DUST – “HARD ATTACK” (1972)
The missing link between Black Sabbath and Big Star, Dust were a hard rock trio from the early ’70s whose prog instincts were tempered with occasional twangy ballads and pretty boy lyrics (although I can’t confirm if they were, in fact, attractive. My guess is not.)
The factoid that usually pops up regarding this band is that their drummer, Mark Bell, later went on to become Marky Ramone, but make no mistake: the two Dust albums are nothing like the Ramones.
The first self-titled album is a mostly uninspired affair, but the second album ramps it up many, many notches, delivering an unusual, brightly colored take (lots of swirling riffs and fills) on the hard prog sound that made Uriah Heep and Sir Lord Baltimore so wonderfully fukkin’ awesome. Highly recommended. I’m throwing in the first album as a download as well, if you’re curious, but I strongly urge you to not listen to it first.