Sunday, 13 January 2019

Bad Liquor Pond - Blue Smoke Orange Sky (Good Psychedelia US 2012)

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Outstanding follow up to their only other album I could find, Radiant Transmission (check that one out if you haven't already). This is a more consistently solid effort and I've had it on heavy rotation. Bad Liquor Pond is a 60s influenced psychedelic alternative type of band from Baltimore, an obvious comparison would probably be Brian Jonestown Massacre for most people although I would compare them more to Asteroid #4 and House of Fire. 

The first four songs are all incredibly great, catchy tunes with plenty of great sounding guitars and memorable hooks. They go more psychedelic and bring out the sitars for Great Planes and Silence in You. The remainder of the album mixes up some slower and more rockin' guitar based songs. The Crescent Ship and Apocalyptic Love Jam are probably my two favorite tunes but there are no bad songs on here.

Bad Liquor Pond was a psychedelic rock band based in Baltimore, Maryland. formed in 2006, the group released 3 albums, "The Year of the Clam, " "Radiant Transmission," "Blue Smoke Orange Sky" & the 7" vinyl single "Let The River Come."

Bad Liquor Pond is a psychedelic rock group hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Originally formed in late 2005, the band started off as a 3 piece act and worked hard toward developing a recognizable sound and gaining a local audience in the Baltimore / DC area. In 2006 the band contributed a song to the “Turn on Your Mind” compilation released by Psilocybin Sounds in the U.K. along with other widely known psychedelic acts including The Quarter After (with members of the Brian Jonestown Massacre The Asteroid #4, etc.) 

Through the rest of 2006 and 2007 the band constantly played shows and worked on recording, bringing Paul Fuller on board to fulfill the drumming responsibilities while original drummer, Poridge Blackwell shifted to bass guitar. After releasing their debut album “The Year of the Clam” in August of 2007 on Baltimore’s MT6 Records, Bad Liquor Pond embarked on a small tour of the north east coast and in the following months gained attention from local, national and international outlets.

In January of 2008 Bad Liquor Pond performed live on the Pat Duncan Show on WFMU 91.1 in New Jersey and shortly afterward founding member / guitarist Bobby Parrish decided to leave the group for personal reasons. Immediately following Bobby’s departure the band began recording their second album and recruited Melvis Fargas on guitar.

August 8th, 2008 marked the release of Bad Liquor Pond’s 2nd album “Radiant Transmission” (Morphius Records / MT6 Records). This album branches off from the drone oriented mystical vibe of the first record and follows the band further along their journey into the depths of modern psychedelic rock and roll. Bad Liquor Pond’s sophomore offering draws from even more influences, incorporating elements of rhythm and blues, garage rock, psychedelic and Americana. 

The new CD has gotten nothing but great reviews so far and the band has continued playing through 2009 in support of the record, playing with national acts such as Xiu Xiu, Glasvegas, Spindrift, Hopewell, The Black Hollies, Strangers Family Band and Heavy Hands. 

Currently, the band is preparing to head back up to New York at the end of August in support of the release of a new 2 song limited edition 7” vinyl pressing that will be released around the same time.

The band has since dissolved and recruited new musicians, recording a full length album under the new name, MORELS.

Bad Liquor Pond was a psychedelic rock band based in Baltimore, Maryland. formed in 2006, the group released 3 albums, "The Year of the Clam," "Radiant Transmission," "Blue Smoke Orange Sky" & the 7" vinyl single "Let The River Come."

The band has since dissolved and recruited new musicians, recording a full length album under the new name, MORELS, Released in 2015.

01. The Crescent Ship 03:52
02. Bad Liquor pond - Hallways 04:47
03. New Reality 03:49
04. Apocalyptic Love Jam 04:59
05. Great Planes 04:17
06. Silence In You 01:59
07. Down With Barrel Fever 03:01
08. Blue Smoke Orange Sky 03:40
09. Electric Splash 03:39
10. Echos in Amber 04:40
11. Nothing Surreal 06:18


Thursday, 3 January 2019

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Sex, Dope & Cheap Trills (US 1968) (@320)

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Janis Joplin’s time in the San Francisco blues crew Big Brother and the Holding Co. was relatively short, only a couple of years — just long enough to record two albums and become an era-defining flashpoint at the Monterey Pop Festival. Their second album, 1968’s Cheap Thrills, became an acid-rock landmark thanks to the barnburner “Piece of My Heart,” a sultry cover of “Summertime” and the crushing, epic cover of Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball and Chain.” It went to Number One and was certified gold and within a few months of its release, Joplin quit to become a solo star.

