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Crazy Dog - 1979 Crazy Dog

ARTIST: Crazy Dog
ALBUM: Crazy Dog
LABEL: Scratch-N-Sniff
SERIAL: F/W 21774
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Ken Egbert - lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica * Joe Murray - guitar, backing vocals * Tim Kniskern - guitar, backing vocals * Jack McNally - bass, backing vocals * Joe Almondo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Star Fighter * 02 Empty Spaces * 03 Light Shines * 04 Wanted * 05 Love Me And You Leave Me * 06 I'm In Love With Your Clone * 07 Cocaine Train * 08 Work Me Over * 09 Sunny Days


I picked this up the other day, not knowing anything about them. It was described to me as 'hard AOR'. I think that's an apt description for an album from this era. This lot come from New Castle Delaware. Nearby Wilmington, just south of Philadelphia and right beside the Delaware River. I just found an FB page on them as I was writing this up, so that came in very handy. They describe themselves as 'heavy, progressive, classic rock, within the blues based genre'. That's fairly broad don't you think, but now having heard them (and having listened to hundreds of bands from the same timeframe), I can go one step further. They actually sound like they could come from the mid-west judging by some of the songs here. Closest comparison is like a harder and less pompier version of Roadmaster, though there are keyboards on this record. That should interest a few of you no doubt.

The Songs
The opening strands to 'Star Fighter' with its acoustic entrance soon makes way for some suitable 70's rock. The lead vocal might take some getting used to though. Things take a turn for the better with the flavoursome 'Empty Spaces', here we can hear hints of that Roadmaster sound I was talking about earlier. The twin guitars of Joe Murray and Tim Kniskern are prominent on 'Light Shines', and on this one track we can tell this lot are worthwhile additions to the tome of GDM.'Wanted' is another to shine a torch on our Indianapolis heroes, with the guitar work reaching levels of Rick Benick approved goodness. 'Love Me And You Leave Me' is the band's shout-out moment while 'I'm In Love With Your Clone' heads into slow boogie/blues territory. Couldn't help think of Blackfoot's smokin' harmonica work when listening to 'Cocaine Train', but not as raucous as Rickie Medlocke's mob. 'Work Me Over' is basic good-time rock n roll, the closer 'Sunny Days' is a longer tune with more Roadmaster reference points.

In Summary
As this was a private label release, the band didn't do a lot of business outside of the tri-state area, and this would be their only record. A few YouTube clips are up online, while the band have played the odd reunion gig over the years. R.I.P to guitarist Joe Murray who passed away back in 2014 or thereabouts. A good band, worthy of a mention here at GDM.

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