"Hold Your Head Up," first album by Argent (band of Rod Argent, formerly of The Zombies).
Found it the other day in a $4.99 bin. I'd fogotten just what a great singer Rod was, on the order of, and sounding like Stevie Marriot or Steve Winwood.
Their original version of "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" possesses subtleties that Kiss treated like vinyl siding contractors, knocking off all the Victorian architectural details before covering everything with sheets of colored plastic.
Russ Ballard (guitar, vocals) was one of my favorite songwriters of the seventies.
Gotta find their follow-up, "Music of the Spheres."
Still, selling ketchup popsicles to ladies in white gloves.