Introducing an unexpected gem of a reunion album from a Sunset Strip band that never made it as big as the groups with which it shared the stage — including Van Halen and The Motels. The 2004 suicide of original lead singer Barry Leech and his subsequent funeral led the remaining members of Bluebeard (who released a lone album in 1979 called Bad Dream) to regroup and finish what Leech and the rest of them started so long ago.
The result is Deluxe With Reverb, a modern-day classic-rock album made by musicians who aren't afraid to embrace their musical past with multipart harmonies, Boston-like guitars and easy-going hooks. Heck, they even shamlessly name-check Ed Sullivan and the Beach Boys in the same song! Featuring four original members (plus Leech's voice on a few tracks) along with producer/keyboardist Barry Fasman and new vocalist Ellington Erin, Deluxe With Reverb sounds like a reunion album made for all the right reasons — especially considering that Bluebeard never reached much more than cult status.
The album proper ends with an eerie 72 seconds of crowd noise during the encore of a 1979 show at L.A.'s Whisky A Go Go, before bouncing into a remastered and remixed version of the catchy title track from Bad Dream featuring Leech on vocals. Leech also shows up backing Erin on a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," which Bluebeard originally recorded back in the day.
It all adds up to 62 minutes of glorious and timeless classic rock.
1) I Don't Know About Me
2) Paint It Black
3) How Difficult Is That?
4) The Sleeper & The Dreamer
5) Love Is Nowhere
6) Pretty Vegas
7) Authority Man
8) Take A Little Time Out
9) A Love to Rescue Me
10) Sad Forgotten Song
12) In the Streets of L.A.
13) Forever and Beyond
14a) Whisky A Go Go Encore 1979
14b) Bad Dream
15) Love Is Nowhere (Alternate Version)
16) Take A Little Time Out (Radio Edit)