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Tracks - 1991 The Very Best Of Tracks 1969-1974

ARTIST: Tracks
ALBUM: The Very Best Of Tracks 1969-1974
LABEL: Boston Skyline
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Peter Wonson - lead vocals, percussion * Ken Aldrich - organ, piano, synthesizer, lead vocals * Rusell Pinkston - acoustic & electric guitar, lead vocals * Ned Berndt - drums, percussion * Ed Kistler - electric piano, lead vocals * Jeff Wilkes, Bob Neale, Dom Puccio, Skip Thurman - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mexican Bird * 02 Marine * 03 Pawnbroker * 04 All Along The Watchtower * 05 Bottleneck * 06 Expecting To Find You Gone * 07 Whistling In The Dark Together * 08 When I Get To Where I'm Going * 09 Lethargy * 10 Roll Out The.. Keg * 11 Isengard (Instrumental Suite)

Formed in New Hampshire's historic Dartmouth College, Tracks began to weave its way into the State's rock history around the same time a young Steven Tyler and his band Fox Chase were struggling to make a mark. We all know how that story ended and the members of Tracks were obviously not as lucky as Tyler who a couple years later with Aerosmith crawled out of the same tightly-knit scene, but they are still revered by those who were at the spontaneous dorm parties as well as New Hampshire and Vermont roadhouses and clubs where Tracks thrilled with a unique take on progressive rock.

The Songs
This CD compiles material written and recorded at a variety of studios in New England between February 1970 and 1974 and at times sounding very British, reminiscent of proto-prog bands Cressida, Gracious and Spring as well as American outfits Sugarloaf and Crosby Stills & Nash. The music is well written, light and airy with beautiful vocal harmonies matched with tasty guitar and Procol Harum-esque organ interludes. While covered a gazillion times, Tracks version of Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower' is one of the better I've heard while the nearly 12 minute 'Isengard (Instrumental Suite)' lets it all hang out progressively complete with an obligatory, but not overly drawn-out drum solo and jazzy edge more closely aligned with fusion acts Brand X and Isotope.

In Summary
Rate Your Music lists a 1972 Capitol LP 'Even A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day' but this is not the same band so beware. How these guys were passed over and not signed is a mystery although original vocalist Peter Wonson has written a book on his early days with Tracks- 'Old Times, Good Times: A Rock And Roll Story' which might shed some light on the subject.

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