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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Corpus - Creation A Child (1971 us, spectacular texas hard acid rock, 2011 Axis remaster)

'Underrated, partly outstanding ballsy 1970s rock album in the Texas style, which means good production, strong vocals, and solid playing all around. Some of it is rootsy blues-rock which wins out on pure class and power, but the highlights are undoubtedly two psych-flavored epics that could easily slide onto the Garrett Lund or D.R. Hooker LPs: the nocturnal, moodily jazz-tinged Mythical Dream and the even better Joy, whose combination of soaring vocals and superbly controlled feedback licks will have any fan of 70s private press sounds flip out... 

The music is given additional appeal by realistic lyrics about relationships and fatherhood, planned and unplanned, that retain a male perspective without degenerating into macho cliches. I bet these guys were local heroes among kids cruising around Corpus, and in another time and place they would have hit the big time. Despite reservations, impressive and a must hear for 1970s rock fans, while undoubtedly too much 'classic rock' for '60s guys. A marvy cosmic yet primitive sleeve adds bonus points'.
The Acid Archives

1. Cruising - 3:51
2. Joy - 6:20
3. Marriage - 3:38
4. Creation A Child - 6:54
5. Just A Man - 3:17
6. We Can Make It, Luv - 2:30
7. Not Mine - 3:31
8. Where Is She? - 3:36
9. Mythical Dream - 4:55
All songs by W. Grate, J. Castillo, F. Lianes, R. Deleon and G. Pena Jr.

*William Grate - Lead Guitar, Background Vocals
*James Castillo (Beaver) - Bass
*Frudy Lianes - Drums
*Richard Deleon (De-De) - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
*Gilbert Pena Jr. - Lyrics

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adamus67 said...

This album is one of the rarest psychedelic albums you can get, much sought after and very expensive, at least in it's original version. I’ve never come across an original US copy of this one. Privately pressed on Acorn in 1971 (Acorn 1001), this Psych Rock album is one of those crown jewels you have to spend a great amount of money to possess, its first pressing.

The record has been reissued on vinyl (Breeder (RPR 007-3C-567) 1986 and also counterfeited on vinyl and CD,later reissued on vinyl and CD (Akarma AK 113). The reissue is worth investigating but don't fork out lots of bucks on the original. I bought the bootleg knowing I’d never have the opportunity to buy the original red-label Acorn press (later Acorn pressings have a green/pink label).(Album it was reissued recently on CD Remastered, the British edition [AXCD 1016]Very good sound quality.)

American band playing nice, pretty catchy music bordering on hard rock and psychedelia. This is not a heavy proto metal style of album, but a more 'feel good' record, boogie blues meets psychedelia, full of upbeat harmonies, clean guitar solos Excellent vocal harmonies and ringing guitar work coupled with some heavy riffs blues-based two excellent guitar players, William Grate and Richard De Leon.

Group play with a touch sharper Roka psychedelia. A particularly noteworthy guitar (a bit like two guitarists Wishbone Ash), and compositions. Like everything is ok, but something in me, this is missing. The individual pieces taste better than a whole album together. "Creation A Child" is not an absolute must-have LP but it will please Psych Rock lovers.

Musically, this Corpus-Christi, TX-based band offers a great dose of bar-rockers, some inspired idle ballads "Joy" is really beautiful and a couple of forgettable cuts.The songs boast a soft and smooth guitar work, great vocals and a laid-back rhythm section.“Marriage” is one my favorite tracks, along with the majestic “Joy” but the before us "Creation A Child" that's a thoroughbred killer is everything: composition, mood, the guitar best track on the album

It's very hard to find out anything more about them and well make this a worthwhile reissue. The origin of the surname is simply the place of residence of the training is Corpus Christi, Texas. In the series of "beautiful losers" of those who disappeared after the completion of the famous record to record, exhausted by years of effort and perseverance, this is heavy with the Corpus. Not the heavy in the sense of sound but in that of the intrinsic quality of the work. One is immediately struck by the ease of musicians, to the point where one might think the result of a meeting of experienced professionals, and not that of an obscure combo. However, one rumor said that this would be teenagers.

Out of nowhere, Corpus has a hard enough personal and original. Elusive. A concept album with the subject of the short life. The music is around a U.S. Heavy-rock relatively close in the first two Blue Oyster Cult, with a stronger frame bluesy, and sometimes a few reminiscences Soul, and some sensations of Southern Rock. The rhythm guitar is generally laid-back with a full kind of Marshall Gibson, with little or no saturation. The singing is clear, mix of 60's Pop crooner and "blue-eyes-Soul." The battery is cultivated, that is to say, she knows, if necessary, to diversify his game and his shot with a controlled use of cymbals. The bass is groovy, and the guitar solos are sparkling and bewitching. Musicians who are strong to inject pure emotion into their game. It is one of the many good little-known publishers of the 60/70. A forgotten gem, close to the masterpiece. It is worth it get acquainted!

Back in Purple said...

A real gem, great post!

reverendnate said...

Thanks I really dig this album!

Unknown said...

Thanks for all appreciation. We lost one of our own Wendsday, Gilbert. Again thanks William Grate

Marios said...

William, deeply sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Gilbert..

Unknown said...

The music is excellent! Am I the last one who was struck by the kinda rip-off similarity of the verse of the RHCP's song Aeroplane to Corpus' Marriage (track #3)?

Hats off to the great band!

Unknown said...

Sorry for the Unknown. I am Ramana (Yuriy) Storozhuk from Kiev, Ukraine.

Anonymous said...

I post comments from time to time. I thank all of you for accepting our music. Yes, Bill is correct, we are one less band member. Gilbert rest in peace. See ya on the flip side, your brother Rick De Leon (Diddy) Corpus. Thanks to All...:-)

Anonymous said...

link - Dead ! Please update link !

Marios said...

Anonymous, Corpus - Creation A Child reup..

Anonymous said...

Marios, thank you very much !