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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Polestar 1, USA


Polestar 1 - Flying Thru the Universe. 1980 Rascal Records.

Polestar 1 are a Baltimore based heavy progressive rock band that in many ways reflect the same standards and sound as their Midwest brethren close by. There's a certain directness from America's premier political region, and you hear it in bands such as The Muffins, Oho, Heavy the World, Mars Everywhere and Id's "Where are We Going". The latter two groups in particular seem to have parallels with Polestar 1, especially the cosmic themes, vocal styling and guitar-centered space rock nature of the recordings. Like the Midwest groups, the playing is compact but complex. For fans of American progressive rock, this is an easy recommendation.

Interesting to note that the current bootleg CD of this title crops the red border of the LP.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

My dad had to fill in for the original drummer on the track Plastic Ecstacy because the original drummer quit mid session. Therefore my dad has the original album.

Tom said...

Cool man. Has your Dad stayed in touch with other members of the band?

Irene Kirby said...

Anonymous' comment is not correct. Don Southeron was the drummer on all tracks. Dave Kirby (my husband) wrote all music and lyrics, lead guitar and vocals. Gil Jory rhythm guitar and vocals, Don Blair bass and Dave Murphy keyboard and vocals. The band was from Baltimore, Maryland. The record was put out on their own Rascal label, but was pirated by Mandala label when the copyright became public domain.

Tom said...

Thanks Irene for the comment. Any interest from the band in putting out a proper CD reissue?