Our buddy Greg over at Riot on the Plaza clued us in on this rerelease of the Leopards' 1977 album, Kansas City Slickers, back in June. However, the record just now came out, and man — it's nice.
The Leopards were a musical project of Dennis Pash, and for the most part, it seems that they didn't play out all that often. It was primarily a recording project, according to the liner notes for the reissue:
"Two of the faces on the cover belong to Steve Bowman and Dave Rebeck, neither of whom appear on the record [...] perpetuating the illusion of a working band."
It's a stellar bit of '60s pop recorded in the '70s. Much has been made of its similarities to the Kinks, to the point where the protestations are almost so much that they draw your attention back 'round to them.
However, as many have pointed out, Kansas City Slickers owe as much to the Tin Pan Alley sound as to Ray Davies and company. At their most pastoral, the Leopards are the Village Green Preservation Society, and at their most experimental, they're the Urban Spacemen. You can find the album over at Sing Sing Records' website.