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certainly be missed. However, John Locke, extraordinary keyboard man is still in the group as well as drummer Ed Cassidy. This wouldn't have been enou to satisfy me. The two new members the group are the Stahely brothers, and J. Christian. No they 're not a vaude- ville act. Al plays bass and handles lead vocals. J. plays guitars. The pleasant re- sult, to my surpdse, was a Spirit that really is together. Cassidy 's drumming has improved a hundred per cent, and Locke has provided some really excellent key- board work without hogging the album which he very well could have done. So much for the remnant half of Spirit . New member Al Stahely plays a mean bass and delivers powerful vocals in the fine tradi- tion of Jay Ferguson . In fact his style is a bit similar to Jay's. J . Christian Stahely plays a lead guitar only excelled by California and no others. But California doesn 't have him beaten by much. The album starts out with a heavy rocker. Chelsea Girls, which exhibits the real tightness of the group. It also repre- sents a style that the old Spirit were always capable of but could never quite achieve. Cadillac Cowboys, the next tune is another heavy rocker in which Al Stahely belts out a powerful , fine vocal. Also, John Locke and J . Christian Stahely really get it on, with some great interplay between piano and guitar, with a I' spun thrown at rock stars through lyrics. The record just keeps getting better as Puesta Del Scam, a Locke composition, comes on. An instrumental, the group really plays as a unit on this number. Plays is an understatement. They sound like they've been at it together for years. The guitar solo in the tun is excellent. To show that the group is really equal in all aspects is the fact that new member Al Stahely wrote seven of the ten num- bers on the albu, more than a significant con tri bu tion for any new member. Darkness, a slower number, once again exhibits the keyboard and guitar at their best. Other highlights on the album are Mellow Morning, an excellent all accoustic track and Trancas Fog Out, an- other instrumental where the group really puts it together. The only bad thing one could say about the group is the fact that Al and J. Christian Stahely are carbon copies of the previous members of Spirit. Perhaps this might stifle further growth or develop- ment. Actually no. Spirit has never had as together a sound as they do now, and even if carbon copies is the case, why not? They've certainly persented than a substantial contribution to as that wouldn't have lasted otherwise.

well done in this sense. The best track in this direction however, is Me You Mine, which is damn nice, all accoustic. Okay, so far so good , but then the guys get this silly notion that maybe they could get away with some two bit King Crimson imita- tions. Scarecrow and Kerosene, seem to be one suite for lack of a better word. Scarecrow comes off like one of King Crimson's early preachy efforts, although the lyrics are potent, to say the least . Kerosene comes laong then and blasts at you after the accoustic Scarecrow number and it sounds like a dis -jointed King Crimson freakish number. The only salvageable items in the track, are Rupert's vocal and Terry Cox's percussion line. The most together track on the al- bum is Medicine Monday, a real- ly wicked little number with some strange cannibalistic lyrics that eat you right up. The

• MICHAEL SAJECKI

RUPERT HINE/DAVID MACIVER: PICK UP A BONE

CAPITOL SMAS 87~

Most records around these days can be classified in various bags - hard rock, acid rock , blues, folk and other variations. Of- ten times, one gets sick of records that stick like glue to the format of said bag. One then looks for something innovative or radically different. If this be your plight , avid readers , then Pick Up A Bone is the record for you. It doesn't sound like anything you 've ever heard before . In fact , to push it a little farther , it doesn't sound like much of anything. This might seem a bit too strong for any record , but I don't think I've ever heard a record that didn 't affect me either negatively positively until this one came along. First of all , there is no one sound on the al- bum. In other words, the music is scat- tered in style and direction . Which can be good or bad. Rupert Hine on guitar and vocals and Dave Maciver who wrote all the music and plays guitar, have gathered some impressive people to help them out. Roger Glover produced the record and did an excellent job. The sound, as scat- tered as it is, sounds well done at least. Paul Buckmaster, Elton John's cohort, took care of the orchestral arrangements nicely, which turns out to be one of the album's strong points . Steve Hammond and Peter Robinson, two great musicians from the now defunct Quartermass, ap- pear on the album, but except for a few instances, their presence on the album is somewhat minor in import. To complete the list, Terry Cox, drummer from Pen- tangle, adds some very different but ap- pealing percussion. And yet, with all these fine people present, the album still fails to take off. There is some fine soft accoustic stuff on the album, Landscape and More than one, less than five are both

guitar, they finally decided to use an electric one, is decent enough. The only other thing worth mentioning is the fact that Boo Boo's Faux Pas has a brilliant saxophone arrangement. Pick Up a Bone's disjointed sound had a lot to do with the fact that emphasis, even over-emphasis, was placed on the lyrics. Music to fit lyrics without desire for attempted cohesion is a drag. Well anyway, Pick Up a Bone is interesting. They'd be more interesting if they (Rupert and Dave) would pursue one style, one sound rather than a multi- plicity of sounds. They really do need a bag, even if its one to be pulled over their heads.

SPIRIT: FEEDBACK

EPIC KE 31175

As you recall, awhile back, I reviewed Jo Jo Gunne, what I believed to be the last living remnants of the old Spirit Group. I was mistaken. Spirit, or rather a new Spirit group still exists . I didn't know what to expect from them. First of all, Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes had de- parted - Jo Jo Gunne being their latest creation. God knows what's-happened to lead guitarist Randy California. He would

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