Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
I would have voted "no" a...
You must login to post a message.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1978 Articles » Snail - 1978 Snail
Snail - 1978 Snail

ALBUM: Snail
LABEL: Cream Records
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2009, Renaissance Records (2 on 1 with 'Flow')


LINEUP: Bob O'Neil - guitars, vocals * Jack Register - bass * Jim Norris - drums * Ken Kraft - guitars, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Joker * 02 Catch Me * 03 Music Is My Mistress * 04 Childhood Dreams * 05 Try And Wonder * 06 Keep On Livin' * 07 You Gotta Run * 08 Carry Me * 09 Freedom In The Country

Santa Cruz, California's favourite sons, Snail released two records during their lifetime which seems to have extended into the 21st century with the occasional reunion show. Back in the day gigs with Thin Lizzy, Sammy Hagar and a co-headlining show at the Santa Monica Civic Center with Rubicon among others, brought Snail out of the west coast bars and into concert halls, but outside of Santa Cruz and Los Angeles, no one knew who the hell they were. Not really surprising as this was the case with many bands of the day suffering the same fate and signed to Cream Records (Legs Diamond anyone?) certainly didn't help their cause. Yeah, it was cool that this (debut) album cover was consistently displayed as a backdrop in the faux living room of the 1970's American TV show 'Mork & Mindy' with Robin Williams, but ever the cynic; I doubt this translated into album sales.

The Songs
I remember this album getting a lot of 'buzz' back in the day, but now all these years later, I wonder what the fuss was all about? This is pretty much 70's Midwestern AOR, California style. Slight Progressive rock tendencies in a laid back manner, that could only come from the 'Me' decade. I hear elements of Kansas, The Eagles, maybe a little Orleans and Minnesota's own James Walsh & Gypsy but nothing that screams potential hit single. Having said this, the Snail debut was perfect fodder for FM radio way back when and I clearly remember hearing this album and 'Catch Me' over the airwaves, but again, it all sounds somewhat average in hindsight.

In Summary
Snail would release a second album called 'Flow' which believe it or not, generated a minor FM hit single. Both albums are easy to find in any second hand shop or the internet and are worth the occasional spin.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | Nick C on January 19 2007 21:35:26
Hahaha! I remember it on Mork and Mindy too.....didn't she also have Jackson Browne Running on Empty on the wall as well?
It's not a bad album and neither is Flow, they are worth tracking down I guess as they are dirt cheap and I think people with a preference for a little more laid back west coasty AOR might find something endearing in the grooves. I haven't played either for a while but I wouldn't dream of throwing them away...might give them an airing this weekend in fact! Grin
#2 | gdazegod on June 19 2009 04:28:46
This is quite good actually. Eagles, Firefall.. that sort of thing. A review of their second LP 'Flow' is in the wings.. Thumbs Up
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 19 2009 20:07:00
Isn't this due on CD as a two on one package via Renaissance shortly?
Ken Kraft currently has a band called White Album Ensemble.
#4 | oldereck on May 28 2010 01:07:14
The double album CD 'Snail/Flow'was released last year and is available on a few websites. A live CD 'Let It Rock' was also put out and can be ordered directly from Ken. The latest CD is called 'Nine Song Nightmare' which to me may be the best of the lot. Recorded 1975-76, there's lots of heavy dualing guitars throughout.....not metal, just great AOR jamming with melodic vocals. Ken and Vince Sanchez remastered the session and just put it out. (May 2010). A worthy score from Ken directly. This band was playing the Summer Festivals as far back as 1969-70 (pre Ken Kraft) where they sounded like Eric Clapton's 'Cream'. I have some music from then as well. Snail was hugely underrated outside of the general Santa Cruz area. I could provide this music, but not sure how to do it for this site.
The White Album Ensemble sells out every show which benefits a charity geared to 'guitars not guns' for kids in the area. The charity provides guitar lessons for the younger generation and gets them off the street and into music. When they get good enough, a concert is put on (like the movie 'School of Rock') and the guitars the kids were learning their licks on is given to them. Sort of a graduation diploma only better.
#5 | swazi on August 13 2012 22:38:07
I have only heard the s/t part of the 2 on 1 CD so far, but I think it's bloody good!
#6 | octanoid77 on April 27 2014 00:36:19
Can anyone identify the other albums in the Mork and Mindy record store? The Cars, Snail, Tom Petty, what are the others? Here's a screenshot:

[img][/img] is not a valid Image.

I was watching an episode today, I got curious...
#7 | gdazegod on May 20 2014 00:11:37
I tried hard to identify those others, particularly that one immediately above Snail. Is the first letter an L, P or D perhaps? This assembly of album covers must be from around 1978, or possibly early 1979.
#8 | gdazegod on May 20 2014 00:14:43
Haha.. I found one of them. The one at top right (second top right actually), is the 1978 self titled release from Greek artist Demis Roussos. He had a hit single in the 70's called 'My Friend The Wind'.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Gus And The New Breed - 1983 On The Verge, Best of 2009 - 2009 George The Jack, Cua, Rick - 1983 No Mystery, Eclipse (Canada) - 1978 Night And Day, Kiss - 1984 Animalize, Godz, The - 1979 Nothing Is Sacred, Avalon (Richie Zito) - 2006 Avalon, Eisley Goldy - 2017 Blood, Guts And Games, Pierce Arrow - 1977 Pierce Arrow, Styx - 1990 Edge Of The Century, Criss, Peter - 1982 Let Me Rock You, Night Plane - 1982 Night Plane, Dare - 1991 Blood From Stone, Nelson - 2010 Lightning Strikes Twice, Grand Prix - 1982 There For None To See
Black Oak Arkansas Jim Dandy Chaos Magic Annica Heart Pepper Porter Band John Wetton Wounded Bird Riff Raff The Babys Journey Bad English Crack The Sky Black Sabbath Deep Purple Billy Joel Benedictum Billion Dollar Babies Colin Blunstone Fall Out Boy Virginia Wolf Nick Bold Illustrator Argent Stan Bush Rock Candy Records Max Webster Actors And Actresses Suzi Quatro Black Sabbath Liverpool Express Coastland Ride Uncle Sid Dalton B.E Taylor Group Hall And Oates Starz
All Tags
Search DDG