Monday, June 10, 2013

"Gotta Have More Love" by Climax Blues Band

Song#:  0402
Date:  11/15/1980
Debut:  86
Peak:  47
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This UK group was originally called the Climax Chicago Blues Band and their sound was rooted in the UK blues movement of the late 60s. They ended up dropping the "Chicago" part of their name (thanks to another US group with that name...) and changed their sound from blues-rock to a sleeker pop/rock approach. This resulted in their biggest US hit with 1977's "Couldn't Get It Right" (#3) from their album "Gold Plated." Subsequent albums didn't produce much in the way of chart songs and this lead single from their "Flying the Flag" album wasn't a big success. However, the second single from the album would soon give them their second biggest hit.

ReduxReview:  I think they were trying to recapture a bit of "Couldn't Get It Right" here, but it doesn't come close. It's an interesting synth-ee rock tune, but there is just something lacking here - perhaps it is the vocals. They are just not strong enough for this forceful tune. It's a decent listen, but not essential.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  After the band split, group member Pete Haycock was recruited to be in Bev Bevan's group Electric Light Orchestra Part II. He also became active in film scores including collaborating with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack to "Thelma & Louise."


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