Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush: Reside
I am A King Bee
(Excerpt From “Again Door Man”)
A New Rock & Roll
Johnny B. Goode
Talkin’ ‘Bout A Feelin’
(Excerpt From “Who Do Ya Love”)
Electrical Reflections Of Struggle
The World Anthem
Often in comparison with Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino developed his personal fluid model, a compulsive progressive blues which helped to make albums like 1976’s Mahogany Rush IV and the next 12 months’s World Anthem among the many most well-received of their period, particularly amongst his fellow musicians.
It was onstage that Marino’s band Mahogany Rush have been most at residence, and in 1977 they recorded a number of dates on their world tour so as to compile a dwell album, one utterly devoid of studio overdubs.
“Once I was a child, I favored rock‘n’roll like Kiss,” former Megadeth man Marty Friedman advised us. “Quite a lot of the opposite guitarists have been into the blues, however I simply couldn’t go there. The bluesy factor didn’t discover a place in my expertise. Perhaps I used to be too younger.
“However then I heard Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, and I bought it. I realised that blues taking part in could possibly be simply as thrilling as any of the aggressive rock bands I favored. Guitar music simply flowed out of him so naturally; he wasn’t placing up any sort of entrance in any respect. In his personal approach, he breathed a number of life right into a drained style.”
Europe‘s Joey Tempest advised Basic Rock, “Listening to Frank Marino on this very recording, his guitar and vocal introduction into the raging model of the basic Johnny B Goode is – in my opinion – on the identical degree as Jimi Hendrix or Edward Van Halen hitting our eardrums for the primary time. It’s merely from one other place, one other dimension.”
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Different albums launched in February 1978
- Earth – Jefferson Starship
- Stained Class – Judas Priest
- Van Halen – Van Halen
- Crossing the Purple Sea with The Adverts – The Adverts
- The Kick Inside – Kate Bush
- Inform Us the Fact – Sham 69
- Watch – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
- Convey It Again Alive – Outlaws
- British Lions – Mott the Hoople
- Drastic Plastic – Be-Bop Deluxe
- Impeckable – Budgie
- It Occurred One Chunk – Dan Hicks
- Plastic Letters – Blondie
- Avenue Motion – Bachman–Turner Overdrive
- Avenue Problem – Lou Reed
- What Do You Need from Reside – The Tubes
What they stated…
“Mahogany knew how you can burn on stage, and this glorious LP actually captures the vitality of its Seventies concert events. Nobody who’s significantly into exhausting rock and steel ought to be disadvantaged of listening to singer/guitarist Frank Marino let free on dwell variations of Dragonfly, Electrical Reflections of Struggle, and The Reply. (AllMusic)
“It took a dwell album to deliver out the uncooked power of this band. Paced by the blistering Jimi Hendrix-influenced guitar licks of Marino, the trio actually will get down with some sizzling exhausting rock. Marino’s vocals by no means hinge on boredom as he maintains a feverish degree of pleasure” (Billboard)
“Outdoors of the funky Dragon Fly that is largely blooz-by-numbers, covers, noodle soup or a mix of all three. I imply, there’s “Jimi Hendrix-esque” guitar within the wake of the person – however I might urge these seeking to fill that void to go for the likeable and uncocky Robin Trower. (RateYourMusic)
What you stated…
Mike Canoe: I’m beginning to realise I do not actually like dwell albums. Do not get me improper, there are dwell performances of songs that I completely adore, however dwell albums by one band that I wish to take heed to from begin to end are uncommon. Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush Reside helpfully, if inadvertently, demonstrates why.
1) For me, dwell albums are usually not one of the best ways to find new music. I have to be accustomed to the unique model or I do not know what makes the dwell model particular. Dragonfly is the one Mahogany Rush track I knew beforehand. Admittedly, it isn’t Marino’s fault that I am not accustomed to extra of his music. I wasn’t sufficiently old for him the primary time round and, like earlier picks, Trapeze or the James Gang, they do not bubble up sufficient on varied media.
