Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The 77s: Rock N Rollers Extraordinaire!

I first discovered The 77s about 7 years ago, as a result of picking up a Lost Dogs record in a bargain bin. From the first, I was won over by Michael Roe's blistering guitars and riveting, soulful vocals. There are almost two bands here; the hard rocking, blues inspired jam band, and the heartbreaking, melodic pop band.

After more than twenty years of making music twenty times better than almost anything else on the radio (or your iPod, for that matter), The 77s released Holy Ghost Building this past year to plenty of raving from fans and critics (at least, those lucky enough to hear it). This record is, hands down, my favorite record of 2008. The only thing remotely resembling a misstep is the inclusion of the song "A Lifetime Without You," which seems out of place amidst the old style rock and roll and gospel blues throughout Holy Ghost Building; it's really just too good a song to be considered a misstep, however, so I just enjoy and long for Michael Roe's next solo or 7&7 Is project.

The rest of the album is perfect, mining every facet of the beginnings of rock and roll to produce a record that sounds...well, real. In a consumeristic world of pop products, this record has a warmth and reality, both from the recording process and the songs chosen, that sets it heads above the rest. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Listen here, tell your friends, and check out more about the band at http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Ljc3cy5jb20= or www.myspace.com/the77s

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Ritchie said...

I first "discovered" the 77's about eight years ago when I picked up a used copy of Sticks and Stones at the book store. It's still one of my all-time favorite CD's. Since then I've purchased Drowning with Land In Sight, Tom Tom Bluse, Late, and both 7&7iS albums. I also have the self-titled album from Island Records on cassette.
The 77's are truly a great band and I hope one day to see them live.

Radio Eclectic said...

Yeah, I'm really sorry to have missed them on this Holy Ghost Building tour. Definitely a band I need to see live.