Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Savage Grace - s/t 1970 / "2" 1971

Savage Grace (not to be confused of the heavy metal band from the 1980's of the same name) was a progressive rock band from Detroit, Michigan formed in the late 1960's by guitarist Ron Koss, keyboardist John Seanor, and drummer Larry Zack, who were the nucleus of a jazzy trio called Scarlet Letter (with two albums released on Mainstream Records). The addition of vocalist/bassist Al Jaquez transformed the band into Savage Grace. The band was signed to Reprise and released their eponymous debut in 1969.
Upon moving to Los Angeles the following year, the band embarked on a second (and much more heavier!) album which took almost two years to complete. By 1972, the trail had ended and the band went their separate ways, having never achieved the success that seemed their due. The songwriting and musicianship was top notch, but in the long run, perhaps the band was too eclectic for mainstream audiences.

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