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Thursday, July 22, 2010

MacArthur, USA



***MacArthur - s/t (aka The Black Forest) (USA) 1979 private (RPC pressing)
MacArthur - II (USA) 1982 private

First album has been reissued by Out-Sider (Spain)

(see comments first. Looks like the date is considerably later than originally thought.)

Not too many bands out there with a 9 year interval between albums, at least if we're talking 70s and 80s (today, as progressive rock has moved more into the realm of a hobby business, this has become a more common occurrence). But Saginaw, Michigan's MacArthur kept plugging along looking for their big break. They certainly didn't have a chance with "II", an album way too progressive for the time and place. In fact, it's considerably more adventurous than their first album - and once again MacArthur confounds everyone. I'm not sure I can find another quick example where a band's 1980's album is more progressive than their 70's output - especially in the prog rock heyday of 1973. MacArthur is lead by Ben MacArthur, an excellent guitarist, with imagination to burn. When I started collecting in earnest in the mid to late 1980s, MacArthur "II" was still an album you could buy new at list price. The debut was extremely rare even back then. Despite what you may see on the internet, "The Black Forest" is a bootleg LP reissue of the debut, not a separate album. At one time, Syn-Phonic was going to reissue these, but that's doubtful now.

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7 comments:

David Asher said...

I was looking up online information on these releases by my friends in MacArthur and came across your blog. Just to clear up a date question. The "White" self titled MacArthur album was released in 1979. I know because it was mixed in my bedroom! Bill Heffelfinger is the guitarist in MacArthur, as well as the keyboardist. If these albums will be released in some format again, it is likely the material will be re-recorded. Heffelfinger has worked with the Michigan reggae rock group THE PROCESS for the last 20 years, releasing several albums.

Tom said...

Interesting! OK, well that would explain a few things then. Thanks for the comment!

Bennett MacArthur said...

Hey, Ben MacArthur here. Very nice page. Yes Bill has been playing bass with The Process a lot of years. Dave left out Bill's huge success as a teacher with an award winning marching band, with national recognition! The guy is a genius! We have always written and recorded songs all these years, Lol, Bill wears many hats! Our stuff, MacArthur and William Nathan Heffelfinger are available in any online music site. Bill's The Planets is truly amazing as well as MacArthur Archives (a best of)! MacArthur I is being reissued by Guerssen Records in both album and cd's, to be sold world wide soon! So the CD wish list can check off another great recording, and you heard straight from the source, contracts are signed!

Best regards,
Ben

Tom said...

Hi Ben,

Great to hear from you - and excellent news! Thanks for letting us know - I'll be sure to post an update. Are you considering MacArthur II as well?

Thanks again,

- Tom

Bennett MacArthur said...

MacArthur has been officially released through Guerssen Records and is now available with a history of the band booklet inside.Both records and CD's.

Bennett MacArthur said...

I am currently reworking MacArthur II from the original masters. Cleaning and enhancing each song with remarkable results. I will reissue when done. Any recordings out there now, if not an original album, are cut from a phonograph record with great loss of fidelity. You will love the remixes, the are full and clean thanks to modern tools! Watch for it, I have found during the remixing process that this is a fabulously underrated album! We just released it thirty years to soon! Peace!

Ben MacArthur

Tom said...

Thanks Ben for the update. Please let us know when it's close to ready as well! All the best - Tom