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14-12-2017 01:20
Chris, is there such an album? Maybe we should get Alun onto the case. He loves those oddball albums.

13-12-2017 23:49
Performance enhancing aspect....never did much for me.

13-12-2017 23:49
Like Froome, my 5k and 10k times are now in doubt, as it seems I took too many puffs of my inhaler before the races.In all seriousness it sounds pretty odd that an inhaler used by millions has such an

13-12-2017 23:43
Canít believe Pope Francis 2015 release, Wake Up, has not been reviewed yet here at GDM?

13-12-2017 17:40
Man, I really thought Froome was above any doubt, but this will always hang like a shadow now. Damn! Unlikely to win Sports Personality of the Year on the Beeb now too.

13-12-2017 17:38
Look what happened when the Pope signed to Infinity? Brought the company down and certainly ruined TKO's career. Brad Sinsel probably not a fan.

13-12-2017 11:37
Oh dear, Chris Froome in a doping scandal. This looks bad.

13-12-2017 11:34
A couple of new fileshares going up in the download members forum in the next day or so. Keep an eye out for those.

13-12-2017 10:36
My next Blog will be about the year of 2017, and the unveiling of the sexual deviants. From Harvey Weinstein to Dustin Hoffman.. and more..

Nick C
13-12-2017 01:02
Aren't those songs of the Days of Wine and Wafers album?

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Puzzle - 1974 Second Album

ARTIST: Puzzle
ALBUM: The Second Album
LABEL: Motown
YEAR: 1974


LINEUP: John LiVigni - vocals, drums, percussion * Anthony Siclliano - bass * Joseph Spinazola - piano, organ * Bobby Villalobos - lead guitar * Bob Williams - trumpet, wind chimes * Larry Klimas - saxophone, flute

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Took Me Wrong * 02 Mary Mary * 03 State Of Mind * 04 Everybody Wants To Be Somebody * 05 Haiku * 06 My Love * 07 Now That You Love Me * 08 Concept Of Her (Prelude, A Moments Rest, Visions) * 09 NYC

With their unprecedented success in the field of soul music, the Motown label decided to expand their musical reach by signing rock bands and eventually developing the alternate label-Prodigal that carried Rare Earth and Tattoo just to name two of the more visible groups in their catalog. Prior to that smart move, Motown took a stab at progressive rock believe it or not with the Italian group Libra and the Chicago based Puzzle. Working the club scene along the I-94 corridor between Chicago and Detroit, Puzzle developed a reputation as a hot live band and following their hook up with Motown, released two fine albums worthy of your attention.

The Songs
Unlike label mates Libra, the music of Puzzle was far more accessible combining pop and jazz styles with classical tendencies and 'The Second Album' is the better of the two. Some comparisons to Illinois bands Chicago and Chase are easy to make with Puzzle's use of horns as well as Shadowfax's 'Watercourse Way', but here the emphasis is on melody and there is some beautiful material including the obligatory concept piece in three movements 'Concept Of Her' which starts out quite classical before moving back and fourth between jazz and pop similar to some of Gino Vannelli's more experimental work. Elsewhere, the record plays give and take between bright jazz rock influenced pop songs and straight ahead west coast material that should please even the most jaded fans of this style.

In Summary
Two albums was enough it seems and following the break up of Puzzle, vocalist John LiVigni changed his name to the far more serviceable John Valenti releasing two solo albums; the second 'I Won't Change' we've covered here at GD and is worth the effort to track down as well as the Puzzle albums which unlike his solo work has yet to see the light of day on CD.

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