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The new compilation, Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills, takes its title from the band’s original pitch for the name of the LP (the squares at the record label weren’t having it) and contains nearly two-and-a-half hours of alternate takes and live recordings from the Cheap Thrills era. Most of them are previously unreleased. The live recording of “Ball and Chain” sports a heavier beat and Joplin’s double-fried vocals — a stunning performance — followed by unreasonably polite applause. 

The three alternate takes of “Piece of My Heart” have a similar energy to the more familiar version, but show just how vibrant Joplin was at the sessions. And the second disc’s first take of “Summertime” captures a brilliant performance that would have been a thing of legend if the band hadn’t fallen apart at the end. 

Other standouts include the foot-stomping “How Many Times Blues Jam,” an extended, wailing take on “I Need a Man to Love” and a charging, soulful take of “Combination of the Two.” There’s also studio banter, like Joplin cackling gloriously and saying, “I knew it was gonna take us all night,” before the ninth take of the oddball “Harry” and three takes of “Turtle Blues” on which Joplin talks out the feel of the song.

Also notable are the liner notes. The Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick remembers Joplin as a vivacious, joyful force and the Big Brother band as having a “down home” vibe. Meanwhile, drummer Dave Getz offers lively accounts of making the album and working with illustrator Robert Crumb on its problematic, iconic cover – and how the latter was stolen only to be sold at auction for a quarter of a million dollars. It’s the Janis Joplin bonus content you never knew you wanted.

For a band that recorded one of the seminal albums of 1968, a pretty important year in the history of rock, Big Brother & the Holding Company don't get much respect. Their second album, 1968's Cheap Thrills, was a major popular and critical success in its day, but a great deal of the credit is usually given to their lead singer, Janis Joplin, while her bandmates are often regarded as also-rans who rode her coattails in their day in the sun. 

The 2018 collection Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills is a fine starting point for a reassessment of Big Brother; it features 29 outtakes from the Cheap Thrills sessions, most of them unreleased, along with one live number from 1968, and as the songs evolve over multiple takes, they give a clearer picture of how important the musicians were to Joplin's creative development, and vice-versa. Guitarists Sam Andrew and James Gurley took the mix of blues and psychedelia that was common among San Francisco bands of the day and gave it a hard-edged attack and adventurous melodic sense -- a distinct, roaring sound that was robust and room-filling, with clean lead lines riding over a gloriously dirty bedrock. 

Bassist Peter Albin and drummer Dave Getz were a rhythm section that was equally comfortable with the group's rock and blues facets, and together they created a sound that was big but also left just enough room for Joplin's voice. 

And while Joplin would work with more technically skilled sidemen after leaving Big Brother, she ultimately never had more sympathetic collaborators than these guys. She doesn't sound like a vocalist with a backing group behind her on these tracks, she's part of a band, and there's a give and take and a sense of freedom and possibility that's unique in her recorded work as she puts her heart and soul into this music. While the sequence jumps back and forth between various takes of the songs that comprised Cheap Thrills (along with the deliberately silly unreleased tune "Harry" and a few other songs abandoned along the way), the versions that comprised the final product are not included, making this set feel like the bonus material in a box set that somehow lacks the main attraction. 

However, if few of these performances seem noticeably superior to what was on Cheap Thrills, the live-in-the-studio approach allows each take to have a personality of its own, and Vic Anesini's mixes are clean and clear enough to fully appreciate the interplay between the musicians, especially the guitars of Andrew and Gurley. 

Cheap Thrills was the album that made Janis Joplin one of the biggest stars of her era (and rightly so), but Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills reminds us she didn't go it alone, and it's the work of a strong and memorable band as well as a world-class singer.

