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Ready to take a “chance” on a little-known album? An album that will make you wonder, “what the hell is this?”

What it is, is Chance Martin (touring member in Johnny Cash’s band) and a group of musicians who set out to make the music just for fun, and they did it covertly. The liner notes state they recorded the album in a “studio” above Chance‘s parents’ garage, and even had a sergeant at arms at the door to prevent anyone from coming in.

Rarely are “lost albums” as rewarding as this one on repeated listens.

There’s really no way to describe this album properly. When Chance Martin presented the album to his manager, the response he received was, “what am I supposed to do with this?”, and it was un-marketable because the album wasn’t clearly defined by a single genre. So, when the album was released in 1981, only 200 copies were pressed. Thankfully, it was remastered and reissued in 2013.

It’s unbelievable that the women who sing the majority of the vocals on “Love By Chance” were merely receptionists. It’s a song that Chance considered to be Zeppelin-esque.

Chance‘s In Search is a fun album that defies genre, is filled with heartbreak, with great female backing vocals, and incredible guitar work by “D.W. Mooney”. Who is D.W. Mooney? A Google search tells you that D.W. Mooney was a prospector who fell to his death in the Grand Canyon in 1882. So, who is this great guitarist on In Search by Chance who mysteriously adopted the name for these recording sessions?

What the hell is this? Is it country? Is it psychedelic? Is it disco? Whatever it is, if you’re feeling adventurous, you need to listen to In Search by Chance.

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