Blackfoot — Siogo (1983)
In 1983 Ken Hensley joined Blackfoot, an American band who played “southern rock”. By the time Ken already relocated to the U.S., and before joining Blackfoot he tried to tour America with his own band (Ken Hensley Band). Blackfoot was quite popular, and their three previous albums charted American Top 50. Inviting Hensley was a part of the change in sound and image of the band, and such changes eventually led to the breakup.
«Siogo» became the band’s sixth studio album and the first of the two that were created with Ken Hensley. Recording took place at Subterranean Studios (Ann Arbor, Mich.). For this album Ken contributed a song «Send Me An Angel». He was also credited as a songwriter of «Run For Cover» and «Sail Away» (together with other Blackfoot members). Ken played keyboards and slide guitar and did backing vocals.
The album was released in May 1983 by Atco label and charted in the USA, but its peak position (No. 82) was a disappointment. In the summer of 1983, in the midst of the tour, the manager informed Blackfoot that they should immediately start working on new material to raise interest in the band. However, some musicians did not want to work on the future record («Vertical Smiles») while touring, so the work was postponed until autumn.
- Send Me An Angel (Hensley/Williams) 4.36
- Crossfire (Medlocke/Spires/Hargrett/Barth) 4.08
- Heart’s Grown Cold (Cleminson) 3.32
- We’re Goin’ Down (Medlocke/Spires) 4.12
- Teenage Idol (Medlocke/Spires) 4.48
- Goin’ In Circles (Medlocke/Spires) 3.06
- Run For Cover (Medlocke/Spires/Hensley) 4.21
- White Man’s Land (Medlocke/Spires) 2.55
- Sail Away (Medlocke/Spires/Hargrett/Hensley) 4.30
- Drivin’ Fool (Medlocke/Spires) 4.45
- Rick Medlocke — lead vocals, guitars
- Jackson Spires — percussion, backing vocals
- Ken Hensley — keyboards, backing vocals, slide guitar
- Charlie Hargrett — guitars
- Greg T. Walker — bass guitar
Producer — Al Nalli.
Engineer — Pat Schneider.
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