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Lisa Hartt Band – Starwatcher [1976]

R-5004660-1381894247-3525.jpegCountry Canada

Style Melodic Rock/Progressive Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Lisa Hartt – Lead Vocals,Acoustic Guitar, Denny Gerrard – Bass,Vocals, Martin Cordrey – Drums,Vocals, Ray Blake – Guitar,Vocals, Richard Yuen – Keyboards, Vocals

Tracks 01. Old Time Movie, 02. Dream Me Away, 03. Starwatcher, 04. Dance Of Death, 05. Sweet Serenade, 06. Easy Come, Easy Go, 07. Time And Time Again, 08. Didn’t You Know, 09. All Over The World

Profile Initially a backing vocalist with Gino Vannelli’s touring band,  Montreal’s Lisa Hartt founded her own band The Lisa Hartt Band in 1973, which initially featured Will Cardinal on bass (Satan & The D-Men, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Bells), guitarist Rayburn Blake (Riverson, Mashmakhan), keyboardist Richard Yuen (Tranquillity Base) and drummer Marty Cordrey (Bearfoot, Small Wonder).   They released several singles between 1973-1975 before Cardinal was replaced by new bassist Denny Gerrard (Paupers, Lighthouse, McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Jericho).

In 1976 they recorded their one and only album which produced by Phil Ramone and Ralph Murphy, but unfortunately with poor distribution from their tiny local label the band split-up later of the same year and Lisa Hartt moving on as session vocalist for Ken Tobias and Cliff Jones.

Musically the album can be described as a accomplished of original pop rock and prog-friendly compositions, beautiful vocals and top-notch musicianship from a band with a strong pedigree.   The all-instrumental standout “Time and Time Again” is a solid progressive gem that hints at the band’s Riverson-Paupers heritage.

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