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COUNTRY HOME, ACE OF SUNLIGHT

Bronco Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B00410LHDO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Civil Of You Stranger
2. Love
3. Misfit On Your Stair
4. Bumpers West
5. Home
6. Well Anyhow
7. Time (So Long Between)
8. Amber Moon
9. Time Slips Away
10. Some Uncertainty
11. Woman
12. New Day Avenue
13. Discernible
14. Sudden Street
15. Joys & Fears

Product Description

Bronco's two albums for Island Records date from 1970 and 1971. The band featured ex-Alan Bown Set vocalist, the highly-regarded Jess Roden. Both recording received critical acclaim, but commercial success did not follow. Roden left the group to join up with ex-Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore to form The Butts Band. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last! Bit mean, though. 14 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard Bronco on the Island sampler "Bumpers", providing the title track I guess (Bumpers West) and went out and bought Country Home. Then along came the sampler "El Pea" & the track Sudden Street & off I went to buy Ace of Sunlight, despite it having one of the most unappealing sleeves of all time! Two nil to Island's marketing department!

I thought a CD reissue was never going to happen, so hats off to the guys at BGO Records. The sound is good and you get an informative booklet. However, said booklet refers to the single Lazy Now/A Matter of Perspective but does not include the single in the reissue. The booklet also mentions that the version of Sudden Street on El Pea was different to the album version. Yes it was (better as I recall). That version is not included either. I can't imagine that this CD will sell widely outside the band's original fans so such omissions seem mean. 5 stars for the music on the CD and to BGO for caring. 1 star off for them not caring quite enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Despite their stellar line-ups and quality songs - Bronco came and went without too many people noticing. So it's nice to see this superb sounding remaster on BGO celebrate their short but illustrious career.

Originally released October 2010, Beat Goes On BGOCD946 breaks down as follows (72:57 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 7 are their debut album "Country Home" released November 1970 on Island Records ILPS 9124 with tracks 8 to 15 being their 2nd LP "Ace Of Sunlight" released July 1971 on Island Records ILPS 9161.

The outer card-wrap pictures both albums while the 12-page booklet has excellent liner notes by MICHAEL HEATLEY which includes rare photos of the band, a history and interviews. The remaster is fabulous - great clear sound by ANDREW THOMPSON - lovely detail and power where its needed - a top job done.

Sounding not unlike a more rocky version of Matthews Southern Comfort - the group featuring lead vocalist/cult hero Jess Roden, Robbie Blunt and Kevyn Gammond on guitars (Blunt went on to be Robert Plant's principal sideman) with John Pasternak on Bass and Pete Robinson on Drums. Robinson was the original drummer with Band Of Joy way back in 1966 while Mick Ralphs (who joined the group for the 2nd LP) would of course became one of the main men in Bad Company.

In fact when you listen to the rambling and hard-riffing "Well Anyhow" it's hard not to hear those Free and Bad Company comparisons. But the songs were often softer than that - least not of all "Bumpers West" who lyrics titled that beloved 2LP sampler set "Bumpers" at the end of 1970 (lyrics from it title this review). Roden often wrote the softer songs like "Love" and "Home" while "Time (So Long Between)" which ends the 1st album is a neither here nor there hybrid of Rock and Folk.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very British country rock 31 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Yes indeed, British.
As opposed to the country rock made popular by their American counterparts the Eagles.
A real pleasure to hear both Island albums by this band on CD again.
I know I loved them when they came out in the early 70's and still do.
Laid back, yet solid.
This proves that Jess Roden had a quality voice as he later proved again with his solo work.
Good stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost Gem 25 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day Bronco led by the brilliant ex Alan Bown Set Vocalist Jess Roden were being hyped as the next big thing, which never really happened for the band despite being championed at the time by members of Led Zeppelin.
This collection of the two albums recorded for Island is a very welcome issue indeed and the laid back feel of the first album particularly ( Country Home ) still sounds great, Highly recommended
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