The Original Album: Cheap Thrills
Cheap Thrills is a studio album by American rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was their last album with Janis Joplin as lead singer. For Cheap Thrills, the band and producer John Simon incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give the impression of a live album, for which it was subsequently mistaken by listeners. Only the final song, a cover of "Ball and Chain", had been recorded live (at The Fillmore in San Francisco).

Cheap Thrills reached number one on the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1968.

Big Brother obtained a considerable amount of attention after their 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, and had released their debut album, the eponymously titled Big Brother and the Holding Company, soon after. The followup, Cheap Thrills, was a great success, reaching number one on the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1968. 

Columbia Records offered the band a new recording contract, but it took months to get through since they were still signed to Mainstream Records. The album features three cover songs ("Summertime", "Piece of My Heart" and "Ball and Chain"). The album also features Bill Graham, who introduces the band at the beginning of "Combination of the Two". The album's overall raw sound effectively captures the band's energetic and lively concerts. The LP was released in both stereo and mono formats with the original monophonic pressing now a rare collector's item.

Artwork and title
The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band's original cover idea, a photo of the group naked in bed together, was vetoed by Columbia Records. Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Janis Joplin to grace the front. But Joplin—an avid fan of underground comics, especially the work of Crumb—so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia place it on the front cover. It is number nine on Rolling Stone's list of one hundred greatest album covers. Crumb later authorized the sale of prints of the cover, some of which he signed before sale.

In an interview for the AIGA, Columbia Records art director John Berg told design professor Paul Nini, "[Janis] Joplin commissioned it, and she delivered Cheap Thrills to me personally in the office. There were no changes with R. Crumb. He refused to be paid, saying, 'I don't want Columbia's filthy lucre.'"

In at least one early edition, the words "HARRY KRISHNA! (D. GETZ)" are faintly visible in the word balloon of the turbaned man, apparently referring to a track that was dropped from the final sequence. The words "ART: R. CRUMB" replace them.

Initially, the album was to be called Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills, but the title was not received well by Columbia Records.

Cheap Thrills was released in the summer of 1968, one year after their debut album, and reached number one on the Billboard charts in its eighth week in October. It kept the top spot for eight (nonconsecutive) weeks, while the single "Piece of My Heart" also became a huge hit. By the end of the year, it was the most successful album of 1968, having sold nearly a million copies. The success was short-lived however, as Joplin left the group for a solo career in December 1968.

Critical reception
In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone magazine's John Hardin believed Cheap Thrills lives up to its title and is merely satisfactory: "What this record is not is 1) a well-produced, good rock and roll recording; 2) Janis Joplin at her highest and most intense moments; and 3) better than the Mainstream record issued last year." Robert Christgau was more enthusiastic in his column for Esquire and called it Big Brother's "first physically respectable effort", as it "not only gets Janis's voice down, it also does justice to her always-underrated and ever-improving musicians." He named it the third best album of 1968 in his ballot for Jazz & Pop magazine's critics poll.

In a retrospective review, AllMusic's William Ruhlmann hailed Cheap Thrills as Joplin's "greatest moment" and said it sounds like "a musical time capsule [today] and remains a showcase for one of rock's most distinctive singers." Marc Weingarten of Entertainment Weekly called it the peak of blues rock, while Paul Evans wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) that the record epitomizes acid rock "in all its messy, pseudo-psychedelic glory". 

In 2003, Cheap Thrills was ranked #338 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The magazine previously ranked it #50 on their Top 100 Albums of the Past 20 Years list in 1987. It is also listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. On March 22, 2013, the album was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and thus it was preserved into the National Recording Registry for the 2012 register. The album was named the 163rd best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork. 

