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Monday, September 26, 2022

A Band Called O - "O" (1974 uk, groovy funky glam prog rock, 2019 korean remaster)



Formed in Jersey, Channel Islands, circa 1970, as "The Parlour Band", the early line up comprised brothers Mark Anders (bass and vocals) and Craig Anders (lead guitar and vocals) with Peter Filleul (keyboards and vocals) formerly of the Climax Blues Band , John “Pix” Pickford (guitar and vocals) and Jerry Robbins (drums). Released in 1972, The Parlour Band's only album Is a Friend?, was produced by Nick Tauber in a melodic progressive rock style, sounding like a "more mainstream, less art-rock-inclined Yes" with strong keyboard and guitar parts.The Parlour Band toured supporting Caravan and Steve Hillage’s Khan.

They relocated from Jersey to Leicester, changed their name to "A Band Called O", and their drummer to Derek Ballard. This line-up released their first album on the Epic label, produced by Ben Sidran of the Steve Miller Band, and Chris White of the Zombies. A Band Called O (1974) and, despite being an album orientated band, a single "Rock and Roll Clown"/"Red Light Mama Red Hot" was released in Germany while they recorded the first of four Peel Sessions on 24 September 1974. They recorded their second Peel Session on 18 March 1975, before touring with Man and John Cipollina. 

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Pickford "Pix", who had been living in Torre del Mar in Spain, went missing on 29 August 2021, after having dinner in a restaurant with friends, a week later on Monday Septempber 6th 2021, his body was recovered near a river in the area.


Tracks
1. Red Light Mama Red Hot (Peter Frampton, Jeremy Shirley, Greg Ridley, Steve Marriott) - 6:19
2. Angelica (Craig Anders, Mark Anders, Jonathan Pickford) - 3:46
3. Helping Hand (Craig Anders, Jonathan Pickford) - 3:43
4. Lady Beatrice (Jonathan Pickford) - 4:00
5. Ride, Ride, Ride (Craig Anders, Peter Filleul) - 3:16
6. Rock Roll Clown (Peter Filleul) - 3:32
7. All I Need (Jonathan Pickford) - 2:08
8. Get Funky (Peter Filleul, Jonathan Pickford) - 3:34
9. Captain Cellophane / Sidewalk Ship (Craig Anders, Derek Ballard, Mark Anders, Peter Filleul, Jonathan Pickford) - 12:05 

A Band Called O
*Jonathan Pickford "Pix" - Vocals, Guitar
*Derek Ballard - Drums
*Peter Filleul - Electric Piano, Vocals  
*Mark Anders - Bass Guitar 
*Craig Anders - Guitar, Slide Guitar




 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Mother Hen - Mother Hen (1971 us, wonderful amalgam of country folk and jazzy tunes, 2010 korean remaster)



Mother Hen (Jane Getz) is a singer that fails to compare with anyone else. Her voice is so off-beat that it puts itself on a level away from anybody else. Her material and arrangements are all her own. Lyric-wise, she uses her vocals to express the feelings much in the same way that Neil did in After the Goldrush.

It is truly a unique mixture of folk, pop and American roots music with Jane's awesome lyrics. Back up by 1st class musicians like Clarence White, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Lee Sklar and Russ Kunkle.
by Cameron Crowe,  May 25, 1972


Tracks
1. Sing Evermore - 3:49
2. My Granny`s Face - 4:42
3. Goodbye Old Razzle Dazzle - 3:04
4. Lookout Charlie - 3:15
5. Man From Aberdeen - 3:45
6. America The Landlord`s Dream - 2:46
7. Naked King - 1:58
8. He`s Alive And Remembers - 5:39
9. Old Before Your Time - 2:43
10.Passage Back - 5:26
Words and Music by Jane Getz

