Friday, September 11, 2015

Amboy Dukes - 1969 [1991] "Migration"

Migration is the third studio album by The Amboy Dukes. It was released in 1969 on Mainstream Records (stereo S/6118). On this album, Rusty Day replaced John Drake on vocals. The song "I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent" is a cover of the 1956 song by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers.
A CD reissue was released in 1991 by Repertoire Records with two bonus tracks (REP 4178-WZ). It credits the band as "The American Amboy Dukes", the name under which the group's records were released in Britain.

The most prominent feature of Migration (the Amboy Dukes' third recording, originally released on Mainstream records) is the lack of a spaced-out follow-up to the group's biggest hit, "Journey to the Center of Your Mind." Perhaps "terrible" Ted Nugent was starting to win the drug war that was beginning to wage within the band, a war that would ultimately claim more than a few key lineup casualties. No matter the reason, Migration -- with it's less opaque drug references and general grooviness -- was given a cool reception at record stores as listeners perhaps became slightly confused about the Michigan band's intentions while pondering Nugent's relatively eclectic musical approach. Case in point: the spot-on version of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent." Besides this bizarre but affective cover, other highlights include the instrumental opener "Migration" and one of Nugent's all-time favorite songs, "Good Natured Emma." More ambitious than the group's huge-selling effort from the year before, "Migration" might be the better of the two discs, if not the best of the Amboy Dukes' career.

The aptly named Migration showed a departure for The Amboy Dukes from their original style and band line-up, with Rusty Day replacing John Drake on vocals. Opening with the instrumental track “Migration”, which showcases Nugent’s guitar talents at the forefront, this 11-track album also features Ted’s personal all-time favorite song “Good Natured Emma”. Despite its release date, this album has aged well and is guaranteed to demonstrate Nugent’s raw and unbridled energy.

Track listing

    "Migration" (Nugent) – 6:06
    "Prodigal Man" (Nugent) – 5:48
    "For His Namesake" (Farmer) – 4:26
    "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" (Levy) – 1:53
    "Good Natured Emma" (Nugent) – 4:37
    "Inside the Outside" (Farmer) – 3:22
    "Shades of Green and Grey" (Farmer) – 3:05
    "Curb Your Elephant" (Solomon) – 3:49
    "Loaded for Bear" (Nugent) – 3:05

CD bonus tracks

    "J.B. Special" (Nugent, Farmer) – 2:32
    "Sobbin' in My Mug of Beer" (Nugent, Farmer) – 2:21


    Rusty Day – lead vocals, percussion
    Ted Nugent – lead vocals, lead guitar, percussion
    Steve Farmer – rhythm guitar, vocals, strings
    Andy Solomon – keyboards, vocals, horns, percussion, strings
    Greg Arama – bass, bass vocals, percussion
    Dave Palmer – drums, percussion

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