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    Main » 2010 » May » 1 » Mahogany Rush - 1975 - Strange Universe
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    Mahogany Rush - 1975 - Strange Universe

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    Mahogany Rush were formed in Montreal, Quebec, in 1970 by Frank Marino, who, while recovering in hospital after a bad drug experience, maintained he was visited by an apparition of Hendrix. Once out of hospital he was able to pick up the guitar and play Hendrix riffs - he claimed he'd never been able to play a guitar before. Their first three albums were extremely derivative of the great man but they weren't condemned as mere copyists, they were applauded for paying tribute to him with such sincerity. They were bigger in the U.S. than their native Canada - indeed they headlined shows with The Chambers Brothers, Graham Central Station and Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes in the States.

    Their third album Strange Universe was their masterpiece - cuts like Tales Of The Spanish Warrior, Land Of 1,000 Nights and the title track were miles beyond all their contemporaries in the heavy rock genre. The record is also technically brilliant and the relatively inexpensive U.S. original is recommended listening.

    They went on to record well beyond the time frame of this book and their later efforts, which included Mahogany Rush IV (1976) and World Anthem (1977) illustrated Marino developing beyond Hendrix style material and influencing the band's future direction with his own material. This was evidenced by a later name change to Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush and then, in 1980, following Ayoub's departure and the release of What's Next, to simply Frank Marino.


    Frank Marino (Guitar, Synthesizer, Arranger, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Producer)
    Jimmy Ayoub (Percussion, Drums)
    Paul Harwood (Bass, Guitar, Guitar Bass)

    01 - Tales Of The Spanish Warrior 4:55
    02 - The King Who Stole (The Universe) 3:58
    03 - Satisfy Your Soul 3:16
    04 - Land Of 1000 Nights 4:44
    05 - Moonlight Lady 4:05
    06 - Dancing Lady 3:12
    07 - Once Again 3:26
    08 - Tryinґ Anyway 3:51
    09 - Dear Music 4:21
    10 - Strange Universe 6:59

    Mahogany Rush was to Jimi Hendrix what jazz saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Ernie Henry were to Charlie Parker -- loving disciples, but not outright clones. Without question, Hendrix was a major influence on the hard rock power trio; you could hear it in leader Frank Marino's singing as well as his electric guitar playing. But ultimately, Mahogany Rush sounded like itself. One of the best studio albums that Mahogany recorded in the 1970s was Strange Universe, a hard rock/heavy metal classic that is as melodic as it is forceful. As aggressively as Mahogany rocks on gems like "Tryin' Anyway," "Dancing Anyway," and "Dear Music," this 1975 LP never fails to be musical. One hears overtones of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and jazz-rock fusion on much of the material, and Mahogany's lyrics aren't the typical boy-meets-girl fare; in fact, the threesome explores gothic fantasy themes on "Land of 1000 Nights," "Tales of the Spanish Warrior," and other cuts. There are no dull moments on Strange Universe, which points to the fact that Mahogany Rush was among the finest hard rock/metal bands of the '70s. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

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