Personnel
*Jane Getz - Vocals, Harpsichord, Organ, Piano 
*Jerry Scheff - Bass 
*Leland Sklar - Bass 
*Jamie Faunt - Bass 
*Ron Tutt - Drums 
*Russ Kunkel - Drums 
*Jerry McGee - Guitars, Dobro, Sitar
*Clarence White - Acoustic Guitar 
*Danny Kortchmar - Acoustic Guitar 
*Pete Kleinow - Steel Guitar 
*David Campbell - Violin 
*Emil Richards - Percussion 
*Jamie Faunt - Vocals 



 

Friday, September 16, 2022

Stretch - Forget The Past (1978 uk, remarkable funky guitar rock, 2010 japan remaster)



Stretch recorded ‘Forget The Past’ without Elmer. Their former singer was not best pleased. “I don’t think it went very well. They did one album and a few gigs. I must admit that I was angry, so I was delighted when they got chronic reviews. It was very unspiritual of me, but I felt let down. Kirby and I should have stuck it out together. We had always worked well together, so I was kind of angry with him.”

Kirby explains: “It felt like the skids were under us. The whole thing went sour. We’d had initial success but two and a half years later we weren’t getting anywhere. Elmer and I parted company and I tried to change direction with Stretch and make another album. I tried my best but it with hindsight it didn’t work.”

The final version of Stretch included future Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. Kirby: “What a drummer! He really was dynamite. We made the album and did some gigs but it lost momentum and Stretch folded up in 1979.” Says Elmer: “Stretch was a good band, although it was hard to appreciate at the time because we were going through such emotional difficulties and we were very self-critical.” Clearly Stretch had reached breaking point.


Tracks
1. Re-Arranging (Steve Emery) - 4:02
2. Cruel To Be Kind (Kirby Gregory, John Cook) - 4:46
3. Forget The Past (Kirby Gregory, John Cook) - 5:43
4. Ain't Got No Reason (Steve Emery) - 4:48
5. Take Me Away (Kirby Gregory) - 3:34
6. You're Too Late (Steve Emery) - 4:16
7. School Days (Kirby Gregory) - 8:17
8. Fooling Me (Kirby Gregory) - 5:42

Stretch
*Kirby Gregory - Vocals, Guitar
*John Cook - Keyboards
*Chris Mercer - Saxophone
*Fran Byrne - Drums
*Nicko McBrain - Drums
*Steve Emery - Bass


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Merryweather - Word Of Mouth (1969 canada / us, stunning tough bluesy rock, 2019 korean remaster)



The mid-to-late 1960s California rock landscape was littered with Canadian expatriates jostling for a record deal and the allure of fame and fortune. One of the earliest to arrive on the West Coast was singer Denny Doherty, a founding member of the internationally renowned folk-rock aggregation, The Mamas & The Papas, in August 1965.

Not long after Doherty’s arrival in L.A., former Mynah Birds members, Neil Young and Bruce Palmer pitched up on Sunset Strip in a hearse they’d driven all the way from Toronto and the legendary Buffalo Springfield was born. Less than a year later, another ex-Mynah Birds member, Goldy McJohn arrived in L.A with his band, The Sparrow. Struggling for a year to make any headway, the group became overnight sensations after eschewing a change in name and personnel and emerging as heavy rock band, Steppenwolf.

By the end of the decade, Canadian musicians were arriving in droves and could be found plying a trade in such notable bands as Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band, Elektra Records’ Rhinoceros and Canada’s finest export, The Band, who cut their legendary second album in L.A.

One of the lesser known Canadian groups to work on the West Coast was the short-lived Merryweather, a talented bunch of Ontario musicians, fronted by another former Mynah Birds member, bass player Neil Lillie (today better known as Neil Merryweather).

Slightly reminiscent of the early Steve Miller Band, Merryweather also shared the same label, Capitol Records, with whom they had signed with in January 1969 and produced two albums, including the double “super-jam” record, Word of Mouth before imploding later that year.

Unlike many of their Canadian contemporaries based in California at the time, Merryweather never found the success they warranted. Along the way, however, the band produced some great music and, as we’ll see later, could have gone a lot further had events worked out differently.

