After a promising start with their debut ‘Flat As A Pancake’, Head East could not convert strikes into runs, as evidenced by the poor showing of ‘Get Yourself Up’.
Written by: gdmonline
ARTIST: Head East
ALBUM: Get Yourself Up
SERIAL: SP 4579
CD REISSUE: Discogs Reissue List
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: John Schlitt – lead vocals * Mike Somerville – guitars, backing vocals * Roger Boyd – keyboards, backing vocals * Dan Birney – bass, backing vocals * Steve Huston – drums, percussion, backing vocals
TRACK LISTING: 01 When I Get Ready * 02 Separate Ways * 03 This Woman’s In Love * 04 I Don’t Want The Chance * 05 Sailor * 06 Monkey Shine * 07 Jailer * 08 Love My Blues Away * 09 The Victim * 10 Trouble
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After a few weeks respite, we continue our run of review articles for the Midwest band Head East. The album in question being their second: ‘Get Yourself Up’. After a promising start with their debut ‘Flat As A Pancake’, the intention was to take Head East to the next level of success. Sadly, this was not to be the case. Despite a continual heavy touring schedule, the band could not convert strikes into runs, and this was evidenced by this album’s poor showing at the box office.
I’m listening to these songs decades later, and my impression is that they haven’t dated very well. There were a handful of bands that took 1976 by the horns and were successful as a result, Head East weren’t quite in the same league but to be fair, they did get better, much like mid-west contemporaries REO Speedwagon.
When Head East rise above mediocrity, they sound quite decent. Songs like ‘Separate Ways’, ‘I Don’t Want The Chance’, the upbeat ‘Monkey Shine’ and the closer ‘Trouble’ are the picks of the bunch for me, while some of you may get mileage out of some of the other tracks, but only if your familiar with the album or you are a lifetime fan.
Accordingly, the album didn’t fare that well on the Billboard charts, reaching a high of only #161, which was only marginally improved upon by the following years ‘Gettin’ Lucky’ which peaked at #136. The band as we know, didn’t jack it in immediately despite the poor run of results, continuing to play to enthusiastic crowds right through to about 1980. At least the mid-West kept supporting one of their own through those lean years.
I Don’t Want The Chance