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I Like It Baby

by The Buckeye Politicians

Brand new old school Soulbenders
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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It started off so promisingly! The Buckeye Politicians auditioned for Wilt Chamberlain's Small's Paradise and so impressed them that they were hired on the spot to start that night! They quickly became the top band at Small's with fans ranging from Mohammed Ali to James Brown. Their manager, Herb Gart got them a summer gig on the French Riviera and invited Record Companies in England to see them. "There's nothing easier than to get a Label to come to the Riviera" said Gart. The Buckeye Politicians signed with EMI and moved to London to record. They played a gig at The Speakeasy, the happening club in England, where all the famous musicians hung out. There was a large bar in the back where everybody who was anybody in the Rock world sat and drank and talked so loud, it was embarrassing to the band on stage. But when The Buckeye Politicians began to play, the bar emptied out and the musicians stood and watched! Jon Lord, John Entwhistle, Freddy Mercury, Billy May, other members of The Who and many others became instant fans. We were interviewing Producers to pick the one who understood the music the best. We decided to go with an engineer, Alan Parsons, who had no producing experience, but had engineered some great albums like Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. We worked at Abbey Road Studios in the same studio The Beatles used to record! The record took a few months to record and it was exciting! 

But when Alan Parsons started to mix, he ran into a problem; there were two distinct parts to The Buckeye Politicians original music, one being the R&B and Gospel influences and the other being the pop and R&R influences. Soulbending music! A mashup of soul. Gospel, pop and R&R. To get the right combination of those two sides proved to be very challenging, so we had other people try to mix the album, including John Entwhistle of The Who and Tony Palmer, Rock historian. (See his review at the end of this story.) Not being satisfied, their manager, back in NewYork, arranged for Jerry Wexler, co-President of Atlantic Records to listen and recommend someone to mix the album. So EMI Records put the tapes on a plane, including all the different mixes. British Airways LOST THE TAPES! Worse yet! EMI had not made safety copies, so everything was gone!! Six months of work and music down the drain! It was heartbreaking!

Gart arranged for Jeff Barry (The Monkees, Neil Diamond and many others) to produce The Buckeyes. They recorded at the Beach Boy's studio in L.A. and mixed elsewhere with Ken Caillet (Rumors- Fleetwood Mack) with the help of John Francis Peters (an Associate of Herb Gart and a great Painter).
Jeff Barry rehearsed them and improved some of their arrangements; he worked them very hard before going into the studio. The results were great! A deal was made quickly with Utopia Records, distributed by RCA. Why bother to mention RCA? Well, just as "Look At Me Now", The Buckeye Politicians album was about to be released, RCA and Utopia went to court to end the deal! Another bitter disappointment! It was too much for the morale of the band. They went home to Columbus, Ohio to lick their wounds. If the EMI experience and the Columbia experience weren't enough, the Utopia experience was the straw that broke the camel's back.

But you can't keep great talent down. The core of the group were the Almon brothers, Rosco, L.A. and Jay. Jay is a great bass player and Rosco and L.A. played guitars and sang. 'Buzzard', Longdog and Bobby gave up the ghost and went their separate ways, no longer making music. Bobby became very religious, Buzzard fell ill and Longdog went into business. The Almon brothers kept writing songs and eventually knew it was time to record again. They rented a small recording studio in Columbus and began recording a new album. They got in touch with their former manager, who agreed to help them if the songs and singing were as great as they had always been. Herb Gart became newly excited by The Buckeye Politicians and helped them complete the album called "Hope For The Common Man". It includes six of the older songs and eleven new songs! L.A. sang most of the new songs and Rosco most of the older ones. They added to the musical mix Jay's daughter, Conia (Sonia with a 'C') Almon who contributed a lot to the CD including Sha La La.

The Almon brothers started their musical career in a gospel group with their Mother called The Almonaires who did so well that they had people fainting at every show. Meanwhile their Dad had his own group The Sons of Zion. At first The Almonaires opened the show for Dad, but after a year or two they got so popular that Dad's group opened for them! One of their best nights was when they opened for the great Dixie Hummingbirds and nearly blew them off the stage. "It was a great night for everybody, especially the audience!" exclaimed Jay. Eventually the group broke up and Jay and L.A. joined The Soul Partners. When Rosco joined them, they took command of The Soul Partners and they wrote and recorded 4 songs for Holiday Records. If you check out The Buckeye Politicians on YouTube, those songs will be there along with a couple they recorded for Sceptre Records. But they developed exponentially from there. Their new record "Hope For The Common Man" will show tremendous growth since then.

Although they are not very active in politics, they do have a Credo, which expresses the way they feel about our politics and our human rights. "The Buckeye Politicians believe that all men and all women are created equal. Abortion and marriage are none of the Governments' business. Integrity, courage and honesty are in short supply in Congress. Immigrants are the lifeblood of our democracy. One of the greatest threats to democracy is the power of Corporations. Peace and Love is our goal!" Their music expresses peace and love - especially Love.



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