Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush

Canadian Classic Rock
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Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush

Frank Marino

 

Frank Marino grew up in Montreal surrounded by music and formed what would become Mahogany Rush with Paul Harwood on bass and drummer Jim Ayoub in 1970. Heavily influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Marino's early guitar-work was frantic but engaging, and showed a lot of promise. The band recorded MAXOOM in Quebec's Little Coyote Studios in early '72. Their simple, three piece sound was seldom burdened with over-dubs and was demonstrated in "Buddy", the band's first single. Although it didn't catch on in Canada, the record quickly caught the attention of the FM market in the north-eastern States.

CHILD OF THE NOVELTY was put out in early '74 and picked up where their debut left off, an all out assault on the ears. Buried beneath the blazing riffs Marino had already made a name for himself with was the only single "A New Rock and Roll". Though it too failed to make a dent in the Canadian market, the airlplay given it in the U.S. landed Mahogany Rush dates opening for the likes of The Amboy Dukes, The Chambers Brothers and Graham Central Station.

STRANGE UNIVERSE was released less than a year later and contained the single "Satisfy Your Soul". Though Marino's guitar work was as detailed yet as hectic as in the previous records, STRANGE UNIVERSE failed to build what one would have thought was a natural progression.

Their fourth album entitled MAHOGANY RUSH IV hit the shelves in '76. More guitar-frenzy was almost sophisticated now, as evidenced by the epic "Electric Reflections of War".

'77 saw Marino and his band put out WORLD ANTHEM, widely regarded as one of his best records. The title track and "Requiem For A Sinner" pounded in every medium-sized venue all along the east coast, northern states and in the heartland.

FRANK MARINO AND MAHOGANY RUSH LIVE was recorded during the subsequent American tour and showcased the versatility and tightness normally unseen in a heavy metal trio. Included on the record were tributes to Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix with copies of "Johnny B Goode" and "Purple Haze", a song Marino traditionally ended most shows with.

Ironically it was another cover that finally got Mahogany Rush half-ass constant FM airplay in Canada in 1979. His version of Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" was the only single released from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED. Haunting and mystic, his version is commonly referred to as the most under rated ever done. The other three studio tracks also showed a definite maturity in the writing. Incorporating more effects and over dubs, "Sister Change" still had the rawness synonomous with the name Frank Marino. While the instrumental title-track and the cover of "Norweigan Wood" showcased the band's versatility. Side two of the record was four new tracks taped in various bars and captured the raw essence of a Mahogany Rush show, most notably in "Bottom of the Barrell" and "Door Of Illusion".

A year later and WHAT'S NEXT was on the shelves. Again though, it seemed like Marino and company failed to build on the success of the previous record. That aside, songs like "You Got Livin", "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" and a smoking cover of "Roadhouse Blues" became instant staples of the live shows. Though still concentrating on the States, the group did some dates in Europe but failed to receive the same attention.

THE POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL hit the stores in 1981. By this time however the obvious was becoming clear. Marino's guitar-work had taken a back seat to the new-wave sounds of the day and the band found their audience had outgrown them and CBS dropped them from the label shortly thereafter.

Marino released his first true solo effort in '82 on Maze Records called JUGGERNAUT. Though nothing truly ground-breaking, again Marino's incredible guitar virtuosity was displayed, most noteable in numbers like the title-track.

DOUBLE LIVE came out in '83 as a Mahogany Rush record. Taken from gigs done on the east coast, it included the epic "Strange Dreams", "You Got Livin" and "Rock Me Baby". The band also showcased their blues roots with a rendition of "Who Do You Love". Marino soon decided the band's sound was no longer welcome and now without a label again, disbanded the group. FULL CIRCLE hit the shelves in '86. Though not really supported by the boys at Maze Records, it's easily one of Marino's most under-rated works, and is widely acknowledged by the die-hard fans as possibly one of his best.

Marino got the boys back together in '93 for another kick at the cat with FROM THE HIP as an independant release. With a renewed vigor, Marino's musical influences shone through as he let loose on such tracks as "Babylon Revisited" and "The Stand". Other tracks of note included the haunting "The Wall Came Down" and "Ride My Own Wave".

'97 saw the release of a double 'greatest hits' package - DRAGONFLY. A collection of past studio and live tracks, it's the quintessential Marino lp, perfect for anyone just now being introduced to the works of one of rock and roll's most original artists. Marino broke in the new millenium with EYE OF THE STORM. Always the innovator, he combined an Arabic guitar sound with solid drum beats on the cuts "Avalon" and the jazz-flavoured "He's Calling". He also wrote "Since You Came Into My Life", a soulful track about his three daughters.

