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Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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One of the more interesting one-off albums of the 60's finally on CD, the complete 1968 release. Rhinoceros was the brainchild of producer Paul Rothchild (Doors, Love), who wanted to put together a supergroup (which was...  more »

      
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All Artists: Rhinoceros
Title: Rhinoceros
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collector's Choice
Release Date: 11/12/2002
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 617742028423, 081227926168

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One of the more interesting one-off albums of the 60's finally on CD, the complete 1968 release. Rhinoceros was the brainchild of producer Paul Rothchild (Doors, Love), who wanted to put together a supergroup (which was actually the band's name for a short time) of top LA musicians to make a really 'heavy' rock album. It included Danny Weis of Iron Butterfly, Doug Hastings of the Daily Flash and (for a short time) Buffalo Springfield, and ace session drummer Billy Mundi among others. Collectors' Choice Music. 2002.

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CD Reviews

Long Overdue Gem!
Mark L. Morris | Yukon, OK USA | 09/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well here it is, finally on CD and sounds as good as, or better than, the original vinyl. This was the Elektra created band that had some loss of focus later, but shined here. This album was all live in the studio, no overdubs, by 2 ex- Iron Butterfly members and other talented musicians. Funky music with a hard driving sound. The vocals sound a little tinny at times, but so did the original record. ... These guys sounded great in concert as well, but that never made it to an album. Oh well, at least we have this."
One of my all time favorite LPs!!
fraz | newark, de United States | 05/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thank you thank you thank you to whoever hauled this one out of the vaults! Also, don't sleep on the twofer CD of their follow up pair of albums, "Satin Chickens" / "Better Times"."
Blue-Eyed Funk Rock at its best
Vince Lucie | CT, USA | 08/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw Rhinoceros at the Fillmore East as they opened for the Moody Blues. They soon made me forget the Moody Blues because they simply stole the show. And from that date in 1968 I (and many of my friends) have been a die-hard fan of the band. Despite the fact that Rhinoceros was "conceived" as a studio project, the vocals of John Finley, the guitar of Danny Weis and the organ work of Mike Fonfara are the spearheads by which Rhinoceros advanced. "I Will Serenade You" and "Apricot Brandy" remain as vital today as they were back in the day. "Arpicot Brandy" was used by Englishtown Raceway in NJ as the song for their commercial bed and to this day I come across tons of people who remember the song from that format (if you lived in the tri-State NY NJ CT area, that is). The instrumental tune is edgy, frenetic and solidly grooved out all at once.
The blend of rock and soul and funk and country (while not original to Rhinoceros...just listen to any LP by Moby Grape) is superbly manipulated by the band. The varied backgrounds of each of the key (and shifting) members insured the success of this eclectic stew. I waited a long time for Rhino to release all three of Rhinoceros' recordings. The reception to these releases has been more than favorable which nicely proves the longevity of this, one of Rocks, perennial influential bands. If you think "funk" is defined soley by todays offerings you should check out the history of the genre starting with Fishbone today and working backwards to Sam & Dave, Booker T & The MGs...and stopping to check out Rhinoceros along the way.
(Vince DeLucia)"