Friday, 4 August 2017
Barnaby Bye - Room To Grow 1973 (2010 Wounded Birds) Flac & mp3@320
With the formidable combination of talent, good looks, and a world class producer, it is surprising that Barnaby Bye's debut album, Room to Grow, wasn't a runaway smash. The talented twin teen-heartthrobs Bobby and Billy Alessi, together with former Blues Magoos guitarist Peppi Castro (aka, Emil Thielhelm), and ex-Illusion drummer Michael Ricciardella released Room to Grow in 1973 on Atlantic with some success, but without the popularity they probably deserved.
Barnaby Bye's Long Island-take on Brit-pop was probably more of a template for later retro-rock outfits like Jellyfish and the Merrymakers than the original bands themselves. A solid, fun, and enjoyable effort, Room to Grow should find a comfortable spot in any serious collection of '70s pop/rock.(allmusic)
Wonderful album by a gang of gifted musicians. Why an album like this failed to jump in the charts of the first half seventies is a mistery to me. If you like pop rock at it's best you should give it a try.
I will post the album that the band released one year later as well.
SB1 Flac p1 & Flac p2 - mp3@320