Topper - At Last. 1977 USA
As stated in many places, I truly enjoy the underground rock scene of the great American Midwest and Topper are no different. This time hailing from Kansas City, we have a band that was typically over ambitious, and wonderfully amateurish. The Moog soloing in particular is inspired. There are a lot of ideas on their one album, and it's clear they had a few Uriah Heep, Nektar, Yes, and Led Zeppelin albums in their closet. Basically a mix of hard rock, progressive, and a little bit of FM/AOR too. And they get a little too close to plagiarism in a couple of places ('Smile for the Clown' rips straight from 'Stairway to Heaven' incredibly. Guys, surely you were aware everyone knew this song already. Right?).
Another longtime album from the CDRWL. Apparently the band did reissue it, but based on conversations with them, it sounds like it's a CD-R hand-pressed by the group. That doesn't count for me, but others may not care about such a distinction. I bought the LP recently while we await a CD.