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!
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