Janis Joplin – vocals
 Sam Andrew – lead guitar, bass, vocals
 James Gurley – guitar
 Peter Albin – bass, lead guitar on 'Oh, Sweet Mary'
 Dave Getz – drums
 Robert Crumb – cover artwork

Disc One
01. Combination of the Two (Take 3)  05:33
02. I Need a Man to Love (Take 4)  8:05
03. Summertime (Take 2)  04:10
04. Piece of My Heart (Take 6)  04:55
05. Harry (Take 10)  01:12
06. Turtle Blues (Take 4)  04:46
07. Oh, Sweet Mary  04:23
08. Ball and Chain (Live, the Winterland Ballroom, April 12, 1968)  07:28
09. Roadblock (Take 1)  05:42
10. Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)  05:34
11. It’s a Deal (Take 1)  02:42
12. Easy Once You Know How (Take 1)  04:35
13. How Many Times Blues Jam  05:26
14. Farewell Song (Take 7)  05:02

Disc Two
01. Flower in the Sun (Take 3)  03:13
02. Oh Sweet Mary  06:55
03. Summertime (Take 1)  03:14
04. Piece of My Heart (Take 4)  04:07
05. Catch Me Daddy (Take 9)  03:15
06. Catch Me Daddy (Take 10)  04:22
07. I Need a Man to Love (Take 3)  07:08
08. Harry (Take 9)  01:11
09. Farewell Song (Take 4)  04:27
10. Misery’n (Takes 2 & 3)  03:58
11. Misery’n (Take 4)  04:58
12. Magic of Love (Take 1)  03:19
13. Turtle Blues (Take 9)  03:59
14. Turtle Blues (last verse Takes 1-3)  04:35
15. Piece of My Heart (Take 3)  04:32
16. Farewell Song (Take 5)  05:12

Bonus: The Original Cheap Trills Album, US 1968
01. "Combination of the Two" (Sam Andrew) – 05:47 
02. "I Need a Man to Love" (Andrew, Joplin) – 04:54 
03. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 04:00 
04. "Piece of My Heart" (Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy) – 04:15 
05. "Turtle Blues" (Joplin) – 04:22 
06. "Oh, Sweet Mary" (Peter Albin, Andrew, David Getz, James Gurley, Joplin) – 04:16 
07. "Ball and Chain" (Big Mama Thornton) – 09:37

Extra Bonus: 
08. "Roadblock" (studio outtake) - 05.33
09. "Flower in the Sun" (studio outtake) - 03.05 
10. "Catch Me Daddy" (live) - 05.31 
11.  "Magic of Love" (live) - 00.58
12. "Summertime [Live Woodstock] - 05.04

13. "Piece of My Heart [Live Woodstock] - 06.32

Rare Letters by Cathrin Curtis (Janis Joplin)
01. What Good Can Drinkin' Do - 02.49
02. I Bring The News - 02.43
03. I'm Somebody Important - 01.39
04. Did I Tell You About My Reviews - 01.07
05. I'm Sorry,Sorry - 00.51
06. A Happening - 02.02
07. He's A Beatle, Mother - 01.35
08. I May Be A Star Someday - 02.01
09. Twenty-Five - 01.29

Part 1: Cheap Thrills
Part 2: Cheap Thrills
Part 3: Cheap Thrills
Part 1: Cheap Thrills
Part 2: Cheap Thrills
Psty 3: Cheap Thrills
Part 1: Cheap Thrills
Part 2: Cheap Thrills
Part 3: Cheap Thrills

Ray Owen - Ray Owens Moon (UK Hardrock 1971, ex Juicy Lucy) A MUST TO BE HEARD!

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Ex-front man of British blues progressive rock band Juicy Lucy, Ray Owen left the band and released his own solo album in 1971. Compared to his career with Juicy Lucy, 'Moon'is a nicely arranged progressive rock album.

Taken off his first and only seff-titled solo album, released in 1971. Ray Owen was the original vocalist in British outfit Juicy Lucy, and he appeared on their first self titled album in 1969. He was also a member of the UK band "Killing Floor". He left the band, his replacement being Paul Williams, and formed his own band, with Dick Stubbs and Les Nicol on guitars, Ian McLean on drums and Sid Gardner on bass. 

Their first and only album, which is quite rare and collectible, was released on Polydor Records, and it featured a number of really good riff laden tracks, in addition to a stunning version of Hendrix's "Voodoo Child", which Owen would redo in the mid 90's when he reformed his own version of Juicy Lucy. His career after Ray Owen's Moon is much of a mystery, as no record can be found of any other bands he may have featured with afterwards. 

