Saturday, May 10, 2008

Renée Geyer Band - 'Ready To Deal" (1975)



When I was a 13 year old boy in Sydney, Australia in 1975, I was playing guitar in a metal band, covering Deep Purple, Led Zepplin and so on. One day I heard a song called "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind and Fire on the radio, and my musical world began to shift. I taped it on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, transcribed it, and forced my teenage comrades to start to play funk songs. They hated it, and the band soon split in half.

Later that year, my older brother and I began to go into the city to see Renée Geyer, who had an amazing soulful, jazzy voice and a funky band. Smells of marijuana and patchouli oil swirled around us, and people would laugh at the "little kids" as we walked around, but I was just transfixed by the music. She'd do a song by Chaka Khan and Rufus, and the next day i'd harass the import record shop owner for a record by them. Everything had changed.

There are some great funky tracks on this album, picks are "Sweet Love""Love's got a hold" and "Heading In the Right Direction" . Plenty of Rhodes, clav and wah-wah. Renée made a few more great 70s albums, which I'll post if the interest is there.

TRACKLIST

1 Sweet Love
2 If Loving You Is Wrong
3 Spilt Milk
4 Whoop
5 Heading In The Right Direction
6 Two Sides
7 Ready To Deal
8 Love's Got A Hold
9 I Really Love You

MUSICIANS

Vocals - Renée Geyer
Bass - Barry Sullivan
Drums, Percussion - Greg Tell
Guitar - Mark Punch
Keyboards - Mal Logan
Saxophone, Flute - Tony Buchanan
Trumpet - Russell Smith

PRODUCTION

Producer - Ern Rose , Renée Geyer Band
Released in 1975


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40 comments:

soulbrotha said...

Thanks Simon, great start! Looking forward to what future goodies you will be adding to the music blog stew! :)

invisiblenigma said...

Thanks Simon. Nice stuff you got here. Just checkin you out. Much appreciated!

Jazz-Nekko said...
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ish said...

You've sold me on this! I'm downloading now. Thanks!

Simon666 said...

Thanks guys, hope you enjoy it.
If any of you are able to link me on your blogs it'd be great ... just realising how much work is involved in doing all this , so of course it'd e great to send some more people this way to the music :)

beat2go00 said...

THX!!!!!!!!

paros said...

thank you for this..very nice share..i will link you up..

Anonymous said...

thanks yo

E-mile said...

Hi Simon3x6,
thanx for this gem! A few real good tunes on this one that's for sure...the opening track & the closing track.. in between it's a nice journey [:-)
You bet your ass I'm intersested in more aussie-funk-soul from the Renee Geyer Band! I totally liked (both) your rhodes-renderings, & as you probably know by now) I have a "thing" for wah-wah myself, on guitar, keys or even saxophone...as a kid I grew up "on metal" also btw, but along the way Coltrane changed it all for me (and Mingus, Kirk & Miles) Welcome to the 'BIG ears-club, hope to hear from you lots more,
peace, E-mile

AvantGrape said...

This to my surprise is one heck of a R&B/funk record. Wow. I just happened to be listening to Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions" right before playing this and it holds up pretty well. My wife is going to freak when she hears this. Great share. Thx

Gianni said...

Thanks again simon!

Simon666 said...

Thanks Soulbrotha, invisblenigma, ish, beat2go00, paros, anonymous, e-mile, avantgrape and gianni for your comments.

I'm now understanding that the thing I always hear from bloggers - that they wonder if they're posting into a vacuum sometimes - so it's great to hear that you guys are enjoying it!

More Renee later - a good live album, and also her only international release, a slicker afair recorded in LA with people like James Jamerson and Ray Parker Jr. I'll post back on this thread when it's up.

More comments welcome :)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love it! Thanks and more Renee, please!

chrisd said...

Simon, post more by RGB, for sure - this is top-notch!

I just started a blog a few days ago, too. So far, it's links I've already posted elsewhere, but please stop by from time to time.

http://rarin-to-go.blogspot.com/

In harmony,
Chris

Simon666 said...

Hi guys, have upped the next Renee Geyer album "Moving Along" from 1977, check it out :

http://neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com/2008/05/moving-along-renee-geyer-1977.html

Mr. Wone said...

What can I do/say to prove "there is more interest" in Renee Geyer albums?

You have posted two...... how many more did she and her band bless vinyl with?

Movin' Along, this one here and......?

Thank you kindly

Simon666 said...

hi Mr Wone,
thanks for all of your comments on this blog, great to know that people are listening.

Still got the album before this one ("It's a man's man's word" - 1973), and a live one from 1976 before "Moving Along", plus some bits n pieces n rarities comng soon ...

Simon666 said...

well maybe first see :
http://neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com/2008/05/really-really-love-you-renee-geyer-band.html

for the post :)

Simon666 said...

Renee Geyer "Rsrities" EP added, check it out :

http://neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com/2008/05/rarities-ep-renee-geyer.html

hooch said...

Thanks Man!

Simon666 said...

Rapidshare link added for this album :

http://rapidshare.com/files/117778101/renee_geyer_band_-_ready_to_deal__1975_.zip

Simon666 said...

Rapidshare link added for this album :

http://rapidshare.com/files/117778101/renee_geyer_band_-_ready_to_deal__1975_.zip

k02 said...

appreciate the genorosity and hard work. Thanks

Simon666 said...

Hi guys, just posted the album ”Renée Geyer “It’s a Man’s Man’s World” (1974)

Simon666 said...

Have now posted ’Easy Pieces’ featuring Renée Geyer

The G Manifesto said...

Post "Sweet Love" if you have it.

Simon666 said...

Hi there,
It's on the album, just download it.

flageolette said...

Many thanks Simon!

Cheers,

Simon666 said...

hi flagolette,
glad thst you've found these :)
Make sure you get "Moving Along"

slsmithsr said...

Thanks

J Reid said...

thank you for everythig

Simon666 said...

Thanks for comments guys...

J Reid, you're working your way upwards from the start :)

marcelo said...

nice post.

Anonymous said...

big thnx simon gooooooooooooood jooooob

Anonymous said...

Tks Simon.

The G Manifesto said...

Thanks for posting "Sweet Love"!

Sick Track.

- MPM

AussieRock said...

Thanks for this Simon - am a big fan of Renee's and had a huge crush on her when I was a teenager.
Now I just enjoy her music nd wish her 'good health' while she continues her fight against 'breast cancer'

Tru$tfund Ty said...

she's awesome, thanks simon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys:

Someone can reupload Lp:
Renee Geyer - 1982 - So Lucky
Many Thanks from Spain

Anonymous said...

Hi Simon,
I see you've refreshed the blog. Let me give you one big thank you, your work is appreciated. You (and Greg) exposed me to so many artists I might not have otherwise known or heard about. It's great to have something to identify when I'm digging at the record stores. I may not be able to thank you for each d/l but know that you work is not in vain.