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Oxendale & Shephard - 1979 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is



ARTIST: Oxendale & Shephard
ALBUM: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
LABEL: Nemperor
SERIAL: JZ 36063
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gerry Shephard - lead & background vocals, electric & acoustic guitars * Peter Oxendale - piano, arp, mini-moog, clavinet, hammond * Napoleon Gloss - drums, syndrums * Peter Phipps - drums * John McKenzie - bass * Ricky Hitchcock - lead & rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar * Ken Nicol - acoustic guitar * B.J. Cole - pedal and steel guitar * Ron Asperey - sax * Simon Morton, Perry Morgan - percussion * Vicky Brown, Helen Chappelle, Liza Strike - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Landslide * 02 Strangers In The Night (Together) * 03 Forget About The Children * 04 Don't Look Back * 05 Good To Be Back Home * 06 Suzy * 07 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is * 08 Long And Lonely Road * 09 3 O'Clock In The Morning


Background
Gerry Shepard was part of the Glitter Band; the illustrious glam-bam outfit that brought Europe such sugar-coated, stack-heeled staples as 'Angel Face' and 'Goodbye My Love' yet fame is indeed fleeting and despite their string of hits and fair to good albums; the former Gary Glitter protégés in a series of missteps including a brief name change to Air Traffic Control; broke up in the mid-70s. After a brief hiatus Shephard met up with Peter Oxendale, a former Sparks keyboardist and a member of Jet whose 1975 self-titled Roy Thomas Baker album is a certified glam rock classic. With Jet dead in the water a partnership was formed with Oxy and Shep leaving the sparkles and flares behind and pooling their musical ideas for a one-off that didn't do very well in record stores, especially in America where the Glitter Band carried little if any clout.


The Songs
Funny thing is 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' was not the glam rock extravaganza as many expected, rather paralleling the first couple of Babys albums and more obscure stuff like Magnet, Driver and Susan as well as the harder end of the power pop spectrum. Nothing here is remarkable, but it's a solid and ultimately satisfying record and songs like opener 'Landslide' kicks the listener right between the eyes with prime-time late '70s AOR pop while ripping a guitar sound similar to what The Raspberries were toying with a few years earlier. There's a clutch of good stuff on the first side and I'm especially partial to The Babys styled ballad 'Good To Be Back Home' with background vocals echoing the 'Broken Heart' album. Side two's 'Suzy' delivers a sweet as saccharine punch while the title track gets down and dirty as a streamlined rocker although for my money 'Long And Lonely Road' is the record's winner anchored by Oxendale's pounding piano and a loose hook, it's sure to satisfy the most hardened melodic rock connoisseur.


In Summary
Like so many joint projects of the era, the duo couldn't hold it together for a second album. In the early '80s the recently deceased Shephard revived the Glitter Band with some success on the cabaret circuit while Oxendale's whereabouts are unknown. Ignored and never on CD, a big recommendation for this lost classic.


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