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Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz (Expanded Edition CD)

Craig Fuller and Eric Kaz

Real Gone music 2015

Review by David Bowling

 

Craig Fuller and Eric Kaz have spent the last 50 years in the music business. They may not be household names but they have been a part of bands that have sold millions of albums. During 1978 they united to produce their one and only self-titled album. It remains an under appreciated album that was a commercial failure at the time of its release. It has now been reissued on CD with a pristine sound and excellent liner notes that give a history of the participants and music.

Fuller’s first claim to fame came in 1970 as a member of J.D. Blackfoot. He then moved on to become a founding member of Pure Prairie League. In the mean time Kaz was playing and recording with a reconstituted Blues Magoos of “We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet” fame. They finally came together as members of American Flyer, whose first album was produced by the Beatles George Martin. After the demise of American Flyer, Kaz and Fuller decided to record as a duo.

Their self titled release is a modest affair of laid back electric and acoustic pop/rock. In many ways it has a stripped down Pure Prairie league sound. It is a simple approach that keeps the focus on the lyrics and vocals.

Fuller shines of his compositions “Feel That Way Again,” “Restless Sea,” and “Fool For You.” Fuller contributes a take on his classic song, “Cry Like A Rainstorm.” “Annabella” is the only song with a dual writing credit and it has a fuller sound. The bonus track is the single version of the song.

After the failure of their album, they went their separate ways. Kaz is now a respected songwriter whose compositions have been recorded by hundreds of artists. Fuller became the lead singer for Little Feat for a number of years after Lowell George’s death and then fronted a return of Pure Prairie League.

Craig Fuller’s and Eric Kaz’s short time together and resultant album did not change American music but it remains an interesting relic of the softer and reflective side of the  1970’s.

Rating: ***

 

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