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U.S Radio Band - 1976 Don't Touch That Dial



ARTIST: US Radio Band
ALBUM: Don't Touch That Dial
LABEL: ABC Records
SERIAL: ABCD-947
YEAR: 1976

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robert Dewald - bass, vocals * Ron Kalstein - guitars, vocals * Al Snyder - guitars, vocals * John Volturo - keyboards, vocals * Larry Freedman - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 In No Time At All * 02 Let Me In Your Life * 03 Downtown Woman * 04 Silver Hannah * 05 My River Queen * 06 Let It Shine On Me * 07 You've Got Me Woman * 08 Your Irresistible Love * 09 Pretty People Get Lonely Too * 10 Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight


Background
In the spirit of America's Bicentennial (1976) came one of the cheapest, most dated looking album covers ever created, clogging cut-out bins well into the late '80s. Just take a look at that logo and the overall effect is of a grocery store advert for a July 4th celebration. Unbelievable and anyone else see the sexual innuendo between the hot dog and the headphone bun? Enough said, but just who were the U.S. Radio Band? Appropriately from Philadelphia - ground zero for America's 200th birthday, these guys formed from various local bands that finally decided to get their act together around 1975 signing with Tony Orlando & Dawn's management company - Medress Appell who shopped their material to New York labels eventually getting a deal with ABC Records. The band played live up and down the Eastern seaboard trying to sell a record no one wanted eventually breaking up never to be seen or heard from again.


The Songs
Fortunately, the music was a little better than their image and this is definitely one for fans of obscure mid-70's radio rock. U.S. Radio Band offered easy listening, vaguely pompy and light in the loafer's pop music with one foot in disco. Think The Four Seasons 'Who Loves You' album or the lighter side of British popsters Smokie with a dash of Alexis at their worst. The production is dull and lifeless; the guitars lack punch and the vocals are in distinctive. Never an ideal combination but with that said there are worthy moments to be found including the pomp-lite of 'In No Time At All' and the rocky 'My River Queen' on side one as well as the Gary Wright influenced space guru pop of 'Let It Shine on Me' on side two. The rest of the material, not so good, oozing in mediocrity and existing in the aether of the long gone world of leisure suits, mirror balls and Ramada Inn rock that most of us rarely feel the need to visit anymore.


In Summary
U.S. Radio Band will probably never make it to CD, but I've noticed a blog or two out there offering a rip, so check it out for a serious lesson in why pop music from the '70s gets such a bad reputation.


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#1 | gdazegod on June 17 2009 01:40:14
So Eric, I guess you're saying that in the album cover pic (above), that the end of the hot-dog looks like.. (gasp).. the end of a hot dog? Shock
#2 | Eric on June 17 2009 16:58:58
From the 'Grumpy Old Men' movie- 'puttin' the hot dog to the bun'!
#3 | gdazegod on January 31 2017 09:43:55
For those that are interested, there is a full album stream on You Tube.

Refer the [url=https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb_ULRt3Yz9HjqdhI2kdi9U6Gv1FvXa34]Link[/youtube]
 
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