A true rock pioneer in every sense of the word, Frank Marino has never strayed from what he believed true - a good song isn't necessarily one that's played on the radio every half hour. Never compromising, he's always done what he thought was right. Coincidentally, a fan base rivalled by few agrees.

Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush
(Paul Harwood, Frank Marino, Jim Ayoub)

Written by Dan Brisebois of
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Discography


Maxoom
Maxoom (1973)

Maxoom
Buddy
Magic Man
Funky Woman
Madness
All in Your Mind
Blues
Boardwalk Lady
Back On Home
The New Beginning

Child of the Novelty
Child of the Novelty (1974)

Look Outside
Thru the Milky Way
Talkin' Bout a Feeling
Child of the Novelty
Makin' my Way
A New Rock and Roll
Changing
Plastic Man
Guit War
Chains of (s)Pace

Strange Universe
Strange Universe (1975)

Tales of the Spanish Warrior
The King Who Stole (...the Universe)
Satisfy Your Soul
Land of 1000 Nights
Moonlight Lady
Dancing Lady
Once Again
Tryin' Anyway
Dear Music
Strange Universe

Mahogany Rush IV
Mahogany Rush IV (1976)

I'm Going Away
Man at the Back Door
The Answer
Jive Baby
It's Begun to Rain
Dragonfly
Little Sexy Annie
Moonwalk
IV...(the Emperor)

World Anthem
World Anthem (1977)

Requiem for a Sinner
Hey Little Lover
Broken Heart Blues
In My Ways
The World Anthem
Look At Me
Lady
Try for Freedom

Live
Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush Live (1978)

Introduction
The Answer
Dragonfly
I'm a King Bee
(Excerpt from "Back Door Man")
A New Rock and Roll
Johnny B. Goode
Talkin' 'Bout a Feelin'
(Excerpt from "Who Do Ya Love")
Electric Reflections of War
The World Anthem
Purple Haze

Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Unexpected (1979)

Sister Change
All Along the Watchtower
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Tales of the Unexpected
Down, Down, Down
Door of Illusion
Woman
Bottom of the Barrel

What's Next
What's Next (1980)

You Got Livin'
Finish Line
Rock Me Baby
Something's Comin' Our Way
Roadhouse Blues
Loved By You
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
Mona

The Power Of Rock N' Roll
The Power Of Rock N' Roll (1981)

The Power of Rock 'n' Roll
Play My Music
Stay With Me
Runnin' Wild
Crazy Miss Daisy
Go Strange
Young Man
Ain't Dead Yet

Juggernaut
Juggernaut (1982)

Strange Dreams
Midnight Highway
Stories of a Hero
Free
Maybe It's Time
Ditch Queen
For Your Love
Juggernaut

Full Circle
Full Circle (1986)

Breakin' Away
Imagine
When Love is Lost
Razor's Edge
Hang On
Full Circle
Long Ago
Had Enough
Genesis

Double Live
Double Live (1988)

You Got Livin'
Midnite Highway
Free
Poppy
Roadhouse Blues
Who Do Ya Love
Guitar Prelude
Electric Reflections Revisited
Sky Symphony for a Little Town
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
Juggernaut
Strange Dreams

From The Hip
From The Hip (1990)

Babylon Revisited
I'm Ready
How Long
Rise Above
Mine All Mine
Ride My Own Wave
Stand
The Wall Came Down

First three
Maxoon/Child Of The Novelty/Strange Universe (1995)

Maxoom
Buddy
Magic Man
Funky Woman
Madness
All in Your Mind
Blues
Boardwalk Lady
Back On Home
The New Beginning
Look Outside
Thru the Milky Way
Talkin' Bout a Feeling
Child of the Novelty
Makin' my Way
A New Rock and Roll
Changing
Plastic Man
Guit War
Chains of (s)Pace
Tales of the Spanish Warrior
The King Who Stole (...the Universe)
Satisfy Your Soul
Land of 1000 Nights
Moonlight Lady
Dancing Lady
Once Again
Tryin' Anyway
Dear Music
Strange Universe

Dragonfly: The Best Of
Dragonfly: The Best Of (1996)

Jive Baby
Dragonfly
Hey Little Lover
Requiem For A Sinner
Johnny B. Goode - (live)
Who Do Ya Love - (live)
Electric Reflections Of War
The World Anthem
I'm A King Bee - (live)
Sister Change
All Along The Watchtower
Woman - (live)
Rock `N' Roll Hall Of Fame
Mona
Roadhouse Blues
Juggernaut

Eye Of The Storm
Eye Of The Storm (2000)

Storm Warning
Eye Of The Storm
He's Callin'
Learned My Lesson Well
Heat Of The Moment
Window To The World
Since You Came Into My Life
Avalon
Ordinary Man


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