever recorded and there are still a couple stinkers to be found, but....
#4 | super80boy on April 21 2013 18:21:58
There are some real goofy dudes on this one and then some songs that have merit and are enjoyable like 'Pie In The Sky', 'Cold Ligh Of Day' and 'Roll It Over'. The jacket was a huge marketing mistake, even if it was the mid 1970s.
#5 | reyno-roxx on April 21 2013 18:39:02
Lane Caudell looks like a member of Mabel on that cover!

Skyband were managed by the Gem-Toby Organisation, who also looked after the New Seekers, Gary Glitter and Angel at that time.
#6 | reyno-roxx on January 13 2018 16:19:03
Jeremy Railton, who designed the first couple of Angel album covers, the original stage set and clothing, was responsible for the headwear spotted by Mr Beckett and friends on the album cover.
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