Rastus — Steamin'
(Neighborhood NRS-47003, 1972, LP)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 2018-09-13
Like Genesis and Tangerine Dream, Chicago (Transit Authority) and Blood Sweat and Tears also had a lot of bands heavily inspired by them and Rastus took strongly from the former with a touch from the latter. I believe Steamin’ is the band's third and last album and the only one to make it to CD so far (like Chicago Transit Authority, the debut self-titled Rastus was a double). Rastus had a horn section and a similar mix of rock, blues, and jazz, although it seems like their most commercial songs end up as bonus tracks here. The band's nice and tight and the vocals even seem to sound like it's Lamm, Kath, and Cetera sharing the vocals at times. Honestly maybe the only differences between the two bands were Rastus were from Cleveland and they didn't have enough of a their own personality to make it to the big time. But if you like the style, as I very much do, it's a cool release.
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