Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Stampeders - Platinum (1977 canada, groovy funky classic rock, 2001 remaster)

Restless for new challenges and upset with what he considered ‘musical straying’, not ‘evolution’, Dodson quit the band during recording the next album, starting up his own recording studio as well as Marigold Records. To fully incorporate their ever-broadening sound, Berly and King continued on with a swelled personnel, including percussionist Gibby Lacasse (later of The Lydia Taylor Band), Ian Kojima (formerly of Great White Cane with Rick James) & David Norris-Elye on horns and guitarists Doug Macaskill – later of Moxy – & Gary Scrutton, basically the same supporting cast for Hit The Road.

After a series of abbreviated tours they came from the studios in mid ’77 sans the denim and rhinestones – now in the always-fashionable bell-bottoms and satin & lace shirts. The first single from PLATINUM was the lead-off “Bring The House Down” – a pumped-up rhythm & blues number. Also included was the tender “Pictures Of Love”, the eclectic “Sassy Dance” and “Fool’s Lament”.
1. Bring The House Down - 4:02
2. Move On Up - 3:52
3. Night And The City (Rich Dodson) - 5:24
4. Sassy Dance (Kim Berly) - 3:27
5. Don't You (Want Like I Do) (Gary Scrutton, Kim Berly) - 4:25
6. Believe It - 4:48
7. Everybody (Kim Berly) - 3:54
8. Picture Of Love - 5:20
9. Fool's Lament (Kim Berly) - 5:25
All songs by Ronnie King except where noted

*Ron King – Rhythm, Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals
*Kim Berly - Lead Vocals, Drums, Percussion
*Gibby Lacasse - Drums, Percussion
*Doug Macaskill - Lead Guitar, 
*Ian Kojima - Tenor, Baritone Sax
*David Norris Elye - Tenor Sax
*Gary Scrutton – Electric, Rhythm Guitar
*Rich Dodson - Bass
*Cathy Young - Vocals
*Rob Waterfield - Trumpet

1971  Stampeders - Against the Grain (2006 bonus tracks)