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Promise - Promise (1980)

Publié par Sébastien sur 23 Janvier 2010, 22:22pm

Catégories : #Album of the Week

En 1980, le microcosme pop fantasmait sur une reformation des Beatles mais Mark David Chapman en décida autrement. Cette même année, à Longmont, ville moyenne du Colorado, Danny Mey, Curt Mangan, Randy Jones et Gary York se rêvaient en Fab Four. Leur nom de code choisi - Promise (?!) -  ils enregistrèrent un unique album sur Cumulus Records dans la plus stricte intimité.

Promise-font


Ce désir d’être plus Beatles que les Beatles sublime littéralement le groupe qui enchaîne des ritournelles (power) pop proprement hallucinantes. "Captain Domino" a tout du single de l’année alors que "The Find" et "Later On Tonite" dégagent une puissance mélodique ébouriffante.

Oui, en 1980, la magie des Beatles était toujours aussi présente.



Captain Domino


The Find


Later On Tonite

 

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phil spector 18/03/2010 08:25


J'ai reussi à contacter Curt Magan, guitariste du groupe, il a eu la gentillesse de répondre à quelques questions, voici un petit résumé :

"Born 1951 in Longmont, Colorado. Lived in Berthoud, Colorado for first 17 years with parents. My mother played piano and sang very well. My father was an auctioneer and had a fondnest for Ernest
Tubbs, Leroy Van Dyke, Hank WIlliams and Chuck Berry. My earlist influense were Gene Autrey, Roy Rogers, Chet Atkins. Starter playing at age 10 and everything changed at age twelve when I was ill
with sleeping sickness and the Beatles happened. Began playing professionally at age 13, had first label interest at age 17. Started Mangatube records at age 21, had local Denver area hit with a "A
Song for Casey" with a band called Joe Cool (that is still playing today) which lead to a brief recording experince with 20th Century Fox records in 1976. Since age 17, I i also worked at music
stores and taught guitar lessons, plus learned how to repair guitars. in 1977, after three years of non-stop performing, recording etc, I return to retail music store so I could focus on writing.
Promise was form with two childhood friends Randy jones (bass) and Gary York (drums) and new friend Dan Dachel (Dan Mae guitar). we decide to to have some fun and do a project which ended up being
the Promise project. This bandnever played live until the record was finished and we began receiving major label and management interest because some of the Denver stations were playing the record
and a song was added to Billboard's "new releases charts." We began to play live but immediately had some divisions in the band as too not wanting to play live and a change in direction of music.
Randy Jones is playing bass in Las Vegas, i hear that Gary York is still living in Colorado, Dan Dachel is living in Ft Collins, Colorado and is a fine luthier. After Promise I went back to playing
with Joe Cool and released an ep with several new songs that were produced by Mark Harmon (credits include the Band, Snuff Garrett, Leon Russell, Neil young). i left colorado in 1984 and began
writing jingles in San Diego while still persuing my writing. While in San Diego I wrote songs with Wayne Nelson, lead singer for the Littel River Band. I left San Diego in 1986 and moved to Morro
Bay California, and began working for Ernie Ball. I stayed with Ernie Ball until 2003 and launched my own string company in in 2004. i have hundreds of unfinished songs and have started to organize
them for a new recording project.

Curt Mangan"


fantasy 31/01/2010 12:30


Bonjour Sébastien,
D'abord félicitations pour cette nouvelle perle dépoussiérée.
Ensuite, si tu pouvais me contacter par email ou te connecter sur gmail.

Fantasy


Sébastien 31/01/2010 12:46


Ne t'inquiète pas Etienne, tout va bien, je te contacterai prochainement... un simple besoin ou nécessité d'égarement. Mais je pense que tu me comprends.


phil spector 29/01/2010 16:11


superbe decouverte!!! dis moi cher pilou où as tu encore deniché cette perle ? ebay ? si jamais tu connais quelqu'un qui en vend un fais moi signe  MERCI


Sébastien 31/01/2010 09:54


J'ai en fait 2 copies, acheter à 30 minutes d'intervalle sur eBay. Personne ne voulait de cette 2ème copie donc je l'ai achetée. Cette seconde copie n'est malheureusement pas à vendre.


serge 28/01/2010 13:40


merci pour cette découverte. Pourrait-on écouter le restant de l'album? amicalement.


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