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Sugarcreek - 1981 Live At The Roxy

ARTIST: Sugarcreek
ALBUM: Live At The Roxy
LABEL: Beaver
SERIAL: Beaver 11250
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2002, Escape Music, ESM080


LINEUP: Tim Clark - vocals, percussion * Jerry West - guitars, vocals * Rick Lee - keyboards, vocals * Mike Barber - bass, vocals * Lynn Samples - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eve * 02 Lost In A Photograph * 03 Dragon Attack * 04 Now That I Found You * 05 Let Me Be Your Fantasy * 06 Slow Down * 07 Speed Limit * 08 I Do Believe In You * 09 Lovely Little Lady * 10 Born To Be Wild/Magic Carpet Ride - Medley * 11 Lovely Little Lady (Studio Bonus)

This is probably the first proper recorded effort of AOR/pomp legends Sugarcreek. It goes back to 1981 and is a live album in fact! As most readers of this site will know, 'Live At The Roxy' is the third installment of the recent 3CD set released by Escape. All albums needed to be reviewed separately in my opinion, rather than as a combined trio of albums reviewed under the one umbrella. Quite simply, there are too many songs, and the music covers a very wide timespan. Trying to wrap it up coherently within a couple of sentences and paragraphs is foolish I think. With Rick Lee being the mainstay of the band, the timeframe leading up to this album saw the addition of Lynn Samples and Mike Barber to the Sugarcreek rhythm section during 1979. This was after many other musicians had been through the proverbial turnstile of Sugarcreek's ever revolving personnel policy. Joining not long after was 19yr old guitarist Jerry West, who Rick knew locally. The singer Tim Clark however, lived quite some distance from Charlotte NC. In fact he lived in Kentucky at the time. Initially hired then turned down, and after some too-ing and fro-ing with combinations of singers, it was decided to re-hire Tim.

The Songs
During this time, a local club called The Roxy were keen on the band recording a 'live' album. The album was recorded on a 24 track analog deck during February 1980, with 1200 people in attendance at a 900 capacity club! There was a combination of originals, and covers/medleys being played. The bands best known track at the time 'Lovely Little Lady' was included, as was the excellent Jerry West written tune 'Lost In A Photograph'. For AOR buffs, Le Roux's 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy' gets aired, as does Queen's 'Dragon Attack', plus the track 'I Do Believe In You' written by the band Pages (Steve George/Richard Page).

In Summary
All in all, a superb little walk down memory lane for a much loved band of the genre. Originally, this album was so hard to track down during it's heyday, that people would literally walk across hot coals to grab a copy. Now all you have to do is have your credit card handy. Convenience is a wonderful thing sometimes. Again, congrats are in order to the Escape Music guys. They are onto something real good here..

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