Hard Attack/Dust

Hard Attack/Dust

by Dust
     
 
Dust were almost an ideal cult band: a group that were of their time but never belonged to it, yet its members became better-known later, with drummer Marc Bell becoming Marky Ramone and bassist Kenny Aaronson joining the Stories, a band the singer/guitarist produced along with

Overview

Dust were almost an ideal cult band: a group that were of their time but never belonged to it, yet its members became better-known later, with drummer Marc Bell becoming Marky Ramone and bassist Kenny Aaronson joining the Stories, a band the singer/guitarist produced along with Dust producer Kenny Kerner. Of course, neither 1971's Dust or its 1972 sequel Hard Attack -- both combined on this Legacy two-fer from 2013 -- sound anything like the breakneck punk of the Ramones or the Baroque pop of the Stories, nor is it quite the proto-metal of its lore. Instead, the two albums find a power trio adrift in the mythic murk of the early '70s, sometimes recalling a bit of the towering cinematic crunch of Mountain, sometimes the folk-art-blues of Jethro Tull, occasionally dipping into a bit of blooze boogie but not as often as they dabble in some of the majestic art rock muddle of early Deep Purple. They can be heavy, they can be loud, but there's too much color and too many acoustic guitars for this to be easily be pegged as metallic. Instead, it's where acid rock begins to unravel, hitting very hard before receding into faux hippieland, peppered with pseudo-profound tales, but it's always clear that Dust would rather be "Chasin' Ladies." All this makes Dust read a lot more interesting than they sound: they have these unformed ideas, unwitting allusions, and gangly gallop that are kind of intriguing on their own terms but never quite add up to more of the sum of their parts. A great cult item, in other words: listening to it, you can hear why people love it, even if when you can't fall for its charms yourself.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0888837028929
catalogNumber:
702892
Rank:
21121

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dust   Primary Artist
Kenny Aaronson   Bass,Dobro,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Marc Bell   Percussion,Drums
Richie Wise   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Fred Singer   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Larry Wilcox   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Kenny Aaronson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Marc Bell   Producer
Kenny Kerner   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Marky Ramone   Liner Notes
Richie Wise   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Harry Yarmark   Engineer
Dominic Sicilia   Producer,Cover Design,Personal Manager
Bob Gruen   Inside Photo
Glen Christensen   Art Direction
Federico Ruiz   Art Direction
Frank Frazetta   Cover Painting
Len Ziegel   Back Cover Photo

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