ARTIST: Looking Glass
TITLE: Looking Glass
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #113
SINGLES: Golden Rainbow (#37 A/C), Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) (#1 US, #51 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, that’s rich.
LINEUP: Elliot Lurie, Jeff Grob, Larry Gonsky, Pieter Sweval
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: As it happens, rock band releases pure 70’s pop single, tries to make an album to support it, and it doesn’t really work out.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Now, this isn’t SO bad. Brandy, of course, is a great song no matter what you think about it (cheesy, yes, but a great tune). Jenny Lynne is a fine rocker that should have been a single, and there are some bright spots amongst the filler.
Side two is where this breaks down. They were a boogie band that shifted gears to more of an AM pop feel. Didn’t quite work – the material’s not as good and they don’t seem into it.
I was expecting a lot worse (Brandy with Jenny Lynne and some crap we had to throw out there…) but I’m not going to keep it all.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Columbia had them go to the studio three times to get an album, and on the third try they got Brandy in the can.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C: Brandy and Jenny-Lynne stay. The rest EXILED but not in a hateful manner.