The Michael Stanley Band's live album Stagepass is a fine example of the no-frills rock & roll concert experience. Fitting on one CD, the Cleveland quintet recorded this double album over three consecutive nights in October 1976 at their hometown's old Agora Ballroom, which was destroyed by a fire a few years later. Five of the songs on Stagepass are new. The band was working on a studio album at the time, but in the liner notes of the 1992 compilation Right Back at Ya (1971-1983), Stanley says Epic Records wanted a live album to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive!. The first cut, "Midwest Midnight," is a catchy rocker with Stanley's sneering vocals and cynically venomous, anti-music biz lyrics -- although the first verse is about masturbation. "Real Good Time," written and sung by bassist Daniel Pecchio, starts as a melancholy ballad, picks up momentum, and then eases back down again. "Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind" is a solid pop-rock number written and sung by lead guitarist Jonah Koslen. "Movin' Right Along" is a 9½-minute jam highlighted by keyboardist Bob Pelander's jazzy piano solo. "Waste a Little Time on Me" is a lazy ballad oddly reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett. Koslen's "Wild Sanctuary" is an offbeat rocker. "Let's Get the Show on the Road" provides Stanley's band with another chance to stretch out. Koslen's singalong favorite "Strike Up the Band" closes Stagepass. Awesome album cover, too.
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Performance CreditsMichael Stanley Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Dobeck Conga,Drums
Jonah Koslen Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dan Pecchio Bass,Flute,Vocals
Bob Pelander Keyboards,Vocals
Michael Stanley Band Track Performer
Technical CreditsMichael Stanley Arranger,Composer,Producer
Allan Blazek Producer,Engineer
Tommy Dobeck Arranger,Producer
Jonah Koslen Arranger,Producer
Ed Mashal Engineer
Dan Pecchio Arranger,Producer
Bill Szymczyk Producer,Remixing
Bob Pelander Arranger,Producer
Ed Marshall Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stage Pass based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is one of those gotta have cd's! I have seen this band many times in Cleveland and the spirit of live recording shines brightly...You wont believe your ears....Right up there with the best live recordings.....ENJOY!!
Michael Stanley captures the bar band feeling and brings it to life on this CD. Growing up on MSB, this set brings me back to the 70's when you could grab a couple of beers, sit back at the Agora and enjoy some fantastic tunes. The vocals are outstanding as well as the musicianship--a must have in this genre.
this is one of the best bands of all time