Fred Prellberg | Last of the Rock Stars

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Last of the Rock Stars

by Fred Prellberg

'60's-oriented singer/songwriter's intelligent pop/rock w/hooks, harmonies, Hohners, a Rickenbacker thrown in for good measure, & liner notes from "Last of the Rock Stars" author, Elliott Murphy.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stay Where You Are
3:38 $0.99
2. Hangman
3:30 $0.99
3. Mankind Dies at Sulfur City
4:51 $0.99
4. Victor Canning & Me
3:15 $0.99
5. Olympia
6:37 $0.99
6. Last of the Rock Stars
3:43 $0.99
7. Bride-to-be
5:19 $0.99
8. Good For You
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9. Against a Rainy Day
3:58 $0.99
10. False Claims
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Album Notes
The debut release by Chicago-area singer/songwriter Fred Prellberg, Last of the Rock Stars, is also the 1st release on Denmark Street Records. Two years in the making, nine of the ten songs on LOTRS were written by Prellberg, the lone cover ("Last of the Rock Stars") a rarely heard rock'n'roll anthem by acclaimed singer/songwriter, Elliott Murphy (who provided liner notes from his home in Paris). LOTRS was co-produced by Ellis Clark (Kevin Tihista, Nikki Sudden, Chamber Strings) & also features Paul Gongola (guitars, keyboards) & Jerry King (drums), as well as guitar & keyboard work from producer Clark.

From the album opener, "Stay Where You Are", a classic r&b-inspired ballad, to the album closer, "False Claims", an unapologetic tribute to The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black", LOTRS mines '60's & '70's era Rock aesthetics not as a map or template, but as the wellspring of the kind of pop/rock that informs the singer's rock'n'roll vision. If you hear the influence of The Kinks, Byrds, Del Shannon & Bob Dylan, or even contemporary Australian singer/songwriter, Paul Kelly, it is probably no accident. What Fred Prellberg shares with each is a dedication to the pop song as an absolute; an art form with merits & exigencies unique & no less important than the more traditional arts.

From Rick Cornell, Host of Border Radio - WXDU 88.7, Durham, NC

I can count on it every year: just after all my year-end faves lists are compiled and submitted, along comes a record that, in the immortal words of Terry Malloy, "coulda been a contender." I'm really enjoying this album from
Prellberg, a singer/songwriter whose rustic, versatile work trumps the limitations typically suggested by the s/sw tag. And, yes, the title track is an Elliott Murphy cover.



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"...punching like a lightweight Springsteen but... it hits home."
From Americana UK:
Fred Prellberg “Last of the Rock Stars” (Denmark Street Record 2005) The term ‘classic’ is much over-used, the meaning seeming to be confused between things that are ‘classics’ in the sense that they are enduring and things that are constructed in a ‘classical’ vein - where Fred is concerned we’re talking about the latter. He kicks off with a classic serving of R&B, then moves on to a lovely slice of melancholy pop, then a folk inspired quasi-protest song. All of these are performed with consummate skill, the arrangements never full enough to be lush and never empty enough to be sparse, always adding the right amount of colour and shade. ‘Olympia’ is pretty without being cloying; the title (a cover of an Elliott Murphy song) puts a muzzle on the guitars in a 70’s classic rock way, punching like a lightweight Springsteen but nonetheless it hits home. On ‘Bride-to-be’ he sounds like Joe Henry in a club at 4am slumped over a piano wondering how everything got away from him. There are hints of scorching psychedelic country-rock in the closing ‘False-claims’- in the end though the archetypal wins out and the guitars retain their classical mouldings. 6/10

The Celebrity

Prellberg’s debut is a throwback to the rock of the 60s and 70s.
- In this era of corporate-sponsored artists and packaged bands, it’s refreshing to hear a singer/songwriter who recalls a time when music was for the people. Fred Prellberg’s debut is a throwback to the rock of the 60s and 70s. The recording bridges the gap between generations of music listeners.

Prellberg proves he can live up to his influences, writing meaningful songs ranging from the R&B-inspired “Stay Where You Are,” to the folk-influenced “Good For You.” He wrote all the songs here except for the title track, written by Elliot Murphy.

Last of the Rock Stars is an excellent first release for Denmark Street Records. Hopefully, more quality albums will follow.

Reviewer: Gail Hoffer
Reviewer's Rating: 8.5