Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
One Last Blast from City Boy
Brian Case | Wellsville, N.Y. United States | 03/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Heads Are Rolling" was this great bands swan song. With a impressive catalog behind them, the band must have figured they weren't going to catch on in the States so they dissolved and went their sepaprate ways. My question - what happened to all of these talented musicians? Every City Boy fan (like myself) asks the same question ... why with all of the talent ...why didn't these guys catch on?
I believe the song "5705", off the Book Early release, was the closest they came to hitting it big. Like one other reviewer mentioned, possibly they didn't have a star frontman that the record buying public could embrace. What a shame. I've been listening to these guys for over two decades and I won't stop. Heck, I'm going to pass their music onto my two kids and let them enjoy it as well.
"Heads Are Rolling", like all City Boy albums, is tight, well produced and appealing. My favorites are Mr. Shoes (with the catchy whistling and door slam), Heads are Rolling (the title track) and Domino. Released in a time of sappy over-produced AOR glut - City Boy faded into oblivion. If you're a fan, just take the time to enjoy the fact that you were able to enjoy this great, articulate, and balanced group. One word fans: REUNION."
A Music Fanatic From Michigan
James Choma | 02/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have all 6 City Boy CD's as I did with thier LP's in the 70's.
This being their last release, left me wondering what else could this band do to make us americans understand what a good band had been lost.With songs like "Domino", Your Leaving Me" and "Life On The Balcony", you have no choice but to wonder why yourself. They
may have been to talented for us.If you want to explore what you missed back them, get as many of their CD's you can get you hands on. Now that some of us have grown up since the 70's, you can put away your quiet riot and ratt collection and enjoy some good music now."
The Best Band You Never Heard
James Choma | 09/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't recall what it was that got me turned on to the group City Boy, but I'm glad it happened. I know it wasn't the radio, today's commercial radio stations wouldn't touch City Boy with a ten foot pole. Why? Because it's over 20 years old and doesn't fit in any particular category. Were they Progressive? Pop? Hard Rock? AOR? All of the above. Today's bland formats don't know what to do with groups like this. So the casual radio listener misses out on the opportunity to hear some truly great music. The only way bands like this persist is through word of mouth.
Well now that you've read this little snippet, consider yourself enlightened. You now have the potential to join the fortunate that know about this gem of a band that released six albums of diverse, finely crafted pop music that defies categorization. Great vocals, imaginative lyrics, excellent musicianship, melodic melodies, and above all, creativity.
This album, "Heads Are Rolling" is technically the last album they released. There was one more after this one, "It's Personal" that hasn't seen the light of day on CD. This isn't my favorite CD by them; that would be "Young Men Gone West" or "Book Early." But "Heads" itself is still better than 90% of the music you'll hear out there on corporate radio, so I give it four stars. You'll get well crafted ballads, some great guitar riffs, and a variety of instrumentation -- just like all their albums. The only thing missing on this was singer/songwriter Steve Broughton. City Boy had a couple of different vocalists, and to me Steve was the best.
My plea to the music industry is to get this band's albums back in print. Music today seems to have little or no direction -- these albums were brilliant. This was a time when bands played their own songs, played their own instruments, and crafted some beautiful, melodic music. There's an audience out there for this stuff -- it just has to be available for us to buy it! Those of you reading this and wondering what the band's music sounds like, try the Anthology first. If you like what you hear, track down the rest -- it's definitly worth it."