As was mentioned, he reformed Juicy Lucy in the mid nineties and released an album called "Here she comes again" on HTD Records, with three unknown, but very good, musicians. For the record, Paul Williams also reformed another version of Juicy Lucy in the mid to late nineties, under the name "Blue Thunder". 

01. Talk To Me  05:03
02. Try My Love  04:58
03. Hey Sweety  02:33
04. Free Man  03:05
05. Don't Matter  06:12
06. Voodoo Chile  04:45
07. Ouiji  04:53
08. Mississippi Woman  04:23
09. 50 Years Older  05:08

1. Ray Owen
2. Ray Owen
3. Ray Owen

Friday, 28 December 2018

The Third Estate - Years Before The Wine (Psychedelick Rock 1971-74)

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A "twofer" if you will from progressive, folk rockers from Louisiana. This collection combines the albums "Years Before the Wine" (1974), "Agonistes" (the unreleased 1973 album), and bonus material/home demos that have not seen the light of day in years! Also contained is a 28 page booklet with extensive liner notes and photos!

"Third Estate's Years Before the Wine is an ambitious and intricate psychedelic concept album from 1974 about the French Revolution which blends warm Southern summer sounds (the band were from Baton Rouge, Louisiana) with baroque song structures. Never fear, the serious subject matter is no match for the strong songwriting and light, flowing music. Stunning vocals from Fae Ficklin on the title track are lovely, but even without them, this album would richly deserve its status as a psychedelic classic. 

Stark, intimate production, with tasty fuzz guitar, backwards tape-loop soundscapes and beautifully treated acoustic guitar, puts one in mind ofthe Ithaca/Agincourt/Friends trilogy from England. The sound of exploration is evident everywhere, as the band spreads its wings, and glorious harmonies flow forth. 

The previously unreleased album recorded as Agonistes (1973) shows that the later recordings were no fluke. It can stand alone as one of the most beguiling folk/psych albums we've ever heard. Additional bonus tracks include singles and home demos. Budget-priced double disc package includes a 28-page color booklet, with histories of both groups by band co-leader Robert Everett, as well as lyrics for all the songs included herein."

THE THIRD ESTATE were another in a fairly long line of brief collaborations resulting in obscure, private-label albums spawned from college campuses the world over in the late sixties and early seventies. In Third Estate's case the campus was Southeastern Louisiana University, and the music is rather difficult to classify. The 'band' (if it can even be called that) consisted of composer/vocalist/guitarist/bassist Robert Everett, composer/guitarist Chas Harrell, and drummer/percussionist Jerry Lang. This was less of a traditional band, and more of an on-going friendship between Everett and Harrell that involved other musicians when necessary, although the two of them had previously recorded unreleased material as THE ZEALOTS (later changed to AGONISTES).

The band's music is equally balanced between acoustic and electric guitar, with heavy emphasis on picking and strumming but also highly rhythmic and melodic compositions. The lyrical themes range from nostalgic to historical, with the primary theme of their one album being of an historical bent. 

That album is the 1976 release "Years Before the Wine", produced with either 500 or 800 copies depending on who is telling the story, and with each cover hand-labeled and unique. The reissued 2006 (vinyl) album is accompanied by a single containing two other Everett compositions from 1968 and 1971, and the tracks on their album were recorded between 1973 and 1975, though not released until 1976. The stated theme of the album is a reflection on the French Revolution of 1789 in which the 'third estate' actually represented virtually the entire country outside of the clergy and nobility; but some of the lyrics on the first side are more introspective and poetic, and seem only vaguely related to those on the back side.

There is no record that the band toured or otherwise existed in any notable fashion after the release of their album. Everett, Lang and Harrell continued for a few years in different lineups of various regional cover bands, but all have moved on to other careers since. Today Everett is a professor of science at the University of Central Florida and is still records occasionally.

