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Yesterday And Today - 1976 Yesterday And Today




ARTIST: Yesterday And Today
ALBUM: Yesterday And Today
LABEL: London
SERIAL: PS 677
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 1992, Mondo, MRC-10010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dave Meniketti - vocals, guitars * Joey Alves - guitars * Phil Kennemore - bass * Leonard Haze - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Animal Woman * 02 25 Hours A Day * 03 Game Playing Woman * 04 Come On Over * 05 My Heart Plays Too * 06 Earthshaker * 07 Fast Ladies (Very Slow Gin) * 08 Alcohol * 09 Beautiful Dreamer

WEBLINKS: www.yandtrocks.com


Background
One of hard rock's more recognisable names, especially so for their 1980's run through the hair metal/MTV era. Their 70's origins is where it all begins, starting life in 1974, the band name reputably taken from the 1966 album from The Beatles. At one point, Yesterday And Today shared Journey's band management, with Herbie Herbert running the cutter for awhile. Strong local gigs and an increasing profile saw the band picked up by London Records (an offshoot of British label Decca), and they joined the stable that featured other acts around this timeframe such as ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy plus Canadians April Wine, Sweeney Todd, Avalon and Molly Oliver. Dave Meniketti's version of the band kept intact for a decade or more, with Joey Alves, Phil Kennemore and Leonard Haze all staying true to the band. Certainly the sound of the band during this phase was complimentary to everything going on around them. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad and the like all played a part in shaping their sound.


The Songs
For the debut album, you get a glimpse into the future, with dual guitars from Meniketti and Alves flailing away. The bottom end is kept tough and uncompromising thanks to Kennemore's and Haze's tight connection. There are some memorable tracks here, including the forerunner of the album - the track 'Earthshaker' and 'Fast Ladies (Very Slow Gin)' which for mine is one of their better tracks from the early days. The opener 'Animal Woman' is more of straight-ahead rocker, it's followed by the excellent '25 Hours A Day', which settles well into a groove, and is an indicator of their future potential. 'Come On Over' is more of this style, a shorter stab at hard rock. The longer tracks such as 'Beautiful Dreamer', 'Game Playing Woman' and 'My Heart Plays Too' are all well over 5 minutes, a 70's trend from this era, though the band would also bash out a few longer tracks on their classic 'Earthshaker' LP some years later. For something different, drummer Leonard Haze takes the lead vocal on the track 'Alcohol'.


In Summary
A useful start to Meniketti and co's career, which was continued with their second LP for London Records: 1978's 'Struck Down'.


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#1 | Eric on September 20 2015 15:17:41
I own an original Journey handbill from 1975 with Yesterday and Today as opening act at SF's Golden Gate Park. Pretty neat and the bill also included the band Window which released a cool Styx-ish prog album 'The Empyreal Ballet' a couple years later.
#2 | rkbluez on September 24 2015 01:27:25
This album is a classic IMO...love it and never really get sick of listening to it...yeah it's got a lot of over indulgence but for it's time it was still some kick ass music...as with Journey what their older stuff lacked in production it more than made up for it with attitude.

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