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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Turnquist Remedy - Iowa By The Sea (1970 us, tremendous west coast psych folk blues rock, Gear Fab release)



Turnquist Remedy were a band that embodied the fluid guitar sound and vocal harmonies so prevalent of the late 60's and early 70's. Turnquist Remedy played together from 1968 to at least 1971, possibly later. Band members were Michael Woods, Murphy Scarnecchia, Scott Harder, and John Maggi (Larry Vilaubi, Larry Knechtel, and George Semper played on the album). 

They toured Northern and Southern California extensively during these years. Research shows they played together as early as December 13,1968 at The Bank in Torrance, California and as late as August 1, 1971 at the San Diego Sports Arena. We have also heard a rumor that they appeared on the 1960's drama show "The Mod Squad" as a hippie band; however, this has not yet been confirmed. Michael Woods went on to play with America in the late 70's and early 80's while John Maggi later performed with String Cheese. 

Larry Knechtel was a session musician best known for his work with Simon & Garfunkel (piano on Bridge Over Troubled Waters), The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds, Smile), and Bread. His electric bass guitar riffs on The Byrd's "Mr. Tambourine Man" are now legendary. Special thanks to Al Schmitt for his assistance in this project.
by Roger Maglio


Tracks
1. Just A Number - 2:42
2. Last Cigarette (Michael Woods, Douglas Benton, Dennis Hudson) - 3:26
3. Anytime Soon - 3:00
4. Flyin' Dudley Waltz - 2:30
5. We Don't Even Know - 3:57
6. All Gone Blues Act - 7:02
7. Cowboy Song - 3:20
8. Reno, Nevada (Richard Farina) - 5:22
All songs by Michael Woods except where stated

Turnquist Remedy
*Michael Woods - Guitar, Vocals
*Murphy Scarnecchia - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Scott Harder - Bass, Vocals
*John Maggi - Drums, Percussion
*Larry Vilaubi - Drums
*Larry Knechtel - Piano, Organ
*George Semper - Piano,  Organ

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10 comments:

adamus67 said...

Riding high on his successes producing The Jefferson Airplane, 1970 saw Al Schmitt starting his own Pentagram label. One of the first acts signed to his MCA affiliated label was Turnquist Remedy. Recorded in Hollywood with Schmitt and Barry Kane producing, 1970's "Iowa By the Sea" is frequently hyped as a slice of early-1970s West Coast psych. Take my word for it, psych It ain't. Largely written by singer/guitarist Michael Woods, exemplified by tracks like 'Last Cigarette' and 'Cowboy Song' most of the set sported a hippy-ish country-rock sound. To give credit where due, the set's actually better than those comments would have you believe. The leadoff track 'Just a Number' offered up a decent anti-war sentiment wrapped in a boogie-rock arrangement. In spite of the title 'We Don't Even Know' was a nice rocker, while 'Anytime Soon' was a pretty acoustic ballad. Elsewhere the atypical 'All Gone Blues Act II' was the band's lone fpray into true psych (and easily the album's standout effort). Certainly not an essential addition to anyone's collection, but it has a couple of tracks worth hearing and one that I occasionally pull out and spin.

Marios & Laurent,thanks a lot!

sorogan said...

Thank you Laurent and Marios !!

kobilica said...

Good music on this album,I love it...

Come To Learn said...

Great work. Thanks. i finaly found that.

snakeboy said...

Very nice. Thanks.

sparkler said...

thank you Marios & Laurent!

Joaquín Lobato said...

Amazing !!

Thanks !

Joaquín Lobato said...

somebody have the lyrics for All Gone Blues Act II ?

Thanks !!

Statson said...

great post
I want it so bad, but i don't know the password, could somebody help me?
Thaks!

Marios said...

Pass: xara