Point Blank - Point Blank (1976 us, superb hard/southern rock - vinyl rip) Flac 24-bit

Well, if you did not see this band back in the 70s, then you just did not go to any concerts. They toured with everyone and that's probably what sold their records since someone dropped the ball regarding airplay, promotion and marketing. Point Blank was the best kept secret of the 70s. The good news is that they are finally back together after many years apart. But let's get back to what made me a huge fan of these guys. The first cut on their debut album is entitled "Free Man" and it is their signature song. 

I don't know if there is a finer tune for an opening song that features the combination of heavy riffs, dueling twin guitar leads and gutsy vocals than what you will find here. There is something about their songwriting where you really feel the emotion of the songs and the music reinforces that and takes you to a higher level. Rusty Burns and Kim Davis were a great duo. When they played live together, it was like witnessing two Texas gunslingers going head to head. 

Phillip Petty was the man on Bass and he kept the backbeat pumping. There's not a bad tune on this album. While Point Blank could really turn out some hard sounding but polished Southern Rock, this album demonstrates their true talents as they do several slower ballads such as "Wandering" and "Distance" which features John ODaniels beautiful vocals (what a range this guy has). My favorite songs are "Free Man", "Moving", and "Lone Star Fool".

Point Blank, along with ZZ Top, were one of the best rock bands to emerge from Texas in the 70s, and their debut album proves why. Influences such as Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Humble Pie are audible throughout, as is a bit of Deep Purple, and the songs are great. John O'Daniel is one of the great underrated hard rock singers of all time, and the proof is on this album.

A1. Free man (5:07)
A2. Moving (2:55)
A3. Wandering (5:17)
A4. Bad bees (2:30)
B1. That's the law (3:40)
B2. Lone star fool (4:17)
B3. Distance (5:12)
B4. In this world (3:09)


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    1. Flac, vinyl rip
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  2. Hello Nel,
    Nel,thanks for keeping this blog...well done my friend!

    They called Odessa in 1972, he appeared, now legendary name Point Blank. After 1982 years suspended business activities. For many years, connoisseurs of hard won their plate. With exchanges like diamonds disappeared. Point Blank - Great Forgotten. Yes written about them and in fact, almost forgotten. And after all, were the elite of southern rock. There were as much about the fate of Lynyrd Skynyrd allowed to function. Oh, how close they were to each other. Eternally rebellious, not only exploded on the scene. Just like the Lynyrd Skynyrd as Point Blank and the nickname stuck incorrect adventurers. And they defended themselves against the Yankees with their taunting parochial origin. So banging in the mouth without resistance. The band of friends. Band of Brothers! Had a lot of luck at the start. Rusty Burns has worked as a technical ZZ Top. Learned a lot then. He learned show business from the other side, not necessarily the brightest. This later helped him make all the decisions .. Then he met Bill Hama, manager and producer of ZZ Top, while the owner Label - Lone Wolf Productions. They met at a charity picnic in the park named General Lee - a hero of the South. There, having at its disposal a small Marshall, Rusty played Billy sketches of his songs to be born just having a band. Ham delighted Rustego supported the idea. They met again later in the Cellar Club in Forth Worth, Texas, to sign the contract. There appeared to come together greatest. Rusty loved this magical place. He played there frequently with a variety of ensembles, honed craft. When he returned from another tour ZZ Top again appeared in the Forth Worth to collect the right people. He was lucky. In a short time, assembled the explosive composition. Johnny had a powerful singing O'Daniel, on the other guitar will play Kim Davis. Bass Phillip Petty handle. And in the end appeared as Rusty says, man-hammer drummer Peter "Buzzy" Gruen. So I've had a band and was well aware of the potential that lies dormant in these musicians. 21 July 1974 they played their first gig at the Silver Eagle Club in Dallas. Phillip wrote - we got there on the stage and then the tables zdmuchnęliśmy all mugs. Having a contract with Arista went on a two-year tour. They started as a support ZZ Top. However, it quickly turned out to ZZ Top as dangerous. It was hard to leave after their theatrical madness and delight the audience something else. Thank You Mama depreciated everything that could be followed by. After six weeks of ZZ Top resigns rozgrzewacza who burn their audience. For the first year they played almost every day. Plays material that is recorded later in a studio in parędziesiąt hours. Almost a hundred. Apply to know how to knock. Rusty talked about it - noo, we went into the studio and played another show. After a little more I worked on it but I did not have a lot of change. Debut was released on July 1, 1976. American newspaper choked with these crazy rock. The Melody Maker appeared extensive spread of "Pride and ZZ Top was born in New volume". Energy and fury outstripped their masters. This album is a southern rock volcano, to this day causes dizziness in the listener. The second album was Point Blank show in full light. They had to face his own talent tchniętym to debut material. In 1977, once again demonstrates the effort Aristy Second Seasons album. Today, this southern rock canon; model for others. Outstanding compositions and bravura performance still reflect the greatness of this album. One of the most beautiful in the history of southern rock.