Robert Everett: 6-String Electric, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano, Organ, Maracas, Wind Chimes, Vocals
 Chas Harrell: 12-String Acoustic Guitars, 6-String Electric Guitars, Saws, Hammers, Vocals
 Jerry Lang: Drums, Guiro, Bells, Claves
 Fae Ficklin: Vocals 

CD1: (Years Before Wine 1974)
1a. Years Before the Wine - Destiny (4:44)
1b. Years Before the Wine - Overcast (5:35)
02. Useless Things (3:34)
03. Look at Me (8:42)
04. Kings (2:32)
05. Puppet City (8:07)
06. Think It's Time (4:40)
07. The Third Estate (5:31)

CD2: (Agonistes Unreleased Album 1973)
01.Agonistes Funeral
02.Sing His Song
03.Think About That
04.Sorrow's Death
05.The Sun and The season
07.Thought I Heard You Calling

09.Thought I Heard You Calling (Single 1973)
10.Sing His Song (Single 1973)
11.Years Before Wine (Demo 1973)
12.Teenage Love (Recorded 1968)
13.Brand New Day (Recorded 1971)
14.Death of A Musican (Recorded 1971) 

1. Third Estate
2. Third Estate
3. Third Estate

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Some Good Reading (Adobe Acrobat Included)

Here is 16 copies of "SHINDIG MAGAZINE in PDF file. Adobe Acrobat is included for install.




Sunday, 9 December 2018

New York Rock & Roll Ensemble - Faithful Friends (US 1969)

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The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble was a rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, whose music was described as "classical baroque rock". The group was known for performing in white tie and tailcoat (not tuxedo), as typically worn by classical musicians.

The band was formed by three Juilliard students (Michael Kamen, Marty Fulterman – now known as Mark Snow – and Dorian Rudnytsky) as well as two rock musicians, Brian Corrigan and Clif Nivison.

Rudnytsky indicated that while students at Juilliard, Kamen and Fulterman played in a rock band named "Emil & The Detectives" while he played in a rock band named Invicta with Corrigan and Nivison, all of whom hailed from Toms River, New Jersey. A mutual friend and record producer suggested that all five drop their current bands and form a new band. After the new group's first gig at a Juilliard Halloween dance in 1967, they were signed by Atlantic Records where Ahmet Ertegün was quoted by one of the members as having said in jest, "You play all the right notes on all the wrong instruments."

Their recording debut was the 1968 self-named album The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, which broke the tradition by using classical music instruments in rock songs and rock instruments in classical pieces. This fusion, daring at the time, impressed Leonard Bernstein so much that he invited the group to appear at one of his Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, where they performed their signature song "Brandenburg" which was based on the first movement of Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto. This track showed the group at their best, starting off with a straight rendition of Bach's music (featuring two oboes, guitar and cello), then migrating into a rock song, while continuing to use Bach's original music for its basis.

Because Brandenburg was the one song that showed the widest range of their musicianship, the group typically performed that song when they made television appearances on The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show and other TV shows of that era.

Brandenburg appeared on the group's second album Faithful Friends, which had higher production values than their first and contained many of the songs that were part of their live act.

Their third album, Reflections, was actually recorded prior to Faithful Friends and was a collaboration with Greek composer Manos Hatzidakis as a score for a film that was never produced. The group decided to use this already recorded but unreleased music for their last Atlantic album. Because this album was such a great departure from their "classical/rock" roots, it apparently sold poorly when released and at least one member of the group believed that it hurt their popularity by confusing their fan base. This album is now the group's biggest selling album because it was re-released in Europe and has sold well since that time. In 2005 the Greek band Raining Pleasure released its own interpretation of this album.

Rhythm guitarist Brian Corrigan departed after the third album and after being part of the only movie appearance by the group, Zachariah which featured an extended version of Kamen's song "Gravedigger". The band then shortened its name to New York Rock Ensemble and switched to Columbia. Released in 1971, Roll Over was their most overtly rock album to date and, at that time, their biggest seller. The band's tour to support this album was unique in that in addition to their usual college dates, the band also played with leading symphony orchestras across the country including the Boston Pops and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. 

When playing these gigs, the group played a set alone and then joined up with the orchestra to perform an orchestral version of Kamen's rock song "Anaconda," and Kamen's song "Winter Child", based on the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations. Kamen's efforts at orchestral composing (and fusing rock and orchestral music) set the stage for his later work as a movie composer as well as a composer, conductor and performer with Metallica, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd.

