The Loading Zone The Loading Zone

The Loading Zone

The Loading Zone

Released on March 25, 1968 by RCA - Legacy

Main artist: The Loading Zone

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock

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The Loading Zone was a curious, second-tier '60s San Francisco band. They were more of a soul-rock outfit than a psychedelic one, certainly, although they weren't without touches of acid rock in their arrangements. Their integration of horns put them alongside Blood, Sweat & Tears, Electric Flag, and Chicago as innovators in that regard. If their material wasn't as schlocky as the post-Al Kooper Blood, Sweat & Tears' and Chicago's, it wasn't that great either, and lacking in the hooks that would get those bands hits. Linda Tillery is the Janis Joplin of the group in that the energy level really dips when someone else takes the lead vocals, much as Big Brother was far less interesting when Joplin didn't sing lead. However, Tillery was a pretty minor-league talent when compared to Joplin, though she was okay. Occasional injection of Jorma Kaukonen-like sustained guitar licks were their greatest ties to the San Francisco psychedelic sound (producer Rick Jarrard certainly would have been familiar with that sort of axework, having worked with Jefferson Airplane). They stretched out a bit on some of the ten songs on this self-titled album, particularly the nearly ten-minute instrumental, "Can I Dedicate." There are some interesting, though not brilliant, interpretations of soul and R&B songs, a few rather obscure (the Marvelettes' "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead"), others familiar (the Miracles' "Shop Around"). The original material is only adequate, and of the covers, only Billy Ward & the Dominoes' outrageous "The Bells," played for all the hysterics it's worth by Tillery, really catches fire. ~ Jimmy James
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:42:52

  1. 1 No More Tears

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Fauerso, Composer, Lyricist - Rick Jarrard, Producer - Peter Shapiro, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Love Feels Like Fire

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jarrard, Producer - Lamont Dozier, Composer, Lyricist - Brian Holland, Composer, Lyricist - Eddie Holland Jr., Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Don't Lose Control (Of Your Soul)

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Fauerso, Composer, Lyricist - Rick Jarrard, Producer Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 I Can't Please You

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jarrard, Producer - Jimmy Robbins, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Shop Around

    Berry Gordy, Jr., Composer, Lyricist - The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jarrard, Producer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 The Bells

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jarrard, Producer - Billy Ward, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Kali Yuga-Loo

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Fauerso, Composer, Lyricist - Rick Jarrard, Producer Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 God Bless the Child

    Arthur Herzog, Jr., Composer, Lyricist - The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jarrard, Producer - Billie Holiday, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jarrard, Producer - Ivory Joe Hunter, Composer, Lyricist - Clarence Paul, Composer, Lyricist - Mickey Stevenson, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 Can I Dedicate

    The Loading Zone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Fauerso, Composer, Lyricist - Rick Jarrard, Producer Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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  • The Loading Zone was a curious, second-tier '60s San Francisco band. They were more of a soul-rock outfit than a psychedelic one, certainly, although they weren't without touches of acid rock in their arrangements. Their integration of horns put them alongside Blood, Sweat & Tears, Electric Flag, and Chicago as innovators in that regard. If their material wasn't as schlocky as the post-Al Kooper Blood, Sweat & Tears' and Chicago's, it wasn't that great either, and lacking in the hooks that would get those bands hits. Linda Tillery is the Janis Joplin of the group in that the energy level really dips when someone else takes the lead vocals, much as Big Brother was far less interesting when Joplin didn't sing lead. However, Tillery was a pretty minor-league talent when compared to Joplin, though she was okay. Occasional injection of Jorma Kaukonen-like sustained guitar licks were their greatest ties to the San Francisco psychedelic sound (producer Rick Jarrard certainly would have been familiar with that sort of axework, having worked with Jefferson Airplane). They stretched out a bit on some of the ten songs on this self-titled album, particularly the nearly ten-minute instrumental, "Can I Dedicate." There are some interesting, though not brilliant, interpretations of soul and R&B songs, a few rather obscure (the Marvelettes' "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead"), others familiar (the Miracles' "Shop Around"). The original material is only adequate, and of the covers, only Billy Ward & the Dominoes' outrageous "The Bells," played for all the hysterics it's worth by Tillery, really catches fire. ~ Jimmy James

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