Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bull Angus - s/t 1971 & "Free for All" 1972

From Prog Archives: "Known primarily to late 60's/early 70's vinyl fanatics, Bull Angus (a name inspired by the bull farms near a barn they'd rented for rehearsals) was a psychedelic blues band with significant prog leanings. Best evidence has them forming sometime in the late '60's in Poughkeepsie, NY, by guitarist Larry LaFalce and Dino Palillo.
The duo was soon joined by Geno Charles (drums),  Frankie Previte (vocals, recorder, percussion), Ron Picollo (keyboards), and Lenny Vendetti (bass). LaFalce and Vendetti were formerly with NY's The Pyramid, Preite with The Oxford Watchband, Picollo a member of the Revells. The group released a self-titled debut in 1971 on Mercury records, but poor marketing and sales meant that the band only released one more album, 1972's Free for All , before Angus split up. (although, Previte would go on to be a footnote in pop history having penned the lyrics to "Time of My Life" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack)

It's odd that the band didn't make a stronger impact at the time; their brand of post-psychedelic blues based prog successfully crossed jam-happy southern rock and budding prog. They were often compared to Uriah Heep and Atomic Rooster as well as homegrown Grand Funk Railroad."

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