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Monday, March 10, 2014

Chris Martino & Tram - (Self-titled) Lp

After having a break for a few days, I'm here presenting an extremely rare album. Today my article is not a soul album but it is very interesting. It was released probably between 1976 and 1977. Chris Martino, a native Italian, was born in Corleone, a small town in Sicily. He left with his family to USA. 
He began singing and playing guitar at an early age. He has recorded for RCA records and Art Kass's Buddah records. He joined in the group Tram in the mid 70s and they formed a group under the name Chris Martino & Tram. The members were Chris Martino on vocals, Doreen Vincent on vocals, piano and violin, Mike Kureczka on vocals and drums, Tom Leonardis on vocals and lead guitar, and Gene Wargacki on vocals, piano, organ and bass.
They appeared in concerts and various clubs across the country. They released at least two albums, this self-titled album and a live album named "Live At The Drop Zone" where Chris Martino sings some favorite italian songs.
The self-titled album was recorded at Vantone Studios, West Orange, N.J. Except for the members of Tram  the musicians Don Frio & Carmine D'Amigo on guitars, Julie Ruggerio on bass, Ron Yacovetti on drums, Lou Toby on keyboards participated. Also Pat Russo & Bernie Glow on trumpets and Barry Rogers on trombone. Produced, arranged and conducted by Lou Toby.
Most songs of the album are covers. I have chosen the tracks "After The Lovin", "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel", "You'll Never Know" and "Never, Never". Vocals on "Never, Never" by Doreen Vincent.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

1 comment:

A. Cabrera said...

Wow that great comeback Souldennis, great voice and beautiful arrangements, all the best!..
Angel Cabrera