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Stepson - Lost Tapes 1972-1974 lp (Lion Productions)


"About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second
Stepson album! Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then
transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine
collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a
real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it’s all
prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band’s “devil may care”
attitude and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe
that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates
(and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old
adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t there. Kicking off with a
crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, ‘Danger Zone’ is the heaviest
track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting
the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; ‘Streets of Alameda’ (1974)
is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’ hometown, featuring a liquor store
holdup and a stolen Lincoln used as the getaway car. ‘Flesh & Blood’
is the only track on here that got an official release, albeit by
ex-Smith belter Gayle McCormick as the title track to her second solo
album, released by Decca in 1972. This version showcases the riff in
full glory. And if you don’t believe that this riff is strong, consider
that The Tonight Show band played it for approximately two weeks in
1976, prompting Fagan to confront “author” Don Menza, who coincidentally
did the Flesh & Blood album’s horn charts and was now claiming
credit for the song under the title ‘Instant Heart.’ The song
disappeared from late night TV show shortly thereafter. ‘Bad Situation,’
the only other 1974 track, describes the band’s predicament that year: a
track that should have propelled them to the big time, but instead
bounced off a brick wall like a tennis ball. The maracas and funkified
quasi-Bo Diddley groove hint at Stepson’s growth and what might have

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 04 September, 2013.

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