Offered for sale is a set of original U.S. promotional copies of two albums by Three Man Army – Three Man Army (1973) and Three Man Army Two (1974.)
About this set: This set consists of two original U.S. LPs – the 1973 self-titled Three Man Army, and the 1974 follow-up album, Three Man Army Two.
Three Man Army – This copy of Three Man Army is a 1973 U.S. pressing on the Reprise label.
The cover is VG- with considerable ring wear, as is common for this title. There is a pink sticker on the cover that says “PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE.”
The white label promotional disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs, as are common with mid-1970s Warner Brothers LPs. There are no spindle marks on the labels and no other marks on the vinyl; the LP may be unplayed.
Three Man Army Two – The cover is VG, with slight ring wear and a stain near the upper right hand corner. There is a pink sticker on the cover that says “PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE.”
The disc has stock labels, but the words “PROMOTIONAL NOT FOR SALE” are printed on the labels. The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs, as are common with mid-1970s Warner Brothers LPs. There are no spindle marks on the labels and no other marks on the vinyl; the LP may be unplayed.
A nice set of some fairly underrated 1970s hard rock.
Background: Three Man Army was a British hard rock band that included brothers Adrian and Paul Gurvitz, formerly of the band Gun. They later formed the Baker Gurvitz Army with Ginger Baker, and after that, the Graeme Edge Band with Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge.
The 1973 LP Three Man Army was the band’s second album, and the 1974 LP Three Man Army Two was actually the band’s third LP.
Neither album charted in either the U.S. or the UK.
For Three Man Army’s second album, their power trio lineup stabilized with the recruitment of Tony Newman for the drummer’s chair (the first album, A Third of a Lifetime, had featured several drummers). A Third of a Lifetime had been journeyman early British hard rock with a few glimpses of more satisfyingly gentle and melodic moods. Unfortunately, Three Man Army put even greater emphasis on their pedestrian hard rock chops and even more pedestrian material, which at its best could only approximate a sub-Led Zeppelin (as the chorus of “Come Down to Earth” certainly does).
Three Man Army’s third and final album was, most confusingly, titled Three Man Army Two. The unintentionally clumsy name was in a way appropriate, however, for it was more of the same, whether it was the second or third Three Man Army you happened to come across, indeed falling somewhere between the second and third divisions of early-’70s British hard rock.
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|Year of Release:||1973/1974|