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Mighty High - 1979 Mighty High

ARTIST: Mighty High
ALBUM: Mighty High
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Mike Lawler - keyboards (entry now corrected) * R.E. Hardaway - vocals, drums, percussion * Sid Johnston - bass * Johnny Cobb - lead & background vocals * Jerry McCoy - guitar * Terry McMillan - harp, percussion * Mark Morris - percussion * Fred Newell - banjo * Eddy Anderson - syndrums * Randy Drake, Charnessa Butts, Yvonne Hodges, Lisa Silver, Dianne Tidwell, Sherry Kramer - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Your Song Is Mine * 02 Storm In My Soul * 03 Don't Take It All Away * 04 Never Lose The Love * 05 Backfencin' * 06 Gotta Get Up To Get Down * 07 New York City Song * 08 Jailbait * 09 Man With A Plan * 10 Halloween

From the little information I've been able to gather on Mighty High, the band were from somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon and two members - guitarist Jerry McCoy and vocalist Johnny Cobb did some work with the Allman Brothers. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine, but we do know Mighty High were signed to MCA who notoriously signed good bands and left them to die on the vine, Hotel a prime case in point. I don't remember seeing this LP anywhere at the time and in the heady days of 1979 I was buying just about every major label AOR, or AOR looking album I could get my hands on, but maybe I just missed it (doubtful!) or more than likely MCA was true to style and didn't give a hoot about the boys. In any case, its high time Mighty High undergoes a good old Glory Daze once over.

The Songs
The opening cut 'Your Song Is Mine' surprised the hell out of me. Like most albums of this type I expected a rocker, instead Mighty High give us atmospheric ballad very reminiscent of Morningstar that features of all things, a harp backing the guitar solo. You heard me right, not something you hear everyday and 'Storm In My Soul' a moodier track keeps things interesting and again its a slow number and good too. From then on the LP is more of what I expected, Southern flavoured AOR like the first Crimson Tide, the aforementioned Morningstar and Nantucket and while Mighty High falls short of those big boys quality wise, it's not a bad record.

In Summary
As always, any other information on these guys would be helpful and copies are plentiful from all the usual resources. Mighty High might have got lost in the shuffle back in the day, but now there is no reason not to give 'em a listen.

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#1 | rostoned on June 01 2008 15:28:17
very nice cover art! Good start...
#2 | Eric on June 01 2008 17:18:12
It appears Mike Lawler and Johnny Cobb released a second album as Lawler & Cobb. I am now on the hunt for this....
#3 | NWORBSMUSIC on June 30 2008 01:19:19
Well at last check Jerry McCoy is in the south Arkansas Area still playing with a band called The Hammers in the Monticello Ark area. I know Jerry quite well as I used to work in Hot Springs for a couple of years with him but I played guitar and Jerry played bass. The Mighty High album was a good album as was the Lawler Cobb album and very much worth a listen! Jerry is a super nice non-assuming kind of guy that is easy to call a friend for sure! So if you should cross his path tell him Michael B from Little Rock has been trying to say hi! ) I am on nworbsmusic on that myspace thing.
#4 | gdazegod on June 30 2008 01:36:00
Thanks for the tip Mike. I'm sure Eric appreciates the added extras!
#5 | super80boy on January 26 2014 00:59:13
The band was from Nashville, TN or so that's what I've been able to find out through research. 'Don't Take It Away' is a blistering Southern tinged rocker and a favorite. Although 'Backfencin' has a banjo, it's still quite a cool song with lots of Southern rock flavor. The quirky 'Jailbait' and 'Halloween' are additional highlights for me, especially those synth sounds in 'Halloween'. They even throw in a little disco vibe with Side Two's lead off 'Gotta Get Up To Get Down'. Agree on the cover art - very eye catching.
#6 | gdazegod on May 15 2016 05:33:25
Yep, love the cover art. I have now secured a rip of this LP. Anyone interested, drop me a PM.
#7 | gdazegod on September 01 2016 02:41:29
Mighty High - 1979 Back Fencin'
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Mighty High - 1979 Man With A Plan
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Mighty High - 1979 Halloween
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