Friday, March 18, 2016

A George Martin Production: Let Me Down Easy

Formed in 1976, American Flyer was considered to be the newest folk-rock super group; however, it was difficult, despite their quasi-famous lineup, to live up to the reputation. The band consisted of Craig Fuller of the Pure Prairie League; Eric Kaz ex the Blues Magoos; Steve Katz formerly of Blood, Sweat, & Tears; and Doug Yule previously with the Velvet Underground. Oh, by the way, the first of their two albums was produced by George Martin.

Named for the A.C. Gilbert Company’s model train, their brand was familiar enough to the public by association; however, American Flyer, the band, never quite caught on despite the reputation of their members. Their debut LP produced one charting single: “Let Me Down Easy.” Unfortunately, it only peaked at #80. American Flyer disbanded in 1978.

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