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KGB - 1976 Motion

ALBUM: Motion
YEAR: 1976


LINEUP: Ray Kennedy - lead & backing vocals * Barry Goldberg - Piano, electric piano, clavinet, moog synthesizer * Carmine Appice - drums, percussion, backing vocals * Gregg Sutton - bass, lead & backing vocals * Ben Schultz - electric & acoustic guitars, electric sitar, banjo

TRACK LISTING: 01 Woman, Stop Whatcha Doin' * 02 I Only Need A Next Time * 03 My Serene Coleen * 04 Lookin' For A Better Way * 05 Lay It Down * 06 Treading Water * 07 Goin' Thru The Motions * 08 Je T'Aime * 09 Determination

Anyone perusing cut-out bins in the late 70's most assuredly stumbled across still-sealed copies of KGB's two long players 'KGB' and 'Motion' both released in 1976. The records obviously sold poorly and as a minor international super group they are not fondly remembered but notable for who was in the band, at least in the short term including drummer extraordinaire Carmine Appice whose previous credentials at that time included Vanilla Fudge and rough and tumble hard rockers Cactus. Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield flaked-out shortly after the release of the debut while former Family, Blind Faith and Traffic bassist Ric Grech was apparently a little too fond of heroin; having been shown the door around the same time as Bloomfield. Ex- Electric Flag Barry Goldberg and vocalist Ray Kennedy who would later release a nice pop/west coast album in 1980 stuck it out with Appice to the bitter end with bassist Greg Sutton who would later appear with GD favourite's The Coup filling in the ranks for KGB's swansong 'Motion'.

The Songs
Co-produced by former Dust guitarist and KISS producer Richie Wise, you'd expect a bigger noise from players of this caliber but that's not the story here. In fact, this is some of the most boring, poorly mixed funked-up rock I think I've encountered. The vocals of Ray Kennedy was without a doubt KGB's strongest asset recalling Mickey Thomas on opener 'Woman, Stop Whatcha Doin' and the poppy 'I Only Need A Next Time' with its snazzy use of electric sitar and banjo although the orchestrated ballad 'My Serene Coleen' fails to impress and I'm normally a sucker for a Eleanor Rigby-ish string quartet. Truth is, halfway into the second side I'm praying for something, anything, a creative drum fill, an imaginative lick or even a whisper of a memorable chorus will jump out and grab me by the earlobes but it never does as the fusion-y 'Je T'Aime' and the awful soul pastiche of 'Determination' fades into the stale air, leaving no reason whatsoever for this reviewer to play the record again.

In Summary
KGB toured a bit, even managing a gig or two with Blue Oyster Cult among others but couldn't sustain any sort of momentum with little or no air play. Several years ago (2005), Cherry Red/Lemon reissued the band's debut on CD with no bonus tracks but for some reason never got around to 'Motion' although it's not too difficult to figure out why.

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#1 | tompa on September 29 2013 14:00:18
If this is the Ben Schultz of Pipedream I would have loved to hear this album. Ben's soloalbum of some 20 years, Triality, is also really good.
#2 | gdazegod on September 30 2013 01:43:25
KGB aren't very good at all.
#3 | Eric on September 30 2013 03:35:21
Good question Tompa. I did a search, but nothing came up linking KGB and Pipedream together, but I wonder. A Schultz did come up in John Butcher's band but its such a common name.. George is right, don't waste your money on this.
#4 | gdazegod on September 30 2013 04:11:10
That Ray Kennedy solo album is a due a write up here I reckon..
#5 | MUSCLE on October 06 2013 09:05:24
Terrible album. Absolute filth. yuk
#6 | rostoned on October 24 2015 20:35:17
Eric and Tompa: yes, the Ben Schultz of KGB is the same Pipedream axe man. And later this fellow even sessioned for Belinda Carlisle ( eek ) and New Radical man Gregg Alexander's lauded two solo efforts. Talk 'bout an eclectic CV

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