2) Reside albums can have a number of padding. Generally a track stretched out to double its size might be wonderful, particularly if the entire band is driving it alongside. I am a King Bee, with its prolonged blues solo, would not work for me. Johnny B. Goode, with all three band members taking part in at full tilt, does.
3) Reside albums appear virtually contractually obligated to have at the very least one cowl. I get it, the fits want one thing they will flog as a single and it could pique curiosity for a fan that already has the studio albums. Since it will be overly charitable to name the admittedly cool guitar results showcase Electrical Reflections Of Struggle a track, the covers, in the event you embody the standalone excerpts, equal the variety of originals: 5. Two of the band’s 5 albums as much as that time aren’t represented in any respect.
4) They’re normally awkwardly sequenced. This album avoids what I take into account the most important sin of dwell albums within the CD age and past. Nonetheless, it substitutes it with one practically as annoying, breaking apart elements of medleys into “excerpts.” While you take heed to I am a King Bee” you possibly can inform it is speculated to stream proper into Again Door Man. As an alternative, we get a noticeable skip that hearkens again to the times of the 8-track
Identical with Talkin’ Bout a Feelin‘/Who Da Ya Love. If this had been sequenced as one monitor, it will simply be my favorite on the unique album. Marino really begins singing the latter about three minutes into the previous, however we get one other 90-second “excerpt” that feels as tacked on as it’s. Even with out the medley illness, the songs appear to begin and finish abruptly, dispelling the phantasm that you’re listening to 1 steady present.
So, it’s decidedly unusual that for the second week in a row, I discover myself reaching for the pat phrase “the exception that proves the rule.” My favorite monitor is definitely the added model of Johnny B. Goode from the California Jam. Sure, it is a cowl and, sure, it is stretched out to a bit of greater than eight minutes. However Marino and firm take the Chuck Berry chestnut and make it their very own – and sound like they’re having a blast. Then they seamlessly transition into what positive sounds so much just like the aforementioned results showcase Electrical Reflections Of Struggle.” However now we’re pumped and primed for it and it sounds superior. Now, that is what makes a dwell model thrilling!
In conclusion, many of the flaws I discover with this album aren’t the fault of Marino & Mahogany Rush, who admirably acquit themselves as a primary fee energy trio, however the clumsy approach that the music trade usually dealt with dwell albums. Once I want some psychedelic blues I have not heard earlier than, I do know the place to go.
Uli Hassinger: Here is my report of my first contact with Frank Marino. The primary impression was the uninteresting and muddy sound of the album, at the very least on my remastered CD from 2017. The second impression is that Frank’s voice may be very restricted. The third impression is that the songs are insignificant. No catchy melodies, no concord.
It is all in regards to the guitar taking part in. Some nice solos and results but it surely must be embedded in a strong songwriting to maintain you centered. That is what’s missing over the entire album.
Even the quilt songs are usually not well worth the time as a result of the originals are a lot better. The one tracks which caught my consideration have been Electrical Reflections Of Struggle with its bizarre sounds and its thrilling rendition of the track’s theme, and The World Anthem, which was shifting as nicely. However beside these two songs it was a troublesome and boring journey. In comparison with the good 70s dwell albums this isn’t price mentioning. 4/10.
Cameron Gillespie: For me this album is just not good, however I feel it is a good introduction to Mahogany Rush. I feel any of their Reside albums are an important place to begin. Admittedly, I too would have favored to have seen extra of their very own music on this album given they’d loads of unique materials to make use of along with what was already there.
Nonetheless, it would not make me really feel any much less thrilled by this album! It is bought a great stream, it is surprisingly nicely combined compared to a number of dwell albums from that period. My private favorite stand out tracks have been, The Reply, Dragonfly, Talkin Bout A Feelin, and Purple Haze.
