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Label: Eroe Progressivo - EPLP 005 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
T royka Natural - Troyka - Troyka arguably Edmonton's first forray into experimentation in the psychadelic rock scene. A few years later, they added England native guitarist and singer Michael Richards originally a piano studentand reinvented themselves as The Royal Family, after adding drummer Larry Hall.
Both got decent local airplay, but not nearly what Apex was hoping for. Still, they were quickly becoming one of the most popular groups in Edmonton, and even headlined the Hullaballo-A-Go-Go at the Jubilee Auditorium, and in front of 40, people the Calgary Stampede in ' But label execs weren't thrilled with the band's flirtation with acid rock, so they parted ways when they refused to bow to their whims and play pop.
Deciding their fortunes lay east, they temporarily moved to Montreal, and for the next year or so made waves, playing the Expo 67 Fair and also spending a lot Be Still - Nelson - Because They Can time in New York.
They moved back to Edmonton and Michael Richards took over on drums. Now a threesome, and with Lukawitski coming up with the clever name 'Rumko', they dubbed themselves Troyka a three horse carriage in honour of their shared Slavic heritage and started playing the prairies.
They coninued to do live shows while recording their material in Richards' home studio his father and band manager had built, Round Sound. After landing a deal with Cotillion Records, a division of Atlantic, they released their self-titled album early in Other noteable cuts included the frantic pace of "Rolling Down The Back Road," and the band showcased some versatility with the wistful instrumental "Dear Margaret," Various - Block Chronicle Sessions (Remixes) with Spanish guitar tinges.
Still, the band was gaining a reputation for its live show, and things began to take off. They also did a major tour along the eastern US seaboard, mostly at colleges, with Savoy Brown and Family. Following that show, Edwards dropped a bomb shell when he announced he was leaving. Before they headed home, they met and hired Bob Styrna as the new guitarist.
Later inthey made the trek to LA in the hopes of landing a deal to release a second album. A second trip to LA the following spring came up empty, and by that summer the group had disbanded. Richards got out of the business all together while finding himself spiritually. He then moved LA a decade later, where he continued to write and record for others.
He eventually moved to New Mexico to work for the US postal service. Edwards appeared Natural - Troyka - Troyka albums by Paul Hann and Spiney Norman's Whoopee Natural - Troyka - Troyka with Holger Peterson in the '70s, then taught music on the west coast for awhile, releasing a string of independent new and retro albums.
Inhe joined Katzenjammers with Dennis Ferbey, releasing four albums through to the end of the decade. Several reissues of the band's Control Of A Re-Action - Simbiose / Croustibat - Simbiose / Croustibat album were made over the years, and they reunited in for a special, one-off show in Edmonton at the Winspear Centre.
Early Morning. Life's OK.