Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz (Expanded Edition)

CRAIG FULLER/ERIC KAZ: Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz (Expanded Edition). CD

AVAILABLE APRIL, 28 2015

Craig Fuller and Eric Kaz had already teamed up in American Flyer (along with Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Steve Katz and the Velvet Underground’s Doug Yule) before they collaborated on this 1978 album, but their pedigrees went way farther back than that band. Fuller made his debut with J.D. Blackfoot in 1970 and co-founded Pure Prairie League (for whom he wrote “Amie” among other PPL classics), while Kaz had cut his teeth with Children of Paradise (along with Happy and Artie Traum) before joining Blues Magooes for two records and cutting two solo records for Atlantic. With a track record like that, it’s no surprise that this record sported the crème de la crème of supporting musicians: J.D. Souther, Russ & Leah Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Michael McDonald, Leo Sayer all played prominent supporting roles, while Grammy-winning producer Val Garay (Kim Carnes, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, Santana, etc.) oversaw the proceedings. But, as always, it’s the songs that make this album a lost classic of West Coast ‘70s rock—Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz features the definitive version of Kaz’s “Cry Like a Rainstorm,” which was the title tune of Linda Ronstadt’s 1978 Grammy-nominated album, as well as such great tunes as “Annabella” (also available on our Expanded Edition in its single version) and “Feel That Way Again.” Liner notes by Ed Osborne featuring quotes from Craig Fuller and Eric Kaz round out the release, which is remastered at Sony’s own Battery Studios. The long out-of print Japanese reissue sells for hundreds, and we mean hundreds of dollars—this one’s a must for anybody into the SoCal country rock scene of the ‘70s.

SONGS:

1. Feel That Way Again

2. Cry Like a Rainstorm

3. You Take My Heart

4. Let the Fire Burn All Night

5. ‘Til You Come Back

6. Annabella

7. The Ways of a Woman

8. Fool for You

9. Restless Sea

10. Annabella (Reprise)

Bonus Track

11. Annabella (Single Version)

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