Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New York Rock'N'Roll Ensemble - New York Rock & Roll Ensemble (1968)


Personnel:
BRIAN CORRIGAN gtr A
MARTIN (MARTY) FULTERMAN drums, oboe A B C
MICHAEL (MIKE) KAMEN keyb'ds, oboe A B C
CLIFTON (CLIFF) NIVISON lead guitar A B C
DORIAN RUDNYSTSKY bs, cello A B C
(HANK DEVITO oboe B)

ALBUMS:
1(A) THE NEW YORK ROCK AND ROLL ENSEMBLE (Atco SD33-240) Aug. 1968
2(A) FAITHFUL FRIENDS... (Atco SD 33-294) Aug. 1969
3(A) REFLECTIONS (Atco SD 33-312) 1970
4(B) ROLL OVER (Columbia C 30033) 1970
5(C) FREEDOMBURGER (Columbia KC-31317) 1972
NB: (4) and (5) released as The New York Rock Ensemble. (3) reissued on CD (Atlantic 75678 06352). (4) and (5) issued on one CD.

45s:
1 Biji/Biji Rock (Atco 6467) Feb. 1967
2 Kiss Her Once/Suddenly (Atco 6501) July 1967
3 The Thing To Do/Pick Up In The Morning (Atco 6584) May 1968
4 Wait Until Tomorrow/The Brandenburg (Atco 6671) Mar. 1969
5 Running Down The Highway/Law And Order (Columbia 45242) Sept. 1970
6 The King Is Dead/Beside You (Columbia 45288) Dec. 1970
7 Fields Of Joy/Ride, Ride My Lady (Columbia 45367) Mar. 1971
8 Roll Over/A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Columbia 45574) Feb. 1972

The story goes that three members of this act were classically trained at Juilliard Music Conservatory (arguably the most prestigious American music school) and that at some point they "realized" that they could make more money being rock stars than classical musicians. The music on their first two albums is distinctive in that they used classical instruments (usually oboes and string quartets) in their rock songs and then might play a classical Bach piece using modern rock instruments. Their third album was a unique collaboration with Manos Hadjidakis, who is best known for composing the music for the movie "Never On Sunday". This album has a distinctive Greek flavor and is quite unique - very beautiful, relaxing. After their third album, they shortened their name to become The New York Rock Ensemble, switched record companies (from Atco to Columbia), and Brian Corrigan left.
The fourth album was less original, but was ironically their best selling album. I have a personal theory that this was related to a free or inexpensive sampler album, called Different Strokes, that Columbia distributed and which featured a cut from this album. In my humble opinion, their fourth and fifth albums were much less interesting and qualify only as average rock music.
Michael Kamen went on to have a successful career producing film scores, working with artists such as Pink Floyd, Roger Waters etc. In 1991 he won two Grammy's: "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" for the Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves album conducting the Greater Los Angeles Orchestra and "Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television" for (Everything I Do) I Do It For You from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
(Charlie O'Bannon / Lloyd Peasley)

Tracks:
1. Intro
2. Sounds of Time
3. Began to Burn
4. Monkey
5. Trio Sonata No. 1 in C Major 2nd Movement-Alla Breve Fugue
6. She's Gone
7. Poor Pauline
8. "?"
9. Mr. Tree
10. You Know Just What It's Like
11. Studeao Atlantis
12. Pick up in the Morning
13. The Seasons: Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer

6 comments:

Psicodelia Pura said...

Superb album, thanks!

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Weekend Hippie said...

I saw this band in 1969 at the "Michigan Rock N Roll Revival" and they played a rock and classical fusion a few years before ELO had more sucess with it.

That is one of the great things about the 60's! Bands offered musical influences to you, which opened your ears to new genres of music in the 70's.

Thanks for your great blg, and all your hard work!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Once upon a time I had a copy but it vanished and I never thought I'd get to hear it again.

Greg said...

I included Freedomburger with my 12 free Columbia house LPs back in the early 70's. I picked it because their band name sounded cool, while never knowing who they were. The LP grew on me after listening to it 1000 times. "More Like The Master" is great and I really enjoyed the rest of the LP. I ended up buying all their LPs after that. I mention their name now and I get blank stares. Glad I found out about them years ago.