Their last album was Freedomburger in 1972. Soon after the tour supporting this album, the band dispersed.

Kamen, joined by Rudnytsky and other musicians, gave it one last try when he released New York Rock in 1973. "Winter Child" appears on that album. Band membership at this time was Kamen and Rudnytsky, joined by David Sanborn on saxophone, Larry Packer (formerly of Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys) on guitar and violin, Dennis Whitted (later of Paul Butterfield and Bonnie Raitt) on drums and Hank DeVito (later of Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band") on pedal steel.

Michael Kamen later gained fame for his many film scores and for his aforementioned "fusion" efforts. He died in 2003.

Marty Fulterman later adopted the name of Mark Snow and gained renown for his many scores and themes for TV shows, most notably, The X Files.

Bass, Cello, Vocals -- Dorian Rudnytsky
 Keyboards, Oboe, Vocals -- Michael Kamen
 Lead Guitar, Vocals -- Clifton Nivison
 Rhythm Guitar, Vocals -- Brian Corrigan
 Drums, Oboe -- Martin Fulterman (Mark Snow)

01. I'm Too Busy 3:04
02. City 3:16
03. Asking Too Much 2:45
04. Trio Sonata No. 2 in G Major 0:52
05  Kite Song 2:20
06  Wait Until Tomorrow 3:50
07. Sing Lady Sing 3:15
08. Nel Cox 2:52
09. Thinking of Mary 3:05
10. Faithful Friends (And Flattering Foe) 3:07
11. Aria 1:04
12. Lazy Man 2:48
13. Brandenburg 5:20

+ Bonus Album (1968)

1. Faithful Friends
2. Faithful Friends
3. Faithfull Friends

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Zalman Yanovsky - Alive and Well in Argentina (Rock US 1968)

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Zalman "Zal" Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 – December 13, 2002) was a Canadian rock musician. Born in Toronto, he was the son of political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky. He played lead guitar and sang for the Lovin' Spoonful, a rock band which he founded with John Sebastian in 1964. According to Sebastian, "He could play like Elmore James, he could play like Floyd Cramer, he could play like Chuck Berry. 

He could play like all these people, yet he still had his own overpowering personality. Out of this we could, I thought, craft something with real flexibility." He was married to actress Jackie Burroughs, with whom he had one daughter, Zoe.

One of the early rock and roll performers to wear a cowboy hat, and fringed "Davy Crockett" style clothing, Zal helped set the trend followed by such 1960s performers as Sonny Bono, Johnny Rivers and David Crosby.

1971 Front Cover

Mostly self-taught, he began his musical career playing folk music coffee houses in Toronto. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a short time and was supposedly asked to leave after having driven a tractor through a building. He returned to Canada and teamed with fellow Canadian Denny Doherty in the Halifax Three. The two joined Cass Elliot in the Mugwumps, a group made famous by Doherty's & Cass's later group the Mamas & the Papas, in the song "Creeque Alley". It was at this time he met John Sebastian and they formed the Lovin' Spoonful with Steve Boone and Joe Butler.

In 1967, he was arrested on a marijuana-related charge. In exchange for not being deported, Yanovsky gave the name of his dealer, and as a consequence was ostracised by the music community.[2] Returning to his native Canada, he recorded a solo album Alive and Well in Argentina (and Loving Every Minute of It). Buddah Records released the album in the U.S. in 1968, along with a single that did not appear on the album, "As Long As You're Here". The single (in which the B-side was the same track without vocals and recorded backwards) just missed the Billboard Hot 100, but fared a little better in Cashbox, peaking at #73. Kama Sutra Records reissued the album in 1971 with a completely different cover and inclusion of "As Long As You're Here".

He also appeared in the Off-Broadway show "National Lampoon's Lemmings" at New York's Village Gate. Although not an original cast member, he contributed a musical number "Nirvana Banana", a Donovan parody.

After leaving the music business, he became a restaurateur, alongside his wife Rose Richardson, establishing Chez Piggy restaurant in 1979 and Pan Chancho Bakery in 1994, both in Kingston, Ontario. The success of Chez Piggy prompted the publication of a companion cookbook (The Chez Piggy Cookbook, Firefly Books, 1998) that was collected by fans. 

