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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Message, USA


Message - It'll Be Awhile. 1981 Black Gold.

Recently we posted on the Genre album, and I mentioned in passing about this little gem from New Mexico. I never did find a copy, but Jeff was kind enough to send me a digital version after posting about it (thanks Jeff!). It's definitely better than I had remembered. An excellent example of the progressive hard rock style that had a small niche audience in the late 70s and early 80s. It's mainly hard rock at the core, but is slightly complex and has a few more ideas than the usual run of the mill bonehead albums of the era. The tracks are compact, so no elaborate themes or delusion of grandeur here. Think Side 2 of Rush's "2112". The Texas band False Prophet is another good reference (an archival CD that Shroom put out a few years ago). It kind of wheezes out on Side 2 for a couple of tracks, but otherwise a solid album. This would be a perfect choice for Rockadrome.

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