NEWS – ” Hot Off The Press “

Posted: January 26, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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“Hot Off The Press” is a unique and unknown LP featuring super tight performances, lovely four-part harmonies, and songs that won’t take long to get comfortably lodged in your head. …These guys had a distinct knack for good hooks and lots of unexpected compositional flourishes. …The bulk of it is terrific 1960s west coast-flavored folk rock with a dreamy psych vibe and good vocal harmonies. …If songs like “Loser” and “Misty Day” had gotten attention from record execs, you’d be listening to News on classic-rock radio. “Loser,” with it’s stunning steel guitar solo, and the long album-closer “New York City,” but this is consistent enough that any given listener could feel equally strong about any two others. …There is something timeless about this record, something difficult to put your finger on, yet it grows with repeat listens. …Here’s a unique and outstanding 70s pop album.

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The lead instrument is a pedal steel guitar, played with more imagination than almost anywhere. …it can turn a run-of-the-mill country-rock song into a shit-kicking anthem…with soaring, jazzy licks. …This reissue, that boasts two additional tracks, shows off News’ honey-tinged harmonies and West Coast easiness, making it one of those great gems that roll out of the seemingly endless vaults. …Here’s a unique and outstanding 70s pop album. A delight. …Don’t miss this excellent reissue. 

The News 
Gary Friend: Fender Bass and Vocals
Mark London: Pedal Steel Guitar and Vocals
Vic Machcinski: Guitars, Vibes and Vocals
Bob Prechter: Drums, Percussion and Vocals

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