Thursday, June 28, 2007

Attila - Attila (1970)

By request...Attila is an infamous psych/hard rock duo from NY, which included one William Joel prior to his days as the "Piano Man". Recorded and released in 1970, the album was met with general indifference and vanished into thin air. Attila was formed from the remnants of Joel's previous band, The Hassles. Along with the former drummer, Jon Smalls, the newly dubbed Attila crafted an extremely unique sound consisting of nothing but organ and drums. What made this so unique was Joel's use of effects pedals (wah wah, fuzz, distortion and flange), which mimed guitars so effectively that you really didn't notice their absence. To their discredit, by and large the material was dreadful. Aside from the two opening tracks, the remainder of the album is rife with meandering improvisation and juvenile lyrics. The album has been bestowed the honor of being called the worst album recorded in the history of rock. Now THAT is a mighty claim!

So is it all that bad? Well, download at your own risk and find out for yourself. There's a good reason why Billy Joel has spent decades buying up any copies he can track down!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this album - it rocks! Don't understand why this album gets such a bad rap. Billy Joel could have held his own alongside Jon Lord or Keith Emerson if he kept this up.

- Boomland

duck_stab said...

i love that joel tried to kill himself following the album's release by drinking furniture polish. too bad he wasn't successful.

ssed2k said...

Bad, but better than Iron Butterfly. :-)

Anonymous said...

I think the people didn´t judge the music but the cover.
Nevertheless a average band.

Kosmonaut

Anonymous said...

It`s a matter of taste!!! But not mine
Miguel

Anonymous said...

can you upload again ? I lost this masterpiece of rock some years ago. Thanx

Anonymous said...

please upload again. thanx

Anonymous said...

You seem to be the only blogger who has ever posted this album. But the links are down. Could you please upload again?
Thanks!

Axel said...

Let them all say what they want. I love this album. Have three copies on Vinyl myself and looking for the CD. Only have the cover. Was sold with the wrong CD.

Steve McQueen said...

Please re-up this, I'd really like to have this one in good quality. Would be much appriciated!