3.17.2008

The American Breed: Bend me, Shape me - The Best of (Compilation)

BAND INFO
The American Breed were a '60s rock quartet from Cicero, IL, led by Gary Loizzo. They scored a gold Top Ten hit in early 1968 with "Bend Me, Shape Me." Later, drummer Andre Fischer and keyboard player Kevin Murphy were members of Rufus. (next lines from Wiki)
The group was formed in Cicero, Illinois as Gary & The Nite Lites. The group's greatest success was the single, "Bend Me, Shape Me," which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968. The song, written by Scott English ((born 10 January 1943, Brooklyn, New York) and Larry Weiss, was a remake of a recording by The Outsiders that had been released the year before. The group also appeared on the 16 December 1967 episode of the television show American Bandstand, along with Pink Floyd.
The original members of the group were Gary Loizzo on
vocals, Charles Colbert, Jr. on bass guitar, Al Ciner on guitar, and Lee Graziano on drums. All members were from the greater Chicago area. As Gary & The Nite Lites, they were somewhat successful in Chicago and put out one single. Soon afterwards, the group underwent several changes. They moved to the Acta record label and renamed themselves The American Breed. Two new members were also added by 1968: Kevin Murphy on keyboards
and Andre Fischer on drums.
The band enjoyed its greatest success in 1967 and 1968. They put five singles on the
charts, including "Step Out Of Your Mind", "Green Light" and "Bend Me, Shape Me". The group disbanded the following year, and Fischer went on to form Rufus (with Chaka Khan). He later married Natalie Cole. A compilation album, Bend Me, Shape Me: The Best of the American Breed, was released in 1994. "Bend Me, Shape Me" continues to receive occasional airplay on oldies radio stations
.
In celebration of the 2005
baseball World Championship of the Chicago White Sox, the American Breed issued a CD single entitled "Rock with the Sox." The single was produced by Gary Loizzo.


ALBUM INFO
Out of The American Breed's three Top 40 hits, only "Bend Me, Shape Me" has become a staple of oldies radio. Similarly, its the most memorable thing on Bend Me, Shape Me, an extensive single-disc compilation of the group's career. Even though the rest of the material is a bit weak, the band was able to exploit their slightly polished and psychedelized garage-rock sound, making several enjoyable songs, including the hits "Step out of Your Mind" and "Green Light."

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17 comments:

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

passw: mza-garagebreed

any trouble ask for Henry ! ! !
jajajjaja ... no... im kidding ... this is for real ! ! wait for your comments ! ! ...

Anonymous said...

just love this band!
thank you martin

Anonymous said...

Solo he escuchado los primeros segundos del primer tema para ver si valia la pena el peñazo de la contraseña y me ha compensado.

Anonymous said...

Link is dead....
Nice site.

Anonymous said...

sad to say link is kaput unless you can please fix it

Pablo Cazorla (a.k.a. The Bomber) said...

no time for re ups or fix ups
sorry

Anonymous said...

Brother Pablo reconsidera, te agradeceriamos mucho que volvieras a subir a los Breeds, tu eres el único en toda la red que tiene esta maravilla, please....help me please, me muero por oír esto. Un abrazote bomber.

The Bomber said...

Proximamente viejo, espero poder re subirlo, ando complicado con el estudio, solo subo las cosas que tenia ripeadas hace años.

Abrazos y mantenete en sintonia para mejores bombas

Anonymous said...

Gracias brother, eres el mejor. Acá tu blog es cosa de toda la peña, te visitamos a diario y debatimos tus comentarios, ya sabes el garage no nos abandona y sabemos que tu tampoco, esperamos con mucha alegría tu noticia de resubir a los Breeds, un abrazote BOMBER, you're the best. Dios te bendiga. Richard, de la peña garagera de Santos Suarez, La Habana

The Bomber said...

Bueno Richard, lo has pedido, en estos dias estoy re - subiendo de vuelta el cd de los American, desde ya me alegra mucho saber de la peña garagera ! ! !

Anonymous said...

Mil gracias brother, lo esperamos, no lo tenemos, los hemos seguido hasta Rufus, chakakan y demas, pero de sus inicios nada, te lo agradecemos de corazón, eres BOMBER el mejor, un abrazo hermano. Richard

The Bomber said...

PASSWORD:
bomber

Anonymous said...

Mil gracias brother, nos has ayudado mucho con Los Breeds, ya ahora sólo decirte que cuando puedas resube a The Light, cuando puedas, si no es mucho pedirte. BOMBER THE BEST, un abrazo Richard & their peña garagera. Thanks a lot

The Bomber said...

+ adelante...
por ahora no puedo.
Gracias por los comments.

;)

Anonymous said...

Hola que tal Bomber, mi nombre es Christian y soy de Mexico. Tengo un amigo que se llama Luis, él y yo somos mega fans de la música de lso 60's y haber encontrado esta página en la red es lo mejor que me ha pasado en la vida, no tengo forma de como agradecerte el que tengas todas estas joyas musicales que me hacen enamorarme aún más de todas estas bandas, un abrazo y mil gracias!!!!

Anonymous said...

link works fine, but password doesn't
is there a new one?

Anonymous said...

Links are dead :S