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S.S Fools - 1976 S.S Fools

ALBUM: S.S Fools
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: PC 34151
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 2001, Sony (Japan), SRCS-9842


LINEUP: Bobby Kimball - lead vocal, keyboards * Mike Allsup - guitar, vocals * Stan Seymore - guitar, vocals * Joe Schermie - bass, vocals * Wayne DeVillier - keyboards, vocals * Floyd Sneed - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 First Things First * 02 Desert Dancin' * 03 Baby's Calling Me Home * 04 Tearbanks * 05 Fool Hard E * 06 I Just Love The Feelin * 07 Sunnyridge * 08 What Happened To America * 09 Why Can't You Be Mine

Toto fans will need no introduction to Bobby Kimball, who is featured here with this shortlived outfit from California. Formed in 1975, disbanded in 1976, with not a lot to show for their efforts, despite the big name label Columbia forking out the dosh for their one off album. There are two interesting connections with the band. Firstly, three members of Three Dog Night line up here: Allsup, Schermie and Sneed. The name of the band is sourced from TDN's 1972 album 'Seven Seperate Fools'. Secondly, there is a connection to Louisiana, with keyboardist Wayne De Villiers a New Orleans veteran, but who spent a few years out in sunny California (he was also a member of jazz funk/rock band Sweet Salvation), so too Kimball who has Louisiana origins. So with that in mind, your probably guessing this has a funky, soul, west coast, blues/cajun mixture? Well you'd be right, though the whole melting pot thing might not be to everyone's taste.

The Songs
However, with Kimball on vocals and the solid Three Dog Night backline in tow, this does have some appeal. The lead off single 'First Things First' is a good showcase, and I wonder if it helped him get the gig with Toto a year later? It's a happy-go-lucky tune, so too the next one 'Desert Dancin' which throws a bit of soul/gospel into the mild soft rock mixture. 'Tearbanks' is a bit of a strange one.. shimmering keyboards, gentle approach, ever so slow and moody ballad.. Much more interesting is the near progressive 'Baby's Calling Me Home', plus the Doobies meets Three Dog Night merger of 'Fool Hard E', an instrumental which is very cool! It's all quasi soft rock bordering on disco when 'I Just Love The Feelin' wafts across the speaker space, Kimball's strong vocal adds some punch but this one is a bit wishy washy. 'Sunnyridge' might sound like the name of a new swanky housing estate anywhere in the western world (or the name of a psychiatric facility.. your choice!), but as an S.S Fools song, it has a slightly country rock vibe, and works well for the band. The country rock theme continues for 'What Happened To America', combining pedal steel incursions with guitar, giving a slightly twangy flavour. The last track 'Why Can't You Be Mine' bops along nicely, Kimball's vocal giving it an edge, the whole tune a fun time romp by the sounds of things.

In Summary
S.S Fools did have a couple of singles released alongside the album. 'First Things First' coupled with the B-side 'Baby's Callin' Me Home' was the official single, while there were two promo singles for 'First Things First' and 'Why Can't You Be Mine' which went out to selected radio station DJ's at the time. Though the band had no success, the album did receive a CD reissue in Japan during 2001, but you'd be hard pressed to find it now.

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#1 | Eric on December 15 2011 04:14:21
These guys played around the L.A. area and even managed a gig at the legendary Santa Monica Civic Center supporting Journey.
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