Featured Artist: Blue Ash
The new edition of the classic power pop album NO MORE NO LESS is one of the best reviewed reissue releases of 2008. Explore THE BLUE ASH BAND BLOG here on the Lost in the Grooves site, buy tunes from their compilation AROUND AGAIN, or click below to get the album reissue.
Blue Ash members Frank Secich, Bill “Cupid” Bartolin, Jim Kendzor, Jeffrey Rozniata & Bobby Darke will be playing in concert at the Barrow Civic Theater in Franklin, PA on January 17th. Also, on the bill are the Max Schang Blues Band & Ransom. Ticket informatiom and details are above.
Blue Ash’s debut album “No More, No Less” has also just been reissued on CD by Collectors’ Choice.
Blue Ash Special Bonus CD’s!
There will be a special limited free bonus CD when ordering Blue Ash’s “No More, No Less” from Not Lame or Kool Kat Musik. The Not Lame bonus CD will feature unreleased songs from 1973 that were done “live” in Peppermint Studios.
The tracks are:
Hippy, Hippy Shake
Baby You Lied
Now All You’ve Got Is You
She Cried For 15 years
One After 909
I Thought I Knew You
Give Me Love
Paper Bag Blues
Be My Girl
When I Get You
Make It Easy
The bonus CD album with Kool Kat Musik will feature a “live” performance
of 12 songs recorded on January 31, 1974 at the Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio! The band was opening for the Raspberries at this show – and, as you’ll hear, they definitely had
their “game face” on as they rock through these covers and originals:
Hippy Hippy Shake
One After 909
Do You Love Me
Anytime At All
Start All Over Again
Plain To See
What Can I Do For You
She’s So Nice
Baby Baby Come On
All I Want
Twist and Shout
It must be noted that this is an audience recording (the
only type that exists according to the band) that, while not
of the highest audio quality, captures
the band at a magical moment in their career, and serves as
an archival testament to the power they exhibited as a live
band! You’ll still be awfully
glad you snagged this little piece o’ Power Pop
Blue Ash's 1973 debut album "No More, No Less" has been issued for the first time ever by the good folks at Collectors' Choice. Here's the link: https://www.ccmusic.com/item.cfm?itemid=CCM0963
The following is a recent Frank Secich & David Steinberg interview by Chris Duda in SugarBuzz magazine.
Blue Ash’s song “Can’t Get Her Off My Mind” appears at 1:51 of the trailer. It was written by Frank Secich & Bill Bartolin and performed by Blue Ash.”Smother” is a soon to be released
comedy starring Liv Tyler, Dax Shepard
and Diane Keaton.
Here’s the link!
The Deadbeat Poets
Pete Drivere, Terry Hartman, Frank Secich & John Koury
“NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND”
Now available at https://www.popdetective.com
The Deadbeat Poets were formed in Youngstown, Ohio in the summer of 2006. The band consists of veteran Ohio musicians with eclectic credentials: Frank Secich (Blue Ash, Club Wow, Stiv Bators Band), Terry Hartman (Backdoor Men, Napoleon In Rags, Terry & The Tornadoes), Pete Drivere (Infidels, Pretty Demons) and John Koury (Infidels, Slackjaw). Their debut album (which was recorded over the first few months of 2007 at Youngstown’s Ampreon Recorder) will be released on Pop Detective Records in July of 2007 and in late summer in Japan on Vivid Sound Records. Also, making guest appearances on the album are Bill “Cupid” Bartolin on guitar and Chris Leonardi on piano and organ.
Soon, you’ll be able to sit back and relax (pop the top and set the sail) as the Deadbeat Poets take you on a timely journey. To such places…. romantic places like Beaver Falls (via Mahoningtown) you’ll go. You’ll travel to the exotic northside of Youngstown, Cleveland, the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Toronto, Geneva-On-The-Lake, New York, LA, London, the far reaches of outer space, Paris, Mt. Pilot, The Bering Sea, St. Paul and of course Buffalo, NY. You’ll meet fun lovin’, sex-crazed aliens in “The Truth About Flying Saucers”. You’ll hear the tale of the legendary Ray Robinson who once roamed the dark, back-country roads of Western, PA in “The Green Man”. You’ll encounter semi-romantic mountain men and their passions in “Ernest T” and ride along with Stiv Bators as he once terrorized the western world in “The Stiv Bators Ghost Tour”. You’ll find out the connection between Ernest Hemmingway and Gertrude Stein and French bidets in “Where Was I When I Needed Me?”. You’ll raise glasses and bottles with the lads in “No Island Like The Mind, No Ship Like Beer” and be sadly disappointed by gangsters and thieves as “The Goody Wagon” never arrives. If floating in a psychedelic flutter is your inclination then “What Part Of Cognitive Dissonance Don’t You Understand?” will probably be your cup of tea. Then again, you may find that after all of this …..well that “It’s Nothing” to you. Then again, you may start getting “A Funny Little Feeling” that you will enjoy the Deadbeat Poets.
AVAILABLE NOW! https://www.popdetective.com
“NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND”
Songs included are :
The Truth About Flying Saucers
The Green Man
What Part Of Cognitive Dissonance Don’t You Understand?
A Funny Little Feeling
No Island Like The Mind, No Ship Like Beer
(T. Hartman-L. Hartman)
The Goody Wagon
Where Was I When I Needed Me?
The Stiv Bators Ghost Tour
More about the Deadbeat Poets & sound clips at:
Blue Ash is a Lost in the Grooves artist. Click to sample the music or purchase tracks from Around Again – A Collection of Rarities From the Vault 1972-1979. And keep an eye peeled to Frank Secich’s Blue Ash blog here at LITG for news, photos and insights straight from the band. This reissue (of a double CD first put out by the good folks at Not Lame) is just the start, as we’ll soon be digging deeper into the Blue Ash vaults for songs never before heard by fans.
Metal Mike Saunders provided this vintage record review for the Lost in the Grooves anthology:
Blue Ash No More, No Less (Mercury, 1973)
“I Remember A Time” could do for Blue Ash what “Mr. Tambourine Man” did for the Byrds: the start of a brilliant career, a Number One hit, instant mythology. The guitar intro lasts all of five seconds before Jimmy Kendzor and Frank Secich’s voices come in, oozing of everything the Byrds and Lovin’ Spoonful ever promised, the soaring harmonies in the chorus driving over jangling lead guitar work. It’s the sound of tomorrow right here today, it’s the perfect folk-rock single. It’s beautiful, that’s what.
This is one of the most spirited, powerful debuts ever from an American group. No More, No Less opens with “Have you Seen Her,” a fast rocker kicked off by four whomps on David Evans’ snare. This is the one that makes me think of The Who; the lead guitar is pure West Coast, though.
"Just Another Game” is the one quiet song, an effective tonedown before “I Remember A Time.” “Plain To See” is similar to “I Remember A Time” in the way its simple, compelling melody rocks out with vocal harmonies framed over a trebly Byrds guitar sound.
“Here We Go Again” follows, midway between the hardest and softest numbers on the first side. What’s great here are the group vocals on top of the tuff folk-rock cum hard rock instrumental sound; it’s like killing two birds with one stone, the whole premise behind the old and new Mod groups (Small Faces, early Who, the Sweet), not to mention the hard pop masterpiece known to the world as “Do Ya.”
By the time this album ends, there’s no doubt about it, Blue Ash have got themselves one hell of a debut LP that may send fellow stateside groups like Stories, the Raspberries, and Big Star running back to the woodshed to come up with music even better than their present stuff. (Mike Saunders)