Canada's Crowcuss have the distinction of being one of the better bands with a relation to the legendary Guess Who. Formed by Guess Who alumni, Bill Wallace and Greg Leskiw in 1976, the quintet landed a deal with Stoney Plain Records and released their self-titled debut the following year. Soon the band was off touring the country with many of the successful canadian acts of the era, bringing them to a wider audience in the process. At the conclusion of a long tour, the band entered the studio (sans Leskiw) and recorded their followup, "Starting To Show", which hit the streets in early 1979. More touring ensued, but it wasn't long before internal conflict, managerial disputes and difficulties with their label forced Wallace to jump ship, effectively grounding the band for good.
"Starting To Show" is an excellent effort with a perfect balance of pop and AOR. With inventive melodies, tight instrumentation and fabulous vocal harmonies, it just doesn't get any better than this. Similar to bands like Mayday, MPG and a lighter Wrabit, Crowcuss displays a knack for infectiously addictive songwriting. With a bloodline like theirs, it's really strange that the band were not able to break internationally. With proper promotion and higher visibility, who knows where this would have taken them. Sadly, we'll never know but we can listen to this in retrospect and marvel at this stellar offering from the great white north. Straight from 'aor66', dig this excellent vinyl rip!
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