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Buckacre - 1978 Buckacre



ARTIST: Buckacre
ALBUM: Buckacre
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCA 2365
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Darrell Data - guitars, pedal steel, vocals * Alan Thacker - guitars, fiddle * David Anson - grand piano, keyboards, vocals * Dick Hally - bass, banjo * Dick Verucchi - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Star That Shines * 02 No Lover's Fool * 03 Fire, Wind, Water * 04 Same Old Song And Dance * 05 Here's A Stranger * 06 Night Driver * 07 Tear Down The Walls * 08 Secrets * 09 Don't Be Blue * 10 Empty Nights


Background
Running southwest of Chicago is the Illinois River Valley, one of the most picturesque regions of the American Midwest. It's from this historic area dripping of Mark Twain and tales of the Steamboat era that country rockers Buckacre called home, playing the clubs and local watering holes until signing with MCA in the mid-'70s. Their first album 'Morning Comes' was produced in England by Glyn Johns best known for his work with The Who and The Beatles infamous 'Get Back' sessions a well as The Eagles and Steve Miller Band. A country rock sleeper- the record received the all important critical accolades and tours with The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band, Dion, Charlie Daniels and Jimmy Buffett followed, but their second self-titled album wasn't successful enough for MCA to keep Buckacre on their roster and the group came to end of their road.


The Songs
With their second wind, Buckacre shake off their boots and the dusty Pure Prairie League and Poco countrified past, morphing into a MOR Southern rock band. There's not a whole lot of power here and they are more keyboard heavy than your average run-of-the-mill bluejeaned boogie merchants. 'Star That Shines' I imagine was designed with radio play in mind, but like much of the album, including the weirdly 10cc-ish funk up 'Fire, Wind, Water', Buckacre were seriously lacking in the song writing stable with nothing memorable to break out of the muddy production. Pedal steel, banjo and fiddle gave these bumpkins an authentic feel like early LeRoux and side two is a little more palatable and AOR friendly with big points for 'Night Driver' and 'Tear Down The Walls', but overall I'd much rather play The Outlaws for a Southern rock fix as I'm sure most record buyers did, pushing Buckacre into cut-out bins for a dollar a copy and no respect.


In Summary
Of the two, 'Morning Comes' is the better album and is by no accident, the harder to find of Buckacre's brief output. Neither album has been on CD which is not the biggest of surprises, although a reissue of the debut would be nice..


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#1 | Recordjnky on May 03 2010 01:07:51
Eric, i have to respectfully disagree on this one, i find this to be quite a stunning AOR release - an under rated one at that. The vocal harmonies are amazing, the songs are well produced, performed with precision, and with very interesting chordal changes (bordering on POMP in a few areas) and very memorable songs. Superb tasty guitar and keyboard solo's abound. Not hearing a whole lot of Southern influence, perhaps more Westcoast California rock. Gosh, i would have to highly recommend this!
#2 | Eric on May 03 2010 12:37:54
Points taken, I still lean towards the first album...
#3 | gdazegod on May 03 2010 16:02:23
I reckon a 2fer1 CD might be in order by some brave label. Perhaps BGO, Rhino.. did anyone mention TimeWarp?! Shock
#4 | Eric on May 03 2010 18:32:20
There's so much good country/ southern rock that hasn't appeared on CD yet. I'd love to have both on disc.
 
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