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TOP 100 REVIEWERon February 13, 2011
Motherlode,is a name mot familiar to many these days.They were like a huge bright comet that came into view and in too short a time was gone.The original group lasted only about a year,having been formed in London,Ontario back in /69.They were caught at the famous Image club there and signed to a record deal.They had a big sound and very tight vocals,reminiscent of groups like Lighthouse,Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears.In fact in regards to the latter group,two the founding members previously played in a Toronto group called Grant Smith and the Power whose vocalist was a young David Clayton Thomas.When Motherlode split up in 1970 some its members went on to form another famous but short lived Canadian group called Dr Music.
On this 2008 CD we find much of Motherlode's better numbers.The song that dominates this release of course,and which belongs in everyone's collection,is "When I Die";a classic in every way,tight harmonies and instrumentation the norm throughout.This is not to be confused with another classic song of the same name by BS&Ts.
The music has been transferred onto CD well and the sound is very good.
This is a recommended CD release and a reminder of that explosive era of the Canadian music scene in the late 60s and early 70s to which Motherlode was definitely an unforgettable contributor.
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