Moonlight Feels Right/Rock 'N' Roll Rocket

Moonlight Feels Right/Rock 'N' Roll Rocket

by Starbuck


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Starbuck is one of the rare '70s pop oddities that lives up to its one-hit wonder, delivering music every bit as beguiling and strange as that hit. For Starbuck, that one hit was 1976's glistening synth-and-marimba sensation "Moonlight Feels Right," a slick slice of soft rock that captures the mid-'70s in all its feathered, polyester glory, but the remarkable thing is that their full-length debut -- naturally also titled Moonlight Feels Right -- follows through on its smooth promise, offering another nine gauchely bewitching soft pop tunes. A certain amount of cheese comes with this territory, and Starbuck has some of the silliest in memory: a swinging ode to "Lash LaRue," a stiff bit of white-boy funk on "Working My Heart to the Bone" (just like you're "picking on a chicken"), the chant-along chorus of "I'm Crazy." But even at their silliest, they're still tuneful, fusing attractive elements of Steely Dan and 10cc while leaving behind guitars, and when the goofiness is toned down, the group offers some pure pop pleasure, particularly in the opening "I Got to Know," "Lucky Man," and "Moonlight Feels Right," which remains strangely timeless even as it is inextricably tied to its time. And that's appropriate -- Starbuck is a thoroughly modern band circa 1976, which also means that their appeal lies in both their melody and cheese, and Moonlight Feels Right excels in both. Rock 'N' Roll Rocket, Starbuck's sequel to their 1976 hit Moonlight Feels Right, is firmly within the tradition of their debut: it's smooth, tuneful soft rock, built on synths with guitars swapped out for marimbas. It's the same style, but the emphasis has shifted slightly, with the group pushing discofied rhythms over louche melodies, which makes the album a little less memorable, even if it retains a considerable amount of period charm with its laser-blaster synthesizers and percolating rhythms, and it's hard not to find a bit of camp charm in the subdued swagger of "Don't You Know How to Love a Lady," the disco fantasia of "Everybody Be Dancin'," and the perhaps tongue-in-cheek SoCal breeze of "Benny Bought the Big One." Cherry Red's two-fer of Moonlight Feels Right/Rock 'N' Roll Rocket contains two bonus tracks: "One of These Mornings" and "Gimme a Break."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: Broadside
UPC: 5013929960220
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 27133

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Starbuck   Primary Artist
Bruce Blackman   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Steve Carlisle   Musician
Ken Crysler   Drums,Group Member
Sloan Hayes   Flute,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Shelton Irwin   Musician
Darryl Kutz   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Skip Lane   Musician
Kenny Mims   Musician
David Shaver   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Bo Wagner   Percussion,Marimbas,Vibes,Group Member
Cecil Welch   Musician
Roy Yeager   Musician
David Snavely   Drums,Group Member
Ron Norris   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Strain   Guitar,Group Member
Jeff McFarland   Musician
Jimmy Cobb   Bass,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Phil Benton   Engineer,Remixing
Bruce Blackman   Composer,Producer
Tad Bush   Engineer
Steve Clark   Engineer
Max Geiger   Engineer
Rodney Mills   Engineer,Remixing
David Shaver   Composer
Chip Allen   Engineer
Tony Lowe   Original Cover Photography
Mike McCarty   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Mike E. Clark   Producer
Ted Stovall   String Arrangements
Rod Kinder   String Arrangements
Don Wagner   Engineer

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Moonlight Feels Right/Rock 'N' Roll Rocket 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Chris79 More than 1 year ago
If you like 70s music, you'll like these two classic 70s albums on one cd. Moonlight Feels Right/ Rock 'n' Roll Rocket from 1976 and 1977 are here with fully remastered sound. Two of the biggest hits off these albums are Moonlight Feels Right from '76 and Everybody Be Dancin' from '77. Bruce Blackman, the leader of Starbuck did a great job with these songs and the band. The 70s was the best decade for music. Everybody had there own sound and there own style of music. 5 stars for this cd.