10 Songs, 41 Minutes


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4.5 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Sunday Silence99 ,

An underrated band

The first time that I heard the song "Vehicle" was when Bo Bice performed it on American Idol. I purchased Bo Bice's CD single, so I knew that Jim Peterik had written the song. But, I didn't realize that he had sung lead vocals on anything until I happened upon the samples for his "Above the Storm" solo CD. I had gone to Frontiers' website looking for info/samples of Survivor's "Reach" album and had also found out about "Above the Storm". I loved that CD and the World Stage album so I decided to check out his Ides of March stuff as well. I have been a Survivor fan since I was a little kid, so it was a little bit of an adjustment getting used to his Ides of March songs. Because of how different they were from the Survivor songs that he had co-written. Aside from "Vehicle", other favorites from this album include: "The Sky is Falling", "Home", "Bald Medusa", "Aire of Good Feeling", and "Symphony for Eleanor". I'm glad that "Lead Me Home, Gently" got the digital 45 treatment. But, I would also like to hear/buy the other non-LP tracks, as well. So, I'm hoping that Warner Bros. will decide to do a "Deluxe" version of the "Vehicle" album, and include all of the non-LP tracks as bonus tracks.

Jim Peterik's World Stage album has a duet version of "Vehicle" - (Track #5 - consider it the "Goody Goody Gumdropss" version. :-/ ) - with him singing the song with blues legend Buddy Guy. The Ides of March brass section also plays on that version of the song.

woburnmusicfan ,

"One-hit Wonders" have a couple other good songs here

The horn section boom of the late '60s-early '70s that gave us Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears also brought us one-hit wonders like the Ides of March ("Vehicle") and Lighthouse ("One Fine Morning"). "Vehicle" is the best song here and the obvious draw. But there are two other great tracks that deserve a listen too and maybe a download, "Aire of Good Feeling" and a cover of Crosby Stills & Nash's "Wooden Ships" that includes some riffs from Jethro Tull's "Dharma for One". The rest of the album doesn't work for me, from the 10-minute arrangement of "Eleanor Rigby" to the bad lyrics of "The Sky Is Falling" ("My heart is stalling/My eyes are bawling/I must go home now/My mother is calling").


A Hidden Gem on this Release!

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