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Alkatraz - 1976 Doing A Moonlight



ARTIST: Alkatraz
ALBUM: Doing A Moonlight
LABEL: United Artists/Rockfield
SERIAL: UAS 30001
YEAR: 1976

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jimmy Davies - vocals, guitar * Stuart Halliday - drums * Jeff Singer - bass, vocals * Will Youatt - guitar, vocals

Additional Musicians: Jimmy Jewell - sax * Clive John - keyboards * Ray Martinez - slide guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stay Out Of Town * 02 Red Lights * 03 Zen Cookies * 04 Nito Bandito * 05 The Ounze That Jack Built * 06 Maybe Monday * 07 Nobody Like You * 08 Every Night And Day * 09 Ti Jean - Dedicated To Jack Kerouac


Background
Another in a long line of good UK rock LP's released just in time to be summarily ignored with the rise of punk rock. Alkatraz were based in Wales and slapped together by Will Youatt formerly of Man and Neutrons who put out an excellent album in 1975 - 'Tales from the Blue Cocoons' which also featured drummer Steve Halliday and guitarist Jimmy Davies who could previously be heard in the prog band Quicksand. Not sure about bassist Jeff Singer but lasting for just one record, Alkatraz split up while recording the follow-up for reasons unknown but my guess is changing attitudes towards all things young and punky at ye old record company might have been partially to blame.


The Songs
With a heavy looking logo on the back sleeve record buyers were probably inclined to believe the music matched the image but this wasn't the case with Alkatraz. The reality was this was a nice rock album with touches of San Francisco west coast similar in many ways to Man and the later Quicksilver Messenger Service albums with plenty of jamming and a side of pop. The first two tracks are excellent in particular 'Red Lights' which sounds like early Doobie Brothers jamming with Sea Level while 'Nito Bandito' has a fantastic Steely Dan element to it. Elsewhere 'Maybe Monday' combines soft rock with an almost Starcastle-like arrangement and ultimately 'Doing A Moonlight' while not totally original is a pleasant listen and it'd be interesting to hear the tapes from that doomed second album as Alkatraz were definitely a band with potential.


In Summary
Never a hard album to find, a CD reissue would be sweet. I'm hopeful of course and with the band playing occasional reunion gigs in Wales in recent years, stranger things have happened.


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#1 | tompa on February 18 2013 00:59:44
I think they sound a bit like Wishbone Ash.
#2 | super80boy on November 10 2013 00:18:58
Recently bought this at a local record shop as a blind buy, but was immediately attracted to the eye catching front jacket artwork. Liked the mix of AOR, melodic rock and Westcoast vibes. There is good guitar work in a variety of songs, 'Maybe Monday', 'Zen Cookies', 'Nobody Like You' and 'Nito Bendito'.
 
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