Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Baby Grand - Ancient Medicine (1978)

Baby Grand, a Philadelphia based band, wrote a unique blend of AOR and progressive rock that melded the sounds of artists like Yes, Steely Dan and Morningstar to name a few. Though their two album career was rather short, they managed to wow critics and industry insiders with their fluid and complex instrumentation. This, their 2nd album, was released by Arista records and found itself at the mercy of a growingly fickle audience. In a time where Journey and Boston were ruling the airwaves, it seemed as though Baby Grand was just to sublime for their own good. This of course, takes nothing away from the material here, as it was so well executed and written that you can't help but take notice. Sadly, within a year, this band was in the throes of a breakup. Half the band went on to join Nektar in 1980 for their excellent "Magic Is a Child" album. The other half formed The Hooters and experienced the mainstream success they were waiting for.

It's doubtful that we'll ever see the Baby Grand catalogue reissued, so this vinyl rip will have to suffice in the meantime. Look out for Baby Grand's other album in the coming days!

6 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Hi,
Again, another excelent post. I`m a huge fan of Nektar but i`ve never heard before Baby Grand, and I like it a lot.
Miguel

Gumby said...

These guys really put on a grand sound on this album. Wonderful, eclectic powerpop, many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wow, unique, awesome album. Thanks!

FuNkAdeLiC said...

This is a gr8 one...thanx 4 sharing

Anonymous said...

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ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED!!

GREAT BLOG CHEERS FROM MEXICO!!

BERNARDO CASARIN