MASTER DANSE: Feelin Dead (blue vinyl, 500 copies) LP
New, sealed vinyl on Riding Easy.
You heard them first on Brown Acid “The Thirteenth Trip”. We are very excited to present to you the full unreleased recordings from this amazing band from Detroit.
Master Danse was formed in late 1973 in Detroit, Michigan when drummer Tom Riss and bassist Cary Fletcher, formerly of the Detroit band Licking Stick, went looking for a new guitarist/lead vocalist and jammed with John Giaier, who had most recently played in the band Crawdad. The three musicians hit it off immediately, and a new power hard rock trio was born. In 1973, Detroit was clearly “Rock City”, featuring such local icons as Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Grand Funk Railroad, Ted Nugent, and Mitch Ryder, and the high energy punch of Master Danse reflected this proud heritage.
Unfortunately, this union would only last one year, and by the end of 1974 the power rock trio known as Master Danse had disbanded. What was left for posterity were only two live reel to reel recordings and one promo 45 single. Some forty-seven years later, the 45 found its way onto the internet and a small cult following of audiophiles was born, people who appreciate the raw power and high energy of early ‘70s rock. Bands like Master Danse and others from this era were riding the wave of transition from the pop rock sound of the ‘60s to an edgier sound that would eventually lead to metal and punk music.
With the help of modern-day tape restoration techniques, the two live recordings were restored, and together with the 45, the best versions of the eight songs that have survived the decades are featured on this album. Although recorded live forty-eight years ago on a two-track stereo tape recorder, you can still feel the power of Giaier’s Marshall stack, Fletcher’s twin Acoustic 360 amps, and the relentless attack of Riss’ Ludwig drums. So, sit back and enjoy.
- Detroit City
- Givin’ In
- Sunday Morning
- Train To Love
- We’re Not Alone
- Feelin’ Dead
- En Route To Fame*
All tracks except where noted were recorded absolutely live with no overdubs, exactly as the band sounded in 1974.
*Recorded at Pioneer Recording Studio, Detroit.
All songs written and arranged by Master Danse except: Feelin’ Dead (Giaier)
Special thanks to former Detroiter Rob Cheplicki at Chanterhaus Studios, Nashville for lending his time and expertise for the completion of this project.
Master Danse is:
John Giaier- guitar, lead vocals
Cary Fletcher- bass guitar, synthesizer
Tom Riss- drums, backing vocals