viernes, 20 de agosto de 2010

Cry Of Love - Brother

1993. Vamos a recordar hoy a una de las bandas más interesantes aparecidas a principios de la década de 1990 al calor del éxito de grupos como The Black Crowes. Cry of Love nacen en Carolina del Norte en 1989 comandados por el excelente guitarrista Audley Freed, que curiosamente acabó tocando con los cuervos en disco ("Lions") y giras (la del propio disco, además de grabar la soberbia unión con Jimmy Page para el "Live at the Greek"), además de en el segundo en solitario de Chris Robinson (amén de infinidad de colaboraciones). En los míticos Muscle Shoals Sound Studios y en 20 días escasos de noviembre de 1992 se grabó este esperanzador debut que hacía presagiar una carrera llena de éxitos. Finalmente no fue así y tras la entrada de un nuevo vocalista (Robert Mason, ahora en Warrant, en sustitución de Kelly Holland) y un segundo disco en 1997 ("Diamonds and Debris") la banda se separó. Una pena, ciertamente, y una prometedora carrera que se disolvió como azucarillo en café caliente. Os copio la info del MySpace, que no doy para más... ¡Salud!
The founding members of Cry of Love are all experienced musicians from small rural communities in North Carolina USA. Prior to the formation Cry of Love, Drummer Jason Patterson was playing in a revised line-up of 70’s rockers 'Nantucket' whilst guitarist Audley Freed and Bassist Robert Kearns had played in 'Sidewinder' a legendary cover band in the NC area. In 1989 the three musicians left the cover band circuit and began rehearsing in Raleigh whilst looking for a singer to front the band. Intial singer was Pee Wee Watson, who had played in Nantucket and later, the Nantucket off-shoot band PKM. The band eventually recruited singer Kelly Holland in November 1991. Kelly was actually the bands first choice for vocalist and only became available after making a decision not to follow his band 'The Point' to Los Angeles in October 1991. They began recording a demo with friend/producer John Custer. John, who had produced US Hardcore Metal band Corrosion of Conformity, helped them by working around the studio’s paying customers. Sessions were cheap but might only last a few hours before a two week break. In short, everything was far from finished when a friend of Audley’s, Pepper Keenan of COC, was rehearsing for a tour in the studio right next door to Cry of Love. Pepper, asked for a tape to take with him on the upcoming Corrosion of Conformity tour, under strict instruction from the members of Cry of Love NOT to play it to anybody. Within a short time, Pepper Keenan had played the tape for Corrosion of Conformity’s record label and Cry of Love were invited to set-up a show. Columbia A&R man, Josh Sarubin, later said after hearing the first 10 seconds he had already made up his mind he wanted to sign the band. The video of the show was sent back to the record company president and Cry of Love were told to “Get a lawyer”.... The band had their first rehearsal with Kelly on November 1st 1991, played their first show in January 1992, got offered their deal 1st day of June, signed it on August 10th and were in Muscle Shoals studios on November 1st 1992. The now legendary debut album ‘Brother’ took 20 days to record. Within another year ‘Peace Pipe’, taken from the debut album, was at the top of US magazine Billboard’s Album Rock Chart. Cry of Love's 1993 debut album Brother yielded two other rock radio hits. "Bad Thing" and "Too Cold In The Winter" were the soundtrack for an extensive 18 month tour opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Rodgers, Bad Company, ZZ Top and playing in Europe as support for Robert Plant. In addition, they continued their own heavy touring schedule, where they freely jammed on extended versions of album material and preceded their second UK tour with a well received spot at the 1994 Donnington Festival. It therefore came as something of a surprise when Kelly Holland departed later that year. 'Brother' had sold over 220,000 copies in the States alone. After parting ways with their singer the band launched an exhaustive search for a new voice while writing songs and rehearsing for a new album. Former Silent Witness and Lynch Mob vocalist Robert Mason was eventually recruited to replace Holland as the band's new frontman. With a new singer in tow Cry of Love entered Jag Studios in Raleigh with producer/engineer John Custer once again and recorded the second album 'Diamonds & Debris' for release in 1997. Mason had come to the band after Cry of Love had received in the region of 400 demo tapes from singers looking for the job. Unfortunately, the band failed to achieve the level of success that 'Brother' had enjoyed. Columbia pulled back tour support for the album and the band split towards the end of 1997. There was no way the band could afford to continue touring without the help of a label....
Pues eso, fantástico debut de un grupo bastante olvidado pero que no nos cansaremos de reivindicar. 9/10
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7 comentarios:

lu dijo...

Hola Sr. Mondongo, he visto la portada de este disco en la orilla de un blog que frecuento y he pinchado corriendo. Es la primera vez que entro, pleased to meet you. ME ENCANTA este disco, es la leche. Hace tiempo lo colgué en mi blog, preguntándome qué había sido de este grupo, ya que sólo conocía el paradero de Audley Freed. Pues bien, no sabes el cabreo que me cogí cuando por los comentarios de la gente me enteré de que el cantante está en una banda de versiones tocando en bares, bodas y cutre-fiestas. Qué injusticia más grande. Ésta es la página web, da pena entrar, a mí se me rompe el corazón de lo chunga que es.
http://www.crushband.net/
Saludos!

Ofersan dijo...

Sin duda uno de aquellos discos que de haber salido un par de años antes habrian llegado más lejos. saludos.

El Bola dijo...

Su Benevolísima Majestad, simplemente las más extensas G R A C I A S. Justo acabo de terminar de escucharlo, es un verdadero discazo... y quizá no tendré un gusto musical muy depurado, pero éste ya mismo me lo compro, para luego hacerlo un fijo en mi reproductor de MP3.

charnalusa dijo...

Una vez más gracias por descubrirme a otra buena banda, que buenos eran. Otros que van a la lista de los malditos, nosotros disfrutamos dándole ese matiz pero a ellos no les hará ni puñetera gracia la dichosa etiqueta.

tantangao dijo...

Tremenda banda, tremendo disco. Siempre en mis favoritos. Muchísimas gracias!

J.M.B. dijo...

Para mi gusto es uno de los mejores discos de los 90. Los descubrí gracias a la relación con Corrosion Of Conformity y al productor John Custer. Escuchar Brother es algo especial. Muy grande.

Un saludo.

Anónimo dijo...

Señores Reino de Mondongo:

Buenas noticias, luego del penoso pero interesante dato aportado por lu:

Kelly Holland quiere volver al ruedo, esta vez liderando una banda llamada Sun Dog. Al parecer se cansó de las cutre-fiestas de Crush y forma toldo aparte. El link con un sencillo bastante interesante:

http://youtu.be/Dm15zWQyTYA