JOHN DU CANN – The World’s Not Big Enough [1977. Glam/Power Pop]

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”The World’s Not Big Enough is the only solo album by John Du Cann, who was best known as guitarist and vocalist with Atomic Rooster and Hard Stuff in the 1970s. The album was recorded in 1977, but remained unreleased until 1992.”

”John Du Cann joined Atomic Rooster in 1970 after fronting The Attack, a now-legendary freakbeat band, and Andromeda, a heavy rock group. He was with Rooster for the hit singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devil’s Answer”.  Du Cann subsequently joined Bullet  (with Rooster drummer Paul Hammond) and signed to Purple Records (they subsequently changed their name to Hard Stuff). He later played in Thin Lizzy (as a replacement for Gary Moore) until, in 1977, he recorded his first “solo” album.

For various reasons, this LP was shelved and it is only now getting its first official release. At this time, John was part of the same management stable as Status Quo and he enlisted the help of Francis Rossi, who produced and played on the album.  Also featured are keyboard player Andy Bown (ex-The Herd) and Angel Air stalwart John McCoy on bass (Gillan, Mammoth).

This CD release of “The World Is Not Big Enough” features an impressive collection of demos, singles and outtakes.”

”…three-minute punk-ish pop ditties that could just as easily been blaring out of speakers contemporaneous to anything by The Cars, Blondie or Cheap Trick. “Power Pop” …and much better than the rest, I think. Atomic Rooster fans…know that this is going to be great rock and roll but they would have never guessed at the form it would have taken. Status Quo fans will want to snap it up for the contributions from both Andy Bown and Francis Rossi. Everybody else, don’t be a dummy and get this thing as soon as you can!” Music America, (July 1999)

 

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MYSTERY ACTION (Boss Martians) – Here’s To Another Year [2000]

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“Seattle’s Evan Foster just keeps getting BETTER as he goes. 5 BOSS MARTIANS albums down (with another on the way) and he finds time to start a 2nd band dedicated to the late 60’s to supplement all that early-60’s surf & hot rod stuff. WOW! I played this almost NON-STOP for a month after getting it! Hard-driving 60s-style ROCK & ROLL with tons of Hammond Organ work and even some horn sections tossed in for good measure make this an exciting package. And your eyes will be knocked out by the HOT electric PINK they used in the packaging. Anyone who digs Philly’s MONDO TOPLESS absolutely NEEDS a copy of this! A fab cover of the Sam Cooke song “Shake” rounds out a collection of powerful originals. DON’T wait! Get it NOW!”

Hey Hey! Yeah Yeah! A REAL COOL  but overlooked transition album for Boss Martians. Here they try new, harder rockin’ sound [which was later fully developed on ”Making The  Rounds” and ”The Set-Up”] influenced by 60’s Mod of Small Faces and 70’s power pop/punk sound of Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Ramones and MC5. Great stuff: Conspiracy, Trade Publication, He’ll Be Around [later re-recorded for ”The Set-Up”], Shake, Ten Years Time, Some Kids Will Riot, I Believe… Dig!!!

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