Monday, November 3, 2014
The Exceptions Simply Us Private Unknown Year
Guessing by the sepia toned cover this came out in the late-70's, the sounds are about right. There's an absurd amount of similar private albums nationwide for this type of thing. Regionally successful bar bands, that were proficient players who just never found a specific style. Regardless, they'd put out a collection of original material for fans and hoping someone would take notice. The Exceptions fit this bill and hailed from Topeka, Kansas.
Virtually no one noticed. These 70's variety private albums all seem to suffer from the same thing; no focus. Sure, there are moments of cool guitar riffs, promises of some of some drum breaks, but it's mixed throughout and moves away too quickly. Between wishy-washy piano-laced ballads, the Exceptions occasionally find a sun-laced 70's vibe with some bottom to it, but it stays really pop-based and never gets dirty. There's also some out-place prog-influenced keyboards throughout, but again, it's just thrown in and doesn't ever find it's place.
The band has another release which still occasionally grabs a fair amount on eBay and such. This one, not so much. The band apparently still plays in Topeka as a variety review band, makes sense. They are proficient enough to tackle all genres, just couldn't find one of their own based on this LP.
A Much Older Version of the Exceptions