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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Growing Concern - The Growing Concern (1968 us, melodic sunshine psychedelia with garage traces)

This self-titled album by The Growing Concern curiously first saw the light of day in 1969 on Bob Shad's Mainstream label (Mainstream S/6108), an imprint more familiar to jazz and blues fans than devotees of psych/pop. Perhaps Shad thought he was going to repeat his commercial triumph with The Growing Concern. 

However, the band was a different proposition altogether with its emphasis on beautiful vocal harmonies and fantastic guitar and organ work rather than the Joplin-dominated R'n'B of Big Brother, and consequently Shad only allowed the group into the studio on a single occasion, dropping them from the label after this, their eponymous debut. The album, which is brilliantly recorded, is of a consistently high musical quality and the band surely deserved a better fate than the obscurity that Shad's indifference consigned them to."

1. Hard Hard Year (L. Ramsford) - 4:25
2. Edge Of Time (Dan Passaglia) - 4:28
3. Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled (John Pedley, Ralph Toms) - 2:44
4. A Boy I Once Knew Well  (John Pedley, Ralph Toms) - 4:24
5. All I Really Want (Dan Passaglia) - 2:20
6. Mister You're A Better Man Than I (M. Hugg) - 4:50
7. What Kind Of Life (Dan Passaglia) - 2:58
8. Other Side Of Life (F. Neil) - 4:57
9. I Know A Girl (Dan Passaglia) - 2:36
10.Sit Down I Think I Love You (S. Stills) - 2:24

Growing Concern
*Pete Guerino - Vocals Guitar
*Bonnie Macdonald - Vocals
*Mary Garstki - Vocals
*Ralph Toms - Guitar
*John Pedley - Bass
*Dan Passaglia - Organ Vocals
*Ralph Williams - Drums

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guinea pig said...

Nice in wither day!

Marios said...


Unknown said...

... So lovely songs ... So magic moments ...
That's why we're calling:

Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled

Thanks Marios

mick62 said...

Great album. Pity it was the only one!

Unknown said...

In love with this album, I wish/hope contemporary psych bands find influence from this