REO SPEEDWAGON – Lost In A Dream (That 70’s Guy – Retro Review)

REO SPEEDWAGON – Lost In A Dream (That 70’s Guy – Retro Review)

I’m pleased to present in this edition of That 70’s Guy’s – Retro Review, that hidden gem that is none other than 1974’s  Lost In A Dream by REO Speedwagon.  REO Speedwagon is by no means an unknown band, but Lost In A Dream certainly falls into that category of being a lost classic.  I can usually remember every little thing about my introduction to certain bands or albums, but, for the life of me,…

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MAHOGANY RUSH – Child Of The Novelty (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MAHOGANY RUSH – Child Of The Novelty (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Welcome again to another edition of “That 70’s Guy’s – Retro Review”. This time around, I unearth the 1974 Canadian masterpiece Child of the Novelty from Mahogany Rush. Yes folks, the same Mahogany Rush that includes the iconic guitarist Frank Marino. Like I have said many times, back in the day, we had no real way of collecting information – no World Wide Web, no YouTube, no social media and no real rock news radio…

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RAM JAM – Portrait of an Artist as a Young Ram (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

RAM JAM – Portrait of an Artist as a Young Ram (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

RAM JAM – Introduction Welcome again to “That 70’s Guy’s Retro Review”. For this month’s hidden gem, I have chosen from 1978, Ram Jam – Portrait of an Artist as a Young Ram. I was beginning to wonder why there’s been so many from 1978. It’s because when we rockers, being slowly squeezed out by the disco invasion, actually found an album that rocked, its presence was even more memorable and special. Bands like Riot,…

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TRILLION – Trillion (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

TRILLION – Trillion (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Introduction It’s time for another round of my “That 70’s Guy’s – Retro Review”, where I uncover a relatively unknown hidden gem from the 1970’s that had a significant impact on my insane music addiction that I have had for over 50 years. I like to give my take on the record and what it meant to me and my buddies growing up in the moment. This month’s edition is “Trillion” – their self-titled debut…

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CHILLIWACK – ROCKERBOX (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

CHILLIWACK – ROCKERBOX (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Rockerbox is the fifth studio album form Canada’s legendary rockers Chilliwack and the subject of this edition of That 70’s Guy’s Retro Review. Released in December 1975, this album ranks not only as the best that Bill Henderson and company ever put to vinyl, but one of the best Canadian rock albums of all time. However there was one slight problem – Chilliwack made a real hard rock FM style effort that many had a…

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HENRY GROSS – Plug Me Into Something (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

HENRY GROSS – Plug Me Into Something (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

This time around for That 70’s Guy’s Retro Review, I am pleased to dig out the wonderful 1975 hidden gem that is Plug Me Into Something from Henry Gross. Who you may ask? I remember thinking the same thing back when my buddy Rod said he heard a cool song called “Tomorrow’s Memory Lane” on late night AM radio, when distant U.S. stations’ reception became clearer. In Canada, the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)…

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A FOOT IN COLDWATER – Breaking Through (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

A FOOT IN COLDWATER – Breaking Through (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

That 70’s Guy is back again to present another round of my “Retro Review” series. This time I am pleased to review A Foot in Coldwater’s 1977 release Breaking Through. First things first, lets’ get this out of the way right off the bat. A Foot in Coldwater (also known as AFIC) is my all-time favorite Canadian band and sits within my top five bands of all time. Breaking Through is the 4th album and…

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TEAZE – Teaze (That 70’s Guy – Retro Review)

TEAZE – Teaze (That 70’s Guy – Retro Review)

That 70’s Guy – Review Of Teaze’s 1976 Debut It’s time again for a trip through the time machine to unearth another 1970’s long lost gem. This time, my “That 70’s Guy” Retro Review comes courtesy of Canada’s own Teaze and their 1976 debut album. Yes, 1976 again; what a year it was. I guess it was only fitting that the awesome 1993 tribute movie “Dazed and Confused” took place in 1976, and, believe me,…

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That 70’s Guy : STARZ – STARZ (Retro-Review)

That 70’s Guy : STARZ – STARZ (Retro-Review)

Horns up folks, it’s time for another rendition of That 70’s Guy’s – Forgotten Gem of the 70’s where I pull out a classic, not so well known album from my youth and give it the light of day again. Its not supposed to be a masterclass in journalism, but a light- hearted recap of what it meant to me and what impact it had on someone that was coming of age during its initial…

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That 70’s Guy : RIOT – Narita (Retro Review)

That 70’s Guy : RIOT – Narita (Retro Review)

For this fogottem gem of the 70’s, I’m time warping you back to the final year of the decade (1979) for what I call the lesser known or “forgotten” album of Riot’s big three with Guy Speranza.  Sandwiched in between Rock City and Fire Down Under was their second release Narita.  It was released initially in Japan and available as an import only in the USA at first. Officially released on October 5th 1979, Narita…

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