The Earl SLICK band: LP 1976. Classic Hard Rock. Famous guitarist David Bowie, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy. Check audio and videos + a video presentation


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Classic Hard Rock L.P Famous guitarist phenomenon E.Slick, recorded this one in 76 (in Capitol rec.), and then went on to play with many great bands, like Little Caesar 2nd album) , Dirty White Boy, etc

Earl Slick is a guitarist best known for his collaborations with David Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Robert Smith. He has also worked with other artists including John Waite, Tim Curry and David Coverdale, in addition to releasing several solo recordings.

melodic Seventies hard rock featuring a post-Bowie Earl Slick on guitar and a post-Stories Bryan Madey on drums, as well as the considerable vocal and songwriting talents of Jimmie Mack. Vaguely similar to Thin Lizzy, but with a definite American spin.
Slicks guitar is superb throughout — check out his Ronson-style slide on Sho’Nuff – and a couple of tunes (PJ Proby, the melancholy Burnt Love) retain a fleeting flavor of his earlier Bowie gig. Macks singing is gutsy and bluesy (think David Coverdale or James Dewar), and while hes no Springsteen, his lyrics are wry and more poetic than one usually expects from the genre. Most songs are by Mack, in fact, with Slick writing or co-writing only a handful. There are so many memorable tunes here: the hopeful Do It, the macho posturing of Heaven Couldn’t Find, the epic glory of The Way Down, and Slicks own homage to the legendary PJ Proby.


original 1976 pressing. Slick was already known to Bowie fans for his work on David Live, someone he would work with on several occasions thru’ his career.

The Earl Slick Band

Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: E-ST 11493
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 1976
Genre: Rock
A1 Star Of The Street
A2 Heaven Couldn’t Find
A3 Sho’ Nuff
A4 Burnt Love
A5 P.J. Proby

B1 Very Blue
B2 Lady Luck
B3 Do It
B4 The Way Down
B5 Bright Light

Bass, Backing Vocals – Gene Leppik
Drums, Percussion – Bryan Madey
Guitar [Lead] – Earl Slick
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar – Jimmie Mack
Producer, Mixed By, Recorded By – Harry Maslin

(P) 1976 Capitol Records

Best-known as one of David Bowie’s guitarists (during one of his most successful periods commercially — the mid-’70s), Earl Slick has gone on to play on a variety of other projects before returning back to Bowie in the early 21st century. Slick (then only 22 years old), came out of virtually nowhere to serve as Bowie’s first proper replacement for Mick Ronson after Bowie had spilt up the Spiders from Mars. Although Bowie supplied most of the guitar work for his hit 1974 release, Diamond Dogs, he sought the then-unknown Slick to replicate his and Ronsons previous guitar parts on tour. Not only did Slick duplicate them, but the incredibly versatile guitarist managed to expand on them and inject his own style into the tunes, resulting in one of the greatest rock guitar albums of all time (albeit usually woefully overlooked), David Live, recorded at a stop at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia. Slick remained with Bowie for his next two studio albums, which saw the singer transform into his “Thin White Duke” persona and take on the funk genre, resulting in the classic full-lengths Young Americans (1975) and the more experimental Station to Station (1976), as well as the hit singles “Fame” and “Golden Years.”

Leaving Bowie’s band just as the singer decided to pack his bags and relocate to Germany, Slick continued on as a “gun for hire,” as he appeared on Leo Sayers Top Ten 1976 release, Endless Flight (which spawned the schmaltz hits “When I Need You” and “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”), ex-Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunters 1977 solo outing, Overnight Angels, and also releases by such obscure hard rock outfits as Bad Boy and Tonio K. Also during this time, Slick attempted briefly to launch a solo career, resulting in such releases as Razor Sharp and Earl Slick Band. Up next for Slick was one of the high points of his entire career — working alongside John Lennon on what would become Lennon’s final all-new studio recording, 1980s chart-topping Double Fantasy. After Lennon’s death the same year, Slick returned to the studio with Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and appeared on what would become her highest-charting solo release, 1981s harrowing Season of Glass (Slicks guitar work would also appear on the posthumously released compilation of Lennon leftovers, 1984s Milk and Honey, as well as CD box sets for both Ono, 1992s Onobox, and Lennon, 1998s Anthology).

The early to mid-’80s saw Slick return briefly to Bowie’s band (for the sold-out Serious Moonlight world tour in support of 1983s Lets Dance), and also virtually replacing Brian Setzer in the Stray Cats, as he joined up with ex-Cats Lee Rocker (bass) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums) in the trio Phantom, Rocker & Slick. The short-lived outfit issued a pair of moderately successful albums, 1985s Phantom, Rocker & Slick and 1986s Cover Girl, before disbanding. Slick would appear on other artists’ releases throughout the late ’80s/early ’90s, although he took a break from the music biz to sort out his personal life (allegedly to kick a serious drug problem). Slick returned stronger than ever, as he founded his own record label, Slick Music Inc., which specializes in solo releases by Slick (2000s Lost and Found), as well as archival releases by other artists (Fanny, Kasim Sulton, etc.). In 2000, Slick accepted an offer to rejoin Bowie full-time, as he toured steadily with his previous employer and appeared on his 2002 studio effort, Heathen. David Bowie, The Cures Robert Smith, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and others joined him for Zig Zag, which appeared on Sanctuary in fall 2003.

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