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Biography

Southern Steel was a band from Miami made up of Jim Goodman (guitar, voice), Spike Warner (guitar), Ed Olszewski (bass) and Greg Orsini (drums). The opportunity came when they sent a tape with 8 songs to a band contest sponsored by Craig Leon (Ramones, Blondie).

They were winners and have the opportunity to record for the new company Earth Records. In 1974 I would see the light "Get On Through". They move to Nashville in search of fortune but Spike Warner and Greg Orsini leave the band. They enter into negotiations with a great company for the recording of their second album but they do not reach a good port and the record is decided by another emerging group Outlaws. This was the end of the band.

Southern Steel presents nine tracks where they combine a good southern rock with country. To be recorded in two days the result is extraordinary. Themes like "San Francisco Man" or "One Up For Listening" raise our spirits with their southern rock. "Where's The Country Gone" and "Days End" stand out for their fine handling of the guitars and their vocal sensitivity reminding us of people like The Doobie Brothers. The most country part we have in "24 Hours A Day" and "Me And You". The album closes with the theme of 7 minutes, "Do not Deny", very much in the vein of Allman Brothers….~
“In the early 1970s, an ad appeared in the Miami Herald “Original bands wanted for new record label”. After submitting an 8-song demo tape, Southern Steel was chosen as the first (and only group!) to be signed to Earth Records out of North Miami, Florida. Two North Miami Lawers whom after watching “In Concert” on TV decided to break into the music business & wound up starting “Earth Records”.

A recording studio was built on NE 7th Ave where Southern Steel rehearsed and worked on their upcoming album. Southern Steel was Jim Goodman on guitars, bass, lead vocals and songwriter; Spike Warner on lead and slide guitars; Ed Olszweski on lead and bass guitars and Greg Orsini on Drums. Their first studio effort “Get On Through” was recorded in 2 days at Critera Studios in North Miami and was produced by Craig Leon (who later (as mentioned) found fame as producer of the Ramones and Blondie. (as an aside, I found The Twans 45 at this warehouse & that also was recorded at Critera & auctioned that off several years ago on E-bay, fetching $1,000).

It was getting time for the band to hit the road. Deciding to stay in Miami, Spike & Greg left the group to be replaced by two former members of the band “Piece and Quiet”. Southern Steel and their entourage moved to Nashville in 1974 and began working on their senond album. It was during this period the band (on the verge of success) was approached by a rival management company to sign with them. Negotiations broke down with the major record labels (the Outlaws, were signed instead) and the band was left without a finished master, a record deal or management to support them. So they fell apart with some members staying in Nashville and the rest moving back to Miami.“ Too bad, because after doing some research, i’m told by someone who purchased a copy 15 years (for $200!!!) informed me that ALL tracks on this rock garage southern psyche Lp are

Winners, with many Killer tracks! There you have it! I know I was long-winded here, but I believe this to be an Important Lp for collectors of psych & garage rock to have & since there’s not much info on the internet about this Band, I thought I would be as thorough as possible. Furthermore, I’ve Never seen a copy listed on E-bay, Popsike..and the Only listing is on MusicStak where a dealer has a pretty average copy for $1300…!

Line Up:

Jim Goodman 12string quitar,acoustic quitar,bass,mandolin,lead vocals
Spike Warner quitar,vocals
Ed Olszeweski bass quitar,vocals
Greg Orsini drums..~

Source: johnkatsmc5,the experience of music.. - Southern Steel

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