STEPSON "The Lost Tapes: 1972-1974"
About forty years in the
making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album!
Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred
to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine
collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever
get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic,
but it’s all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting
the band’s "devil may care" attitude and rock ’n’
roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe that
the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording
dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten.
To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t
there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey
Newman, ‘Danger Zone’ is the heaviest track Stepson
ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the
seedy side of their native Los Angeles; ‘Streets of
Alameda’ (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’
hometown, featuring a liquor store holdup and a stolen Lincoln
used as the getaway car. ‘Flesh & Blood’
is the only track on here that got an official release, albeit
by ex-Smith belter Gayle McCormick as the title track to her
second solo album, released by Decca in 1972. This version
showcases the riff in full glory. And if you don’t believe
that this riff is strong, consider that The Tonight Show band
played it for approximately two weeks in 1976, prompting Fagan
to confront "author" Don Menza, who coincidentally did the
Flesh & Blood album’s horn charts and was now claiming
credit for the song under the title ‘Instant Heart.’
The song disappeared from late night TV show shortly thereafter.
‘Bad Situation,’ the only other 1974 track, describes
the band’s predicament that year: a track that should
have propelled them to the big time, but instead bounced off
a brick wall like a tennis ball. The maracas and funkified
quasi-Bo Diddley groove hint at Stepson’s growth and
what might have been.
Points of Interest:
•Bluesy hard rock band that rose from the ashes of Touch.
Their sole album was released on ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974.
Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of
their amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out
about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success
among collectors. Easily one of the best examples of "cock
rock" ever put onto wax.
• Long sought after unreleased recordings from this
hard-nosed raunchy Detroit-style 70s hard rock band whose
1974 debut album on ABC is highly regarded. A smashing collection
of memorable tracks featuring vicious growling guitar
from Joey Newman, soulful vocals of Jeffs Hawks, along
with the non-stop rocking backbone of Bruce Hauser (bass)
and Len Fagan (drums). These guys really knew how to
ride the pocket and lay down some badass rock ‘n’
•Another sure to sell-out limited edition vinyl release
from Lion Productions & Vintage, including full size
insert with detailed liner notes by Doug Sheppard, plus
photos, and lyrics
1. Danger Zone
2. Streets of Alameda
3. Can’t Help Myself
4. Flesh & Blood
5. Don’t Say Goodbye (Say Goodnight)
7. Midnight Creep
8. Mississippi Dirt Road
9. Rock’D To My Very Soul
10. Bad Situation
Catalogue number: ROCK/LION048-V-1