Illinois Speed Press - Duets - Columbia 1970

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Music - 5 stars

It's so easy to review Illinois Speed Press albums since everything is very good to great so there's no time wasted separating the wheat from the chaff.

What's left of the Illinois Speed Press Is Paul Cotton and Kal David. The duo proves to be more than enough. While the first album is appropriate music for a keg party one could play this album at a dinner party and it still rocks.

Cotton and David serve up a plateful of great songs and the production is flawless "Country Dumplin" is a nice guitar jam, and "Sadly out Of Place," an engaging tune demonstrates some really charming vocal harmonies. The surprise of the album is the "Dearly" a splendid suite of songs accented by an understated Lincoln Mayorga orchestration. "Morning Blues" and "Bad Weather" are charming Tunes.
["Bad Weather" turned up again on Poco's 1971 album "From The Inside ".]

"The Life" and "Seventeen Days" are skillful hard rockers. "The Visit" is a heads up to pure blues and Kal David's vocal absolutely shines. Every tune on "Duets" is memorable. These are two very talented musicians at their very best. This record is a must for all fans of late 60's music or lovers of great rock music.


Vinyl History's vast repositority of useless factoids

Paul Cotton moved on to a long run with country rockers Poco. He was the replacement for Jim Messina. He has also had a successful solo career which included playing The Grand Old Opry in 1986. You can check him out on his website. Kal David formed The Fabulous Rhinestones, a blues rock band that cut three albums in the early 1970's. Though the group was critically acclaimed, they didn't enjoy much commercial success. David did a stint with John Mayall's Bluesbrakers in the early 1980's. Kal David has a nice looking website [with his bio written by Johnny Rivers]. Concert footage of Kal David can be found on You-Tube, and it's a treat. In addition to his solo career, David owns a Blues club in Palm Springs California. The guys at Vinyl History. See also - The Fabulous Rhinestones