Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Classic Flo & Eddie albums reissued

Music industry legends Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, founding
members of the legendary music group The Turtles featuring
Flo & Eddie, have recently reissued their back catalog on CD.
Two titles in particular appear on compact disc for the very first
time. Volman and Kaylan, along with The Turtles, have sold over
60 million records worldwide, and have sung on hit records for
such notable artists as John Lennon,Bruce Springsteen, T. Rex,
Todd Rundgren and Ozzy Osbourne. Along with The Turtles,
Flo & Eddie have toured continuously for the past three decades,
building on their legacy as one of the most successful musical
groups in the history of recorded music.

After an exhausting but historic stint with music icon Frank Zappa
in 1972, Volman and Kaylan signed a solo deal with Warner Bros
records under the guise of Flo & Eddie and released several
critically acclaimed albums. Produced and written by Mark and
Howard 'The Phloresent Leach & Eddie' was the duo's first release
on Warners in 1972 and featured former Mothers of Invention
members Don Preston, Jim Pons and Aynsley Dunbar. Recorded
at Ike Turner's "Bolic Sound" studio in Inglewood, CA, "The material
was much closer to the songs we had been writing during the final
stages of The Turtles", says Volman. "We did new versions of two
songs that we actually recorded in our final Turtle 'Shell Shocked'
recording." The album, with cover art designed by Henry Diltz and
Gary Burden of CSN&Y, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Brown fame,
received much praise by fans and critics alike upon release and has
since become a collectors item.

To accompany the Alice Cooper 'Billion Dollar Babies' world tour in
1973-74, for which Flo & Eddie were the opening act, the duo
released their second eponymous LP.The album was produced by
Alice Cooper producer Bob Ezrin and engineered by Jack Douglas and
Shelly Yakus. Featuring Lou Reed/Alice Cooper guitarist Steve Hunter,
the LP showcased some great cover songs, including the Small Faces
"Afterglow", which many consider one of the best songs Flo & Eddie
ever recorded.

Both LP's have remained out of print and sought after by music
collectors, who have been asking for a CD release of these two albums
for over 27 years. Much to the elation of Flo & Eddie fans worldwide
the time has come! "It's great for us to finally live up to the promises we
have been making for the past 20 years", says Volman. " 'They're
coming, we promise'. Well, they are finally here. We are so glad
to be able to present them in their unchanged state. We have tried
to improve the sound so it would showcase the musicians and the
songs. These records were the first opportunity for us to write,
produce and perform songs that made sense to us at the time."

Along with the reissuing of the first two Flo & Eddie albums on
compact disc is the release of the band's hilarious 1975 live album
'Illegal, Immoral and Fattening' and 1976's 'Moving Targets'. Although
both titles have been previously issued on CD, the sound quality and
packaging, including extensive liner notes, of the new reissues are
superior. In the case of 'Illegal, Immoral and Fattening', which for the
most part was recorded live at the Roxy in L.A., music writer Alan
Robinson explains, "There's enough profanity to warrant a big
'Parental Advisory' sticker on the cover, and it's more the laughs of
the Class Clown (George Carlin) than perhaps Lenny Bruce or Richard
Pryor. Amongst their targets are Joni Mitchell and even Carl
'Kung Fu Fighting' Douglas, exposing the pretensions of Rock's then
elite, as well as the sappiness of transient trends." 'Moving Targets'
is rather "more an attempt to make a more 'straight' sounding
record", says Robinson, "with stuff that could actually get played
on the radio." Although the album did not receive much airplay at
the time, it did contain a re-recorded version of The Turtles 1967
hit "Elenore", as well as the clever and endearing "Keep It Warm".

Flo & Eddie's CD reissues can be obtained through the duo's official
website as well as Amazon.

For more information visit Flo & Eddie and The Turtles official

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