Head East - Head East

Head East – Head East

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While the songs here were signature tunes from Head East, two of them standi tall among their back catalogue being ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ along with crowd favourite ‘Elijah’.

Written by: gdmonline

ARTIST: Head East
ALBUM: Head East
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: Discogs Reissue List


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 Open Up The Door * 02 Man I Wanna Be * 03 Nothing To Lose * 04 Since You Been Gone * 05 Pictures * 06 Get Up & Enjoy Yourself * 07 I’m Feelin’ Fine * 08 Dance Away Lover * 09 Elijah



During 2021, GDM made a concerted effort to complete the discography of Illinois mainstays Head East. A year on, we have three more to go, all from the heyday of radio rock and FM during the period between 1978-1979. It certainly was a good era, and by this stage, Head East already had three studio albums in the can plus they were establishing themselves as a decent live act. The band were well known as a Midwest act, but on a national scale not so much.

Head East Band Pic 1978

The Songs

The band lineup was intact, so too the label, while the songs here were signature tunes from these Midwestern stalwarts, with two of them standing tall among their back catalogue being ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ (the Russ Ballard and Rainbow chestnut) along with crowd favourite ‘Elijah’. These two notwithstanding, the album is complimented by strong efforts elsewhere.

These include the tough opening strands of ‘Open Up The Door’, ‘Pictures’ too sits at the rockier edge of the scale. For something different, take a listen to ‘Nothing To Lose’, the poignant 30 second intro would have you thinking this is an acoustic ballad – not so. Let’s not forget the hard rockin’ pair of ‘Get Up And Enjoy Yourself’ and ‘I’m Feeling Fine’. They certainly don’t record music like this anymore.

In Summary

Heading into 1979 and the last year of the illustrious 70’s decade, Head East would release two albums; the first a double live album, the second being the studio effort ‘A Different Kind Of Crazy’. These two albums would bring to a close the first and significant chapter of the Head East storybook, their label A&M parting company before the arrival of the 80’s. More about their next decade can be read by clicking on the Head East tag below.


Since You Been Gone

Head East - Since You Been Gone

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