In early October, Heather Merryweather opened for The Chicago Transit Authority, who were making one of their first L.A. appearances. By all accounts, the band’s performance was well received and in January 1969, producer John Gross signed Heather Merryweather to Capitol Records to a seven-year deal.

Interestingly, it was at this point that Neil Lillie received a phone call from A&M producer Larry Marks, who had somehow got hold of the group’s three-song demo through the aforementioned engineer. “He looked for us for about two months but he couldn’t find out where we were staying,” says Lillie. “He was all bummed because he wanted to sign the band and would have given us what we wanted.”

It didn’t really matter in the short-term because Capitol had promised to support the band and seemed intent on putting the necessary muscle behind the musicians. Dave Burt remembers the label paying to record some demos, which included Lillie’s “Mr Richman” to see how they would come across in the studio.

Cut at Independent Recorders in the Valley with John Gross in the production seat and abetted by legendary engineer Jim Lockert, who “wrote the book” on recording in Nashville and later worked with The Beach Boys, the sessions ran smoothly. Buoyed by the early recordings, Capitol arranged for some studio time to start recording an album, once again working with Gross and Lockert.

The group began recording in earnest and proceeded to lay down 10 tracks, most written by Lillie. “The first sessions for the album were done at Capitol,” remembers Roth. “Wow! It was like a dirigible hangar! I think we did ‘No Passengers Allowed” there. Back then recording was kind of formal – recording staff wore ties. We set up the whole band in the middle of this huge room, and placed mics very high above us on booms. We invited some friends from the coffee house we went to, to come and watch. I think they joined in, in the ‘chant’ at the end of the piece.”

Most of the rest of the album was done back at Independent Recorders where the assistant engineer was Jo Stafford’s son. A former member of The Lettermen, whose brother was a Capitol executive, owned the studio. “The studio was our sandbox,” continues Roth. “We tried everything. In Toronto the most we recorded on was three-track. Here we had eight [and] later sixteen on our next album. We rented strange instruments – a cello, an Ondioline, boom bams, whatever we wanted. Dave and I had never touched a cello, but we played them on the album. It was fun.”

Although Lillie sang the lead vocals on all of the tracks, Burt remembers Jimmy Livingstone turning up in the studio one day unexpectedly and laying down a vocal. “Jimmy rolled in to the studio covered in mud,” recalls Burt. “Apparently, he had been walking down the big viaducts. He came into the studio and I think he sang something. I remember the shock when I saw him because it looked like he’d been on acid for weeks.”

“What we didn’t know about Jimmy back then [in Toronto] was that he was probably borderline schizophrenic,” explains Roth. “Later, in California, after too much acid and such, I’m afraid Jim left our part of the universe for one of his own making.” Roth confirms that Livingstone did come into the studio to record a vocal but says that it wasn’t for the record. It was to help record a dada-esque radio advert for the album that the group’s organist feels turned out better.

Shortly after completing the recordings in February 1969, Neil Lillie legally changed his surname to Merryweather after shortening the group’s name. “Heather Merryweather was dropped because there was no person called Heather Merryweather,” explains Merryweather. “When I said I was in a band called Heather Merryweather, people asked me if Heather was the lead singer! We dropped it because after all, there was already a band called Alice Cooper.”

Around this time, Merryweather also made a prestigious appearance at Newport ’69, a huge rock festival held at Devonshire Downs in Northridge on the weekend of 20-22 June. The three-day festivities also featured The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds and Poco among others.

“We opened up on the Sunday morning and it was great,” remembers Neil Merryweather. “I had this guy in the audience that had an American flag with the peace symbol in the middle climb the hundred foot sound speaker towers and put it up at the top and everybody went ballistic. That was a great thing for us.”

Back in Los Angeles, Merryweather returned to the Whisky A Go Go for a show opening for Leslie West’s group, Mountain on 29 July. Earlier that month, work had begun on the band’s second album, which was produced once again by John Gross. On this occasion, Merryweather were joined by various musicians, including Steve Miller, Howard Roberts, Barry Goldberg, Charlie Musselwhite and former Traffic guitarist Dave Mason to record a “super jam” album. As Ed Roth explains, aside from Mason who the band met on the street, the others were introduced to Merryweather on the day of the session in the studio.