Warning! Unpopular opinion forward: I generally favor this model of Purple Haze to Jimi Hendrix’s unique. I do know I am strolling on skinny ice. It is an opinion that will depend on the day. I discover the Mahogany Rush model a bit of extra intense and electrifying, however generally I do not need that.
To sum up how I really feel in regards to the album, this album highlights Frank’s guitar wizardry, which is thrilling. Being a guitarist, there are not any tracks that I dislike or detest. That being stated, there are some tracks that do not do a lot for me i.e. Who Do You Love?
The album is just not completely combined. It is tough across the edges in locations, which supplies it a extra genuine really feel. Frank’s guitar tone is other-worldly and his solos are on level! To me it is a basic dose of saucy flaming blues rock guitar sorcery, that has been underneath appreciated, particularly within the southern hemisphere anyway! I give it a strong 8/10. It is a strong document with some flaws, however all-in-all it is a groovy rock’n’roll document.
Gary Claydon: The Heavy Metallic Holocaust at Port Vale F.C. in August 1981 was memorable for a lot of causes, a lot in order that I might write a prolonged essay in regards to the day. I will spare you that however will share one recollection.
It was a boiling sizzling day contained in the outdated soccer floor. As well as it was additionally a ‘dry’ competition – no booze on sale! The punters have been, understandably, considerably soporific early on in proceedings. Vardis opened with a positive set that stirred some life into the group however Riot, strive as they could, could not actually preserve the momentum.
I might already determined earlier than hand that the subsequent band can be the least fascinating of the day (turned out that may be Triumph, whose set was something however a triumph) so it appeared like a great alternative to retreat to the far finish of the pitch and tune-out for some time.
As I sat there, watching the small, multi-coloured bottles of Panda Pop withdrawing within the sunshine like flocks of chubby hummingbirds, the music started to filter again into my consciousness, together with the realisation that these guys have been sounding fairly rattling good, so I stirred myself and headed again in direction of the stage to absorb what would, arguably, be the most effective set of the day, higher even than headliners Motorhead or Ozzy together with the late, nice Randy Rhoads.
“These guys” have been Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.
Now, I might by no means been a lot of a fan of Frank Marino. Like many, I might – lazily – dismissed him as a Hendrix impersonator, based mostly primarily on P.R. and interviews which did little to dispel that impression. Nor did the odd bits of his materials I heard every so often. I’ve by no means had an issue with artists carrying their influences on their sleeves however, even so, to me, Marino’s taking part in, pretty much as good as as it’s, got here throughout extra ‘Hendrix tribute’ than ‘Hendrix impressed’.
It wasn’t ’til I noticed him at HMH that I realised simply how nice a guitarist he’s. That day Frank & his band have been so much heavier, a way more muscular sound than the blues & jazz jamming I related them with. It was an important set and, not lengthy after, I went out & purchased the Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush: Reside album. And was disillusioned.
As dwell albums go it is not notably dangerous, though it isn’t helped by the considerably flat manufacturing. It is simply that on document all of it sounded a bit of bit uninteresting. Some nice soloing however too many canopy variations. I do not thoughts the odd cowl however I wish to have interaction with the band’s personal materials first & foremost. The most effective a part of the album is the primary two tracks, The Reply and Dragonfly however after that I sort of swap off.
I’ve dabbled with a few of their different stuff down the years however, identical to this dwell album it by no means actually grabbed me. 5/10 however I will add an additional level for reminding me of the good set at HMH.
Alex Hayes: A second dwell album within the house of simply three weeks? I am nicely up for that. This time round, it is a showcase for the abilities of the second biggest band to ever emerge out of Canada with the phrase ‘rush’ someplace of their identify.
To be trustworthy, I might actually simply ‘copy and paste’ most of my evaluation from a fortnight in the past, so related are my sentiments right here. I like the vibe of a great dwell rock’n’roll album, and it is a fairly good dwell rock’n’roll album, however they at all times sort of make me want that I might been sufficiently old to go to gigs again within the 70s and 80s.
