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Falconer, Roderick - 1977 Victory In Rock City



ARTIST: Falconer, Roderick
ALBUM: Victory In Rock City
LABEL: United Artists
SERIAL: UA-LA777-G
YEAR: 1977

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LINEUP: Roderick Falconer - lead vocals, guitars * Bruce Gary - drums * Jimmie Greenspoon - keyboards * Michael Japp - guitar * Reggie McBride - bass * Brie Howard, Patti Quatro, Wendy Hass - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock City * 02 That's Not Normal * 03 Show Me Something More * 04 Empire Man * 05 Hard Times * 06 Rock City 2 * 07 Fame Is A Ball And Chain * 08 Prologue * 09 Victory


Background
American Rod Taylor aka Roderick Falconer put out a handful of albums between 1973 and 1984 before calling it quits in the music business. Never heard of him? You're not alone although these days he does have a small cult following among glam rock fans, this reviewer included. His first vinyl appearance which I'm embarrassed to say I've never heard was in 1973, apparently in a laid-back country rock direction but in 1976 Falconer released the glammy 'New Nation' with production from ex-Procol Harum member Matthew Fischer. With its fascist influenced sleeve, many record buyers were put off by Falconer's image but it was all in good fun and the music was excellent.


The Songs
A year later and none the wiser, 'Victory in Rock City' faced dismal sales as well but it's one of the better in a long list of stellar albums of '77, this time around dressed in imagery evoking the silent film classic 'Metropolis' and some of Bill Nelson's solo albums. Co-produced by Falconer and the late great Peter Ivers; trainspotters will recognize The Knack's Bruce Gary on drums and behind the black and white's - Jimmy Greenspoon from Three Dog Night. As with the previous platter Falconer shamelessly works the high end of British glam i.e. David Bowie, Mott The Hoople, Cockney Rebel and shades of Be Bop Deluxe in guitarist and future Paul Stanley collaborator Michael Japp. Highlights include the Mott-ish 'That's Not Normal', the rollicking 'Hard Times' with the orchestrated 'Prologue' and side two closer 'Victory' sounding very much like classic 'Hunky Dory' period David Bowie.


In Summary
His final album 1984's 'Rules of Attraction' released on MCA took on an AOR/power pop sound although sadly buried in a year full of similarly styled clean-cut radio ready releases. Worth tracking down and from this point forward Rod has spent his time in Hollywood developing an impressive number of Television shows and films as well as writing award-winning poetry.


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#1 | super80boy on July 21 2013 15:17:00
I have the 'Rules of Attraction' LP and a good touchstone for that one would be Rick Springfield. His look, delivery and sound was very much in the Springfield vien. He did a video for 'Only So Much Time'.
 
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