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Pierce Arrow - 1977 Pierce Arrow




ARTIST: Pierce Arrow
ALBUM: Pierce Arrow
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: PC 34805
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeff Kent - keyboards, guitar, vocals * Doug Lubahn - bass, vocals * Robin Batteau - electric violin, mandolin, guitar, vocals * David Buskin - keyboards, vocals * Werner Fritzsching - lead guitar, vocals * Bobby Chouinard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Got To Believe * 02 Stargazer * 03 I Love You More Each Day * 04 If I Could Be With You * 05 The Robber * 06 Hot Summer Night * 07 Still I Love You * 08 Ain't The Sky Just Like A River * 09 Crazy 'Bout That Music * 10 Take This Heart


Background
The list of artists Pierce Arrow toured with is impressive to say the least. Firefall, Styx, The Kinks, Henry Gross, UK, Meatloaf and others, but this should be no big surprise considering their manager was none other than East Coast concert promoter John Scher. He had done the same thing with the Stanky Brown Group, a country rock act also based in the New York area that Scher managed and put in front of nearly every show he promoted which made them a popular draw locally but unknowns outside the Tri-state area. Pierce Arrow had a little more going for them in my opinion with seasoned session players from jazz, folk and pop scenes including a name AOR train spotters will recognize, the late drummer Bobby Chouinard who would later end up with Billy Squier and both Doug Lubahn and Werner Fritzsching formed Riff Raff a few years later. Talent, top drawer management combined with good songs, Pierce Arrow was a band poised for great things.


The Songs
Country rock tailor made for AOR radio play lists, Pierce Arrow delivers some great songs on their debut and from the opening 'You Got To Believe' it's clear these guys were on to something quite special. The Eagles meets The Doobie Brothers is a good comparison as with 'Stargazer' mixing a little 'twang' into the vocals. Yes, fans of the above as well as Poco, LeBlanc & Carr, Pousette-Dart Band and late 70's Kenny Loggins will find plenty to revel in and with songs like the lovely ballad 'I Love You More Each Day', the splendidly melodic 'If I Could Be With You' and 'Hot Summer Night' a more likable album of this type you're not likely to find.


In Summary
I remember a lot of promotion for Pierce Arrow and hearing certain cuts on the radio, but their follow-up album 'Pity The Rich' released a year later tanked almost the day it was released. In fact, I didn't know it existed until coming across a copy in a cut-out bin in 1980 and in comparison to the debut, it wasn't nearly as good. Seek out a copy of this album for the real deal.


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#1 | gdazegod on November 02 2008 02:16:07
I wonder, if the Jeff Kent mentioned here is the same guy who is now part of the HOUSE OF LORDS set-up with James Christian? helpless

I also notice that Doug Lubahn is hawking off a book on his website, recounting his rather extensive musical career, including his time with The Doors!

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