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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yama And The Karma Dusters - Up From The Sewers (1971 us, great psychedelic protest folk rock)

Super political, rocking, anti-establishment communal band (c. 1970) put together as a result of the Kent State Massacre. As the Euphoria Blimpworks Band, fronted by Howard Berkman from morose garage punksters the Knaves, they played demonstrations and student strikes when they weren’t opening for blues royalty—or being the first band to play the yard at Cook County Jail.

They were inter-racial, anti-war, Stop the Bomb, free love hippies, the wildest of the wild kids. And this is the quintessential anarcho-hippie record, a surprisingly well-engineered indie effort which came inside home-made silk-screened jackets, with twisted, poetic lyrics (Dylan or Arthur Lee and Love? you decide), and funky, rocking bones—political, sociological, ecological, reflective and free-love sexy.

The Karma Dusters really cook on the up-tempo tracks, sounding at times like a cross between The Blues Project and Dylan’s band circa 1966, augmented by some dazzling violin. This excellent sounding master-tape reissue has two bonus tracks; it also has two booklets—one is for the outrageous and explicit Gonzo history of the band and their urban commune; the other is a wrap-around booklet for lyrics, all served up together in a Mylar plastic sleeve. You just know the FBI has a huge file on these punks. But do they have the album?

1. Don't Kill The Babies - 2:09
2. Like To Make It Back To Peurto Rico - 3:24
3. Kathleen - 3:33
4. Revolution - 3:10
5. C.T.A. - 2:43
6. I Want To Talk To You - 2:49
7. Reflections - 3:21
8. Snow Bitch - 3:07
9. Wouldn't It Be Funny - 4:02
10.Evolution - 2:38
11.Hello Big City - 4:24
All songs written by Howard Berkman

 Yama And The Karma Dusters
*Jack Sullivan - Bass (tracks: 1, 9) ,
*Neal Pollack - Bass
*Marion L. Favors - Congas, Percussion
*Al Goldberg - Drums, Percussion
*Howard Berkman - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals,
*Dick Larson - Piano
*Karen Manter - Organ (track 10), Piano (track 3)

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