Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Karroll Brothers - Karroll Brothers (1978)

Canada's Karroll Brothers consisted of three brothers (Peter, Paul and John) and Steven Balison. Formed in early 1970, the Karroll Brothers have a rather foggy backstory, but is is know that they amassed quite a repertoire of original material before finally issuing their self-titled debut on their own private label in 1978. The album fared well in the pacific northwestern region of the states, as well as parts of Canada. Touring in support of many legendary acts ensued over the next few years, while the band continued issuing albums.

Though the band's activities are in flux at the present, the band have stated they intend on recording a live album. Some of the band's previously issued material was remastered for CD in 2001. Peter has also been working in publishing and production for numerous canadian acts like Bif Naked and Annihilator.

"Karroll Brothers" perplexes me, because it does contain some decent material, but it seems tame when considering the band's self-proclaimed "high energy rock" status. Most of what can be found here is decent, if unremarkable, classic rock with slight AOR flourishes. Synths can be found all over the place, but only as a means of coloring the arrangements. The melodies seem to be the downfall here, as they do little to enhance the memorability of the material. Most of the tracks here are midtempo and lackadaisical, doing little to create dynamic peaks and valleys. To their credit, the musicianship is tight and proficient...but ultimately, they fail to mask the ordinary feel of this album. Since this is merely my opinion, I urge everyone to grab this and reach their own conclusion. Enjoy this 'orchman' vinyl rip...

9 comments:

!vinyljunkie! said...

First off nice blog Ronnie, you seem to have found a musical niche & are covering it quite throughly.
I'm not sure who this orchman is that you refer to but I can tell you that the Karroll Bros album as well as a number of other Canadian stuff you've posted are actually my rips (not that I mind this is why I've ripped them to begin with).
If you or any of your faithfull readers are soulseek users you will know I'm King of the CanCon (that has a nice ring don't it) :-)
Anyways keep up the good work EH

PLPD
!vinyljunkie!

micksguitar said...

great lp. i had this one and i really liked it.but alas it to vanished over the years. thanx 4 the chance to hear it again. mick.

'orchman' said...

Well i just would like to say that i have never claimed that it was my rips of the Canucky-albums, some i might have found on different P2P's, others i've got through trades (and a few i ripped myself). And who ever it was that ripped them i have no clue about but if they now are all your rips !vinyljunkie! i can only say thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

I agree Ronnie, this is fairly limp when you compare it to their tag-line of 'high-energy rock n roll'. For me, the band come off sounding like a workingman's version of Zon and Lynx. Still, one for the collectors I guess..

gdazegod
www.glory-daze.com

Anonymous said...

Hey vinyljunkie, what is your username on soulseek?, have we hooked up before;-)

Lambretta said...

Man...I sure remember the cover of the second record "Baby Get Down".

Probably the most politically incorrect album cover of the 80s.

woodsie01 said...

HEY! Can I get this album from you? Cant find it anywhere and I NEED it woodsie01 at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

i dont hear much about your keyboard player who was fantastic i did hear that for years you practised in his parents basement and that they financed your first album i hope you get together for a reunionalbum that would be great i remember that big hat that the keyboard player used to wear

cindy davis said...

I was married to the keyboard player his name was steve balison and my name is cindy yes that is where they started in steves parents basement and yes they did finance the first album he passed away a few years ago and he was a great keyboard player self taught he left 2 sons who are talented also my email is cindydavis@live.ca if you would like any more info on him thanks for remembering him his sons would appreciate that take care