After Zal's death of congestive heart failure in December 2002, and his wife's death in 2005, his daughter Zoe Yanovsky (with actress Jackie Burroughs) took over the ownership of both eateries. She also completed and launched another cookbook that Zal was working on, The Pan Chancho Cookbook (Bookmakers Press, 2006). Wikipedia

After parting ways with the Lovin' Spoonful in 1967, co-founder Zalman Yanovsky — better known to fans and friends simply as "Zally" — surfaced the following year on his lone solo long-player Alive and Well in Argentina (1968). The effort returned the artist back to the early rock as well as country & western roots that had inspired him. Plus, he was able to modernize, if not counter the weepy and introspective direction the Spoonful was continually drifting toward as John Sebastian scored the easier listening "Darling Be Home Soon" and "Younger Generation." Bearing his trademark sense of humor — and help from none other than Jerry Yester — his replacement in the Spoonful — and former bandmate Joe Butler (drums), the platter has the feel of a Lovin' Spoonful side project. The opening rave-up "Raven in a Cage" is preceded by a surreal composite of farmyard audio effects and "Oh, Canada!" — the Canadian National Anthem. 

The song's heavier execution instantly recalls the Spoonful's "There She Is" and "4 Eyes" with just a hint of Yanovsky's jug band roots and overtones. With electric guitars wailing, the lethargic and definitely sardonic update of one-hit wonder Joe Jones' 1960 "You Talk Too Much" is Yanovsky at his irreverent best. 

Yet he manages to turn it into a commendable performance before the bottom literally falls out of the groove. Continuing with the trip down memory lane are impressive interpretations of the Floyd Cramer instrumental "Last Date" as well as the Bobby Day-penned "Little Bitty Pretty One" — a hit for Thurston Harris in 1957. Yanovsky's impassioned and slightly out of tune vocal plea inoculates it with a shot of soul, while the thoroughly echoplexed chorus has a gritty lo-fi feel. 

The banjo-fralin' title track "Alive and Well in Argentina" adopts a rural flavor and melody comparable to Dave Dudley's 18-wheeler ode "Six Days on the Road." The lyrics demonstrate the artist's tweaked funny bone, not to mention a not-so-subtle reply to the question that Spoonful fans and reporters were asking in the wake of Zally's departure. The 1971 reissue of the LP on Kama Sutra added the single "As Long as You're Here" — which was written by the team of Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon who are perhaps best-known for the Turtles' hits "Happy Together," "She's My Girl," and "Cat in the Window." In due time they would also provide the Joe Butler-led incarnation of the Lovin' Spoonful "('Till I) Run with You" and "Amazing Air" on their Revelation Revolution '69 collection. 

Equaling if not surpassing the earlier covers are Yanovsky's raw reading of George Jones' divorce ode "Brown to Blue" and a honky tonkin' take of Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind." The upbeat poppish spin of John Sebastian's "Priscilla Millionaira" comes on the heels of the Lovin' Spoonful's version from Everything Playing. An attempt at full-blown (or, perhaps more accurately overblown) psychedelia is heard on the pseudo-heavy "Hip Toad." It stands in contrast to the overt mixture of trippy electric guitars and orchestrated jamming titled "Lt. Schtinkckhausen" — ultimately sounding more like Frank Zappa than the Spoonful. The colorful jacket artwork collage is credited to Peter Max, while the dimestore novel-esque liner notes are courtesy of Carl Gottlieb — a writer for the Smothers Brothers TV Show among numerous other credits. (AMG)

01. Raven In A Cage  02:51
02. You Talk Too Much  02:32
03. Last Date  03:01
04. Little Bitty Pretty One  02:52
05. Alive And Well In Argentina  03:25
06. Brown To Blue  02:25
07. Priscilla Millionaira  02:17
08. I Almost Lost My Mind  03:04
09. Hip Toad  02:04
10. Lt. Schtinckhausen  06:03

Bonus Tracks
11. As Long As You're Here  02:19
12. Ereh Er'uoy Sa Gnol Sa  02:18 

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