Sunday, July 24, 2022

Stretch - Lifeblood (1977 uk, solid hard funky boogie rock, 2012 remaster)

Somewhat confusingly the third album ‘Lifeblood’ included a song called ‘You Can’t Beat Your Brain For Entertainment.’ Says Elmer: “It was contractual obligations stuff. I just didn’t want to be there anymore. It was kind of sad, because it was a good band.”

Says Kirby: “We had initial success but there was a limit on how far we could go without anymore. ‘Can’t Beat Your Brain’ and ‘Lifeblood’ were not successful albums and when Punk came in there was no place for a band like Stretch.”
1. End Up Crying (Kirby Gregory) - 4:02
2. Knives In Their Backs (Kirby Gregory) - 3:55    
3. Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie-Coo (Rick Derringer) - 3:08
4. Right Or Wrong (Kirby Gregory) - 4:04
5. Show Biz Blues (Peter Green) - 5:33    
6. You Can't Beat Your Brain For Entertainment (Elmer Gantry) - 3:09
7. Jonah And The Whale (Kirby Gregory)    - 4:48
8. Living On The Highway (Don Nix, Leon Russell) - 3:07    
9. Take You Down (Kirby Gregory) - 4:00    
10.Let's Spend The Night Together (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 5:56    

*Elmer Gantry - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
*Kirby Gregory - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
*Steve Emery - Bass
*Jeff Rich - Drums, Percussion

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