Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Aura-1971 US

Definitely one of the better horn rock albums out there. The movement was quite large after Chicago and BS&T  became chart toppers (interesting to note that Aura were also from Chicago). However most of these horn groups tried too hard for pop stardom, and failed miserably.
Or they were blues rock groups that added horns in a feeble attempt to be trendy. But Aura just kicks butt from beginning to end. They never lost focus of the horn charts and they’re constantly a feature, rather than a side show for some lame songwriting.
In fact, Aura are BRASSY, more than any other album I’ve heard in the style anyway. Also some nice sax, organ and guitar solos to check out. Aura aren’t progressive in the sense of Brainchild or McLuhan – more like BS&T if they’d amped up a bit and hadn’t been so schmaltzy. (ashratom RYM)
The album has also some great covers like Doug Sahm's "Song Of Everything" and Richie Havens'"No Opportunity Needed, No Experience Necessary".
Their sole album released in 1971 on Mercury Records (SRM 1-620). I chose "Song Of Everything" and "Listen To Me".


Al Lathan- lead vocals, latin percussion, gong
Bill Waidner- electric guitar, acoustic 12 string guitar
Fred Entesari- alto sax
Andy Foertsch- trombone
Jerry Smith- bass, backing  vocals
George Barr- trumpet, backing  vocals
Dennis Horan- drums
Sam Alessi- organ, electric piano, vibes
Chuck Greenberg- flute, baritone sax
Terry Quaye- congas

-by dj fanis: here

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