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Bonaroo

Bonaroo Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000LRZ03Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 33 years later 7 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Over the past ten years, I have been replacing my rare and well-worn vinyl with CDs and I really didn't think there was a hope that this album would ever come out. It was a one-off which I discovered at the time west coast American music was on a real high. It sounded like the very best of The Eagles and America blended together with a touch of soul - and frankly, it still feels very good.
I've found out very little about Bonaroo; as far as I can establish, they came together for only one album and this was it - but it left an impact on me I can never forget. It took ten years to locate a replacement vinyl copy which I burned to CD-R while waiting and hoping for the unlikely prospect of it surfacing for the first time on commercial CD.
I've checked Amazon's UK and American sites every six months and bought it from the States when I found it last week. On the UK site, it was listed under Various Artists and the name Bonaroo was spelt with two 'n's. So - be clear, this is the self-titled debut album by a band called Bonaroo and it is very rare and special.
As for the music, let me put it this way - it has beautiful harmonies layered on light summery acoustic riffs. The album is full of melodies which are unforgettable. This is a breathe of fresh air on the sunniest day.
'Dream On' remains one of my all-time favourite songs; 'Sally Ann' should have been as big a hit as any Eagles classic; the lead guitars by Winkelman and Weems in 'Don't Tread On Me' are every bit as good as Joe Walsh - but this album is worth the purchase for the sheer beauty and class of 'Melody Maker' which I am finally able to enjoy as it sounded in the studio, without the clicks and pops of vinyl.
I had forgotten how much I love this album and it will be played for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time! 13 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Many years ago, back in the 70s I purchased a Warner Brothers sampler album featuring artists like Little Feat and the Doobie Brothers, who were in the UK for a tour. Also on this album was "Sally Ann" by the unknown Bonaroo. So taken by this happy, catchy song was I, I sought out the album and played it to death! I wore it out though, and was lucky enough to find another cheap US copy in a sale somwhere. I still have those albums to this day. Like others, I was convinced this would never get a CD release but still hopefully looked every so often. I was amazed and delighted to find it on Amazon recently so swiftly ordered a copy.
It still sounds great today, the tunes are to die for, and it should have been massive.
If i had to pick a favourite track it would be either "Sally Ann" or "Decided Today" (Which i seem to recall getting airplay on pirate Radio Caroline) but really it is classic American soft rock album. It's great to have it back!
Now, if only someone would re-issue the old Big Wha-Koo albums from the 70s I would be well happy.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars West coast quality 8 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I used to have this on vinyl but didn't give it the attention it deserved and it ended up on one of my car boots. The original vinyl had 11 tracks,Wounded Bird inexplicably losing one of them. Anyway this album was originally released in 1975 and the main focal point seems to have been by then ex Doobies drummer Michael Hossack,he played on Toulouse Street, The Captain And Me and What were Once Vices Are Now Habits, he would return for late 80s comeback albums Cycles and Brotherhood. If you are a fan of those early 70s Doobies albums you will probably enjoy this outing,even though it clocks in at just over 32 minutes their are no duff tracks on show, it rocks, theirs harmonies, an occasional sunshine pop vibe and some tasteful string arrangments, all the ingrediants for that classic West Coast sound. Well worth adding to your collection and at the moment pretty cheap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Since 1975... 19 July 2010
By Mark Gelotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was THE LP that I played on Sundays back in the mid-1970s. When I relisten to the tracks, I'm totally put back into that space of college days where Sunday was recovery from Saturday night partying. The first side of the album was all feel-good music, every track was great. The flip side was a bit more mellow with "Spirit of a Dead Man" a stand out. I can't express enough how great of a find this is today. The quality is excellent. My old LP was gone decades ago and I assumed this was one of those lost forever treasures.

(One other bit of nostalgia from 1975 is that as a graphic design student, I tried to emulate the cover's chrome logotype in airbrush with so many school projects. This chrome style art was big back then; but pretty nostalgic now. I remember having the LP cover on my drafting table while hovering over the frisket masks and airbrush spray. Of course, Bonaroo was playing in the background.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to? 1 Sep 2010
By carol mauriello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What was it 1975 or thereabouts that Bonaroo hit the scene. I loved the disc when it first came out and turned all my friends on to it. I was the sort of local experimenter when it came to buying LPs. I think I spent my entire paycheck in those days on LPs. The guy at the record store used to say that if I liked an album he would order more than usual because he knew that in a matter of days people would be coming in to buy it.

