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Rogue - 1977 Let It Go



ARTIST: Rogue
ALBUM: Let It Go
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: 81987
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: J.W Hodkinson - vocals * Guy Fletcher - vocals, keyboards * Alan Hodge - vocals, lead guitar * Alan Tarney, Lers Hurdle - bass * Mike Moran - piano * B.J Cole - steel guitar * Terry Britten - acoustic guitar * Ritchie Bull - banjo * Trevor Spencer, Barry Morgan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Full Moon Rising * 02 Lady Put The Light Out * 03 Amity * 04 Too Much Too Soon * 05 Lay Me Down * 06 This Ain't No Time To Sleep Apart * 07 Crazy World * 08 Let It Go * 09 Simone (Make It Easy For Me) * 10 Morning Comes Quickly * 11 Bending


Background
Here was yet another big cut-out bin item back in the day when the racks were full of cheap obscurities and all was well with the world - at least in my world lol! 'Let It Go' apparently was the second of three albums Rogue released, although I have yet to come across the other two and after hearing this, I am not going to be looking too hard. More on that in a minute.. A major name from the British jazz rock scene vocalist J.W. Hodkinson who can previously heard with IF, one of the finest fusion bands of the era with several good releases to their credit, if you are partial to all things brass and percussive. With Guy Fletcher on keyboards who is NOT to be confused with his more successful nephew of the same name who has been known to collaborate with Mark Knopfler and Roxy Music over the years, and future Leo Sayer band member, the late Alan Hodge on guitar this could have been, should have been an album with some potential right?


The Songs
Not so fast. For an English band, they sound more like they had been sipping margaritas in Malibu and twirling little pink umbrellas with Glenn Frey for way too long than sharing a pint at the local pub in Coventry with the mates. Very lightweight Southern California country sludge is the best way to describe 'Let It Go', in fact the only interesting bits are the two brief instrumental track that opens each side 'Full Moon Rising' and 'Crazy World'. After that, the album falls under the shadow of other English soft rock/lounge bands like Airborne and Jasper who were dazzling the punters at pubs and ballrooms across the UK to little attention at the time despite releasing good, but admittedly half ass albums with no where to go. Most of us have varying opinions on Alexis and 'Let It Go' might shake up some memories of that ill-conceived but at times brilliant pomp album as well a boatload full of forgettable country rock/MOR from the Epic and Asylum roster that you know you've come across a dozen times before digging through dusty bins at your favourite record shop and wishing you would never come them across again.


In Summary
This album has been sitting in a closet box for 14 years, survived a quite nasty divorce, prior to that personal moves between Canada, Philadelphia and Wisconsin. The cover is tattered, ripped and bruised and the vinyl has had its last run. Why I kept it or how it lasted, I have no clue? I would like to think my subconscious kept it as a reminder of how bad music can get, but I have heard so much worse in the year's since that 'Let It Go' sounds downright charming in early 2008. Here's an easy way out - buy it cheap and you decide. Still holding on to my copy..


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#1 | gdazegod on March 09 2008 23:10:26
I think Rogue's albums have more of a country rock feel to them. Bands like Poco spring to mind. Their 1975 debut is more country-fied than this one. Lots of mandolin and grandiose sweeping arrangements made it sound a lot better than what it was. Back in the day this band probably went nowhere, but in 2008? I agree, it sounds kinda charming. Am I clutching at straws here? hmm!
#2 | Eric on March 17 2008 02:06:52
Probably not. I haven't heard the first and last so you have the advantage, or maybe not?! I have never come across other reviews of the band or even any promo materials which is kind of odd considering they pulled off three albums....
 
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