  3. However, there is nothing for free. Small sporty finish hardships of existence on the road, leaving the band Phillip Peta. The team employs a new bassist and increases its membership by keyboardist. There are two more great records: in 1979 with Airplay przecudnym Changed My Mind in 1980 The Hard Way. The latter contains two live tracks. Poignant blues Wrong To Cry and cover Deep Purple, Highway Star. Who has not heard yet of this exercise should make up for the loss. Pierced the original. Version of Point Blank is a real rock hurricane. At the height of fame in the tragic fall for eighties rock music. Outstanding teams disappeared one by one. Arista As in the case of The Allman Brothers Band, as MCA Records, Point Blank forces change of style and repertoire. The company wants to have hits. Depressed by this situation leaves the band Johnny O'Daniel, one of the best singers of the time. Going to be replaced by Bubba Keith.

    Plate American Exce $ $ weapons even after years quite well. May all of that time were able to burn so strong and a total hit album. Unfortunately, their latest product On A Roll gives the impression that the musicians recorded it with a gun applied to the heads of the bosses MCA. Well, an accident at work. But so serious that Rusty decided to disband the group. This is where the story should have its end. But no. In 2005 he burst out the message that the great forgotten to come back and come back in almost original line-up, the first two discs. Hit the road. Fans of disbelief went to concerts and rubbed their eyes in amazement, seeing Johnny O'Daniel in great shape still. Slowly restoring the splendor of your iron numbers - Free Man, Back In The Alley, Stars And Scars, Uncle Ned, Changed My Mind and Nicole. In 2008, in a slightly different composition of the record already in his career, the first live album - Reloaded. Time seemed to stand still, or perhaps circled and returned to Second Seasons. Following up studio record, a very strong rock album Fight On. Texas, cacti, coyote howl, southern, blues and fiery guitar. Point Blank returned from the premiere recordings, and arrives once again to Europe. They are a living legend. Southern legend, miraculously restored to life. As you can see they did not say the last word. So let's go for their only concert in Poland, to touch something that a few years ago it seemed so far away, to experience the rock thunder of Uncle Ned or immerse yourself in a rainbow of sound and dreamy melodies Stars And Scars. Point Blank - dreams come true.

  4. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1976 and was produced by Bill Ham, the man who brought us ZZ Top 6 years earlier. Rusty Burns, one of the Point Blank guitar players, was supposedly Billy Gibbons' guitar tech. Obviously they were well steeped in the ZZ Top vibe, and it shows in the music. This album sounds like a cross between the early ZZ Top albums and the more rocking side of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    The record opens with "Free Man," a slow, dirty, sharp nine chord tune about the boys in blue. Wicked slide guitar in the beginning before it bursts into a slammin' double time twin guitar assault. These guys are pissed about the cops hassling them because of their long hair. With barely a breath, we're into "Moving," a driving ZZ Top/"Down Brownie" groove with cool harmony vocals and a killer modulation chorus and guitar break. Smokin' guitar solo. Like ZZ Top's "Down Brownie," the only flaw is that it is far too short.

    "Wandering" starts out as a galloping twin guitar lead metalish trip that suddenly puts on the brakes and becomes a melancholy southern rock ballad, then jumps back to a gallop for dualing guitars. Next up is "Bad Bees", a straight ahead shuffle, a la "Chevrolet." "That's the Law" is sort of a Trapeze/Humble Pie trip given the southern rock treatment. It's got a great insrumental section with smokin' guitar action in the middle. "Lone Star Fool" brings us back from Skynyrd territory to the slow, tough, strutting blues riffage that we started out with.

    "Distance" is a good old southern rock ballad that builds from the sad quiet beginning to the tear-jerker guitar solo and angst ridden last chorus. I just wish they had gotten a little heavier in the end, but it's still cool. The album closes with what seems like the radio single, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with some good riffage and guitar battling.

    This is a good album in it's entirety with some seriously rocking stuff. Great guitar sounds throughout, good Molly Hatchett-esque vocals from John O'Daniels, and some burnin' guitar riffs. It starts off very ZZ Top-ish(can't go wrong there- at least not until the 80's anyway), but ultimately ends up being a solid, well done, heavier and harder-than-most, Southern Rock record.

    Just a little side note about Bill Ham. I was told a story about the recording of ZZ Top's first record by the engineer. Apperently Bill Ham was adamantly opposed to the idea of overdubbing additional guitar parts and wanted the whole record to be recorded live. Billy Gibbons had other ideas. So after the basic tracks of the first song were laid down, Bill Ham was sent to get barbecue for everyone. The restaurant he was sent to was a good distance away, ensuring that he would be gone for about an hour, during which time Billy Gibbons laid down a slide guitar track and a couple of other parts on the song. When Bill got back with the barbecue, they played it for him without telling him what they had done, and he was blown away, thus giving Billy Gibbons the freedom to make some of the best records of all time.

    Nel,txanks for everything over the years ... best regards!

    1. Hi Nel,
      There is no affairs, my friend,the pleasure is all mine,cordial greetings to you and your family!


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