Charlee (1972)

Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares:

"A Montreal, Quebec-based hard rock band. They included Walter Rossi, who was previously with Influence and who later released several other solo albums after 1976 and played on Wilson Pickett's I Want You album in 1979. He is also rumoured to have played on Thee Muffins obscure garage album Pop Up!.

Their album, which got a U.S. release on Mind Dust four years after its initial Canadian exposure, is full of good pulsating hard rock numbers featuring lots of superb guitar work from the hands of Walter Rossi. The instrumental opening cut, Wizard, sets the tone and driving hard rockers like Lord Knows I've Won, the imaginative Just You And Me and Wheel Of Fortune. Let's Keep Silent is notable for lots of fuzz guitar work and A Way To Die is a slower song featuring lots of Rossi's fine guitar work. All bar one cut were penned by Rossi (four were co-written with Danny Ippersiel). An album well worth checking out.


"Before forming this great band, Canadian guitar wizzard 'Walter Rossi' had cut his teeth in the late 60s with some pretty big names like, 'Wilson Picket', and 'The Buddy Miles Express'. He even turned down offers from 'Three Dog Night' and 'Janis Joplin'. Walter also had the pleasure of jamming with Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles on several occassions during their 'Band of Gypsies' days. Then back in Canada, Walter co-founded the progressive rock band 'Influence' in 1969. After being signed by ABC records, they went on tour opening for 'The Doors', and 'Steppenwolf'. In 1971 he formed 'Charlee'. This is heavy rock at it's very best! This lost, virtually unheard album from the early 7o's is absolutely amazing and essential to anyone interested in metal. It ranks up there with Montrose, Sad Wings of Destiny and early Trower. This one and only album by Charlee is a stone dead classic. I've only known one person who ever owned it but back then we all made tapes and cherished it as the great lost classic of rock that it still is. " (buy it)


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Charlee - Lord Knows I've Won


Anonymous said...

It can't link to the download site.....

Crotchbat said...

Works fine for me, Anonymous.

Alexander said...

Hi from Russia!!!
alt. link works OK!
Thanks a lot for great guitar music!!!
Happy New Year!!!

Anonymous said...

Please post more Walter Rossi albums in the next month if you have them. It's great gitarman.

Dr.Progenstein Ph.P said...

Hey man, thanks for using a portion of my review from RYM on the 'Charlee' album!

jim said...

Please post again this great cd thank you

Crotchbat said...

Hi Jim - you can still find an active Charlee link here: