"A Farewell Legacy"
By Eddie Sulik
REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
"Will astonish collectors with its clear sound. At the same time, the simple, catchy songs, the spare arrangements and yearning voice will conjure images of other young rockers bursting with potential and felled by tragedy, from Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, to Bobby Fuller and Rick Nelson."
- Roger Catlin, The Hartford Courant
"A rollicking, almost Guy Mitchellish version of Hank Williams "Lovesick Blues": More than a bit of Gene Pitney Western drama to "Bounty Hunter Dale": "Hard Rock Hattie" was shades of Buddy Holly: "Heartbeat" and "Only Foolin' " were right out of the Everly mold: "Twist All Night" and "Anna Marie" could have been Rick Nelson tunes."
- Fran Fried, The New Haven Register
"Echoing out of speakers again with a clarity that the artist himself would have marveled over. A collection of lost recordings that could have very well elevated the popular singer/songwriter to the level of contemporaries like the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. If not for a true rock and roll tragedy, there's no telling how high on the charts the clear, yet haunting voice of Eddie Sulik could have climbed."
- John Voket, Naugatuck News/Waterbury Republican American
"A Farewell Legacy is less Everly Brothers, more Ricky Nelson or Gene Pitney, yet still reflects the sound and vision of an American original. Sulik explored a variety of styles, including songs with a distinctly Latin beat and a killer rocked-out version of "Lovesick Blues." He's got a distinctive and emphatic attack on his rhythm guitar, a style that almost made the drums unnecessary."
"The disc surprisingly sparkles, as if it were recorded on the latest digital technology."
"The disc kicks off with "Puppy Love," a classic '50s-style rocker, with a chunka-chunka syncopated rhythm guitar. And though the disc captures primarily a '50s-rock style at the end of the Elvis-inspired era, it also shows Sulik to be a remarkable songwriter with a natural gift for melody and song styling.
For a reality check, I passed along a copy of the disc to a rock & roll record collector. "It's superb," Drew Cucuzza enthuses. "Holy Shit, I can't believe how good this is. It's got an excellent variety of post-Elvis, pre-Beatles rock. If this stuff had been released before he died, he would have been a major pop artist."
Cucuzza is particularly taken with Eddie Sulik's ability to be melodic and poppy and still rock. "Most of the artiststs of that era," he said, "couldn't do that," with the notable exception of Buddy Holly".
The disc closes with "Make You Mine", the last song Eddie Sulik wrote. It's 45 seconds of vibrant rock that, through the masterful work of (son) Edward and engineer wizard John Murphy, becomes a full two-minute pop masterpiece.
"It's Buddy Holly back from the grave," gushes Cucuzza. The disc, he summarizes, is "flat out exciting, A major, major discovery."
-Joshua Mamis, New Haven Advocate/Fairfield County Weekly
"The Echoes' songwriting abilities were very competitive in the time of the '50s and '60s. They had great talent and they sang like the Everly Brothers with rockabilly roots. The Echoes had the potential to become great entertainers. Their voices and harmony were excellent. I worked with all kinds of people but the Echoes were right on track of becoming real stars. I was very honored to have played on their record sessions.
-Hank (Sugarfoot) Garland
Hank Garland: Guitar Legend on Hollywood Rock Walk: recording sessions include: the Echoes, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Everly Brothers, Hank Williams Sr., and many others