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Faith Band - 1977 Excuse Me, I Just Cut A Record..

ARTIST: Faith Band
ALBUM: Excuse Me, I Just Cut A Record..
LABEL: Village Records
YEAR: 1977


LINEUP: Carl Storie - vocals, harmonica * David Bennett - guitars * John Cascella - vocals, keyboards, saxophone * Mark Cawley - bass, vocals * David Barnes - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Power Play * 02 On Fire * 03 Brave World * 04 Out To Play * 05 (I Think I Wanna) Possess You * 06 (Baby I Know) The Heat Is On * 07 Spotlight * 08 Searchin' * 09 Keep On Lovin'

WEBLINKS: Wikipedia Page

This band from Indianapolis, was featured here some time courtesy of their fourth record: 'Face To Face'. In that article, we provided an extensive backgrounder to the band, which we won't repeat here. Just click on the tag underneath to go to the article directly. What I will reiterate though, is how the Faith Band and another local Indianapolis legend in Roadmaster intertwined their fortunes during this timeframe. The bands were signed to the same label (Village Records), were both from the same city, and played a similar style; a funky brand of mid 70's rock before changing course further on in the decade to an AOR/pomp hybrid.

The Songs
'Excuse Me, I Just Cut A Record..' was the Faith Band's second album, following their 1973 debut 'Faith'. The four year hiatus has been explained on the 'Face To Face' article, suffice to say the band returned with a renewed energy, a different name and different management. The funk, R&B sound is accentuated here, and does continue on from where 1973's debut left off. 'Power Play' is so funky, you'd swear you were listening to an Average White Band record. 'On Fire' with its reliance on the saxophone, sounds a lot like 10cc's 'Dreadlock Holiday', with its 'near-enough to commercial reggae' on display. 'Brave World' features some chugging guitar parts from David Bennett, and gives a hint to what these guys were capable when rockin' out. Next up is the harmonica dominated 'Out To Play'. Not quite Blackfoot nor the J Geils Band, and not particularly interesting either. '(I Think I Wanna) Possess You' was not a track featured on a soundtrack to a horror movie, but still, the Faith Band ham it up regardless. '(Baby I Know) The Heat Is On' is a lukewarm ballad; the heat is definitely not turned on, whereas on 'Spotlight' they try for a funky come boogie approach, which isn't bad, bit not great either. Faith Band return to what they do best with the funk flavoured 'Searchin', and for something a little different, head into west coast territory with the breezy 'Keep On Lovin', ditching Indiana for California.

In Summary
I didn't quite buy into the Faith Band's earlier part of their career, preferring instead the albums which followed this one. Still, they were on a path of redemption after their reputation suffered after the Terry Knight episode, so good on them for getting more albums out into the public domain beyond this effort.

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