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The Illusion

The Illusion was a rock band from Long Island, New York, that was active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band's members included John Vinci (vocals), Richie Cerniglia (guitar), Chuck Alder (keyboards), Mike Maniscalco (bass), and Mike Ricciardella (drums).

The Illusion's sound was heavily influenced by psychedelic rock and blues, and they were known for their high-energy live performances. They released their self-titled debut album in 1969, which featured their hit single "Did You See Her Eyes."

Despite their initial success, the Illusion faced a number of setbacks, including changes in their lineup and disputes with their record label. They released a second album, "Together (As a Way of Life)," in 1970, but it failed to match the success of their debut.

The Illusion (1969 - 1970)
  • Richie Cerniglia - lead guitar
  • Mike Maniscalco - rhythm guitar
  • Mike (Sylvester) Ricciardella - drums
  • John Vinci - lead vocals
  • Chuck Alder - bass guitar (Ref: Robert, Jpart68)
  1. "The Illusion" (1969) - Single: "Did You See Her Eyes? b/w "Run, Run, Run""
  2. "Together (As a Way of Life)" (1969)
  3. "If It's So" (1970)

Hartman Recommends:
If you've never heard it, you've GOT to listen to "Did You See Her Eyes" from their debut album.  Rarely does a band capture such a raw, driving, funky rock sound (how 'bout those drums and rhythm guitar?).


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