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Album Review

After the dissolution of Jellyfish, Roger Manning formed his new outfit, Imperial Drag, with lead singer/guitarist Eric Dover. Working with producer Brad Jones, the band released their self-titled debut in 1996 to the delight of Jellyfish fans.

The sound of Imperial Drag doesn't veer far from the power pop of Jellyfish, although it isn't nearly as orchestrated as that band's final effort Spilt Milk. Instead, the sound is more, loose and opts for a garage-rock feel. Dover is a quality vocalist who bears more than a faint resemblance to Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, particularly on "Crosseyed" and the playful "'Breakfast' By Tiger." The lyrics, on which Dover is a co-writer, are the clever stuff that fans had come to expect from Manning. Highlights include the opener, "Zodiac Sign," a lyrical send-up of all things New Age, and the tentative love song "Illuminate," on which Dover proves himself capable of handling a ballad as well as the rockers. Imperial Drag is good, good stuff.

Customer Reviews

Imperial Drag (pause) that they're not around anymore.

Too bad this band never had a chance to ever cut a second album. To me this band sounds like Led Zepplin, Steven Tyler, early Rod Stewart, Abby Road era Beatles, Lenny Kravitz, Argent, Sweet, T-Rex, and The Black Crowes thrown into a blender. Eric Dover's vocals are awesome. It's too bad he was stuck with background vocal duties with Jellyfish. Roger J. Manning Jr. as usual, hauls out his vintage keyboard assault weapons in order to tap into that classic authentic 70's synth/keyboard tone. Big crowd pleasers like "Breakfast By Tiger (Kiss It All Goodbye)", "Scaredy Cats and Egomaniacs" and "Overnight Sensation" will not disappoint even the loyalist of Classic Rock listener. Whoever mic'd the drums must have worked with Zepplin's Jon Bonham. Great drum tone. Very haunting Led Zepplin feel to these songs. Like Zep replaced Robert Plant with Steven Tyler. "Playboy After Dark" is a little like Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way", not an exact clone but similar in vibe. "The Salvation Army Band" sounds like a resurrected obscure track from the 70's Power Pop band Sweet's archive vault tossed in with a little Beatles "Revolution 1" feel. "Boy or a Girl" has a very similar feel to an old T-Rex hit. I love how this band seems to remind you of bands that you've heard over the years. There's a hint of influence without hitting you over the head with an obvious riff or arrangement. It's retro feeling without sounding outdated. If you're tired of listening to the constant Top 40 70's Classic Rock hits and want to hear something in the same vein but fresher, then this album will not disappoint. Or, if you just like 70's Classic Rock power pop bands in general, this album is perfect. Too bad there's not a follow up release to this.

Jellyfishery At Work Here!

Eric Dover and Roger Manning were both in Jellyfish arguably one of the greatest bands of all time. I had forgotten about this album until I "rediscovered" it on i-Tunes. Not a bad record. Roger Manning's solo material is very good. Jason Faukner's material is also good. There are many "offshoots" to this band that were all VERY GOOD. The problem is that they were not great. Jellyfish was GREAT. It was the interaction of all of these "characters" that made Jellyfish what it was. It also lends credibilty to the often spoken stories that Jellyfish "ringleader" Andy Sturmer really held that mess together and made Jellyfish what it was. What ever happened to Andy Sturmer anyway? I guess he's in the "where are they now file". Listen to this album for what it is-a good rock and roll album. If you are looking for a Jellyfish replacement, there isnt one. Right Andy?

What A Drag

I have to admit I'm not really in to pop music. If this is what you dig this sounds like a fine album for me. I came accross this while looking for military music. I guess maybe the imperial part set it off. I'm not sure all I know is this isn't what I was looking for. I ended up getting Carry On by the USAF Heritage of America band. This has the pop music that I wanted. I have no beef with this album just wanted to give other a heads up make sure you listen before you buy you may end up getting something you didn't want. If this is what you wanted though go for it. It sounded groovy to me.


Formed: 1994

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Born from the ashes of psychedelic pop geniuses Jellyfish, Imperial Drag released a single eponymous album through the Work Group in 1996. Featuring vocalist and guitarist Eric Dover (fresh off a stint fronting Slash's Snakepit), keyboard player Roger Manning, bassist Joseph Karnes, and drummer Eric Skodis, the band lacked only one critical ingredient to replicate the winning Jellyfish formula: drummer, vocalist, and principal songwriter Andy Sturmer. Furthermore, their unorthodox retro-rock style...
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