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Alexis - 1977 Alexis



ARTIST: Alexis
ALBUM: Alexis
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCA 2260
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Eddie Ulibarri - vocals, piano, celeste, synths * Robbie Fallberg - guitars * Dave Peters - sax, synths * Dick Walker - piano, synths, vocals * Larry Braden - bass * Randy Reeder - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fly By Night * 02 It's About You * 03 We Need Help Now * 04 Goodnight My Son * 05 It's In Your Hands * 06 Late Night Rocker * 07 Lord Keeps Account * 08 Moon Worlds * 09 Elam


Background
I think this band only sneak onto this website due to the fact that Ron Nevison produced them, and the fact that the cover art is pretty cool. There are some interesting moments admittedly, and the guy who does his best to keep the band's head above the 'keep it interesting' watermark, is guitarist Robbie Fallberg. Mostly, we get a concoction of soft rock which will appeal to fans of early Air Supply, Alessi, or even Chicago. Indeed Ulibarri's vocals could compare with Air Supply's masterful Russell Hitchcock, but that would be comparing the apprentice with the master! With Alexis' music, the softer it sounds, the more cheesier it becomes, sounding as though it is a prisoner of that era alongside often repeated sitcoms and reruns of old TV shows.


The Songs
'Fly By Night' is an excellent hard rock opener, before we digress to the seventies with 'Its About You', complete with sax and orchestral passages. The hillbilly rock of 'We Need Help Now' is definitely different, and could quite easily be misunderstood by listeners, while the valium inducing 'Goodnight My Son' is aptly titled me thinks. We return to form with the brash 'Late Night Rocker' not before we get the the awful 'Lord Keeps Account' which sounds like cabaret music aboard the Loveboat. They try to repair the damage with 'Moon Worlds' which ventures nicely into Blue Oyster Cult territory while 'Elam' is another experiment for patients with insomnia..


In Summary
I'm sure that Alexis had great potential as a true rock band, but with so many cooks in the songwriting kitchen, consistency in their material was something we were not going to get. Hence, the mish mash of styles present on the album. Not exactly a head turner, and nor a commercial success by all accounts, so one wonders what MCA actually saw with this lot. The band by all accounts were not very happy with the Ron Nevison production, so we can only assume that his production skills got better over the following years (re: UFO, Starship, Survivor, Chicago, Shooting Star etc).


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#1 | 358 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I ran sound for this group out of Denver and Dallas. Its split personality never made sense to me. Ron Nevison did a crappy job on the album. The demo tape was produced by Larry Wallace who went on to do sound for Pink Floyd. The demo tape sounded MUCH better! Go figure. Alex Newberry, Sarasota, Florida
#2 | 358 on April 23 2006 00:54:53
Oh yeah, our drummer was friends with Greg Lake and Stevie Wonder; that's how we got our contract. It's good having friends on the inside.
#3 | gdazegod on May 29 2008 00:40:41
Here is stargazers brief story about Alexis. [url=http://www.glorydazemusic.com/readarticle.php?article_id=2582]How Alexis signed with MCA Records[/youtube]
#4 | rostoned on May 29 2008 19:35:01
very very average stuff, rightly destined (directly released?) to cut-out bins. I very much wonder why the Jap dared to reissue this sucker on CD a few years ago tho'....hmm!
#5 | dangerzone on June 03 2008 06:39:29
I was just listening to this and had to laugh when I heard 'Lord Keeps Account' which is exactly as described above!
#6 | gdazegod on September 12 2009 01:37:48
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