Blue Ash, 'No More No Less'
The Ohio quartet Blue Ash made power pop early enough that there wasn't a common, concise name for the genre yet: we called it "three-minute songs, stressing melody, powerful rhythm chords, harmonies and communicating enthusiasm and contagious high spirits." But nomenclature aside, this was a thrilling album full of catchy songs. Blue Ash were active until 1979 (plus some later reunion gigs). Bassist Frank Secich went on to play with Stiv Bators; guitarist Bill "Cupid" Bartolin died from cancer in 2009.
What We Said Then: "'Wasting My Time,' 'Here We Go Again' and 'I Remember a Time' amazed me with their sheer infectiousness, charming harmonies, and stunning power chords. . . 'Dusty Old Fairgrounds' turns an implausibly obscure Dylan trad-folk cop into a raging rocker. . . No More No Less is an astonishingly explosive debut, and with apparently limitless potential, Blue Ash should by all rights become a major phenomenon." — Ken Barnes, RS 139 (July 19th, 1973)