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Crabby Appleton - 1970 Crabby Appleton

ARTIST: Crabby Appleton
ALBUM: Crabby Appleton
LABEL: Elektra Records
YEAR: 1970
CD REISSUE: 2002, Collectors Choice (USA)


LINEUP: Mike Fennelly - vocals, guitars * Hank Harvey - bass * Casey Foutz - keyboards * Felix 'Falco' Falcon - percussion * Phil Jones - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Go Back * 02 The Other Side * 03 Catherine * 04 Peace By Peace * 05 To All My Friends * 06 Try * 07 Can't Live My Life * 08 Some Madness * 09 Hunger For Love * 10 How Long Will It Take

Named after a US cartoon character, Crabby Appleton's roots go back to the late 1960's and the 'Sunshine pop' sound popularized by The Mama's & The Papas and The Association. Vocalist and group founder Mike Fennelly was involved in two lesser known, but seminal bands of the movement, Sagittarius and Millennium, both featuring pop master mind Curt Boettcher, famed producer Keith Olsen and Gary Usher who Glory Daze fans will remember from the brilliant Celestium album 'Sanctuary' released in the early 80's. The music of Sagittarius and Millennium was composed of ornate compositions owing more than a small debt to The Beach Boys with a happy sound that could brighten any mood. Not satisfied playing for other people, Fennelly formed Crabby Appleton, releasing two very different albums in their short life span and setting the stage for the American power pop sound to come.

The Songs
On their debut Crabby Appleton were the closest any US band came to Badfinger. They were that good and with their single 'Go Back', AM radio delivered the group their first and only hit single. The song was a mixture of The Hollies and Badfinger with a hook that burned into your brain like a laser beam. The rest of the album continues the trend offering quality pop music that combined both British and American styles. You won't find anything remotely psychedelic here, just solid songs from the year The Beatles split giving music fans hope that good music could still be made.

In Summary
1971 would see a second Crabby Appleton album 'Rotten To The Core' which came closer to the sound of Humble Pie. As a follow-up it was quite good, but not half as interesting as the bands pure pop debut. Crabby Appleton toured with some of the bigger names of the day including The Doors but with the lack of a catchy single on their second album, Crabby Appleton broke up. Fortunately most music fans have a long memory and the band achieved legendary status in the following years with both albums recently reissued to CD by the Collectors Choice label making each an essential purchase for power pop fans.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 31 2010 07:25:23
Picked up 'Rotten To The Core' not long ago, I like it as much as I do this album.. Thumbs Up
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