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DaShiell, Russell - 1978 Elevator



ARTIST: DaShiell, Russell
ALBUM: Elevator
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: JE 35074
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Russell DaShiell - vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion * Doug Clifford - drums * Stu Cook - bass * John Tanner - piano

TRACK LISTING: 01 Come On * 02 Electrical Wave Of Sound * 03 Wild Party * 04 In The Fire * 05 Top Of The World * 06 Direction * 07 A La Mode * 08 Dreamer * 09 Oh My Wild Love * 10 50th Century


Background
Russell DaShiell's story begins with Crowfoot; a San Francisco based band that put out two mild-mannered west coast pop albums in the very early '70s. The band had connections to other future outfits of renown including Atlee, Highway Robbery and Wha-Koo but made a peep commercially. During the same foggy period the guitarist with talent to spare landed a session gig with an odd hippie cat named Norman Greenbaum. Remember 'Spirit In The Sky'? That was DaShiell on fuzzed guitar and we can all bet he wishes he had the royalties for those three minutes of work. Touring with Greenbaum and further lucrative studio gigs with Phil Everly and John Sebastian as well as a Euro jaunt with a short-lived Creedance Clearwater Revival off-shoot; Russell found himself in a solo album frame of mind; signing to Epic for what would be his only attempt at go-it-alone stardom.


The Songs
Released in 1978, DaShiell shed his flower power past and delivered a halfway decent rock album similar to other guitar player one-shots from Ray Gomez and Stu Daye. Putting this on the deck now, I wonder why 'Elevator' isn't better known among AOR connoisseur's although I can attest; it wasn't exactly a must-have back in the day and opening cut 'Come On' didn't exactly set the speakers ablaze. While guitar is always front and center, Dashiell's production is dull and lifeless and although not untypical of the period, this is one slab-o-plastic in desperate need of adrenalin. A quick run-through and 'Electrical Wave Of Sound' is a bit out of the ordinary, like a quirky California version of Steve Hillage although the album's single 'In The Fire' while tailor-made for FM radio; wasn't anything to shout about. Southern influenced 'Top Of The World' and the ear-yanking pop rocker 'Direction' elevates the album's lesser tracks while the set's two ballads, the Southern influenced 'Dreamer' and the Alexis styled '50th Century' are DaShiell at his best.


In Summary
Russell is still alive and well and living in Hawaii. Post 'Elevator' he was involved with TV production and commercial work, although why he never recorded another record we will probably never know. Not that the world was clamoring for more DaShiell product, but a second effort could only have gone up from here.


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