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Freewheelin' - 1979 Freewheelin'

ARTIST: Freewheelin'
ALBUM: Freewheelin'
LABEL: Force Records
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Dave Kury - guitar, vocals * Brian Sarna - bass, vocals * Ed Kammer - keyboards, vocals * Mike Klehr - drums, vocals * Kevin Fabish - sax, flute, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING:? 01 One Night * 02 Telephone * 03 You Baby * 04 Take Me Higher * 05 Gambler * 06 Take Hold Of Your Life * 07 Fool For A Pretty Face * 08 Travelin' Times * 09 Suzi Rock N' Roller * 10 Wheelin' & Dealin' * 11 Dixie Lady

Freewheelin' were a five-piece from the north-western suburbs of Chicago, that specialised in a brass laden form of 70's classic rock. I found this on a blog recently, and was keen to get it up in lights. I will say, if you aren't a fan of this style, then it's probably best you move on. There is some good tasty guitar work from Dave Kury but the whole thing is overshadowed by Kevin Fabish' sax work. If you can get past that angle, then you have more perservance than most.

The Songs
It's hard to pin down some contemporaries to Freewheelin', though I'm sure there are some. Some would say a band like The Boyzz are a good fit, or maybe the Bob Seger Band, but having heard both those outfits, my initial thoughts are a resounding 'no'. Tracks 1 to 6 are studio efforts, while tracks 7 to 11 were recorded live at ChicagoFest 1979. I would say that 'Telephone' and 'Take Hold Of Your Life' are the picks of the bunch, but overall this album is killed off by uninteresting songs and that aforementioned sax/brass work from Fabish.

In Summary
Certainly a nugget from 1979, but it's not in the same class as New England or other bonafide gems from that same year.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 26 2017 01:09:33
The album cover looks like aluminium guttering or a sheet of roofing material. Clever.
#2 | super80boy on November 26 2017 14:52:50
I bought this one about a year ago based on the cool cover, but couldn't get past the above mentioned negative angles. I remember the 2nd side was live, which didn't help matters. Agree, rather uninteresting.
#3 | tompa on November 26 2017 17:41:46
Haven't heard this but since 1979 was a good year for music and the cover and the logo looks interesting enough I thought I might look into this....but then I saw "brass laden".

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