Thursday, June 28, 2007

Stepson - Stepson (1974)

Portland's Stepson were a sweatdrenched bluesy hard rock act that rose from the ashes of defunct area band, Touch. Their sole album was released on ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974, though the band were essentially a studio creation. Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of this amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success among collectors and obscurity geeks. Though the album doesn't reinvent the wheel, it is a fine example of Detroit style hard rock with a healthy dose of punk attitude. Easily one of the best example of "cock rock" to come along at such an early stage of the genre's existence, Stepson deserve recognition for their meager contribution to rock music. After the band's efforts to record a followup were snuffed out, several members went on to later work for Elektra Records. Others went on to do session work for notably fluffier artists like Carole King, James Taylor and Shaun Cassidy.

Check out this top notch album in all it's digital glory. You'll be glad you did!

9 comments:

Midnightsun said...

Incredible album ?
YES
one of my fave Rockers
cheers!

Anonymous said...

This one seems to have a problem with the link...

ametalhead1966 said...

Great Post...I nabbed this the other day...WOW!!
These guys shoulda been HUGE...
Thanks fo Sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear this Stepson album. Thanks heaps!

Anonymous said...

I just discovered the blog because of a comment at the Orexis-blog. This one I was looking for a long time.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Drummer, Len Fagan, here. I must make a correction on the post. Stepson was NOT a "studio creation", as is said. Maybe you are thinking of Touch, who's LP was released in 1968-69, and features 3 or the 4 members of Stepson. We performed EXTENSIVELY in the L.A. area, from early 72 thru 74, and were house band at The Whisky, in addition to opening concerts for a LOT of big acts from that period, in major L.A. concert venues, and were known as a very exciting live act. If anyone ever reads this, I can be reached at:
len.fagan@yahoo.com

Thanks for remembering us! Len

iggyd said...

GREAT FUCKING BAND! Shoulda been HUGE!
Thank you so much for this post.
There is a great article about STEPSON in the Winter 2009 (#29) issue of Ugly Things magazine. As always its very well written and researched with contributions from the band. Anyone interested should start there (after downloading the album here of course, cause you can't buy it anywhere anymore, I know because I tried)

Anonymous said...

Saw Stepson at the Beachhouse in Santa Monica.

Magnus J said...

Sittin here with an ABC original. Anyone knows how much it's worth? Is it rare?

/M