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The Ides Of March
"Ideology Version II.0"
© I O M Records
Year of Release: 2000
One Hit Wonder
You Wouldn't Listen
Aire Of Good Feeling
I'd Love Her Anyway
Cry Of The Wild Heart
Reflection Of Desire
You You You
Love Don't Choose
Spirit Of Chicago
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"Ideology Version II.0"
One of the greatest thrills in Rock music is when a band from previous
decades decides to get back together and record new material. The Eagles
did this with Hell Freezes Over, and likewise comeback albums by such
greats as Tina Turner and John Fogerty. The Ides Of March started in the 1960s,
and they had their most famous hits in the 1970s ("Vehicle" and "L.A.
Goodbye"). The Ides' 2000 release, Ideology: Version II.0 features
a greatest hits compilation, plus new songs.
But the one disappointing fact of this album, likewise their previous
release of the same nature, Ideology (IOM release; not to be confused
with Sundazed release of their 1960s Ideology), is the fact that all of
the songs that were considered most famous in the 1960s and 1970s were
re-recorded for both I O M Ideology releases. (Gratefully, the
Sundazed release features the original
The Ides Of March's most popular hits are here, unfortunately they were all
re-recorded: "You Wouldn't Listen," "Vehicle," and "L.A. Goodbye"
are here; the re-recordings are good, but for the "original recordings" fan,
it may just be a disapointment, because the songs do sound different than the
originals, as if another band had re-recorded the songs. They are re-recorded,
with the key singer, Jim Peterik, who provided the vocals for both the originals,
likewise the re-recorded versions.
Other songs in the "Vehicle" era (1970), are the re-recordings of
"Aire Of Good Feeling," and "Bald Madusa." These recordings
feature the sound style as "Vehicle," with the horn section, as featured
in such groups as Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. In 1971, The Ides Of March
released the popular song, "L.A. Goodbye," and the re-recording of it is
just as good as the original. I'm not familiar with the original (1973) version
of "Hot Water," but this recording is quite impressive, and is a good
The remaining tunes were originally recorded in 1991 and beyond...
1991: "I'd Love Her Anyway" definitely has a 1990s sound, with its
pop style, as heard in the later years of .38 Special and post-Peter Cetera
Chicago. Having a good rock sound with a blend of the horns featured in the
1970s, "Cry Of The Wild Heart" is another good pop rock that is enjoyable
by a band to emerge in the 1970s, and recapture an updated sound nearly 30 years
later. "Reflection Of Desire" is another nice pop rocker, as these
three songs could easily have received well-given airplay on rock radio.
1992: On that same notion (songs from 1991), "You, You, You" is
another pop rock song that easily get regular radio airplay, where the pop
ballad "Love Don't Choose" is easily compared to the likes of Chicago
and the band Jim Peterik was previously in, Survivor.
"The Spirit Of Chicago" is the band's tribute to Chicago, being a
band from a Chicagoland suburb, Berwyn, Illinois. Two bonus tracks are
featured on this release, "The Star Spangled Banner" and the tribute
song to the Chicago White Sox, "Wild-Eyed Southside Boys." "The
Star Spangled Banner" uses the guitar melody heard in "L.A. Goodbye,"
and the recently well-playing baseball by the White Sox was admired in
"Wild-Eyed Southside Boys."
Despite the songs from 1966-1973 were re-recorded, the original songs
by the Ides of March recorded after 1990 is quite impressive.
The Ides' previous I O M release "Ideology" features the same songs as
Version II.0", except the following: "One Hit Wonder," "The Star
Spangled Banner," and "Wild-Eyed Southside Boys." The actual original
1970s recordings of The Ides Of March are being withheld from re-issuing, due
to contract negotiations, and copyright authority. So it would be great to see
a future release of the original 1970s recordings of The Ides Of March,
but until then, we can enjoy their music (re-recorded), likewise enjoy new music
by the band as well
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