The primary draw right here must be the hovering, Hendrix-esque guitar work from Frank Marino himself which, yeah, impressed the hell out of me. I haven’t got way more to say actually, solely that the album is presumably a tad too cowl model heavy. That did not notably spoil my enjoyment although.
Respectable stuff and good enjoyable. I will give this album the identical rating as I did a fortnight in the past. 7/10.
Kevin Miller: Gifted band, however far too many covers for me. Greater than that although, I simply wish to know the way they’re going to rely the votes with 5 totally different polls and half of them not together with all of the potential numbers.
Brian Carr: I’ve heard Frank Marino’s identify bandied about sporadically through the years, however aside from the cool monitor Unusual Desires, by no means sought out his music, so it was cool to see this album chosen.
As others have identified, Reside begins out nicely – The Reply and Dragonfly showcase Marino’s appreciable guitar chops within the context of some cool sounding songs. Then the rug will get pulled out as we lapse into bar band territory (albeit one with a fairly stellar guitarist). It made me surprise if the quilt selections have been more energizing in 1978 than they’re greater than 40 years later. Did Marino revere his influences a lot that he could not resist paying homage or did he battle to write down unique tunes?
Contemplating how nicely I favored the opening Reside tracks and the aforementioned Unusual Desires, it looks as if a good suggestion to hunt out extra of his work, however this launch will not be added to my Apple Music library.
Roland Bearne: Okay, beginning with the optimistic; the manufacturing right here is an excellent rendition of a dwell set. I like that. I do know the sq. root of sod all in regards to the artist aside from a reputation which popped up often in mags. He is a extremely good guitar participant nothing distinctive or jaw dropping. I feel the most effective factor right here is capturing an important dwell vibe. I’ve stayed up late to do that, why? Cos I like this web page. This alternative is a bit uninteresting although. I do love an important dwell album, however did not really feel this was one. 6.
Jim Collins: I noticed the tour this was recorded on. The time period “jaw-dropping” would not actually do justice to the guitar pyrotechnics I witnessed that night time.
Alistair McIntösh: Frank is a good guitarist and he actually showcases his expertise on this album. However there are simply too many covers on it to make this an important album or perhaps a nice Frank Marino album. For that you must go to What’s Subsequent, Tales Of The Sudden or Double Reside, which got here out within the 90s. Now that is a good Frank Marino dwell album.
Richard Cardenas: This document was at all times a disappointment for me. I used to be lucky sufficient to see this band a number of occasions together with this tour and I at all times felt this fell extremely quick.
Particularly with the selection of songs. There have been so many extra nice tunes that may have higher represented the band. Why embody covers on the expense of those nice cuts.
A floppy six for me. Unhappy as a result of this band is without doubt one of the biggest dwell acts I’ve ever seen and somebody I’ll be seeing once more this Might. If Covid doesn’t screw it up that’s.
John Davidson: It is again to 1978 for Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush Reside. Frank Marino was a type of artists who I had a passing curiosity in on the time once I was discovering heavy blues based mostly guitar rock however who didn’t actually hit the spot and on the idea of this album I can see why.
Whereas he’s undoubtedly a wonderful guitarist he doesn’t actually have the songs.
It’s an album that I borrowed from the native library (sure you might do this then), however I didn’t tape at residence… a great high quality TDK or BASF C90 was a critical funding in 1978 .
The album opens up auspiciously sufficient with The Reply and Dragonfly – each of which present Frank Marino’s expertise on guitar and have a cool barely funky rhythm. However after that I’m afraid it’s largely downhill.
I’m not so eager on the usual blues of King Bee, Again Door Man and Who Do Ya Love although the guitar work stays good.
