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Monday, January 10, 2011

Haystacks Balboa - Haystacks Balboa (1970 us, great hard psych underground rock)

New York City based, hard-rock band with progressive ideas. They released this self titled album in early 1970. The sound is dominated by hard rock tunes who are typical of the time, like Sabbath or Mountain, with backbreaking heavy fuzzy guitars. The progressive moments are quite nice, long tracks relying on Hammond organ and guitar interplay with extended instrumental stretches.

Real heavy dudes with a mean attitude and some wicked guitar - above-par hard rock. A couple of tracks on their album were written by Larry West, formerly of the legendary Vagrants and younger brother of guitar colossus,  Leslie Mountain' West. The album was produced by Shadow Morton, aka Shadow Mann. Mayo and Polott still play together in an outfit called Blue Lagoon.

1. Spoiler (Deborah Mayo, Mark Pollot, Mark Mayo) - 3:30
2. The Children Of Heaven (Lloyd Landesman, Mark Mayo) - 3:06
3. Bruce's Twist (Bruce Scott, Mark Babani, Mark Mayo) - 2:42
4. Auburn Queen (Lloyd Landesman, Mark Mayo) - 9:11
5. Sticky Finger (Deborah Mayo, Larry West, Mark Babani, Mark Mayo) - 5:14
6. Ode To The Silken Men (Lloyd Landesman, Mark Mayo) - 8:49
     a.Tell Me A Story
     b.What Would Happen
7. Riverland (Mark Mayo) - 3:49

Haystacks Balboa
*Mark Babani - Drums
*Mark Harrison Mayo - Guitar
*Lloyd Landesman - Keyboards
*Mark Polott - Bass
*Bruce Scott - Vocals