Redwing – Dead Or Alive (1974)

FrontCover1.JPGEssentially, Redwing, Glad, and the New Breed are all the same band…sort of. As the band evolved and their styles changed, so did their name.

Actually, the story begins in Sacramento, CA in 1962 when Timothy (B.) Schmit, Ron Floegel, and Tom Phillips played together in a folk trio, appropriately named Tim Tom & Ron. In 1963, as high school sophomores at Encina High, the band added drummer George Hullin and switched to surf music. With this new change in direction and new member, Tim Tom & Ron became The Contenders.

Then the British Invasion hit, and the group jumped on that ship. Surf music was out and Beatlesque-sounding music was their new thing. By now, the quartet of Tim Schmit, Ron Floegel, Tom Phillips, and George Hullin went by the name, the New Breed.

In 1965, the New Breed cut a single, “Green Eyed Woman” b/w “I’m in Love,” which was quite successful as a regional hit in Northern California. The B-Side, “I’m in Love,” was actually a Lennon-McCartney tune that never appeared on a Beatles record. However, the New Breed’s rendition was extremely faithful to the Beatle-sound, almost sounding as though it was a track that could have been pulled right off of A Hard Days Night; production-wise, it was very much in the “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You” vein.

The New Breed next recorded an album’s worth of material. Most of the 11 tracks were cover tunes, but there were a few New Breed originals recorded. Due to problems with their label, the record was not released.

Glad.jpg

 

In 1966, under their own label, World United, the band recorded a new single, “Fine With Me” b/w “The Sound of Music.” The band’s music mirrored the progressive changes that were happening in the music world around this time, and their follow-up single “Wand Ad Reader,” was, essentially, a New Breed re-write of “Paperback Writer.”

Around 1968, the band signed on with a new label, Equinox, under producer Terry Melcher, who had the group change their name to Glad. In Los Angeles, Glad recorded one album, Feelin’ Glad. The album, again, is very Beatlesque, but it is a highly produced effort, more so like the post-’65 Beatles. Apparently, the band was unhappy with the album due to the fact that they had very little control over it. Certain parts of the record were overdubbed with strings, horns, and fancy production against the band’s wishes. Furthermore, its been stated that Tim Schmit is the only Glad member that appeared on the LP’s track, “Shape of Things to Come,” and this was apparently a sore spot for the group. Regardless, the album, which is mostly Glad originals, is a solid album filled with great cuts and great singing and harmonies.

Redwing1
Unfortunately, Feelin’ Glad did not sell particularly well, and in 1969, Tim Schmit, aka, Timothy B. Schmit was offered the position of bassist for Poco . He accepted it and went onto record some of the most under appreciated music ever with the band. He became ConcertPosterthe replacement for Randy Meisner, who, ironically, he would replace again in the Eagles in 1977. With Poco, Tim released 11 albums.

Glad, again, changed their name. This time, they became Redwing. Replacing Tim was Andy Samuels, formerly of Nate Shiner’s Band. Samuels was really another guitarist, and not really a bassist, although he would play some bass on Redwing’s albums and was–according to soon-to-be-bassist Dale Lyberger–quite accomplished. Although it seems that the band never actually found an “official,” long-term bassist, several four-stringers played with the group over the ensuing years–most notably Dale Lyberger, John Myers, and Buddy Harpham.

Redwing2.jpg

Redwing did well locally, but, unfortunately, never made it nationally. Under the Fantasy label, they released 5 records–one each year starting in 1971: Redwing, What this Country Needs…, Take Me Home, Dead or Alive, and Beyond the Sun and Stars. Much like with the New Breed and Glad, each record reflected the band’s style evolving and incorporated new ideas. (More information is available on each record on the records page.)

By the time of the release of Beyond the Sun andStars, the band’s final record, the spark that originally defined the band had diminished. The end was not too far away, and the group disbanded not too long aftewards.

Although the 5 Redwing LPs remain unreleased on CD and long out of print, those who have had or have been able to find vinyl copies recognize that the group left behind some fine music. The members of the New Breed (including Timothy B. Schmit) still occasionally see each other, and have reunited for a few jams over the years: usually at high school reunions. After all, Encina High School was the place where it all started so many years back. (by desktop21.com/redwing)

And this is their 4th album …

… and if you like the sound of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Eagles, The Marshall Tucker Band or The Band …. then is this album for you.

And songs like “Rainbow Mountain”, “I’m Holding On”, “Two Brothers (Dead Or Alive)”. “Early Mornin’ Sunrise” or “Shine On Me” … stands the test of time ! Listen and enjoy !

Inlet1.JPG

The inlet

Personnel:
Ron Floegel (guitar)
George Hullin (drums, percussion, fiddle)
Tom Phillips (guitar, slide-guitar, steel-guitar, dobro, banjo, harmonica, saxophone, vocals)
Andrew Samuels (guitar, bass, vocals)
+
David Fraser (piano on 04., 08. + 10.)
Tiny Moore (fiddle, mandolin on 06. + 09.)
Kenneth Nash (percussion on 01., 05., 06. + 08.)
+
background vocals:
Debbie Moore – George Hullin

BackCover1.JPG

Tracklist:
01. I’m Holding On (Phillips) 3.58
02. You’ve Got It (Phillips) 2.47
03. Two Brothers (Dead Or Alive) (Phillips) 3.26
04. The Rhythm King (Floegel) 2.01
05. Early Mornin’ Sunrise (Phillips) 4.49
06. Foxfire (Phillips) 2.19
07. Shine On Me (Phillips) 3.12
08. Angel Eyes (Floegel) 3.01
09. Give Me A Song (Phillips) 2.59
10. Rainbow Mountain (Floegel) 3.38

LabelB1.JPG

*
**

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips today

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.