What it sound like: civilization from southern Illinois trying to play southerly rock—like Lynyrd Skynyrd meets AC/DC. The kind of point that’s to be reincarnated by the likes of the Drive-By Truckers and also Blitzen Trapper.

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Best Track: “Love Me Tonight.” This song shows that 1975 to be still the free love era, and also people were proud that it. Inspect the lyrics: “I don’t recognize where you to be or that you remained in but I believe you’ve got precisely what ns need.”

It opens with rapidly strummed guitars the sound precisely like the start of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” and then goes into their standard southerly rock routine—jaunty keyboards, a fancy guitar riff or two, and also that’s that.

Worst Track: “Fly by Night Lady.” Actual opening lyrics: “You informing me that you ain’t a fly by night lady however I seen you going down once you believed nobody else to be around.” Eww. Climate there’s frantic, Keith Moon-wannabe drumming, intermittent screams that “Hey ladyyyyyy” and also the sort of synthesizer solo that was way too popular earlier then.

Who you deserve to thank for the exceptional cover art: art direction: Roland Young, former Cover Photography: lining Beeson, ago Cover Photography: Jerry Tovo. Over there was some speculation in the office the the earlier cover picture was bring away in the Olivette Diner.


Interesting Facts: Head east hails from South central Illinois and also played its an initial show in Carbondale. St. Louis, however, is often cited together their hometown (there’s a shout the end to their “St. Louis road Crew” on the liner note to this record). Head east recorded and released Flat together A Pancake itself (on its very own label, referred to as Pyramid) when attending the college of Illinois-Champaign in 1974.

The document did well enough to earn them a contract v A&M Records, i m sorry re-released that in 1975. It finished up going gold, v the singles “Never Been any Reason” and also “Love Me Tonight” both charting in the Billboard peak 100.

It was every downhill indigenous there. Head east released nine more albums, no one as successful as the first. That is self-titled album native 1978 and also live album from 1979 to be the last gasps at notoriety, peaking at 78 and 96 on the Billboard pop album charts.

In 1979 command singer and also founding member john Schlitt to be booted for the tape for drug and alcohol suspended (he was later on born again and also fronted the contemporary Christian group Petra). Head east went with a variety of line increase changes, proceeding to release documents all the means up to 1988’s Choice that Weapons.

Head east still performs today, however only keyboardist i get it Boyd stays from the original line-up. Here’s the tape in 2008.

Info indigenous AllMusic, Wikipedia, and Head East’s official site.

-- Keegan Hamilton

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