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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blues Dimension - Blues Dimension (1968-69 holland, great psych blues jazz rock, 2002 bonus tracks edition and 2014 remaster)

One of the better rhythm'n'blues groups from Eastern Netherlands. Founded in 1967 in Zwolle by Leen Ripke (v, ex-Mozarts) and Rudy van Dijk (s, ex-Jazz Prophets, later in Erwin Somer Group, Flash & Dance Band and Farrago) and named after the American group the Fifth Dimension. In the beginning, it consisted of the above plus Jaap de Gronde, Karel v.d. Velde, Dirk-Jan v.d. Boogaard (tr, soon replaced by Chiel Scholder) and Jaap van Eyck (b, ex-Moans, to Sound Magics).

By the time they began recording, the line-up had changed to: Leen, Rudy, Helmig v.d. Vegt (o, p, ex-Vara Dansorkest, to Cuby & Blizzards), Herman Deinum (b, ex-Special Set and Mozarts, also to Cuby), Cees de Best (g), Michel Sardoen (tr) and Hans Lafaille (dr, ex-Jailhouse Jazzband, to Cuby; in 1969 replaced by Herman van Boeijen, ex-George Cash, to Fullhouse). In 1969, the group's breakup was announced in the title of their last LP; on this record, Jaap van Eyck can be heard once again.

1. Get Ready (Ray Robinson) - 2:14
2. Wonderland (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Leendert Ripke) - 3:15
3. Your One And Only Man (Otis Redding) - 3:39
4. Things I Remember (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Leendert Ripke) - 2:49
5. Twilight Mood (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Leendert Ripke) - 2:44
6. Don't Wanna Lose Her (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Rudy Van Dijk) - 2:22
7. Sticks And Stones (Titus Turner) - 1:50
8. Blues Dimension (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Rudy Van Dijk) - 9:20
9. Lovely Adorable Sue (Blues Dimension) - 3:01
10.Baby I Need Your Lovin' (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Rudy Van Dijk, Leendert Ripke) - 2:24
11.Double Deal (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Rudy Van Dijk, Leendert Ripke) - 3:11
12.Stay (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Leendert Ripke) - 3:32
13.Battle-Field Of Love (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Rudy Van Dijk, Leendert Ripke) - 4:43
14.Ivory Tower Of Utopia (Jaap Van Eik, Leendert Ripke) - 3:13
15.Supernational Powers (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Leendert Ripke) - 2:38
16.I Ain't Superstitious (Willie Dixon) - 4:47
17.Society's Child (Janis Ian) - 4:48
18.B.D. Is Dead, Long Live B.D. (Jaap Van Eik, Leendert Ripke) - 3:37
19.Shapes Of Things (Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith) - 4:42
20.Cornflakes (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Leendert Ripke) - 3:49
21.Drift Into Space (Helmig K. Van Der Vegt, Leendert Ripke) - 2:27

*Cees de Best - Guitar
*Hans Lafaille - Drums
*Helmig van der Vegt - Keyboards
*Herman Deinum - Bass
*Leen Ripke - Vocals
*Michel Sardoen - Trumpet
*Rudy van Dijk - Saxophone
*Dirk Jan van de Boogaart - Trumpet

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Blue Mountain Eagle - Blue Mountain Eagle (1970 canada/us, excellent folkish garage psych, 2012 remaster and expanded)

In July of 1969, Canadian-born drummer Dewey Martin -- the last remaining original member of Buffalo Springfield -- left the very last incarnation of that group (who were, by then, calling themselves New Buffalo) for a solo deal with UNI. Meanwhile, as the remaining members -- bassist Randy Fuller (ex-Bobby Fuller Four), and guitarists David Price and Bob ("B.J.") Jones -- already had interest from Atco Records, they decided to soldier on, finding drummer Don Poncher (ex-Don & the Good Times) a more-than-suitable replacement.

They also recruited guitarist/keyboardist/lead vocalist Joey Newman (also formerly of Don and the Good Times and Touch), and decided on a new name, Blue Mountain Eagle, taken from a newspaper published in Fox, ID. The band began recording their eponymous album in L.A., in August and December of 1969. It was released in early 1970, and during this same time, the group played on bills in the L.A. area with Love, Eric Burdon & War, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix.

Ultimately, inner band struggles for leadership proved to be their undoing of this volatile ego-charged "supergroup." Fuller was the first to decide that he'd had enough, leaving the group in May 1970. (Incidentally, he re-joined Dewey Martin, who had formed Dewey Martin & Medicine Ball in November 1969; at the time Fuller joined the band, they were in the midst of finishing up the recording their first album, Dewey Martin & Medicine Ball.) Soon, the rest of Blue Mountain Eagle were calling it a day too.

David Price, Bob Jones, and Don Poncher went on to work with Augie Meyers (the Sir Douglas Quintet) for his Western Head Music album in 1973. Jones later joined Harvey Mandel, on guitar and vocals. Price became a recording engineer, while Poncher became a successful session man, working with Bobby Whitlock, Jim Price, Chris Jagger, Joe Cocker, and (briefly) joined the lineup of Arthur Lee's Love, appearing on Lee's Vindicator album in 1972.
by Bryan Thomas

1. Love Is Here - 4:23
2. Yellow's Dream - 2:46
3. Feel Like A Bandit (David Price) - 3:04
4. Troubles (Carol Meyer) - 3:06
5. Loveless Lives (Don Poncher) - 3:31
6. No Regrets (Don Poncher, David Price) - 4:12
7. Winding Your String - 2:56
8. Sweet Mama (Randy Fuller) - 4:18
9. Promise Of Love - 3:03
10.Trivial Sum (Richard Bowen, Terry Furlong) - 3:15
10.Marianne (A Side Single) - 2:32

Blue Mountain Eagle
*Joe Newman - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
*Randy Fuller - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
*Don Poncher - Drums, Vocals
*David Price - Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
*Bob Jones - Guitar, Vocals

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