Thursday, August 2, 2007

Bones - Bones (1972)

Bones were a logical progression from their predecessor, Peppermint Trolley Company, whose debut spawned a hit single in 1968. Peppermint Trolley Company would continue for a few more years issuing a string of singles that failed to bring success. In 1971, the Faragher brothers (who were the band's principal writers) decided to shift gears and begin assembling a new more soulful act to be known as Bones. Signpost Records opted to issue the band's self-titled debut the following year and quickly, the single "Roberta" made an appearance on the Billboard charts. The single was a midtempo 50's revival workout, which was quite different from the remainder of the album. This confused audiences and resulted in a noticable drop in sales, causing their debut to sink like a stone.

Luckily, MCA Records were there to save the band and undeterred, they stepped back into the studio and in 1973, "Waitin' Here" was issued. Sales were even more lackluster and no singles charted, prompting MCA to abandon Bones. Realizing defeat, the Faraghers disbanded Bones and spent time working with several of their brothers before being branded The Faragher Brothers and later, The Faraghers. One minor single and a few albums came and went before the Faraghers retired to production and other capacities outside of the industry.

The album, "Bones", is a groovy and often soulful experience with the brothers alternating vocals throughout. Breezy in all the right places, the album boldly opens with one of its true highlights, "Good Love". Other standouts are "Prisoner of Love", "Bustin' My Heart" and "Door to Door Love". Much of this album reminds me of late era Grand Funk or the funkier Kenner fronted lineup of James Gang. I even hear a softer early period Humble Pie here and there, with blues and soul being the underlying current in the proceedings. There's also a very slight west coast country rock vibe in places, though its presence is subtle.

Whatever your preference, this tight collection of Faragher originals is guaranteed to appeal to just about everyone's tastes in some capactiy. Give this one a try, you'll be glad you did!

14 comments:

Higginz said...

This is "happy rock music". It's impossible to sit still and not get into the soulful groove. A great album.
Thanks !

Higginz said...

I've found 707 'Magic' (2006) 320kbps mp3 (182 mb). Not sure if you're still interested in it?. I saw it on your wish list.
Let me know.

Ronnie (aka J) said...

Yes, I'd love to get my hands on that. Drop me a link here if you don't mind. I appreciate the tip! :)

Higginz said...

I don't have a premium membership at MegaUpload, so uploding takes like forever. ;)
I splitted it up to two files. I just finished uploading first one:

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EBF0CMY9

Higginz

Higginz said...

and here's part 2:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IJCJ6RPE

Enjoy ;)

Ronnie (aka J) said...

Thanks so much, Higginz, for the hookup. I'm loving this disc!

synthhtnys said...

Any chance of a re-up on Bones? Would love to hear it, I'm a big Peppermint Trolley fan... Would really apprecaite it, thanks.

Anonymous said...

no chance of this being uploaded again..? :|

bikeboy said...

I'm also hoping for a re-up on Bones. Would love to hear it, having just bought the Peppermint Trolley Co album, Beautiful Sun.

Anonymous said...

please! we're needing that album :P!

Anonymous said...

Update the reference, please!

Anonymous said...

Just to let you guys know you can find this album here http://fof2.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Any Chance of reuploading "Bones"
? Thanks, Tom

Danny Faragher said...

Hey, Danny Faragher here, of Bones, the Peppermint Trolley Company, and the Faragher Brothers. The Bones album was recorded in 1971 and '72. After we walked away from our ACTA deal as the PTC, we woodshed for two years to find a new sound, holing up in an old creamery in Marin County. When we were ready we came back down to Hollywood to land a record deal, loaded with new tunes and a brand new style . Richard Perry produced the first LP.

For more information on the band, visit...
http://www.dannyfaragher.com/bones.html

A podcast of a radio interview I did with Steve Stanley on LuxuriaMusic is also available...
http://www.dannyfaragher.com/interview_on_luxuria_radio_podcast.html

Peace,
Danny