Friday, January 08, 2021

Impeccable - Live on The Rox (Superb Private Hardrock US -79)

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Impeccable was formed in late 1976, although they were known as Live Wire and then Axxe before they eventually settled on calling themselves Impeccable. Early on, they had the intention of being an original music outfit, so they started creating their own material almost from the inception. Most of the raw musical compositions were written by Darren Welch, and then vocalist Don Allison would put together the lyrics, and they'd all get together to construct and finalize the tunes. 

So, there was also input from drummer Morris Payne & bassist Richard Rico. They were influenced by groups such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Beatles, Wiggy Bits, Moxy, Hendrix, Trapeze & Black Sabbath. Sometime in 1978, they met Rusty Zavitson, who said he'd like to record the band. So, they ended up recording their debut single in Rusty's living room on a 4 track reel to reel and it was at this time they were known as Axxe. 

They pressed 1,000 copies of the single, issued with a picture sleeve featuring a group photo on front. These were distributed locally and sold at shows. They toured around Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma shortly thereafter to support the release. The band did numerous shows at a club in Lubbock called The Rox, owned by Carlo Campanelli. 

This is where they decided to record the live show that would become the Live on the Rox album. It was at this time, they renamed the band Impeccable, after the classic Budgie album. They also happened to do several shows with Budgie & ended up becoming friends. They pressed up 1,000 copies of the Live on the Rox album under the GBC label. GBC wasn't a real label of any sort, it was just a fictional creation of Carlo, who loaned them the money for the pressing, he said it stood for Great Big Con.

Highly anticipated reissue of rare Texas hard rock private press record originally released in 1979. Loud, ferocious, untamed guitar work, courtesy of Darren Welch, dominates this Lubbock, Texas band's hard to find debut album. Impeccable deliver a massive dose of raw in-your-face rock and roll energy here, captured live in 1979 at a popular night club in Lubbock called The Rox. 

As a bonus, there are two tracks from the band's ultra-rare debut single from 1978 when they were still known as Axxe. This single is on a lot of collector want lists and is nearly impossible to find these days, even here in Texas. Includes liner notes and photos from the Impeccable archives.

01. Call of the Wild  03:51  
02. Traces of Time  04:07  
03. Seashore  05:34  
04. Lizzy  04:44  
05. Live Wire  03:49  
06. No Other Way  07:07  
07. Johnny B Goode  03:39

Bonus Tracks  
08. Axxe - Rock Away the City  03:09  
09. Axxe - Through the Night  05:55


1 comment:

AussieRock said...

What a surprise - these guys were really good.

They sound a lot like Rush on their debut album. Raw but really good. Don Allison's voice is a clone of Geddy Lee (Rush), and the riffy guitar work by Darren Welch reminds me of Tony Bourge (Budgie)

Thanks for bringing this one to the surface Chris

Cheers from DownUnder