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Crowcuss - 2008 Crowcuss [2 on 1]



ARTIST: Crowcuss
ALBUM: Crowcuss 2 on 1
LABEL: Super Oldies
SERIAL: SOCD7
YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marc LaFrance - vocals, drums * Bill Wallace - vocals, bass * Herman Fruhm - keyboards * Larry Pink - keyboards * Greg Leskiw - guitars (appears on 'Crowcuss') * Bob Deutscher - guitars (appears on 'Starting To Show')

TRACK LISTING: 01 Running Smart * 02 Lady Of Amsterdam * 03 Networks * 04 Do What You Want Mama * 05 Down On My Knees * 06 Fly Me Down Spirit * 07 Let Me Down Easy * 08 Love School * 09 Raining In My Heart * 10 Lucifers Angel * 11 Hard Luck Story * 12 Spinning Around * 13 Ruth * 14 Starting To Show * 15 Fat City - Everybody Loves A Parade * 16 Patience * 17 Long Time Coming * 18 Do What You Want Mama (Alternative)

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.superoldies.com/crowcuss.html


Background
If you've read Eric's review of Crowcuss' 'Starting To Show' album , he pretty much sums up this Canadian band's history in a few short sharp sentences. Just recently, Duluth based novelty/reissue label Super Oldies has released a great tribute to the band with a limited edition CD release of their two albums on a 2 on 1 format. Added to the equation is a video track plus some extensive liner notes and memorabilia provided by LaFrance and Deutscher. I won't go into too much detail about the band, you can explore the delights of the liner notes yourself, but get in quick, because there are only 300 limited edition copies for sale.


The Songs
The two albums that Crowcuss released were both recorded for the Stony Plains label, for which Holger Peterson was the main man behind the scenes. London Records picked up distributing rights throughout Canada, while Decca Records licensed some of their songs for use in the UK. Did you know that Crowcuss made it to No#1 on the national charts? In Guatemala of all places. Their first off single from their debut album 'Running Start' was the song in question. According to the liner notes, the band considered touring there, but Peterson declined saying that there were no suitable venues. Guatemala in the 70's wouldn't have been a great place to travel, unless you like travelling to war torn locales such as Beirut, Baghdad or Harare! There is a significant change of style between the two albums. The first dabbles in a soft funk rock style with a load of keyboard parts. Very listenable. The second album 'Starting To Show' moves more in a hard rock style, the two opening tracks 'Lucifers Angel' and 'Hard Luck Story' are superb. However, the indifferent market wasn't sure how to pitch the band, in the end the band threw the towel in and by 1980 were no more.


In Summary
In the here and now, the band members divided their residences between mainly Vancouver and Winnipeg, apart from Deutscher who resides in Calgary. LaFrance, Fruhm and Pink stayed in British Columbia, with LaFrance doing a heap of studio/session work, plus forming his own bands First Shot and Blackstone, whereas Pink went on to join One Horse Blue containing a certain Jim Foster from Fosterchild fame. Wallace and Leskiw returned to Winnipeg and have been playing in Killowatt since the 80's. This CD is a great little piece of Canadian rock history, and sits proudly in the CD collection.


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#1 | Nick C on October 29 2008 00:10:36
I'm so looking forward to this dropping through the door, I never heard the first album but Staring to Show I liked, unfortunately it was one of a handful of albums that got ripped off from me at a party I went to back in the 80's sometime...so I'm really looking forward to hearing it again.
#2 | Nick C on November 04 2008 20:31:46
Well I've been giving this a spin and I was surprised at how the first album (which I had never previously heard) differed from Staring to Show, it's verrry mellow but as the review points out very palatable. Networks is a nice instrumental with plenty of keyboard play, and Love School for some reason remids me of Nothing Ever Goes as Planned by Styx off Paradise Theater delivery wise.

As I said the second album I was familiar with already but hadn't heard it for years ... again I'm surprised I was into this album at the time and although it is beefier than the debut it is very mellow still....and I didn't have much of a mellow taste in those days. Having said that I would find myself still singing the Fat City and Lucifer's Angel choruses on ocassion. And yes Ruth still reminds me of Dean Friedman.
#3 | swazi on November 15 2011 13:06:06
Ha, since today I am a proud and lucky owner of one of the '300 limited edition copies'! Really looking forward to spinning it! Smile
 
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