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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beaverteeth - s/t

Name: Beaverteeth
Album: s/t
Year: 1977
Style: AOR, Southern Pop/Rock
Similar Bands: Badfinger, Supertramp, B.T. Thomas, Big Star, Wings, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Kinks, Airwaves
"One-Word" Review: Southern-Lite-Disco-Beatles
Based Out Of: Doraville, Georgia
Label: RCA, Victor
Beaverteeth - Cover & Record
Beaverteeth - Back & Record

Beaverteeth (1977)
  1. I'm Callin' 5:13
  2. Just Another Local Band 3:47
  3. You Wanna Go To Heaven 4:27
  4. Where no Man's Been Before 1:53
  5. Dixie Fried 3:31/
  6. Sing For You 5:10
  7. Sacred Harmony 3:58
  8. Hope 2:37
  9. The World's Really Flat 3:10
  10. Where Does Love Go 3:09
Album Rating (1-10): 8.0

Members & Other Bands:
Steve Clark - Engineer
Rodney Justo - Producer, Vox, Guitar (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Roy Orbison, Candymen)
Larry Hunter - Vox, Drums
David Adkins Vox, Guitar, Keys
Jeff Cheshire - Vox, Bass
John Rainey Adkins - Vox, Guitar
Jay Scott - Horn, Vocals (Background)
Laura Scott - Horn, Vocals (Background)
John Ragsdale - String Arrangements
Paul Cochran - Executive Producer
Ron Stansell - Executive Producer
Ken Harper - Artwork
M. Silver Jr - Photography
D.H. Wickham - Photography

Unknown-ness: I’ve never heard of this band, but just from the name and the artwork, the juvenile me had to nervously giggle a bit as I bought it. The main telling of what I can expect in the music comes from the lunar pictures of the band members on the back, sporting the unmistakable 70’s southern rock uniform: Collars, long hair, scruffy facial hair, and the glasses. As for the artwork, I can’t really tell what kind of music it advertises. I’d like to say progressive, but it is more novelty than that, so I don’t really think it is prog. Anyway, it looks like a great album, definitely going to be interesting.

Album Review: “I'm Callin'” is a chill, mellow soft southern rock song. It has a little of the 70’s funk mixed in via organ and disco string section.
“Just Another Local Band” feels more folky, but also part earlier Bee Gees. This would have been on the radio, and I could see it being covered by current artists like Wilco, which would now be ironic. After the first section, it rocks out, and feels like a Big Star song
“You Wanna Go To Heaven” is a bit funkier with a pronounced bass section and light disco with a big horn section, and falsetto harmonizing chorus. “Where no Man's Been Before” sounds like a light Beatles “When I’m 64” mixed with the 70’s southern rock style the Kinks embraced. It is a cute, quiet song with a bit of a bluegrass feel.
“Dixie Fried” begins with a vocal that sounds a little like Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, and plenty of well placed southern harmonies in the background. The songs so far have not really been driving, they are lazy and slinky; meandering at their own pace. A few times the lead vocals come out with emotion, nearing a Jimmy Page level of screech and pitch.

“Sing For You” starts out with a very familiar melody, hard to place, but easy to enjoy. Maybe something from Wings? The song definitely reminds me of Paul McCartney’s lighter, simpler songbook. There is even a section, where they mix in I Am the Walrus’s breakdown melody, even jokingly claiming that the Beatles sound exactly like them. This is a southern rock gem. It has a positive vibe and a great repetitive upbeat hook.
“Sacred Harmony” is a slow ballad. The vocals are sentimental, and sad. The piano feels like it stumbles over itself, as if lightly drunk. The strings really work their way into the end, emphasizing the sentiment.
“Hope” is a nice sing song melody. The chorus does not deviate from the verse too much, it is just an accented, and more energetic version of the verse. A violin enters in near the end not adding anything more than a more complex sound scape.
“The World's Really Flat” picks up where “Sing For You” left off. Beautiful engaging harmonies and very rollercoaster-like melody that is reminiscent of the Beatles relaxed, later period and is toe-tapping fun. Actually it sounds very similar to Badfinger’s “No Matter What.” This is a great song.
“Where Does Love Go” relaxed the listener with one final ballad. It is much more confident than “Sacred Harmony” yet just as wispy and smooth. The chorus is louder vocally and emotional, boldly asking allowed the question in the title.

Stand Out Track: The World's Really Flat

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