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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Utopia - Utopia (1969 us, effective hard dirty psych blues rock, Akarma issue)

Hard blues rock band from California formed and lead by Dennis Rodrigues. They also released another one as Growl (Discreet 2209) 1974. The master tapes were shared with Bob Smith during recording of The Visit album which confirms that Utopia's album was released during 1969 - 70. 
from Fuzz Acid and Flowers

1. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Willie Dixon) - 4:06
2. Me 6:08
3. Young And Crazy 2:19
4. Who's This Man 3:24
5. Walking Blues (Traditional) - 7:11
6. Working Man 4:36
7. On My Feet Again 4:01
8. Ain't No Reason 4:33
9. Hound Dog (J. Leiber, M. Stoller) - 4:04
10.I Wonder 3:29
11.Back Stabbin' Woman 2:12
All songs by Dennis Rodrigues except where noted.

*Dennis Rodrigues - Vocals, Harp
*Frank Krajinbrink - Guitar
*Gene Lucero - Bass
*Harry Brender A 'Brandis - Guitar
*Danny Mcbride - Drums

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mscmichael said...

That's a nice one. Thanks very much...

sorogan said...

Thank You very much

Calisan said...

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JohnMiller said...

no way this is from 1967.. this sound like a pure 1969 album

adamus67 said...

I downloaded this a few years ago from one of the many blogs found on the net. I believe this may indeed be THE first band to name themselves "Utopia"...I can think of a few others :)
I did not find much information about this American band from California who released this one album in 1969 ... producend by Robert Duffley & Keith Gravenhorst. The credits on the Akarma CD reissue mention Fizz Mestger - piano and to very special thanks Clark Faville great friend and one of biggest record collectors in the world. In an album where there are no fillers,the disc alternates between tracks blues good quality and other tracks that are more drawn to the Psycho Rock, especially the first track (best version classic I Just Want To Make Love to You), the beautiful track 2 (Me), and the electric age 6 (Working Man)!
This is awesome, and very heavy for 1969, amazing. If you dig the likes of Blue Cheer and Leaf Hound, and later, Masters of Reality and Thee Hypnotics, you are in for a treat here
@Marios,Cool post! Many thanks!!!

Anon said...

Thanks to all who participated to extend the life of music like this.

Sergey said...

1967? I dont think so. 1969-70. Excellent album. thank you very much!

Donna F said...

I grew up with Danny McBride and these guys...still see them when we can get them to jam from time to time. This was indeed NOT 1967... It was 69-74 and then they all moved on to other bands. Danny went to the club circuit and continues to play in a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Geno has his own gig with his wife. Harry is still around and still awesome. Haven't seen Frank and Dennis in years, but I hear through the grapevine that music is over for of the best voices of his day.