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Сообщение  fovit в Пт Дек 25, 2009 8:49 pm

Attila (US) - Attila, 1970 [2009, South Side]



Artist: Attila
Album: Attila
Year: 1970
Label: South Side, 2009
Style: Rock
Genre: Hard Rock
Format: FLAC (separate) +CUE+LOG+SCANS
Size: 276 Mb
Source: my CD collection


Billy Joel seems like the last people I'd bring up on this site, preferring to focus on non-mainstream acts. But there was a time in Joel's career before he inflicted us with cheesy hit after hit from the 1970s to 1990s (ie "Tell Her About It", "Uptown Girl", "We Didn't Start the Fire", "Just the Way You Are", "River of Dreams", all the reason why I avoided mainstream radio like the plague) where he was playing the most intense aggressive heavy rock known to man. And that was in 1970 when he was in a group called Attila.

Really, Attila was simply a group that came from the ashes of Joel's 1960's band The Hassles, as the only other member of this group was ex-Hassles drummer Jon Small. That's right: Billy Joel and Jon Small, no one else! Billy Joel sticks with Hammond organ and vocals (no piano!), and Jon Small on drums. And this is so far removed from the cheese Joel would later do it's hard to believe! Right away you get blasted with "Wonder Woman" with aggressive hard rock vocals and heavily fuzzed Hammond organ. "California Flash" comes to show the humorous side of Joel, about a stripper who got caught and was arrested. "Revenge Is Sweet", is, as you guess, another really harsh number with some very hostile lyrics about taking revenge. I really love those organ passages. Then comes the two part "Amplifier Fire", the first part is quite jazzy, which demonstrates that Jon Small's drumming is heavily jazz-influenced. There's tons of great organ work influenced by jazz and blues. Then comes the second part which is more brutal, with some psychedelic overtone. Plus I dig those wordless voices! "Rollin' Home" and "Holy Moses" are more ruthlessly agressives piece that are so unbridled that they make the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath seem like the Moody Blues! "Tear This Castle Down" is a totally wonderful piece, I really like the changes in this piece. Every time I hear this piece, I trip out that a future cheesy artist would do something like this, so different from what you expect him to do! (Too bad Kenny G. never tried anything like this!) "Brain Invasion" is the closing instrumental piece, closer to prog rock territory, bringing to mind The Nice, dominated by jazzy drumming and Hammond organ.

Both All Music Guide and popular opinion will lead you to believe that the Attila album is the worst album ever made. I couldn't disagree more. For one thing I am not a fan of Billy Joel by any stretch of the imagination, and to see him do something as cool as this, I am shocked! Fans of Billy Joel might just want this as a souvenir, fans of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Quatermass would get a kick off this.

Billy Joel himself would want you to forget Attila. He deemed the album "psychedelic bullshit". It was also a bad time in his life (he attempted to take his life). It was the first (and last time) he'd ever try heavy metal, as his solo career went the pop singer/songwriter route that gave him lots of fame and big hits.

Although the original LP was released on Epic and now a major collector's item, it was luckily reissued. I suggest the 1985 BackTrac reissue as it contains the complete album, rather than partial Hassles/Attila material. I don't expect everyone to like this album, many will hate it, but if you fancy Billy Joel going heavy metal and can find it for cheap, get it!

(hippy.com)



Line-up / Musicians:
Billy Joel - vocals, keyboard player, arranger-composer, Taurus
Jon Small - composer-arranger, drums, Capricorn

Glenn Evans - road manager and creator of the direct input of a Hammond organ to Marshall Amps.
Produced By Irwin Mazur, Billy Joel & Jon Small.

Songs / Tracks Listing:
1. Wonder Woman (3:38)
2. California Flash (3:32)
3. Revenge Is Sweet (4:00)
4. Amplifier Fire (7:39)
a) Godzilla
b) March Of The Huns
5. Rollin' Home (4:52)
6. Tear This Castle Down (5:49)
7. Holy Moses (4:30)
8. Brain Invasion (5:41)

RapidShare:
rapidshare.com at_at.part1.rar
rapidshare.com at_at.part2.rar
rapidshare.com at_at.part3.rar

ENJOY!


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Сообщение  olaf_alien в Пт Дек 25, 2009 9:58 pm

Спасибо!! Классный альбом!
Все-таки ты победил рапиду cheers
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Сообщение  hiped в Пт Дек 25, 2009 10:28 pm

Всем качать и недоумевать!!!
Спасибо, Олег!
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Сообщение  yalinc в Пт Дек 25, 2009 10:55 pm

Скачал и недоумевал... Спасибо за проделанный труд. И еще: Билли Джоэл с корешем Джо Смолом записывался в Америке.
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Сообщение  fovit в Пт Дек 25, 2009 11:45 pm

Да, скорее американский проект, хотя, если честно, не нашел инфу. Это я от фонаря написал в надежде, что подправят... Smile
Но музыка не совсем американская, может это и сбило меня с толку.
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Сообщение  hiped в Сб Дек 26, 2009 12:18 am

Родился в Нью-Йорке и группы его там же обитали.
А пластинка вышла одновременно и в Германии.
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