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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mylon Lefevre - Rock N' Roll Resurrection

Band: Mylon Lefevre
Album: Rock N' Roll Resurrection
Year: 1979
Style: Funk Rock, Disco
Similar Bands: Blasters, War, Parliament Funkadelic, Steve Miller Band
"One Word" Review: Mature Southern Disco-Ronk
Based Out of: Gulfport, Mississippi
Label: Mercury, Phonogram, Polygram

Rock N' Roll Resurrection - Cover & Sleeve

Rock N' Roll Resurrection - Back & Sleeve

Rock N' Roll Resurrection - Record

Rock N' Roll Resurrection (1980)
  1. Let it Flow 4:27
  2. Shake 2:52
  3. Prisoner 3:02
  4. Life Saver 3:34
  5. Baby Don't Hold Back Now 3:36 /
  6. Dance the Night Away 5:13
  7. Sunlight 5:17
  8. I Keep On Loving You 3:29
  9. Work To Do 3:22
  10. Declaration of Love 3:35
Album Rating (1-10): 5.0

Members & Other Bands:Lillian Boutte - Vocals (Olympia Brsss Band)
Tony Broussard - Bass
Nancy Fisher - Vocals
Skip Godwin - Engineer, Remixing
Sam Henry Jr - Keyboards, Fender
Steve Hughes - Guitar
Mylon LeFevre - Guitar, Vocals (Singing LeFevres, Holy Smoke Doo Dah Band, The Gathering Ground Band, Airborn, Broken Heart)
Vernon Manuel - Vocals
Sharon Nabonne - Vocals
Leo Nocentelli - Bass, Guitar (Meters, Funky Meters)
Roger Pope - Drums (Hookfoot)
Caleb Quaye - Gutiars (Argosy, Hookfoot)
Tom "Rock" Robb - Bass
Allen Toussaint - Keyboards, Acoustic Piano, Clavinet, Electric 88, Producer, Remixing Vocals (Background)
Kenneth "Afro" Williams - Percussion
Joel Katz - Personal Representation
Mike McCarty - Art Direction & Photography
Danny Jones - Recording

Unknown-ness: Never heard of Mylon, but as far as I can tell by the title and artwork, this looks to be a straight up Glam record. The hair, leather, title Rock N' Roll Resurrection, and emotion on the live shot just scream style over content. There is a chance that there is more prog than glam, but that is a fine line in the first place. Either way, looking at all of that in comparison to the song titles, it should at least be a fun record. Also like the disclaimer: "If you don't like rock & roll, put this back where you got it"

Album Review: So from what I read, this is his departure album. From here he found his god and dedicated his life to Christian things, including his own ministry. It will be fun to see if there was any hint of that here, or if this was simply over-saturation of “sin” which lead to rehab and mind erasing.

“Let it Flow” slowly, grooves in with wood block clicks and a bluesy deep guitar. The vocals are gritty and not quite words. There is a delightful backing chorus of female vocals which give the song a lot of class, and oddly, a touch of disco. But that could also be the strings that accompany the vocals. The rest of the song is funky, thanks to the bouncy bass. And sax is added in the end, as if to say this is what we were going for all along, and we’re just now giving the riddle away.
“Shake” starts with horns from the get go and grooves along with a fun bluesy R&B melody. Most of the lyrics are a general advisement on how to do the dance move, the shake, just like oldies taught you the twist or the swim.
“Prisoner” feels more southern rock/country in nature than funk or R&B. But here the lyrics are intelligible and deep pitch. This is a Sunday morning song, as in, it could accompany a waking up at home scene. The end features the female chorus in the background lightening up the mood even more, and bringing a gospel feel to the song.
“Life Saver” is a super space funky groove, with watery, echoy jangle-guitar and exotic stellar synth effects all backed by an enlightening bass line.
“Baby Don't Hold Back Now” slips down south for a healthy dose of southern rock. A tinkling honky-tonk piano is buried down deep.

“Dance the Night Away” is a soulful sexy disco number. Strings, wakka-wah guitar and horns take you back to the roller-disco floor. The straight forward two beat drums fuel the coked up dancing rut. And the name pretty much says it all. Toward the end, bongos enter the music soundscape, bringing a more honest jungle rhythm
“Sunlight” begins with a sentimental tinkling piano, and the vocals are light like a Bee-Gees song, or a musical’s take on a day of awakening on a new life. Perhaps this could be read as his awakening to religion, because it sure sounds like it could be.
“I Keep On Loving You” brings back the funk with an honest, cultured vocal, and a side stepping rhythm. The backing female chorus supports the basic melody with its non-lyrical ooohs and baaahs.
“Work To Do” is a shaking jittery funk song, reminding me a little of the singing style of the Black Crows. It has that touch of Disco at the same time, but it can really be seen as either genre, or both at the same time.
“Declaration of Love” has a slow tempo and understanding vibe in its tone. It builds up slowly, sparingly and simplistically with a jangly guitar, slow bass beat, steady drums, female chorus and string section until they come together in a disco ballad chorus.

Stand Out Track: Life Saver

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