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Impeccable - 1979 Live On The Rox

ARTIST: Impeccable
ALBUM: Live On The Rox
LABEL: GBC Records
SERIAL: GB10-451-2
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2016, Rockadrome Records, ROCK057-V-2


LINEUP: Donnie Allison - vocals * Darren Welch - guitars * Richard Rico - bass * Morris Payne - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Call Of The Wild * 02 Traces Of Time * 03 Seashore * 04 Lizzy * 05 Live Wire * 06 No Other Way * 07 Johnny B Goode * 08 Rock Away The City (Axxe) * 09 Through The Night (Axxe)

Texan band Impeccable was formed in late 1976, although they were known as Live Wire and then Axxe before they eventually settled on calling themselves Impeccable in 1979. From the Northwest Texas town of Lubbock, early on, they had the intention of being an original music outfit, so they started creating their own material almost from the inception. Most of the raw musical compositions were written by Darren Welch, and then vocalist Don Allison would put together the lyrics, and they'd all get together to construct and finalize the tunes. So, there was also input from drummer Morris Payne and bassist Richard Rico.

The Songs
They were influenced by groups such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Beatles, Wiggy Bits, Moxy, Jimi Hendrix, Trapeze and Black Sabbath. Sometime in 1978, they met Rusty Zavitson, who said he'd like to record the band. So, they ended up recording their debut single in Rusty's living room on a 4 track reel to reel and it was at this time they were known as Axxe. They pressed 1,000 copies of the single, issued with a picture sleeve featuring a group photo on front. These were distributed locally and sold at shows. They toured around Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma shortly thereafter to support the release.

The band did numerous shows at a club in Lubbock called The Rox, owned by Carlo Campanelli. This is where they decided to record the live show that would become the 'Live On The Rox' album. It was at this time, they renamed the band Impeccable, after the classic Budgie album. The album was recorded on the nights of August 24th and 25th 1979. They also happened to do several shows with Budgie and ended up becoming friends. They pressed up 1,000 copies of the 'Live On The Rox' album under the GBC label. GBC wasn't a real label of any sort, it was just a fictional creation of Carlo Campanelli, who loaned them the money for the pressing, he said it stood for Great Big Con.

In Summary
The last two songs on the album were two Axxe tracks recorded in 1978 (as mentioned above). The reissue label Rockadrome put this out on CD during 2016, so it is available in digital format should you progress to that stage.

[source material: Amazon Records, with some additional text added by GDM]

Impeccable - 1979 Call Of The Wild

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#1 | Nick C on January 30 2018 02:41:59
Well that little review intrigued me if you mention Moxy or Teaze I'm 90% hooked, copy purloined with the last of this months spends....what's with the guy holding up a camera on this version of the sleeve? Shurely shome mishtake Grin (I noticed the D/L link but can't spoil my anticipation of getting it!)
#2 | david on January 30 2018 20:39:13
Texas really does put out some gems, like this and Hooker. Have seen this advertised on Denis Rockadrome site for a while, but like Nick, last months spend has curtailed me for a few weeks.
#3 | opbrekke on January 31 2018 02:24:55
Moxy and Teaze ? Maybe a whiff of Moxy, but Teaze I don’t hear at all. Why no mention of early Rush though I don’t get. Sent a song to a friend and he got the Rush influence right away. One of the many 70 s albums I found last year. Some thanks to this site,like Murasaki. Others were Taste Australia. Avalon, Alkana to mention the better ones on the top off my head.
#4 | Nick C on February 01 2018 00:42:39
David - Have you heard Shotgun - Dallasian Rock, it's a pretty cool album full of 70's styled hard rock....well considering it was recorded in the mid 70's that might be why, but I picked it up on CD last year and it's pretty cool, some killer guitar licks and great songs ...think sort of a Grand Funk Railroad feel.
#5 | opbrekke on February 01 2018 23:06:12
Thanks Nick. New one to me. Always on the lookout for 70 s hard rock bands I missed. Checked a video, found it cheap on eBay and it’s on the way. This is why I’m a member here to discover stuff like this. Now if someone would be so kind and release Rabbits Too much rock n roll on cd I’d be a happy man.
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