Billboard magazine, reviewing the record before its release, gave it thumbs up in its 30 August issue. “Merryweather should break through with this two LP ‘super jam’,” noted the reviewer. “Not only does Neil Musselwhite [sic] have his regular group in this bluesy set but he is joined by us.
by Nick Warburton


Tracks
1. I Found Love (Neil Merryweather) - 3:09
2. Teach You How To Fly (Coffi Hall, Doug Roberts, Dave Burt, Ed Roth, Neil Merryweather) - 3:24
3. Just A Little Bit (Barry Goldberg, Steve Miller) - 3:47
4. Where I Am (Neil Merryweather) - 3:47
5. Hello Little Girl (Charlie Musselwhite, Coffi Hall, Dave Mason, Dave Burt, Ed Roth, Neil Merryweather) - 3:01
6. Mrs. Roberts' Son (Dave Burt) - 8:57
7. Licked The Spoon (Neil Merryweather) - 3:07
8. Sun Down Lady (Coffi Hall, Dave Mason, Dave Burt, Ed Roth, Neil Merryweather) - 6:00
9. Hard Times (Ed Roth, Neil Merryweather) - 4:53
10.News (Neil Merryweather) - 3:11
11.We Can Make It (Barry Goldberg, Steve Miller) - 4:32
12.Rough Dried Woman (Charlie Musselwhite, Coffi Hall, Dave Mason, Dave Burt, Ed Roth, Neil Merryweather) - 3:41
13.Dr. Mason (Dave Mason, Neil Merryweather) - 4:42
14.Hooker Blues (Neil Merryweather) - 3:32

Personnel
*Neil Merryweather - Lead Vocals, Bass
*Steve Miller - Vocals, Guitar (Tracks 3, 11)
*Dave Mason - Rhythm Guitar, 2nd Fuzz Guitar, Bass, Lead Guitar, Vocals (Tracks 8, 13)
*Howard Roberts - Lead Guitar (Tracks 2, 6)
*Charlie Musselwhite - Harp, Blues Harp, Vocals (Tracks 5, 12)
*Barry Goldberg - Organ (Tracks 3, 11)
*Bobby Notkoff - Violin (Tracks 4, 9)
*Dave Burt - Guitar, 2nd Lead Guitar, Lead Guitar, Vocals (Tracks 1, 2, 7, 11)
*Ed Roth - Fiddle, Piano, Organ, Rocksichord, Strings Arrangements, Vocals (1, 2, 7, 11)
*Coffi Hall - Drums

1969  Merryweather
1970  Neil Merryweather, John Richardson And Robin Boers
1971  Neil Merryweather And Lynn Carey - Vaccum Cleaner

Monday, September 5, 2022

Marc McClure - Songs For Old Ladys And Babys (1972 us, awesome brassy country folk rock, 2016 korean reemaster)



Former member of Joyous Noise, singer songwriter multi instrumentalist Marc McClure, released this solo effort in 1972 with the help of many friends like Ron Elliott (fron The Beau Brummels fame), Dan Levitt, Robin Batteau (Appaloosa,  Batteaux) and Spooner Oldham among others.

McClure delivers haunting and highly complex lyrics with impressive, deep tonal effects. Best cuts "Guitar Boy" a baroque folk shape, "Goodbye Song" a progressive country, "Delinga De Matte!", a blues based tune, "Good Old Days" which has a lot of folk rock flavor. Brass and strings in jazzy and baroque tapestry.  


