Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Moon Martin - Escape From Domination - 1979


Craig Leon produced the Ramones, Lisa Burns, Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band, and other groups in the mid-'70s during the new wave movement. This album by Moon Martin was recorded mostly at Suntreader Studios in Sharon, VT, as was the work Leon did with Alexander and Burns. Eleven originals and one cover all fall within the two minutes and 40 seconds to three-and-a-half minute compact range for the singer's essays. "Rolene" and "Dreamer" have charm, and Martin keeps things interesting with a Henry Gross-type vocal which falls somewhere between John Denver and Elvis Costello. Craig Leon's production is thin, but it works well enough for Moon Martin to get his point across. "No Chance" is an interesting song of love that isn't gonna happen, personal lyrics with new wave power pop sensibilities. As Phil Spector took the Ramones a step further than Craig Leon, Martin's music as heard here seems like it was tailor-made for cult status. In the hands of a singer/producer like Robert Palmer, Martin's material charted, as was the case with "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)," a song from his previous disc, Shots From a Cold Nightmare. Radio was not enamored of the brittle guitar and compressed drum sounds many of the '70s' artists were saddled with. Even the rendition of Fontaine Brown's "Bootleg Woman" has this high-end sound, but guitarist Jude Cole, bassist Dennis Croy, and drummer Rick Croy provide tight accompaniment to the modern-day Buddy Holly-style musings. "The Feeling's Right" has that Nick Lowe feel; it's just too bad this excellent song - AMG


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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Curty Ray,
congratulations for your wonderful blog, I have discovered it a few days ago.
Could you post the Moon Martin's second album "Songs From a Cold Nightmare?
thanks
juan

Curty Ray said...

I will post it soon! Check back, and thanks for the request!!

Anonymous said...

the link is not working well, please re-post it again.
thanks

Curty Ray said...

I have posted a new link! Thanks for letting me know.

side3 said...

I am enjoying your blog! I remember a version of the song "No Chance" getting radio play where I grew up in a version by the reunited group The Association!

berjo said...

Twice today google lead me to your blog. I guess that means this is a worthwhile blog!

I remember "Rolene" hitting the Canadian airwaves. I can't recall any of the other tracks.

Keep up the great work!

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In that time The Moon was the most discussed topic. And may be reason for the success of Boom Boom Band.

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I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!!

Brian Krashpad said...

I used to get out my guitar and amp and play along with this whole album. It rocks. Really quality songwriting straight the way through.

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