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Another outfit with a promising name is the Brussels based Blue Rock.
blue rock 1975 john bly Since 1974 mainman Armand Massaux (guitar & vocals) was accompanied by Denis Van Hecke (guitars, violin & vocals), Manitas Van Ham (bass & vocals) and Kiki Isaye (drums & percussion). Armand had been a member of the rock’n’roll band Les Night Rockers who released three singles in 1965. Together they had been the backing band for a pop singer but when they got fired they started Blue Rock, determined to make their way as real rockers.
In 1975 they got EMI stepped in with an offer to release a full album. The band produced the album with Jan D’Haese who was previous in the band Carriage Company, and now employed by EMI-Belgium. It turned out to be a decent representation of their boogie-rock style (like the popular Status Quo those days), also including several cover-versions of Armands old rock’n’roll favourites, seasoned with a lot of guitar. The odd surprise was the last song on the album; a bluesy-slow song with violin on it, who displays a huge Zeppelin feel.
A hastily-issued single didn’t do much, but their appearance at the Bilzen rock & jazz festival in august 1975 won them quite some new fans. Over there, they shared the bill with the likes of Steve Harley and Wishbone Ash.
Their next single “The Lost Generation” was a departure from the straight-boogie norm as it turned out to be a great rock song with slide guitar in it.
Last sign of life was the 7” “Rockin’ The Blues / My Way” in 1977, once again produced by Jan D’Haese. Both were boogie-rock’n’ roll songs; the A-side with piano and contrabass-playing while the back was the old Eddie Cochran classic.
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