Live/Tales of the Unexpected/What's Next

Live/Tales of the Unexpected/What's Next

by Frank Marino & Mahogany RushFrank Marino & Mahogany Rush


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Mahogany Rush were always regarded as the poor relations of Rush, if they were thought of at all. In the U.S., they were regarded in certain markets (Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City) as true descendants of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but in the mid-'70s, that's what everyone was looking for. Frank Marino, the precocious 17-year-old who founded and led Mahogany Rush, was born a Texan but was raised in Montreal, and formed this band with two men who were already in their thirties, Canadian bassist Paul Harwood and Hawaiian native Jimmy Ayoub on drums. Their story is perverse and fascinating and Marino is, even though not recognized as such, one of rock & roll's true characters. The three albums on this collection, on the U.K.'s excellent BGO imprint, represent the sixth, seventh, and eighth in the band's career, recorded and released in 1978, 1979, and 1980, respectively, and all of them charted in the Billboard Top 200. According to John Tobler's excellent liner notes, nine of the band's albums charted between 1974 and 1982. This is the mature band at work here, and Live kicks it off with tracks from studio albums such as World Anthem and IV and some choice covers. Next up is the surreal half-live, half-studio Tales of the Unexpected, which begins with the funky psychedelia of "Sister Change" before going off into a frighteningly close cover of Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" (only the intro is different) and a tripped-out electric reading of Lennon and McCartney's "Norwegian Wood!" The rest of the album is offered at the beginning of disc two and it includes a slew of Marino "originals" that simultaneously worship at the Hendrix altar while taking into close consideration the blues-rock work of Jeff Beck, Cream, Pat Travers, and even Foghat. (Check "Down, Down, Down," with a direct rip of the main riff of Hendrix's "Manic Depression" as its verse and then a rip of the refrain from Beck's "Goin' Down!") The final album in the set, What's Next is more a straight-ahead hard/blues-rock effort with some killer guitar work by Marino on "Finish Line," a more than acceptable version of "Rock Me Baby," and a stellar and soulful rocker called "Something's Comin' Our Way." This was the album where Marino finally evolved into his own identity as a guitarist, songwriter, and arranger. It's one of the more underrated hard rock records of the 1980s. It's only lame track is a cover of the Doors' "Roadhouse Blues" that adds literally nothing to the original. Is this set a good investment? Let's face it, if you already dig Mahogany Rush, you need it because the sound is terrific. If you are student of rock history, this trilogy is one of its most forgotten chapters and needs to be heard to be believed, really.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2010
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261208941
catalogNumber: 6120894
Rank: 14833

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush   Primary Artist
Frank Marino   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Paul Harwood   Bass Guitar
Vince Marino   Rhythm Guitar
Nanette Workman   Background Vocals
Jim Zeller   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Slim Harpo   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Frank Marino   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bo Diddley   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Louis Levin   Direction
Louis Gauthier   Engineer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Tom Arrison   Engineer
David Krebs   Direction
Steve Leber   Direction
Paul Levesque   Direction

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