Onion - Made From Plate [Tiger Lily 14040] 1977 ULTRA RARE

Onion - Made From Plate [Tiger Lily 14040] 1977 ULTRA RARE
So where to start with this one ... Morris Levy's Tiger Lily tax scam label has more than its share of high priced obscurities, but here's one of the rarest of the rare. In fact Onion's "Made for Plate" is so obscure it doesn't show on any Tiger Lily discography I've see

"Made from Plate" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Colorado (C. Weylon) -

As you might have expected from the title, 'Colorado' was a pretty country-rock number. The anonymous lead singer had a pleasant, somewhat forlorne voice that actually sounded a bit like a more melodic version of Neil Young. The song itself had a nice acoustic guitar-propelled melody that would have sounded right at home alongside mid-1970s Firefall, Loggins & Messina, or Poco songs. Speeding the track up a notch and ditching the irritating female backing vocalists wouldn't have hurt. rating: *** stars

2.) Black Cloud (C. Weylon) -

'Black Cloud' opened up with some tasty jazzy guitar and quickly morphed into dark, disturbing diatribe against oppression of the American Indian. Imagine CSN&Y deciding to take on the topic and you'll have a feel for what this one sounded like. Kicked along by some raw fuzz guitar and one pissed off vocal from the anonymous singer, the track was quite impressive. rating: **** stars

3.) Children Hold On (Jim Bucke) -

'Children Hold On' was a beautiful pop number with one of those uplifting mid-1970s lyrics that may induce a diabetic coma for the unwary. rating: *** stars

.) My, My, My, My (Dennis Wilkinson) -

Based on the raw, unpolished sound quality, 'My, My, My, My' sounded like a demo. Musically it was a pop number with a quirky, pseudo-English feel. Imagine something out of Badfinger's late-inning catalog, or perhaps something Emmitt Rhodes my have recorded and you'll have a feel for the sound. Even as a raw demo the song was enjoyable. Interesting to imagine what the finished product might have sounded like. rating: *** stars

(side 2)
1.) Believe Me (Dennis Wilkinson) -

Hum, 'Believe Me' opened side two with the album's first disappointment - a spare, acoustic slice of singer/songwriter angst, Yeah, the flute accompaniment didn't help much. rating: ** stars

2.) When Something's Wrong (Dennis Wilkinson) -

'When Something's Wrong' was an interesting slice of dark pop with some surprisingly and unexpected changes in tempo and melody. The multi-track lead vocals were also kind of intriguing. rating: **** stars

3.) A Lovely Day (Steve Wilson) -

A glistening slice of Anglo-pop complete with a shimmering melody and some sumptuous harmony vocals, 'A Lovely Day' made it clear that songwriter Steve Wilson had been listening to more than his share of Paul McCartney and beach Boys tunes. A near perfect slice of summer pop ... hard to see how radio could have missed this one ! Oh yeah, radio had no idea this song existed. rating: ***** stars

4.) Thanks To All of You (Steve Wilson) -

Another slice of McCartney influenced pop, 'Thanks To All of You' found songwriter Wilson borrowing a page from the McCartney-taps-into-English-music-hall textbook (think about a less gimmicky 'Rocky Raccoon' and you'll have a feel for the general sound). Not quite as good as 'A Lovely Day', but still highly commercial and radio friendly.

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