Climax was an American band formed in in Los AngelesCaliforniamost noted for their hit song " Precious and Few ", which peaked at 3 on the Billboard Hot singles chart and 1 on Cashbox magazine 's Top singles chart. Climax came out of the ashes of the s hit band The Outsiders. Following the name change, the album Climax Featuring Sonny Geraci was Squagus Vil - Preshish Moments - Lets Be Friends . The band is often considered a one-hit wonder because other than "Precious and Few", no other releases gained much widespread success.
In spite of the success of "Precious and Few", the album barely made it into the top portion of the Billboard sales chart, peaking at It was later re-worked by producer Larry Cox, Liza - Thelonious Monk - Panorama was assigned by label owner Marc Gordon to re-tool the band's material.
Cox, who later would work with Jefferson Starship and produce many of their soft rock ballads including " Miracles "was introduced to Climax by fellow Texan and band keyboardist Johnny Stevenson. Cox urged the band to re-record "Precious and Few" and encouraged lead singer Sonny Geraci to capitalize on his ability to perform high-powered ballads.
The story of "Precious and Few" has many twists. It was stored in the Bell Records archives for a couple of years, but was dusted off after a Bell executive heard it being played on a Santa Barbara radio station Climax's home base. Bell Records subsidiary, Carousel, released the record in Hawaii as a test six months prior to being a hit on Squagus Vil - Preshish Moments - Lets Be Friends mainland. After more market tests in Buffalo and Boston in earlythe record gained momentum quickly. On the week ending February 26,"Precious and Few" peaked at the 3 spot on the Billboard Hot singles chart spending two weeks at that positionand also hit 1 on Cashbox magazine 's Top chart.
Clinton who Trakt En Ny Kanne Te - Gro Anita Schønn - Vit At Jeg Elsker Deg [18 Utvalgte] would contribute to the Austin Powers movie song tracks. Once "Life and Breath" ran out of steam, Climax never recovered.
Climax's record label, Carousel, was owned by Marc Gordon, who was also managing The 5th Dimension at the time. The existence of another Carousel Squagus Vil - Preshish Moments - Lets Be Friends caused Gordon to change the label's name to Rocky Road.
In retrospect, Gordon's plate was full managing a supergroup, and signing and managing other artists, including Al Wilson "The Snake" and " Show and Tell ". All of this hampered Climax's follow-up single "Life and Breath" and future singles releases including "Rock and Roll Heaven".
The rare stock copy has another of the Cropper-produced tracks, "Let This Song Through" written by Stevensonon the flip. The other new tracks recorded with Cropper were left in the can, as "It's Gonna Get Better" proved to be the final Climax release.
Some industry insiders felt Climax should have been far more successful than they actually were. The lack of a solid, powerful marketing and managing organization hurt the band when their follow-up "Life and Breath" was not given enough attention and funding to break through.
After "Life and Breath" fizzled, the label was not ready to release the band's only album, Climax featuring Sonny Geraci during "Precious and Few"'s climb up the charts, which eroded the band's popularity and market edge.
Hits! Hits!, in spite of that, "Precious and Few" was a popular selection for proms and weddings, according to a interview with Sonny Geraci .
They recorded one albummany singles and unreleased sides. Nims was their principal songwriter and guitarist. Hired by producer Larry Cox, Bahler, along with his brother John, later created a significant impact in the music Squagus Vil - Preshish Moments - Lets Be Friends as arrangers and session singers in the late s and s performing on hundreds of singles, most notably the recordings by The Partridge Family.
Nims born on September 11, died on March 31, at age 56 after suffering a stroke. Inthe group appeared "live in the studio" for the promotional "Sounds Like the Navy" radio show, issued on two LPs only to radio stations. Performing without any orchestral backing, the group faithfully reproduced many of their released songs and also performed several songs, including originals written by Nims, that were never issued in any other format. The show was split into four minute mini episodes and the songs that were performed in full were:.
The album had twelve cuts, and some were used as Lord Nelson - Calistras Donkey for subsequent singles.
Ina compilation album titled Picnic in the Rain was released on Koala Records. Only two of the songs had appeared on their album. Most of the LP was taken from the LP, but there were three tracks unique to this release.
There have been three official CDs released. All are Squagus Vil - Preshish Moments - Lets Be Friends budget labels, and none have been remastered. The second, titled The Best of Climax featuring Sonny Geraci on Wise Buy Recordswas released inand contained fifteen songs actually sixteen with another "hidden" song. Many were in the "unreleased" category above:. The third compilation was released inand is available on iTunes :. Other bootlegs have been released including a 26 track compilation called The Best of Climax.
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