"Somebody's Watching" - Rare Bird (1973)
Sounding like some kind of Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan hybrid, if Rare Bird hadn't had such a prog reputation preceding them...this album might've been all over the radio. The band's GPS was definitely feeding them a different route on their journey. Certainly not as proggy. Although the last song on side two carries the prog-rock banner rather nicely. It throws a cool nod to Ennio Morricone and is just killer.
"Somebody's Watching" finds Rare Bird with a bit of AOR rock funk in the fire. They can still wicked-play and jamm-off nicely in a delightful fashion. The progressive band from England doesn't dance with the prog-lady too often on this album. But knowing that going in...what they pull off is a solid spin just the same.
"Somebody's Watching" - Rare Bird (back)
Favorites include the closing track and most prog song on the album..."Dollars..." mentioned earlier. 'Turn Your Head" is very bait-n-hook and a song I first heard on Sirius Deep Tracks. And "Third Time Around" is a smoker.
I found this one at Spektrum lost in one of the "New Arrivals" bins for $6. I wanted to leave with something and I grabbed it. My only Rare Bird. I just don't see them around much. The vinyl is vg+ with an album corner-cut...(but not a straight saw-cut.) Kind of weird. I also noticed it was missing a plastic sleeve like the others had, and they gladly sleeved it for me. I've spun this album a bunch. A cheap album with some bang.
SIDE A MATRIX
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SIDE B MATRIX
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"Turn Your Head" - Rare Bird / "Somebody's Watching" (1973)
A1 "Somebody's Watching" 5:25
A2 "Third Time Around" 4:55
A3 "Turn Your Head" 4:38
A4 "More And More" 4:05
B1 "Hard Time" 3:06
B2 "Who Is The Hero" 3:39
B3 "High In The Morning" 3:30
B4 "Dollars" (Incorporating Extracts From "A Few Dollars More") 8:38
Steve Gould - vocals, guitar, bass
Dave Kaffinetti - piano, clavinet, organ
Andy Curtis - guitar
Nic Potter - bass
Fred Kelly - drums, Northern percussion
Paul Korda - b-vocals
Nicky James - b-vocals
Kevin Lamb - b-vocals
John Wetton - bass (B4)