Tracks
1. Life Is So Good (Marc McClure) - 3:49
2. Long Walking Down To Misery (Ron Elliott) - 3:27
3. More Than My Guitar (Ron Elliott) - 3:19
4. Sweet Inspiration (Spencer Oldham, Dan Penn) - 3:50
5. Music Box (Marc McClure) - 3:41
6. Look Away (Gary Downey, Ron Elliott, Dan Levitt, Marc McClure) - 3:28
7. Are Ya Comin' (Marc McClure) - 2:56
8. Delinga De Matte! (Ron Elliott) - 2:13
9. Goodbye Song (Marc McClure) - 2:49
10.Cause I Love You (Marc McClure) - 2:12
11.Guitar Boy (Ron Elliott) - 3:06
12.Good Old Days (Marc McClure) - 6:11

Musicians
*Marc McClure - Lead Vocals, Organ, Electric, Acoustic Guitars
*David Vaught - Bas
*Dennis Dragon - Drums
*John Seiter - Drums
*Chris Darrow - Mandolin
*Spooner Oldham - Piano
*Jim Horn - Tenor Saxophone, Strings, Horns
*Bill Plummer - Bass
*Vince DeRosa - French Horn
*Charles Benton Findley - Trombone
*Robin Batteau - Violin
*Dan Levitt - Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
*Ron Elliott - Acoustic Guitar
*Lorna Willard, Marti McCall, Sherlie Matthews - Backing Vocals
*Dick Hyde, Earl Dumler, Lew McCreary, Paul Hubinon - Horns
*Charles Loper, Gareth Nuttycombe, Henry Ferber, James Getzoff - Strings 
*Jerry Kessler, Jesse Ehrlich, Lou Klass, Myer Bello - Strings  
*Sidney Sharp, Tibor Zelig, William Kurasch - Strings 

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Brethren - Brethren (1970 us, excellent country folk psych rock, 2012 korean remaster)



After graduating from Brooklyn College with a music major in 1970, Garson was a member of rock/country/jazz band Brethren with Rick Marotta, Tom Cosgrove and Stu Woods. They recorded two hard-to-find albums on the Tiffany label, which featured guest piano and liner notes by Dr. John (and album photography by Murray Head, who scored a hit with "Say it Ain't So Joe" and later with the single "One Night In Bangkok").

Garson also earned notice when he played on the I'm the One album by early 1970s experimental artist Annette Peacock. Bowie asked Peacock to join him on a tour; she declined, but Garson began an enduring relationship with Bowie.

Garson gave the piano and keyboard backing on the later Ziggy Stardust tour and his unique contribution to Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) gave the song an avant-garde jazz feel with lengthy and sometimes atonal piano solos. Garson played also for Bowie's bandmate Mick Ronson on his first and last solo tour, and his first album (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). 

Drummer Rick Marotta (who backed dozens of top artists, including John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Stevie Nicks, Steely Dan, etc.), lead singer/guitarist Tom Cosgrove (who played with Al Kooper and Todd Rundgren, among others), Bassist Stu Woods worked with (Jim Croce, Janis Ian, Tony Orlando, Barry Manilow, etc.) 


Tracks
1. Midnight Train (Rick Marotta, Stu Woods, Tom Cosgrove) - 2:43
2. Don’t Talk Now (James Taylor) - 3:54
3. Mississippi Freighter (Stu Woods, Tom Cosgrove, Mark Klingman) - 3:52
4. Success Brand Oil (Tom Cosgrove, Rick Marotta, Stu Woods) - 4:51
5. Hitchin’ To Memphis (Tom Cosgrove) - 2:46
6. Everybody In The Congregation (Tom Cosgrove) - 3:55
7. I've Been Provided For (Rick Marotta, Stu Woods, Tom Cosgrove, Jay Senter) - 3:03
8. Outside Love (Tom Cosgrove) - 3:25
9. Just To Be There (Mark Klingman) - 3:09

Brethren 
*Stu Woods - Bass, Vocals
*Tom Cosgrove - Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
*Rick Marotta - Drums
*Mike Garson - Keyboards
With
*Dr. John - Keyboards
*Rusty Young - Steel Guitar
*The Blossoms - Backing Vocals


Monday, August 15, 2022

The Ivy League - Major League The Pye Piccadilly Anthology (1964-67 uk, roots 'n roll swinging baroque pop harmonies, 2006 double disc remaster)



