Sunday, March 20, 2022

Pig Iron - Pig Iron (1970 us, exceptional jazz blues brass rock)

The only self-titled album from New York based, Pig Iron. A highly talented band, unfairly pushed into oblivion. Former and leader of “Pig Iron” was drummer Alan Abrahams. He was also lead vocalist and main songwriter of the group. 

In 1970, “Pig Iron” recorded an album which was well received by critics, but somehow went bad on sales. Label as usual, did not renew the contract, and by 1971 the band broke up. Alan Abrahams went on to become a professional producer, worked at RCA, Capitol and Columbia Records, recorded by Miles Davis, BB King and many others … As for the fate of the other musicians: keyboardist-trumpeter Adam Ippolito and bassist Gary Van Scyoc trumpeter joined a group of “Plastic Ono Band” and a later incarnation of Elephants Memorie. Saxophonist Marty Fogel became a member of  Lou Reed's band. 

Four songs are original written by Alan Abrahams co-penned with musicians, not from the band. The group is very different from  “Chicago” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears”  actually more solid rock, blended heavenly with blues, jazz and soul. 
1. People Gonna Talk (Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham) - 3:01
2. I Put A Spell On You (Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins) - 4:45
3. Neighbor, Neighbor (Alton Joseph Valier) - 2:48
4. I Can't Make It Alone (Carole King, Gerry Goffin) - 4:58
5. Easy Time Now (Alan Abrahams, David Ahlers, M. Barcley) - 3:18
6. Abe's Blues (Alan Abrahams) - 5:20
7. Wake Up Mr. Charlie (Lloyd Baskin) - 2:49
8. Out Of Town (Alan Abrahams, M. Barcley) - 1:34
9. Top Of The World (Alan Abrahams, David Ahlers, M. Barcley) - 2:43

Pig Iron 
*Alan Abrahams - Lead Vocals, Drums
*Marty Fogel - Saxophone
*Adam Ippolito - Keyboards, Trumpet, Vocals
*Bill Peters - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Paul Squire - Trumpet
*Gary Van Scyoc - Bass, Trumpet, Vocals