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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hickory Wind - Hickory Wind (1969 us, amazing psychedelic rock with blues and folk drops, 2007 korean extra tracks issue)



The band Hickory Wind was formed in Indiana in 1969, by four very young musicians: Sonny Prentice, Alan Jones, Bobby Strehl, and Mike McGuyer. Much of their early musical influences were country rock bands like the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and in a more psychedelic nature: The Beatles in fact, the band's name came from an old Byrd's tune. 

The album was recorded in the fall of 1969 and had a very limited release, hence the high dollar value of an original today. Musically the album is a mix of classic country rock played through a psychedelic vibe. The track "Time and Changes" is in my mind, a classic of the era. 

There always has been a mystical innocence about the album that I love and the cover I cherish in it's hippie simplicity. The band broke up in 1970, with Sonny Prentice moving to Kentucky and the three remaining members forming B.F.Trike, of which I have included four cuts on this reissue. Hickory Wind is another example of some young musicians who were very talented but didn't have the break or the promotion to make it big.
by Brian Hulitt


Tracks
1. I Don't Believe (Sonny Prentice) - 3:27
2. Time And Changes (Bob Strehl) - 2:26
3. Maybe Tomorrow (Alan Jones) - 3:13
4. Transit Blues (Alan Jones) - 2:49
5. Country Boy (Chuck Lawrence) - 2:15
6. The Loner (Chuck Lawrence) - 2:29
7. Mr. Man (Sonny Prentice) - 3:34
8. New Albany Police Carnival (Alan Jones) - 2:49
9. Father Come With Me (Bob Strehl) - 4:07
10.Judy (Lee Hyatt) - 2:45
11.I'm A Man - 3:41
12.Red Shoes - 2:25
13.Come A Little Closer - 3:18
14.Shuh Rah - 3:10
Bonus Tracks 11-14 recorded as B.F. Trike

Hickory Wind
*Sonny Prentice - Lead, Rhythm, Bass, Harp
*Mike McGuyer - Lead, Rhythm, Harp, Piano And Organ
*Alan Jones - Rhythm, Bass
*Bob Strehl - Drums

Related Act
1971  B.F.Trike - B.F.Trike

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1 comment:

dadfred said...

Thank you very much for Hickory Wind. One of the best Garage/Psych groups ever, in my opinion. Please keep this kind coming, Marios, and thanx again!