John Carter and Ken Lewis writing songs all together in high school in Birmingham. Early 60 's they point Carter-Lewis & the Southerners, in which, among other things, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) plays lead guitar .In 1964 they form together with Perry Ford the Ivy League. The Group provides backing vocals on "I can't explain" by The Who. The second Ivy League single "Funny how love can be" in the spring of 1965 is a hit (# 8 in UK), followed by "Tossing & Turning" (# 3 in UK). After that it's success quickly waning. Beginning 1966 decision John Carter to start laying back on song writing and leaves the group. He still writes the single "My world fell down" for The Ivy League, later covered by among other things The Sagittarius and the Dutch group Vicky and the Roundhouse, well known as the brother of The Buffoons.

Carter's place in The Ivy league is occupied by Tony Burrows from The Kestrels. The trio still floundering a year, but then also likes Ken Lewis . He is replaced by Neil Landon. Along with Carter Lewis on the studio project addresses The Flowerpot Men. This produces in the summer of 1967 the hit "Let's go to San Francisco" on. Carter and Lewis, however, have no meaning more to like with The Ivy League to go on tour. There is a group of hastily assembled including Neil Landon and Tony Burrows from The Ivy League.

Perry Ford goes a number of years by with other singers under the name The Ivy League, but the mid 1970s he throws in the towel. In 1999, Ford on 58-year-old age to death. Lewis suffers diabetes for many years, he passed away on 2015 in Staffordshire England.

The Ivy League continued to perform, although none of the three members of the band, Jon Brennan (vocals and bass guitar), David Buckley (vocals and drums) and Michael Brice (vocals and lead guitar), are from the original 1960s line-up. Robert Macleod joined in 1968-69 but had immigration problems similar to those that befell the Bee Gees and had to leave the country. Buckley joined the band in the late 1960s with Perry Ford still involved in the group. Brennan then later joined Buckley, and with Ford's blessing, kept the Ivy League going through the 1970s and beyond. Having worked with the Ivy League on several occasions throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Brice joined the band permanently in 1990 replacing Les Litwinenko-Jones who had previously played with Ian Kewley in Samson.


Tracks
Disc 1 
1. What More Do You Want - 2:43
2. Wait A Minute - 2:26
3. Funny How Love Can Be (John Carter, Ken Lewis) - 2:10
4. Lonely Room - 2:01
5. That's Why I'm Crying - 2:38
6. A Girl Like You (Perry Ford) - 2:04
7. Tossing And Turning - 2:29
8. Graduation Day - 2:19
9. Our Love Is Slipping Away - 2:53
10.I Could Make You Fall In Love - 2:13
11.Running Round In Circles - 2:13
12.Rain Rain Go Away - 2:21
13.Willow Tree - 2:33
14.One Day - 2:07
15.My World Fell Down (Geoff Stephens, John Carter) - 2:52
16.When You're Young (John Carter, Ken Lewis) - 2:19
17.Four And Twenty Hours (John Carter, Perry Ford) - 2:36
18.Arrivederci Baby - 2:44
19.Suddenly Things (Perry Ford) - 3:16
20.Tomorrow Is Another Day (Perry Ford) - 2:53
21.Thank You For Loving Me (John Carter, Ken Lewis) - 2:00
22.In The Not Too Distant Future (Perry Ford) - 2:43
All songs by John Carter, Ken Lewis, Perry Ford except where indicated


