GYPSY SOUL -
WINNERS AND LOSERS

 

 

 

  

 

 

Release Date: 20th October 2017
Catalogue No: ESM310
Bar Code: 5 03128100310 2

The Band is:
Johnny Edwards: Lead vocals (ex Foreigner and King Kobra)
J K Northrup: Lead Guitars (ex XYZ and King Kobra)
Justin McDaid: Rhythm Guitars
Larry Hart: Bass (ex King Kobra)
Glenn Hicks: Drums

Produced and Mixed by: J K Northrup at Alien Productions Studios
except songs 8-9-10-11 Produced by Ronnie Montrose
Mastered by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio

Track List:

1-Fat City  03:38 / 2-Fire And Water 03:35 / 3-Winners And Losers 04:02 / 4-Ready For The Rain 04:36 / 5-Sheila 03:44 / 6-Candy Apple Red 03:16 / 7-She’s Waiting 04:07 / 8-Survival In The Streets 04:35 / 9-Dancin’ Feet  03:09 / 10-Burning In Her Fire 03:36 / 11-Rough Life 04:34 / 12-The Kid Is Back In Town 03:59 /  13-Outside Looking In 03:39 / 14-The West 04:19

The Northrup Years

In 1987 four musicians were brought together by the legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose  and their shared manager. Those four were guitarist J K Northrup, Lead vocalist Johnny Edwards, bassist Larry Hart and J K’s long-time friend and drummer Glenn Hicks. Within two weeks they were rehearsing writing and in the studio recording with Ronnie Montrose, who was producing their first demo. It was immediately evident that there was a lot of electricity with the band! Drawing on such influences as Bad Company, Whitesnake and Humble Pie The band’s energy was powerful.

Almost immediately several major labels such as Geffen, Atlantic and MCA were coming to the shows and rehearsals showing great interest in signing the band. John Kalodner himself put the band into the studio to record a further six songs.

Although an agreement was not reached with any of the record labels the band recorded and demoed many songs over two years. They added a fifth member; rhythm guitarist Justin McDaid and continued playing, writing and showcasing until 1989 when they disbanded resulting in Edwards joining Foreigner and J K Northrup joining up with Paul Shortino for two albums.

This collection of 14 songs are a small portion of songs they wrote but they capture the spirit of what a great they actually were. Many of the songs were later performed and recorded by Foreigner, “Ready for the Rain”, “King Kobra”, “Burning in her fire”, “Wild Horses”, “Fire and Water”, “The Kid is Back in Town and “Rough Life” were recorded on the classic album “Back on Track” by Shortino and Northrup.

During 1988 JK Northrup, Johnny Edwards and Larry Hart were recruited by legendary drummer Carmine Appice to write, record and perform the King Kobra III album.

This is a classic case of a band that should have been a multi-platinum success and these songs we have here are a reminder of what a great group of musicians and prolific songwriters they are

 

 


 

 


TARGET -
IN RANGE

 

 

 Featuring Jimi Jamison R.I.P

 With extensive liner notes by Dave Reynolds!

  

 

 

Release Date: 20th October 2017
Catalogue No: ESMT309
Bar Code: 5 03128100309 6

Target is:     

Jimi Jamison - Vocals
Tommy Cathey -
Bass and Vocals   
Paul Cannon -
Guitar                     
Buddy Davis -
Guitar                      
Bill Marshall -
Drums   
Gary Topper -
Saxophone on Live Magician                

Produced by: Target
Engineered by:  John Hampton     
Mastered by: JK Northrup  at Alien Productions

Track List:
1- Tightwire 03:29 / 2- Love Magician 04:45 / 2- Too Much Good Lovin’ 03:32 / 4- Hold Tight  03:06 /  5- Taxman 03:18 / 6- Means That Much 04:01 / 7- Come On 03:18 / 8- A Place Called Hot 03:02  / 9- Don’t You Think Its Time 03:25? / 10- Echo Tango 04:37 (demo) bonus track

Target was an exciting US Quintet from Memphis that featured the legendary Jimi Jamison (Cobra / Survivor) on vocals. They released two albums on A & M in 1976 (Target) and 1977 (Captured). However, it has come to light that a third album was recorded in 1979, entitled “In Range” before the band split in 1982.

While vocalist Jimi Jamison did go on to greater heights - thanks to his stints fronting Cobra and, of course, Survivor not to mention releasing an impressive catalogue of solo records – Target were the band with whom he first made the progression from playing the bars and clubs to touring as a major label act opening for the likes of Black Sabbath and Styx. However, the debut Target LP wasn’t the singer’s first album recording credit. Nor bassist Tommy Cathey’s either. Having started to work together in a band called Omaha in the early 70’s an opportunity to hook up with another project was just too good to miss, as the latter explains: “After a stint in Omaha with Jimi, we both wanted to explore the chances of original music,” recalls Cathey. “David Beaver had been doing original music for a couple of years so we gravitated to that. We did two records with D. Beaver, of which only one was released (‘Combinations’ on the TMI label in 1973). Right after the second record, Jimi and I were ready to take the splash into forming our own band to do original music, so we teamed up with guitarist/organist Buddy Davis and formed Target. We still played cover music to pay the bills, but all along writing our own music and trying to be a good rock and roll band!” The band toured substantially back then and it was a shame that the band split before that third release saw the light of day

‘In Range’ was recorded in the autumn of 1979: it took the band about two to three weeks to do this third album. What an album it is though, this is Target’s best recording, chock full of quality songs and musicianship. Its criminal it has laid dormant for so long, but here it is for you on Escape Music.

Here is what bassist Tommy Cathey says about the recording:

“I think what I'm most proud of with the third album is the maturity of our songs and the developing sound we were getting in the studio. This album doesn't sound like the first two and I consider it to be the best of the three! We produced it ourselves and I think you can tell the distinction from the first two albums. The third album is all Target with no outside help or direction! I am very proud of our efforts and I hope all our fans and a new generation of fans will appreciate the music!”

Exciting times indeed!