WATCH: Head East – “Never Been Any Reason” – LIVE (1975)

I looked for a live performance version of this song, but all I could find is this live audio recording, overlaid with stills of the band and some footage of them playing other songs in concert. Not bad, but not exactly what I was looking for. Still, a great performance by an underrated early 70s band.

Here’s more about the song from Wikipedia:

“Never Been Any Reason” is the first track on Head East’s debut album Flat as a Pancake, composed by the band’s guitarist, Mike Somerville. It is often considered Head East’s signature song, peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, and continues to be played on classic rock radio stations in the US a generation after it was recorded.

The song features keyboardist Roger Boyd’s double-tracked Minimoog solos throughout the song. Asked about the solos via the band’s official web site, Boyd said they were created due to an accident during mixing:

“It is two Minimoogs. Back in those days we did not have computerized mixing and had to mix “on the fly;” we forgot to mute one of the moog solos and when it went by we thought WOW! so we decided to go back and record the second part to match/compliment [sic] the primary solo part.”

Lead vocals are alternated between drummer Steve Huston singing the first two lines of the verses and lead vocalist John Schlitt on the remainder of the song.  Both the last line of each verse and the choruses feature multi-part vocal harmonies sung by all the members of the band.

The song was featured in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused, and later in the 2005 film Sahara.

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