Disc 2
1. Almost Grown (Chuck Berry) - 2:25
2. Floral Dance (Katie Moss) - 2:51
3. Lulu's Back in Town (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) - 1:26
4. We're Having A Party (Sam Cooke) - 2:03
5. Don't Worry Baby (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian) - 3:09
6. Make Love (John Carter, Ken Lewis, Perry Ford) - 2:53
7. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan) - 2:39
8. My Old Dutch (Albert Chevalier, Anthony Lowry) - 1:28
9. Dance To The Locomotion (Billy Barberis, Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein) - 2:32
10.My Baby (Perry Ford) - 3:28
11.Nancy (With The Laughing Face) (Jimmy Van Heusen, Phil Silvers) - 2:46
12.Lonely City (Perry Ford) - 2:56
13.Mr. Ford's Boogie (Perry Ford) - 3:00
14.Friday (Perry Ford) - 2:37
15.Busy Doing Nothing (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) - 2:35
16.Rock and Roll Medley - 2:54
.a.Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong-Lipstick (Freddie Bell, Peppino Lattanzi)
.b.Lipstick, Powder And Paint (Jesse Stone)
.c.Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll (Jesse Stone)
.d.Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Dave Williams, Myriam S. Davidson)
17.Humpty Dumpty (John Carter, Perry Ford) - 2:30
18.The Holly And The Ivy League (John Carter, Ken Lewis, Perry Ford) - 2:35
19.Once In Royal David's City (John Carter, Ken Lewis, Perry Ford) - 1:59
20.Good King Wenceslas (John Carter, Ken Lewis, Perry Ford) - 2:16
21.Silent Night (Traditional) - 2:30

The Ivy League
*John Carter - Vocals
*Perry Ford - Vocals
*Ken Lewis - Vocals, Guitar
With
*Mick O'Nell - Organ
*Mickey Keene - Lead Guitar
*Dave Winter - Bass
*Clem Cattini - Drums

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Peter Kelley - Dealin’ Blues (1971 us, fantastic folk blues psych rock, 2020 korean remaster)



East Coast singer-songwriter Peter Kelley made two superb albums. His second effort "Dealin' Blues" is an acoustic blues with an outlaw vibe and some surprising and effective use of moog., An atmospheric blend of bluesy downer folk and psychedelia.

Quietude and an unvarnished approach sistinguish this set of twelve blues oriented songs. Kelly writes all of his material and sings in a very straight forward fashion which is effective. Presence of moog synthesizers on several cuts does much to enhance the proceedings and "Death Is Not A Sad Word" and "I Been Told" are among the highlights of the album.


Tracks
1. Dealin’ Blues - 3:47
2. Inspiration - 2:36
3. Time In Between - 2:13
4. He Could Never Feel - 2:16
5. Death Is Not A Sad Word - 2:18
6. I Been Told - 2:38
7. Circle Of Her Magic - 2:43
8. The Ultimate Game - 2:35
9. Turning Gold - 3:06
10.Don’t Turn Around - 2:22
11.Heather - 4:08
12.Brand New Man - 2:20
Lyrics and Music by Peter Kelley

Personnel
*Peter Kelley - Guitar, Vocals 
*Peter Brittain - Guitar
*Malcolm Cecil - Moog Synthesizer 
*George Devens - Congas, Percussion, Vibraphone 
*John Lehr - Guitar
*Lynas - Harp
*Robert Margouleff - Moog Synthesizer
*Jack Nailon - Bass, Background Vocals
*Mark Pines - Guitar 



 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Illusion - Illusion (1974 us, fantastic folk soft rock, 2012 korean remaster)



Wendell Ing was raised as a classical pianist, then began playing in bands in the early 70's, notably Small Time Leroy, a blues band out of Brooklyn,  Illusion, a folk rock group in Honolulu which made famous his environmental protest song "The Lake", and Hawaiian pop group Cecilio & Kapono (who recorded Ing's "Easy On My Mind").

Illusion recorded only one selftitled album, released through Sinergia record label. A pretty mix of soft country and folk rock with jazz and clasical elements and beautiful harmony. Ing currently teaches music at Hilo High School in Hilo, Hawaii where he directs the Ambassadors, singing group of Hilo High, teaches music classes and waves a baton around for the yearly musicals by PALC, the Hawaii Performing Arts Learning Center. 