The tunes are all decent and pretty much still stand up. Though listening to them today I have to think that what I liked about them was the screaming guitar solos, which aren't really solos as they are just overlaid over the music instead the main focus of a section like a true solo. Listening to songs like "Spirit Of A Dead Man" it seems they are more orchestrated and piano pieces. The format on all the songs seems to be some sort of 1 or 2 bar intro that leads into the fact that a song is starting and in some songs later acts as a bridge (in "Sally Ann", "Nobody Knows" and "I See The Light" it is the rhythm running thru the song), then goes into the vocal section, all ending in the section where the guitars are ripping it up and bringing on the end of the song. "Melody Maker" stands out as one of the songs that have an actual true solo but it still follows this format closing out the song. Songs like "Decided Today" have what could be called truer solos sprinkled throughout the song but they are very formulaic and seem to repeat themselves with slight new extensions. "Sally Ann" and "Nobody Knows" seem to be a mix of both solo type formats (more of a hybrid); it has the short solos and ends with a lengthy solo played over the music and vocals. The music itself, although all good well written and produced stuff, is slightly lame by today's standards. The electric guitar riffs still sizzle and pop in everywhere. They sort of remind me of Paul Cotton's playing on "New Illinois Speed Press" and the Poco albums he played on after leaving NISP and joining "Poco". "Don't Tread On Me" could easily have seamlessly fit into the NISP album. "Spirit Of A Dead Man" and I See The Light" are both devoid of any guitar solos, and almost any notice of guitars at all, coupled with the rocklickin sound of songs like "Don't Tread On Me" makes Bonaroo remind me of the song of the band "Procol Harum" more than any other: that sort of battle between the piano player and the guitar player writters.

So what ever happened to Bonaroo? They hit the scene and disappeared just as quickly.

I personally believe that Hot Tuna killed Bonaroo! Dead as a door knob! The reason I say this is that on one of Tuna's Northeast tours Bonaroo was the opening act. Being a fan of both I was excited. The hard core Tuna fans were not. When Bonaroo opened for Tuna here on Long Island in New York at a theater in Hempstead the Tuna fans booed Bonaroo off the stage. I remember they were wailing on "Life's Sweat Song", the guitarist was ripping it up with his leads while running back and forth across the stage trying to coax the audience into grooving on his incredible performance, which might have only made things worse for them.

The audience booed them so badly that they had to get off. All that could be heard was shouts for Tuna and Boos!

I also remember that their part of the show was being recorded, possibly for some local radio show broadcast at a later date.

The hard core Tuna fans were so against seeing anything other than Tuna that I almost got beat up for applauding for Bonaroo.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time 18 Sep 2008
By Scott D. Haldeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great recording,it should have been a hit,I had the record back in 1975 and thought it was really good, I waited for another release but it never happened. If you like good vocal harmonies,you'll love this disc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 33 years on 8 Feb 2008
By D. Chisholm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Over the past ten years, I have been replacing my rare and well-worn vinyl with CDs and I really didn't think there was a hope that this album would ever come out. It was a one-off which I discovered at the time west coast American music was on a real high. It sounded like the very best of The Eagles and America blended together with a touch of soul - and frankly, it still feels very good.
I've found out very little about Bonaroo; as far as I can establish, they came together for only one album and this was it - but it left an impact on me I can never forget. In the UK, it took ten years to locate a replacement vinyl copy which I burned to CD-R while waiting and hoping for the unlikely prospect of it surfacing for the first time on commercial CD. I finally found it here last week and it has just arrived - I am ecstatic!
I know very little about the band, other than this being the self-titled debut album by Bonaroo and is very rare and special. A real jewel in the crown of west coast music from the mid-seventies.
As for the music, let me put it this way - it has beautiful harmonies layered on light summery acoustic riffs. The album is full of melodies which are unforgettable. This is a breathe of fresh air on the sunniest day.
'Dream On' remains one of my all-time favourite songs; 'Sally Ann' should have been as big a hit as any Eagles classic; the lead guitars by Winkelman and Weems in 'Don't Tread On Me' are every bit as good as Joe Walsh - but this album is worth the purchase for the sheer beauty and class of 'Melody Maker' which I am finally able to enjoy as it sounded in the studio, without the clicks and pops of vinyl.
I had forgotten how much I love this album and it will be played for years to come. If you love Joni, Lightfoot, Chapin, The Eagles and especially America, buy it - don't even think twice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Wounded Bird 17 Dec 2011
By T. Pettit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The mid seventies were a fertile period for all sorts of pop and rock bands. Equipment was better and studios more able to capture a band with multi-tracking and clarity unknown a decade earlier. Bonaroo was a one-off effort from a distinguished group of industry vets who successfully combined a rocking sound with pop sensibilities in 1975. Melody Maker is a classic power ballad and a CD standout but there are no bad tracks. Bonaroo's single, Sally Ann, was released in France and elsewhere in Europe with little impact. A shame. I find their sound to be in line with everything I really like about early Rick Springfield - Wait For Dark in particular. Power chords - great guitar work and catchy melodies. Easy on the ear. There were other bands making their mark at the same time that remain un-reissued including personal favorite - Dancer - and Sundance (an America-like duo with a smoking band). Wounded Bird is helping us rediscover the lost classics - thank you.
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