Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Next Morning - Selftitled (Jimi Hendrix Infl. US Heavy 1971)

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A wickedly rare phase 'n' fuzz fueled slice of psychedelia circa 1970! - featuring ripsnorting guitar-work by Bert Bailey- these guys were Caribbean immigrants (four from Trindad, one from the Virgin Islands) and they idolized the Who and Jimi Hendrix.

African-American psychedelic groups, and rock bands from Trinidad, were both uncommon items around 1970. The Next Morning fit into both categories, making them an interesting curiosity regardless of their music. The music, however--average 1970 hard-rock with soul, hard rock, and psychedelic influences, particularly from Jimi Hendrix--is not as unusual as their origins. 

Rock And Roll, Here To Stay!, Ann Arbor Sun, May 7, 1971
One would not suspect from listening that the group were largely from Trinidad, with the proliferation of heavy, bluesy guitar and organ riffs, and the strained soul-rock vocals of Lou Phillips. They recorded one album, released in 1971, that received little notice before their breakup. 

The Next Morning formed in the late 1960s in New York, four of the five members having come to the city from Trinidad; Lou Phillips was from the Virgin Islands. Jimi Hendrix was a big influence on the band, as were some other hard rock acts of the period like the Who, and rock-soul hybrids like Sly Stone and the Chamber Brothers. 

The Next Morning were busy on the New York club circuit and attracted attention from Columbia Records, but ended up signing to the smaller Roulette label, whose Calla subsidiary issued their lone, self-titled LP in 1971. 

Although the jagged guitar sounds of Bert Bailey and some unexpected chord shifts made the album less pedestrian than some efforts in the style, the songs tended toward the long and meandering side, and the material was not as outstanding as their influences. 

The Next Morning's career sputtered out in the early 1970s, with bassist Scipio Sargeant finding some work doing horn arrangements for Joe Tex and Harry Belafonte. The Next Morning album was reissued on CD by Sundazed in 1999. 

01. The Next Morning 4:57
02. Life 2:57
03. Changes Of The Mind 6:01
04. Life Is Love 5:34
05. Back To The Stone Age 5:26
06. Adelane 2:51
07. A Jam Of Love 4:24
08. Faces Are Smiling 6:29 

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haar said...

Thank you for sharing,ı never heard this one before..

Only Good Song said...

Thanks my friend.
Never heard that before

Doug said...

New to me.Actually quite good.Thank you very much.

boogieman said...

What a surprise! I have heard this album only once, in the late seventies by a friend in St Vincent & the Grenadines. He knew one of the members who was Vincentian apparently (at least that's what he told me at the time).
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

A good listen , new music to my ears as well.