Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Tally
Reviews: 6571
Comments: 16803
Messages: 8594
Ratings: 4007
Forum Posts: 19804
Forum Threads: 3527
GDM YouTube Channel
GDM on Facebook
ESP - 2006 Eclipse
» Posted by Avatar

Eric
on December 22 2013, In 2006 Articles , 1 Comment , 739 Reads , Print



ARTIST: ESP
ALBUM: Eclipse
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lou DiBello - guitars, backing vocals * Kelly Hazel - lead vocals * Gary Strater - bass, backing vocals * Tom Garza - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Little Red Car * 02 Who Will You Be * 03 Deep In The Night * 04 The Only One I Need * 05 Every Time * 06 Fantasy World * 07 Little Red Car (Live) * 08 Who Will You Be (Live) * 09 Black Light


Background
Time flies and it seems like just yesterday when interest in a potential Starcastle reunion was starting to pick up steam. With the release of the 2001 rarities disc 'Chronos 1', bassist Gary Strater and I were in contact by email or phone on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. One day he called and said 'I have something I want you to hear and see what you can do with it'. A few days later a package showed up in my box with a CDR containing the song 'Who Will You Be' which Gary described as having a George Harrison/Jellyfish vibe. So it did but as good as it was with everything else going on at the time there was little I could do with the tune short of posting a sound clip on the Starcastle web site which Gary was reluctant to do as the piece was from ESP; a band he had been a part of since 1996. ESP was originally formed in Champaign-Urbana by guitarist Lou DiBello and quickly developed into something more than just a run-of-the-mill cover band. A 5 track CDR was released by the band but following Gary's death in 2004 Lou re-packaged that disc as 'Eclipse' with a brace of extra studio tracks and live cuts.


The Songs
With ESP's feet in both Cheap Trick-ish power pop and rafter-shaking hard rock; 'Eclipse' is a solid collection. Kicking off with the infectious and radio friendly 'Little Red Car', Kelly Hazel sings like a young, more straightforward Robin Zander although 'Who Will You Be' is the strongest of the set by just a smidgen and Strater's intuition was right on this one. The song had oodles of potential with its Beatlesesque vibrations and clever 'I Am The Walrus' fade-out while 'No Heavy Petting' era UFO fans will dig 'Deep In The Night' packed with hotshot guitar soloing from DiBello. Smartly book-ended with muscular live versions of 'Little Red Car' and 'Who Will You Be' as well as the bluesy and somewhat out of character 'Black Light', those expecting anything close to Starcastle pomp or Strater's now legendary bass runs will be sorely disappointed but as a fun set of Illinois power pop; 'Eclipse' hits the spot.


In Summary
The full colour booklet is a tribute to Gary, featuring a photo collage and sweet memories of the much-missed bassist from the band members.


Related Articles
N/A


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


This article has been tagged
Tags: ESP 
Facebook Comments
Comments
#1 | gdazegod on December 22 2013 10:28:06
Very rare..
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Our Friends
Disqus
comments powered by Disqushttp://gdm.glorydazemusic.com/articles.php?article_id=5424
crawlers
Google (0), Yahoo (0), msnbot (0), AskJeeves (0),