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Fantacy Hill - 1976 Fantacy Hill



ARTIST: Fantacy Hill
ALBUM: Fantacy Hill
LABEL: Prodigal
SERIAL: P6-10012S1
YEAR: 1976

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Danny Mullins - lead & rhythm guitars, lead & background vocals * George Durbin - lead & rhythm guitars, background vocals * Jose Conrado - bass, lead & background vocals * Gerson Migliaco - percussion, lead & background vocals * Doug Golema - drums, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Minnie Ha Ha * 02 Watcha Gonna Do If I Give It To You * 03 Sweet Sweet Surrender * 04 Twenty Five Miles * 05 Joy To Be With * 06 You're Welcome, Stop On By * 07 Stay With Me * 08 Never In My Life * 09 I Wish It Would Rain * 10 I Can't Quit Your Love


Background
There is very little on this obscure 70's band on the Internet. OK, correction, there is NOTHING on this band on the Internet. I'm pulling together various threads to try and complete a picture here. Crikey, I should've been a forensics investigator. What you will find, is a band who were signed to a Detroit based label called Prodigal, who it seems were bought out by fellow Detroit label: Tamla Motown. Prodigal had an interesting array of talent on their books, some known here at GD. These would include the late Phil Cordell, Rare Earth, Michael Quatro and the Michael Rubini led funk rockers Friendly Enemies. It's uncertain where Fantacy Hill originate from. I've read reports they came from Georgia, however I believe the band were Michigan based, this is due to finding subsequent outfits that the members have played in, all having one commonality.. Michigan.

Typical of the era, locale and style, Fantacy Hill embraced both a funk rock style plus a straight ahead rock approach, which indicates to me a little bit of record label indecision. It's not really ground-breaking stuff, the band would return two years later for the second and final album 'First Step' (why didn't they name the damn thing 'Second Step', or was that too obvious?)


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#1 | shelf stacker on May 12 2011 14:28:18
I haven't heard the debut LP, but I just picked up 'First Step'. The sleeve notes aren't particularly enlightening, but the album was recorded and mixed in Michigan with the exception of 'Stay With Me' that was recorded in Hollywood. Whether this is a re-recording or a direct lift of the track of the same name from the debut LP I couldn't tell you, but I suspect the band's label considered it a stand-out track and pushed for inclusion on the second album. I'm guessing the debut bombed and Prodigal/Motown used the 'First Step' moniker as a ploy to relaunch the band as a new entity. The band's booking agent was Michigan-based too which backs up your detective work re. Fantacy Hill's origins. Stylistically, as is often the case with LPs from this era, the second album is all over the place. The LP opens with 'Aphrodite' which sounds like a long-lost Sweet B-side (i.e. heavy guitars and soaring multi-part chipmunk harmonies). Other tracks are an amalgam of Point Blank, a funkier BTO, Foghat and Morningstar, whilst 'Sanity Baby' and 'Lonely Bluebird' wouldn't be out of place on a Crosby Stills and Nash LP. The common link is the superb vocal harmonies throughout. Should be of interest to many Glorydazers.
#2 | Pinkbubbles404 on September 13 2011 20:55:51
I know the members of this band personally. George Durbin, the lead and rhythm guitarist, is my brother. I went to high school with Danny Mullins. All members were from Michigan. Jose Conrado and Gerison Migliacio were born in Brazil. Their band was very popular and played with several big names during their five years together. One of my favoirte concerts was at Griffin Hollow in Windsor when they played with BTO (Bachman, Turner Overdrive) way back in 1974 I believe. I liked the way they could play any kind of music. Rock, RandB, Funk, or Ballads, and the people loved it. Their albums are still selling as vintage classic rock, in various parts of the country and Europe. My brother stays in touch with the guys now and then. Last I heard, Danny Mullins passed away a few years ago, Joe works at the Better Business Bureau, Gerison was teaching English to immigrants down in Florida, and Doug owns a moving company. My brother is working for a transport company. Just so you know, they all still get together and jam, just for a good time. My brother is still a fantastic guitarist, and has taught my son how to play.
#3 | Pinkbubbles404 on September 13 2011 21:04:02
By the way, if you go on musicstack.com, you will find both albums and pictures of the members of the band. This is a website that sells classic vinyls, etc.
 
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