A New Rock & Roll bucks the development, romping alongside enjoyably (although it does endure from the combo) earlier than we revert again to Johnny B Goode. It isn’t that it is a dangerous model (in actual fact the guitar solos are glorious) but it surely hardly speaks to the artists or the labels confidence in his songwriting that 5 albums into his profession have 5 cowl songs on an album that lasts lower than 45 minutes. Which is a disgrace as a result of the one actual clunker on the album is the moderately lifeless and uninspiring World Anthem.
For all of the document firm’s early discuss of how Marino was visited by the spirit of Jimi Hendrix within the aftermath of a foul LSD journey, Talkin Bout a Feelin is the primary track the place I felt like he was aping him moderately than merely taking part in in a approach that Hendrix had impressed, although the inclusion of Purple Haze doesn’t precisely do a lot to dispel the parable.
I’m an important believer in stamping your personal voice on a canopy model (as Hendrix did with All Alongside the Watchtower) however that is nearer to tribute band territory by way of faithfulness.
Looping again to the combo/manufacturing it’s price calling out that it suffers from that barely muddy 70s dwell recording model the place the bass/drums dominate the combo. On the upside it does sound like you’re there, however as a document in its personal proper it could possibly be crisper. Though they aren’t obtainable on streaming I did discover studio variations of each The Reply and Dragonfly on YouTube they usually sound higher on the studio album.
So, general, a lot as I did in 1978 once I borrowed it however didn’t tape it, I discovered that this was price a pay attention however I’m not impressed to purchase it or add it to my common taking part in record. 5/10
Greg Schwepe: So, I personal precisely one Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush CD, and that is it! Good option to evaluation.
I had learn an article about Frank in one among my guitar magazines a couple of years in the past after which realised he’s on my record of “Guitar Gamers Who I Want To Test Out.” Went to Amazon, discovered a used copy of this and acquired it. This album will need to have been talked about particularly within the article, in any other case I do not know how I simply occurred to purchase that one. And a good selection it was!
A very “Worldwide” album. How so? Properly, you’ve bought a man with an Italian final identify from a French talking metropolis (Montreal) grooving on songs and artists from the U.S. And a type of artists (Jimi Hendrix) headed to England to make it large. All around the globe right here!
I additionally discovered within the “Worldwide Tips For Writing Album Evaluations” that any evaluation of a Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush album should comprise a reference to Jimi Hendrix. “Reviewer should state that Marino is a “Hendrix Clone”, “Hendrix Devotee” or related reference…” Surprisingly sufficient, that very same rule generally applies to Robin Trower!
The frst two tracks come out of the gate blazing, with Frank completely shredding on his Gibson SG. The Reply and Dragonfly are completely rockin’ and funky. Nice groove. Additionally, Frank has nice guitar tone with no matter amp, pedals, and results he may need been utilizing.
Album comprises the requisite blues and Chuck Berry covers, which go over nicely. And Hendrix (right here’s the place I meet the evaluation requirement about mentioning Hendrix) will get lined with a smokin’ model of Purple Haze. Even the prolonged jams saved my consideration. Not an excessive amount of extreme wanking happening right here. Whilst you hear the time period Blues Rocker describe some artists and guitarists, I favor to think about Frank Marino as extra of a “Rock Blueser”, if that’s a factor. Extra on the rock aspect of issues with the vibe and tone.
On this Expanded Version of Reside you additionally get a pair tracks recorded on the 1978 Cal Jam II competition, an album I even have and possibly my first publicity to Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. The 2 tracks right here have been tucked away on aspect 4 of the vinyl Cal Jam II album, most likely not performed as a lot by me as the edges with Aerosmith and Ted Nugent.
I give this one a 8 out of 10 because it’s one thing I can take heed to time and again. Good introduction to the artist in the event you’ve heard nothing else.
Invoice Griffin: A very good album however not likely consultant of the band whose music is much more refined than demonstrated right here.
Closing Rating: Awaiting last end result
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