Sunday, September 04, 2011

A long time ago in a bar far, far away....Rock Wars

This 1980 album is the result of an extensive battle of the bands conducted by Knoxville AOR station WIMZ-FM 104.5 (formerly country station WBIR). The winner (The News) got a full side (five songs), while the runner up (Balboa) got three songs and the third-place finishers (Spellbound) got two songs, all recorded, presumably at the radio station's expense (or trade-out) at Thunderhead Sound Studio in Knoxville.

Based on their sound and photo, The News appear to be a run-of-the mill bar band picking up a few affectations of the nascent new wave (primarily in the band-naming department) while basically churning out generic blues/boogie.

Spellbound doesn't get a lot off room to show off their variety with only two songs, but there's enough of an experimental element in their songs that I'd be interested in hearing more from them.

Balboa, on the other hand - well, what could I possibly write about Balboa that hasn't already been said? They are in many ways the foundation upon which 30+ years of a lively music scene has been built. Two of their songs on this album appear to be the same recordings that appear on their self-titled EP. [Edit: Hector informs me that I am incorrect, and a quick examination of the Balboa EP shows that there are no songs repeated. I'm not sure what I was thinking, particularly since I had the EP on the turntable within the last few months.]
(I like that they included the booking agent in the band picture).

Side One
The News
1) Now and Then
2) Just Treat Me Right
3) It's Gonna Come Back On You
4) Babe, It Ain't No Use
5) By The Tracks

Side Two
1) Single Sound (T. Hill)
2) I Can't Stand It (H. Qirko)
3) Is This It? (T. Hill)

5) Shady Lady

Recording Engineer: Ron Passmore
Mix Engineer: Ron Passmore except Balboa mixed by Terry Hill

Rock Wars (TH 1075)

John Sewell gave a nice remembrance of the Rock Wars live battle in Metro Pulse back in the day.



Blogger Ghick56 said...

Thanks for the write up! Hey, Hector, my brother! I miss you! I have a couple of these albums downstairs...
Love, Georgann (Terry Hill's sister)

10:26 PM  
Blogger senormedia said...

FYI, this is not Hectors blog. KC is in charge of this mess since 2005.

10:34 PM  
Blogger senormedia said...

Sadly, when the Knoxville News-Sentinel purchased the Metro Pulse, they then cancelled it, so Sewell's article no longer exists on the internet. Bastards.

2:07 PM  

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