Saturday, 17 March 2018

Pomp rockers Baby Grand in 1977 and 1978













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Note the wonderful cover painting of the first album that recalls a famous cartoon-like European artist (someone can remind me?) and the reference to the fruit-faces of Arcimbolo in the second.

For all those who love rock, let's salute these (3 to 5?) guys. Hugely enjoyable, well-written and well-played AOR pomp rock with not too much excess testosterone nor over-the-top vocal showmanship from this band from Philly.   They remind me a great deal of Ambrosia, but much more diluted in the progressive element.  Still, the songs are really strong.  Worth a few hours total of listening pleasure for anyone with two ears and a rock 'n' roll soul I would think:





Note how the F minor chord very cleverly segues down to an F major 7 in the piano intro.


From the first album, listen to the blissfully crafted 70s pop-rock with the hammered out piano chords, the syncopated bass pumping them along, the arabesque-like electric guitar licks weaving in and out and for a guitar solo in the middle, the tape played backwards Beatles-style, just so perfectly professionally done altogether:





"Yes, now you're in the spotlight, Caroline,
and is it all that you thought it would be?"


Too bad they only made two!


6 comments:


  1. 1977

    https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/6hd6yl



    1978

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    First three Ambrosia albums, for fun:

    https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/6z39k4

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  2. I don't know who the famous cartoon-like European artist is but I'll just acknowledge the cover art is by columbian Fernando Botero. :)

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  3. PS. Uhh, make that "colombian"...

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  4. I originally bought Baby Grands first album because of the cover artwork. Quickly became a fan of their music.
    Ambrosia's early albums included some KSHE classics as they're known around here. FM radio was great back then.

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  5. The European painter you' re looking for is from Austria his name is Manfred Deix.

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  6. the artist is the colombian Botero

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