One of the great forgotten Pub Rock bands were Roogalator, featuring errant american-born muso Danny Adler.
Formed in 1972, and Playing a type of smoothly performed tight funk; they formed a bridge between the terrible country rock of Brinsley Schwarz and the R&B of Dr.Feelgood.
By all accounts they were a hot proposition in a live environment, and rumour has it that pub rock monsters, The Sex Pistols, refused to go on stage after Roogalator at one of their earlier gigs. It was easy to be intimidated by the shear musicality of Danny Adler and the boys, even if you were in one of the most intimidating groups of all time.They could have been The Average White Band, but they had short hair and more than just two good tracks in the can.
From their bio: "They knew that time was passing them by. Dexterous funk wasn't "in" anymore.The punks stole Roogalator's
thunder,and Costello stole Adler's geek in glasses persona."(As well as playing a Fender Jazzmaster.)
This compilation features tracks recorded in 1977 for their sole (not Soul) album "Play it by Ear", and their three singles for three different labels.
1 Zero Hero (Do It 7" 1978) 3:07
2 Tasty 4:18
3 Cincinnati Fatback 5:59
4 Water 2:58
5 Sweet Mama Kundilini 2:56
6 Sock It To My Pocket 3:50
7 All Aboard!! 4:54
8 Humanitation 4:59
9 Change 5:06
10 Cincinnati Fatback (Stiff b-side 1976) 6:19
11 Tasty (2) 4:44
12 Water (2) 2:59
13 Love And The Single Girl (Virgin 7" 1977) 3:09
14 All Aboard (Stiff 7" 1976) 5:46