Saturday, January 18, 2014

Not to be missed: Allmen Joy - Family Dog Denver, Colorado 1967-12 (Bootleg)

Size: 147 MB
Bitrate: 320
Found in OuterSpace
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Allmen Joy 1967-12-xx Denver,CO Family Dog [EXCELLENT uncirculated 2nd gen. stereo SBD (NOT pre-Allmans band) SUPER HEAVY Haight Ashbury ACID PSYCH GUARANTEED to bLoW yR MiNd. 

If Blue Cheer made cream cheese outta the air, then these guys musta crystalized the heavens on a good night. Some kind of a mix of Blue Cheer & Big Brother guitars, Country Joe & The Fish style ethereal moves & organ, & occasional Dead-like feedback & vocal insanity, mixed with 60s garage sounds & a nod to the Chambers Brothers... 60s West Coast manna from the vault.

Thanks to the original taper & traders! When this came along it was a welcome addition to my West Coast music library as I'd seen the name on so many cool psychedelic posters but never actually heard the band. Most everything about it is great, jamming, instrumentation & vocals & only a couple of funk numbers overdo it a bit for me, though they more than have their good moments as they contain extensive jams & feedback sessions. The drugged-out material is staggeringly great, with astonishing SUPER HEAVY psychedelic lead guitar. Nice to have entered an age where one can increase one's listening pleaure in so many ways with home mastering. 

Aside from a couple of bad splices, this is massively improved over my original tape. Anyway, according to "Fist", the band name was changed to Allmen Joy in part because of the candy bar (loved by band members) & partly, "because the band was very promiscuous & was a hit with many of the female followers"! Many posters with Allmen Joy exist as they were Avalon Ballroom regulars & played the Straight Theatre, Matrix & most Bay Area venues, toured California, & played as far afield as the Vancouver Retinal Circus. There certainly are more tapes out there. 

Please consider letting us hear some of them. In the meantime, your heart will nearly stop at times. Be sure the pacemaker & air guitar fuzzbox have fresh batteries. If you had trouble coming down from your last acid trip, however many days, months or years ago that was, then be careful with the volume on "You're Gonna Miss Me", cause it SURE ain't for those who aren't into doin' some cerebral travelin'. Pretty well guaranteed to leave whatever mind noodles ya got left all over the floor & the ghosts of Christmas past howling down your chimney. Get ready to ENJOY the Allmen Joy!

Kudos to Zongo for life support, Lochner for mikes&more & Fast Freddie for runnin' Video Dick's Record Emporium with the bathroom office full of tape decks. Thanks to Hanwaker (few among us can keep his pace). Mountains of gratitude to Davmar, D.White, Sanchez, Elliot, The Florida Kid, Kloiber, Zingg, JTW, Bershaw, Boston Gold, Dixon, Moore, Gough & SO many more for all that collecting & sharing... Royal thanks to The Man In The Palace, Doc Tinker, Brinkhoffs, Barely Eatin', Reel Master Gaule, Parrish & all the traders who housed me thru my music acquisition & travel years. Hats off to Brother Kent, Uncle Jake, Little Queenie (& her neighbor Frank) & his honor Ptomaine Thomas. Glasses raised to Byron for musical horizon expansion & much obliged to J & Thurston for keepin' my concert fires burnin' since my continental shift.

This recording demands some real volume so hang out the freak flag & hope the neighbors are on vacation. A missing link in the 60s Bay Area music puzzle & undoubtably one of the finest uploads I have offered so far on DIME. Not sure what might crawl out of the cave in the future, but this should shiver some timbers & shake some angel dust outta yr trees. Here's one from the depths of 1967 Hashbury, where & when the love children were playing on the street* & dancing in the park with rainbows in their eyes, flowers in their hair & the Allmen Joy filling their ears on many a night. (*tho' by the time I wandered there in the 70s they were huffing glue). Must be some of you DIMERs out there who remember seeing the Allmen Joy band. Here's your chance to re-live those precious days of yesterday.

I hope this one takes the cake & goes down a storm as they say & some folks take notice AND listen. It's like a mega audio fireworks display all on its own, a MELTDOWN of the first order. If you do like it, do feedback, as it does motivate one for future mastering attempts on other recordings. VERY cool to think the SF bands were paying attention to the 13th Floor Elevators as what Roky & crew were doing was off in another galaxy altogether - but just as fabulous in its own way. Come back & tell me/us how this altered your mind after you have listened thru. It should leave your synapses toasted like a night after seeing one of Owsley's ghosts. What better late xmas gift for you than an ELEVEN minute San Francisco acid rock style version of "You're Gonna Miss Me"... 

Allmen Joy
1967-12-xx Denver, Colorado Family Dog 
1601 West Evans Avenue

"You came here to enjoy yourselves, so why not trip out?"

Lu "Fist" Stephens - organ, vocals 
 Roger “Rog” Alan Saunders - lead electric guitar, vocals  
 Ken Zeidel - rhythm electric guitar, vocals 
 Dennis "Funky" Parker - electric bass, vocals  
 Rod Harper - drums

01. ...Walk With Me  06:38
02. Funky Broadway  11:02
03. On Broadway  09:58
04. You're Gonna Miss Me  10:55
05. Need Your Love  06:55
06. The// Merry Tripster  07:01
07. The Monkey Time  06:43
08. 'Freak Out' -> ? (instrumental)...  04:22

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Anonymous said...

hi, chris, thank you very much for this wonderful acid psych bootleg. i never heard this band before and i don't know that they exist. first i think it was another record of the pre allman brothers band but i was totally wrong. it sounds very good and it's the music i like! lg, m

Anonymous said...

Espectacular . Muchas gracias .

juan manuel muñoz said...

many thanks chris. Cheers

Anonymous said...

wowww!! thanx for it! just listening to "you're gonna miss me" - it really blows my mind out!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!

Anonymous said...

Whoaa, awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing Chris!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!

DoKtor Alphonzo said...

Nice one! many thanks (as always)

Hellwolf49 said...

The best I've ever heard for the last 5 years. Awesome heavy psych stuff, excellent musicians. Thanx a lot, Chris, for this gem.

ChrisGoesRock said...

Same for me, one of the best i've heard for years.


GaragePunk66 said...

Wow, great great stuff. Thank goodness stuff like this still exists, one can only wonder "what if" this band got a recording contract and unleashed an album or two. Thanks for putting this up, it has been a pleasurable listen for sure.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much Chris. There's not enough real psychedelic music in the world!

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Farrrock said...

Dead link.