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Pipedream - 1979 Pipedream



ARTIST: Pipedream
ALBUM: Pipedream
LABEL: ABC Records
SERIAL: AA-1121
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tim Bogert - lead vocals, bass * Ben Schultz - guitars, vocals, piano, organ * Jan Uvena - drums, vocals, syndrums, tablas, piano, percussion * Willie Dee - lead vocals, percussion * Barry Kaye - harpsichord

TRACK LISTING: 01 Part Of It All * 02 Love Don't Come Easy * 03 Only Cause * 04 Heather * 05 Feel Free * 06 Dance On Baby * 07 Rosalie * 08 How Long * 09 Lazy Lucy * 10 Lies


Background
Although Pipedream's only album looks like something out of 'Spinal Tap', this album predates that classic film by a few years but what's that guy second from the left holding in his hand or is that a reflection lol!? Pipedream were a minor super group that played a few gigs in the Los Angeles area and promptly disappeared. Tim Bogert, formerly of Vanilla Fudge and fresh from his stint with Brit rockers Boxer with Ben Schultz who could previously be heard on KGB's two underrated albums headed up Pipedream both sharing lead vocal chores with future G-Force man Willie Dee. Rounding out the line-up is Jan Uvena on drums that went on to fame and probably not much fortune with both Alcatrazz and Signal.


The Songs
An impressive line-up indeed although musically as good as it is, it really doesn't sound like something produced in 1979. If I didn't know better on first listen I would have placed this record around 1975 with its heavy style steeped in blues and jazz rock signatures. Very reminiscent of the German group Epitaph, Pipedream serve up a tasty mix of no nonsense rock and an excellent set of tracks guaranteed to please. Scattered among the top notch tunes I really dig the catchy 'Love Don't Come Easy' with its catchy made for radio chorus. The bluesy and slower paced 'Rosalie' and the excellent 'How Long' rate highly in my book as well but my personal fave is 'Lazy Lucy' with it's fun Bad Company/Deep Purple feel and overall the album is full of gems waiting to be savored and enjoyed by connoisseurs of 70's rock.


In Summary
I am somewhat surprised this record hasn't seen a reissue on CD. As pointed out, it's certainly a classic and the line-up will guarantee some interest from both classic rock fans and those interested in hard rock obscurities. Hey Wounded Bird, are you reading this?


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#1 | rostoned on August 03 2008 23:55:11
Singer Willie Dee is none other than that Willie (or Willy) Daffern who had his moment in the spotlight taking place of the legendary Rod Evans on Captain Beyond's third album, 'Dawn Explosion', released by Warner Bros in 1977.
He started his career as a drummer and in this role he played on albums by Hunger and Truk, the latter a cult act among 70s hard rock konnoisseurs who released a very good album on Columbia in 1970. After his stint in G-Force post Pipedream he released a solo album on Rochsire and a couple with an act called ZoomLenz.
#2 | Eric on August 04 2008 18:29:02
Thanks Rostoned- I wasn't that up to speed on Willie. Impressive resume...
#3 | rkbluez on January 18 2010 17:45:07
Love this album...this is the stuff Rock Candy should be doing...a real classic...forget those lame Storm and Money albums...this was almost like a supergroup...Willie's vocals are great and the musicianship is world class...a kick ass mother of an album.
#4 | MUSCLE on July 27 2012 13:51:16
Classy as hell album. A man's gotta be dead on the inside not to apprecate this meloic hard rock treat! music
#5 | super80boy on March 03 2013 17:14:51
Very surprised this hasn't been reissued. A stout well executed album full of top drawer songs, melodies and arrangements. Worth many repeated spins.
#6 | aaasreg on August 10 2014 12:22:16
The last track 'Lies' is a really burner especially the instrumental parts.
 
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