Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the 1970 debut LP by the Ides of March, Vehicle.
Chicago’s the Ides of March released four albums in the early 1970s and put three songs on the Billboard charts, but they’re best remembered for their #2 hit, “Vehicle,” which reminded more than a few listeners of a harder-edged Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
Unfortunately, “Vehicle” was the band’s only Top 40 hit, and they broke up in the mid-1970s. Founder Jim Peterik later found success as a founding member of Survivor.
A canny mixture of rock and soul, “Vehicle” was fortified with the group’s powerful horn section, which gave the tune more than a passing resemblance to the sound of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, both of whom were also enjoying major chart success at the time. After the single hit the charts, the Ides of March were rushed into the studio to cut an album, and Vehicle was supposedly recorded and mixed within the space of a week. To their credit, the band’s barnstorming days in Chicago certainly paid off; despite the tight deadline, the band sounds tight, enthusiastic, and emphatic on all ten tracks, and the songs cover a broader range than just the punchy sound of “Vehicle.” . Ultimately, Vehicle documents this band’s limitations as well as its strengths, but ultimately it’s a good week’s work, and shows the Ides of March had more up their sleeve than their only hit.
You can listen to “Vehicle” here:
About this copy: This copy of Vehicle is a still sealed original 1970 pressing on the Warner Brothers label. As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The shrink wrap is fully intact, though there is a cut corner in the lower right.
A nice copy of an album that’s surprisingly hard to find, especially without major ring wear on the cover.
|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Warner Brothers|
|Year of Release:||1970|