Earl Slick

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


USA. A virtuoso hard rock guitarist of some standing, Earl Slick formed his own band in the mid-70s. Previous aggregations had not recorded, though Slick had already toured and recorded with artists of the stature of David Bowie, notably on his soul-influenced Young Americans. With Jimmie Mack (vocals), Gene Leppik (bass) and Bryan Madey (drums), the Earl Slick Band made its debut for Warner Brothers Records in 1976 with an album of songs written by Slick and Mack. Immediately, the creative tension between the two parties was evident - Slick showcasing his guitar skills wherever possible, while Mack seemed to be more interested in integrated songwriting. This led to an inconsistent, although at times excellent recording. The schism had not been fully resolved by the advent of the follow-up, where Slick’s guitar playing continued to dominate. After its release Slick returned to session work, notably with John Waite and on John Lennon’s Double Fantasy...

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