HRH and I manged to slip in our quick and easy bike ride after school today in search of some autumn scenery and boy, was there a lot if it. I feel very fortunate sometimes to live where I do as it absolutely beautiful here right now. Anyway, we made our dinner of beef ravioli afterwards and now she’s chilling in her room with a friend so I can relax downstairs with a wobbly pop, Tina the Cat and one last record, the ‘Flying Dreams‘ album by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen.
This is the last of our Hamilton Record Fair scores.
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen are an American country rock band founded in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The band’s name was inspired by 1950 ‘s film serials featuring the character Commando Cody. The band’s founder and leader, George Frayne, took the stage name Commander Cody. Other core members include Billy C. Farlow on vocals and harmonica, John Tichy on guitar and vocals, Bill Kirchen on lead guitar, Andy Stein on saxophone and fiddle, Paul “Buffalo” Bruce Barlow on bass guitar, Lance Dickerson on drums, as well as Steve Davis and Bobby Black on steel guitar.
The band’s style mixed country, rock ‘n’ roll, Western swing, rockabilly, and jump blues together on a foundation of boogie-woogie piano. It was among the first country-rock bands to take its cues less from folk-rock and bluegrass and more from barroom country of the Ernest Tubb and Ray Price style. The band are best known for their absolute marathon live shows.
I knew all that already but, truthfully, I bought it because it had an airplane on the cover (click HERE). Well, honestly, I didn’t even find it…HRH did. And knowing my love of albums featuring airplanes on the cover, well, let’s just say it’s become her thing too. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
This album was released in 1978 on the Wounded Bird label.
All this aside, the album is total Shit List number. I mean, it’s total crap. Even the two covers on the album ‘Cry Baby Cry‘ (The Beatles) and ‘Life Is A Carnival‘ (The Band) completely suck. Either of the two will have you instantly wishing you were the guy on the cover taking a nosedive into an active volcano.
Did I mention it has an airplane on the cover?
If there’s a redeeming moment on the album, it may be the complete campiness of ‘Dreams of Barbarella‘ or ‘Vampira‘…but not by much. But even on that, I’ll choose to ‘Take ‘The Fifth Amendment‘.
Almost everything the ol’ Commander did in the studio both before and after this album was worthwhile, sometimes even quite wonderful. But, for whatever reason, he definitely lost his way during this 1977-78 time frame.
But, hey, did I mention there’s an airplane on the cover?