Dillinger - s/t. 1974 Canada

Dillinger - s/t. 1974 Daffodil

CD reissue: 2001 Unidisc

We featured Dillinger's second album a couple of years ago. Here's their debut.

Packaging: The original LP comes in a gatefold. Like the second album, it's not terribly expensive or hard to find - but not a common record either. At this point, the CD is probably rarer and more expensive than the LP, having received only one legit pressing (Unidisc owns the Daffodil brand) well over 10 years ago. The CD offers nothing more than a straight reissue with no extras of any kind.

Notes: In some ways, this is darn near the perfect early 70s progressive hard rocker, with grungy organ and loud guitar, fronted by an extra-testosterone-laced lead vocalist. One can easily see this band being label mates of Spirit of Christmas (both were on Daffodil), though Dillinger were certainly not as ethereal. But there are a couple of downers – one is their rancid rendition of a Spirit track ('Nature's Way')  – and, gasp, the obligatory over long drum solo on the side long 'Live and Return'. Still, a great example of the Midwestern progressive sound. I'm one of the few folks who think they improved on their second "Don't Lie to the Band" album.

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