“Once Upon A Star” by Bay City Rollers - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1975Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

The second scream-a-long-a-Rollers was delivered in May '75 and gave them their second #1 in the British album charts, with the only single release, “Bye Bye Baby”, also hitting #1 in the UK. This time around, the Edinburgh five-piece were playing all the instruments themselves so some degree is respect is due. They line-up: Les McKeown (19, lead vocals), Eric Faulkner (21, acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals, mandolin, violin), Stuart Wood (18, acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals, piano, bass) and the long-standing founding members, Alan Longmuir (26, bass, backing vocals, accordion) and his brother Derek Longmuir (24, drums). They took the opportunity to re-record their debut single, “Keep On Dancing”, an old Gentrys number, now sung by Les for the first time: “keep on dancing, keep on doing the jerk, shake it shake it baby, come on and show me how you work” - who could possibly resist? Spread over the album whole, influences were many and varied; Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, Abba, Slade, as well as the shooby-doo-woppers various. They served their purpose.

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A1 [02:50] 4.0.png Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio) Pop
A2 [03:16] 1.1.png Bay City Rollers - The Disco Kid (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Pop
A3 [04:01] 1.7.png Bay City Rollers - La Belle Jeane (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Pop Ballad
A4 [02:32] 2.0.png Bay City Rollers - When Will You Be Mine? (John Goodison, Phil Wainman) Pop
A5 [03:52] 3.7.png Bay City Rollers - Angel Baby (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Rock n Roll Ballad
A6 [02:42] 3.8.png Bay City Rollers - Keep On Dancing ‘75 (Andrew Love, Richard Shann, Allen Jones) Pop
B1 [03:00] 0.4.png Bay City Rollers - Once Upon A Star (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Pop
B2 [03:28] 0.4.png Bay City Rollers - Let’s Go (John Goodison, Phil Wainman) Pop
B3 [03:01] 1.0.png Bay City Rollers - Marlina (Eric Faulkner, Les McKeown, Stuart Wood) Pop
B4 [02:31] 2.5.png Bay City Rollers - My Teenage Heart (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Pop
B5 [02:45] 0.6.png Bay City Rollers - Rock And Roll Honeymoon (John Goodison, Phil Wainman) Pop
B6 [03:49] 0.5.png Bay City Rollers - Hey! Beautiful Dreamer (Eric Faulkner, Les McKeown, Stuart Wood) Pop Ballad

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