Tracks
1. The Lake (Wendell Ing) - 6:33
2. Travelin` Bones (Wendell Ing) - 4:04
3. Let Them Be (Hank Leandro) - 3:32
4. Not Yet (Hank Leandro) - 5:30
5. Drafted (Hank Leandro) - 5:32
6. Gone, Gone, Gone (Wendell Ing) - 4:43
7. Unknown Faces (Hank Leandro) - 5:19
8. Two Faced Boogie (Wendell Ing) - 4:20

Illusion
*Wendell Ing - Piano, Clavinet 
*Hank Leandro - Acoustic Guitar 
*Denny Maeda - Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar 
*Butch O'Sullivan - Bass 
*Gregg Nutt - Drums

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Brenda Patterson - Brenda Patterson (1973 us, spectacular blues swamp rock, 2011 korean remaster)



Brenda Patterson is the self titled album by Brenda Patterson, released in 1973. A rock-roots crossover set, with soul-tinged vocals and a bunch of hard-rocking cover tunes. Ry Cooder, Chris Ethridge and Rusty Young represent the more country side of the studio crew, though this is more of a "rock" record, it certainly deserves mention.

Full of heart-wrenching vocals plus, an amazing version of Paul Simon’s, “Congratulations”, arranged by Jim Dickinson. Roaring version of Etta James’ “Dance With Me Henry”. Pieces of the album may be heard here. Maybe it was because she went from Columbia Records to Playboy Records, the latter being a label associated with the magazine, and a label that came and went rather quickly.
 

Tracks
1. Dance With Me Henry (Johnny Otis) - 2:40
2. The Crippled Crow (Donna Weiss) - 2:32
3. Hold An Old Friend`s Hand (Donna Weiss) - 3:33
4. Southern Brown (Ed Simmons, Ronnie Wilkins) - 3:24
5. Hope He`ll Be Happier With Her (Bill Withers) - 4:01
6. Jesus On The Mainline (Traditional) - 3:13
7. End Of The Road (Jerry Lee Lewis) - 2:24
8. I'm Gonna Be Strong (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 2:54
9. Mine All Mine (Harold Beatty) - 3:49
10.Bury Me Down By The River (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb) - 2:55
11.In My Girlish Days (Minnie Douglas) - 3:01
12.Congratulations (Paul Simon) - 3:22

Personnel
*Brenda Patterson - Vocals
*Arthur Adams - Guitar
*Rick Allen - Piano
*John Barbata - Drums
*Charlie Brent - Piano, Guitar
*Fred Burton - Guitar
*Beau Charles - Guitar, Backing Vocal
*Ry Cooder - Guitar, Mandolin
*Tony Day - Drums
*Jim Dickinson - Piano, Organ, Guitar
*Chris Ethridge - Bass
*Wilton Felder - Bass
*Rafael Garrett - Bass
*Ed Green - Drums
*Paul Humphreys - Drums
*John Kahn - Bass (Tracks 11 And 12), Piano (Track 12)
*Carol Kaye - Bass
*Bruce Kurnow - Harmonica
*Clarence Mcdonald - Piano
*Wayne Perkins - Guitar
*Allyn Robinson - Drums
*Michael Rubini - Piano
*Merl Saunders - Organ (Track 12)
*Louie Shelton - Guitar
*Peter Swaidon - Guitar, Organ
*Bobby Ray Watson - Harmonica, Backing Vocals
*Donna Weiss - Harmonica, Backing Vocals
*Rusty Young - Steel Guitar 
*Chepito Areas - Bongos
*Bobby Bruce - Fiddle
*Martin Fierro - Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
*Chuck Findley - Horns
*Warren Gale - Trumpet
*Artie Goleniak - Bass
*Jim Horn - Horns
*James Mingo Lewis - Congas
*J.D. Maness - Steel Guitar
*Gerald Oshita - Alto Saxophone
*Armando Peraza - Guiro, Maracas
*Peter Welker - Flugelhorn
*Ronnie Wilkins - Electric Piano
*Mary Anderson, Katherine Gaines, Mary Ann Watkins, Carolyn Watkins, Mary Elizabeth McCreary - Backing Vocals
*Lee Baker, "Edna", Vanetta Fields, Clydie King, Shirley Matthews, Melissa Mckay, Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith, Donna Washburn - Backing Vocals