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No Bs

Brownsville Station Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0009NSDIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be-Bop Confidential
2. Guitar Train
3. Rockin' Robin
4. Blue Eyed Girl
5. City Life
6. Do the Bosco
7. Roadrunner
8. Hello, Mary Lou
9. Cadillac Express
10. My Boy Flat Top
11. Rumble

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Brownsville Station were a rock trio out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, lead by Cub Koda. They issued numerous albums in the 1970's. They are probably best known for their radio classic, 'Smokin' In The Boys Room'. No BS was originally issued in 1970 and is making it's worldwide CD debut on Wounded Bird. 2005.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin meets Fifties Rock December 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I saw the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors (a lot), Country Joe and the Fish, Jefferson Airplane and many other groups too numerous to name in the '60's and '70's but when people ask me who put on the the most energetic, entertaining live show, it was Brownsville Station. Brownsville Station, led by Cubby Koda and Michael Lutz, with TJ Cronley and Tony Driggins played the grand venue of the Falls Church (Virginia) Community Center in the early 70's. What a show! They were Led Zeppelin playing loud "electric" high energy versions of fifties boogie rock! And they knew how to rock and roll.

Brownsville Station had two stacked Marshall on the front of the stage, and during the show Cubby, climbed the amps, up ten feet or so, stood on top like King Kong, and jumped to the stage playing "Roadrunner". He'd run and slide ten feet across the stage on his kness while playing a solo.

(The great version of "Roadrunner" on the recent Aerosmith album is more a copy of the "Roadrunner" on this album than the Bo Diddley original)

After the concert we eagerly awaited the album "No BS" which came out later that year, (with the ugliest cartoon album cover in rock history, drawn by one of the group's girlfriends). Thier best is on this "No BS". "Bebop Confidential" (with Michael Lutz sounding like he had far far too much, umm, caffeine), "Rocking Robin" "Cadillac Express", "Hello Mary Lou" (definately not Rickie Nelson's version) are are here at last. With exception of the truely bizarre "My Boy Flat-top", it's wall-to-wall tuneful songs. And the Applesaucettes sing "dwidle-de-de".

Finally "No BS" is here, and that's no Bull. By far their rockin' greatest! Music with stones. Be careful if you play it in your car, you might end up speeding.
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2.0 out of 5 stars review May 25, 2011
Format:Vinyl
1969 saw Brownsville Station signed to Punch Andrew's Detroit-based Palladium label where the made their label debut with the single:

- 1969's 'Be-Bop Confidential' b/w 'City Life' (Palladium catalog number H 1075)

The single sold well locally, leading Palladium to finance a supporting album - 1970's "No BS". Curiously. anyone whose knowledge of Brownsville Station was limited to their hit 'Smokin' In the Boys' Room' was liable to be a bit confused and perhaps disappointed by their debut collection. Mind you, it wasn't a bad album, but unless you lived in Detroit and saw some of the band's live shows, as the band's 'roots' album, the collection's heavy reliance on covers of popular 1950s rock and R&B chestnuts was probably going to prove somewhat unexpected. So here's the god news; the album served as a pretty good representation of the band's Marshall amp powered live shows. Yeah there were plenty of covers, but the performances were uniformly enthusiastic (these guys were foremost fans of these musical genre) and while remaining true to the spirit of the originals, most of their arrangements were at least somewhat updated and more rock oriented (back to those towering stacks of Marshall speakers that Cubby Koda would apparently climb and jump off of).

- Yeah, the track listing showed it as 'Be-Bop Confidential ', but for all intents and purposes this track was nothing more than a slightly 'rocked-up cover' of Gene Vincent's 'Be Bop a Lula'. Not the most original way to start an album, but Cubby Koda turned in a nice lead guitar solo. rating: ** stars
- One of four Michael Lutz originals, 'Guitar Train' borrowed more than a little from Little Richard's 'Good Golly Miss Molly'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best They Ever Did(RIP Cubby Coda) December 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this was by far the best CD Brownsville Station ever did. After that it was all CRAP. This was a very uncommercial/commercial success for them. When they started doing CRAP like "Smokin' In The Boys Room" that's when I lost complete interest in them. This at the time was a very underground CD for them. I still have a vinyl copy of it. If you do not own any Brownsville Station CD/LP's this is the only one you will ever need in your collection. I read a while back that Cubby Coda had died. RIP Cubby.
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