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Knighton, Reggie (Band) - 1978 Reggie Knighton Band

ARTIST: Knighton, Reggie
ALBUM: Reggie Knighton Band
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2010, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY065


LINEUP: Reggie Knighton - vocals, guitars * Brian Ray - guitars * Kurtis Teel - bass * Glenn Symmonds - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Breakin' Up Inside * 02 Rock N Roll Alien * 03 The King And I * 04 Clone In Love * 05 Lear Jet * 06 Highway Patrol * 07 UFO * 08 Ooh Girl * 09 Magnum Sally * 10 Behind A Rock n Roll Band

A few months ago, our resident power-pop and prog maestro Eric reviewed the debut LP from cult hero Reggie Knighton. That album came out in 1977, and we now step ahead one year in time to reflect on his sophomore release 'Reggie Knighton Band'. Note the emphasis on Band, as this follow-up album featured members of his touring band. A pretty talented line up too, all having a history before RKB, most notably Symmonds who did time with Automatic Man, replacing Michael Shrieve on their second LP 'Visitors'. Also notable with this album is the Roy Thomas Baker production. 1978 was a busy year for RTB, having also worked with Journey ('Infinity') and The Cars (s/t debut). His trademark production filters through, and you hear it most on the drum work (reminds me of the two Storm albums featuring Jeanette Chase) plus the vocals are right-up front too.

The Songs
Looking at the track titles you'd be thinking that our Reggie had spent too much time down at the local Movie Theater watching 'Star Wars'. Despite the sci-fi oriented lyrics and track-titles, Reggie has kept the message and meaning of his songs very much down to earth. The simplistic approach heard on opener 'Breakin' Up Inside' describes Reggie's music to a tee. Big drums everywhere, infectious vocals/lyrics. In some ways I am reminded of a more melodic Billy Squier. Isn't that a juicy proposition? Billy Squier with an RTB production.. mmm.. 'Rock N Roll Alien' still has the big sound, but squares off in the direction of one-off wonders Riff Raff. The guitar work reminiscent of Werner Fritzching. Predictably, 'The King And I' throws some lyrical camouflage at Elvis, while the musical tenderizer is out for 'Clone In Love', a poignant ballad of love which sounds ideal for radio. A few stabs at power pop are evident. Consider 'Ooh Girl' one of these, plus 'Magnum Sally', a song containing a shuffle beat and hilarious lyrics about a gun-toting girlfriend called Sally. The album ends with the excellent 'Behind A Rock n Roll Band', complete with time changes, thick vocal choruses and stinging guitar solos.

In Summary
RKB is truly an engaging listen. Described by many as an album that sits very high in their all time favourites list. Well known rock music scribe Dave Reynolds considers RKB as one of his favourite albums ever - high praise indeed. This one will appeal to quirky pop rock lovers, those who like big drums in the production, or those who fancy listening to their pop rock along the lines of Storm, Billy Squier or any band that had Roy Thomas Baker as their producer during this timeframe. Fantastic news for all RKB fans during 2010 with the release of this album on Rock Candy Records, alongside the debut Balance and Trillion albums. A great trifecta indeed!

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#1 | Eric on November 10 2006 03:43:32
I for one, would love to see any Knighton on CD. 'Best of' or both albums on a double disc. Either way its long overdue...
#2 | sabace on October 28 2007 19:06:58
#3 | rostoned on June 28 2008 12:38:45
This was released on the ARC (American Record Company) sub label, owned by CBS. among its other acts I remember a later platter by Ray Kennedy. Any other out there? hmm!
#4 | gdazegod on November 11 2009 23:41:45
Will be out on CD via Rock Candy Records Nov 30, 2009.
#5 | sabace on February 10 2010 13:53:52
got a copy of new cd and it is sensational! the music is amazing! and the interviews are very interesting!
#6 | swazi on February 11 2010 11:40:03
Got it yesterday and it's spinning right now. AWESOME! music
#7 | super80boy on December 08 2013 00:32:22
Very entertaining album with good change ups with a ballad, catchy AOR rock songs and power pop tangents. Of course the production job is excellent.
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