Saturday, August 18, 2007

Morningstar - Venus (1979)

Contrary to the "sophomore jinx" that often plagues bands upon the release of their second album, Morningstar's "Venus" is almost a companion piece to its predecessor. Like the self-titled debut (posted earlier here), the band's sound is laden with a distinct AOR style that brings in very subtle shades of hard rock as well. This time around, the emphasis is placed on straightforward writing and much of the prog leanings are gone, but the band's sense of melody is more obvious here. With a sound not unlike Elefante era Kansas, Morningstar did what they did well, but ultimately the lack of a strong identity kept the band on the fringes while many of their more distinct contemporaries enjoyed success. This shortcoming aside, "Venus" is a fabulous way to familiarize yourself with one of Kansas City's most beloved 70's acts. Dig this excellent transfer from 'residentevil2'...

4 comments:

Higginz said...

I like this band. Great album. I like the song "Never Ment to Be", great build-up. They also do a great version of "Gimme Some Lovin'' (Spencer Davis Group), and the hard rockin' "Hard Bargain Driver" is also a favorite.

Thanks !

'orchman' said...

Man this is an awesome album, from the start to end. Excellent musicianship, nice arrangements, and the tunes are just blasters. A lost and forgoten gem for sure.
Tnanks for sharing R and RE2.

Anonymous said...

Ronnie,

What a GREAT post this one...I originally bought this album in a 2nd hand store in Dublin(EIRE) on a cold(but sunny!)winter morning in January 2001...My 2nd-and last,as of today-Vibe For Philo,the tribute concert to the mighty Phil Lynott...
The first song,"ANGEL",is dedicated to the loving memory of one Thomas Richard "Tommy" Bolin!
AWESOME!
Thanks again,
Nick_L Parma,Italy

Salty said...

KMAC in San Antonio you to spin this. I was lucky enough to see them in a support slot at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin as they were supporting this album. Not the best showmen, but fine musical chops.
Now I don't have to convert my vinyl.
Thanks