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Buster Brown - 1984 Loud And Clear

ARTIST: Buster Brown
ALBUM: Loud And Clear
LABEL: Sleeping Giant
SERIAL: J-84-135
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Johnny Edwards - lead vocals * Allan Phelps - guitar * Kevin Downs - Bob Koestle - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Loud And Clear * 02 Under Control * 03 Little Bit Of Love * 04 Killin' Time * 05 Get It Up * 06 Bad Dreams * 07 Comin' On Strong * 08 I Don't Want You No More * 09 Ground Zero * 10 Days Across The Nile

One of the better private indie releases from 1984, coming out of the Louisville Kentucky area. Buster Brown's history goes way back to 1970, and had a turnstile membership of players. The lineup that played on 'Loud And Clear' did not contain any of the original members, but it certainly is a stonkin' hot rocker of an album, with the well known singer Johnny Edwards at the forefront.

The Songs
Signed to the indie label Sleeping Giant, the band finally got around to releasing some original material. Production wise, you won't hear great sonics and fidelity, as this is not too far removed from some of those early Shrapnel Records LP's from Mike Varney's camp. What you do hear is a band that had years of experience as a live band, who bought that attitude into the studio. Most of these tracks are reasonably short, the longest being around 4 minutes. Style wise, this is more toward the metal side rather than AOR nor melodic rock. It veers toward the party-metal side of the fence, the guitar work of Allen Phelps ensures this is kept at the heavier end of the spectrum. My highlights include the rollicking 'Out Of Control', like a workingman's Ratt, the Cobra sounding 'Little Bit Of Love', the uptempo rocker 'I Don't Want You No More' and the rapid-fire 'Ground Zero' where the drummer goes for broke.

In Summary
Buster Brown also released a cassette only album called 'S.O.V' (Sign Of Victory), which featured drummer James Kottak's first foray into the music world. The band also opened up for Ronnie Montrose when he was touring the eastern side of the USA. Ronnie would also help produce some of BB's demos, and at his behest, Buster Brown would follow him out to California, and became the backing band on Ronnie's 1987 album 'Mean'. After that, Edwards hooked up with King Kobra replacing Mark Free, he also was part of the first incarnation of Wild Horses featuring his BB bandmate James Kottak, but he left before their 1991 debut 'Bareback' was released, joining up with Foreigner instead for their 'Unusual Heat' album. Johnny also sang on the one-off Royal Jelly album from 1994, featuring Jeff Klaven (Cobra, Krokus) and Kingdom Come's Danny Stag. Kottak as most of us know, went on to a long-term gig with The Scorpions.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 25 2017 01:51:51
There's quite a lot of Buster Brown's material on YouTube, including a few live clips.

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