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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Goldenrod - Goldenrod (1969 us, rough hard psych jam rock, 2002 bonus tracks edition)

From Los Angeles, Goldenrod were part of the "Our Productions" crew, along with Mike Deasy, Lee Mallory and Curt Boettcher. As part of this talented group of people, they contributed to numerous albums and sessions in addition to those released as Goldenrod. Some of these included Tommy Roe, Darius and backing the Association on their first two albums. Much of this session work was done on a "conveyor belt" system; with all the instrumental tracks being cut at Gary Paxton's studio, and vocals for the more well known acts cut at Columbia. 

All three had earlier played with Ballroom with Boettcher and together with Mallory, they formed the basis of the original line-up of Millennium. Scheff contributed Dandelion Wine to the Millennium repertoire, but all three left when it looked like Millennium would turn into a 'proper' band rather than a studio project. Goldenrod are also thought to have backed Lee Mallory live. 

Apparently the group first met while they were recruited to back The Fifth Dimension and they all went on to become top L.A. session men; Scheff also went on to back Elvis Presley and Benay appeared in Fun Zone in the seventies. 

1. Descent Of The Cyclopeans - 6:04
2. The Gator Society - 12:36
3. Karmic Dream Sequence - 10:24
4. Standing Ovulation - 6:44
5. Descent Of The Cyclopeans - 7:29
6. Karmic Dream Sequence - 13:33
7. The Gator Society - 13:01
8. Standing Ovulation - 9:29
All compositions by Ben Benay, Jerry Scheff, Toxey Frenc
Bonus Tracks 5-8 mono versions

*Ben Benay - Guitar
*Jerry Scheff - Bass
*Toxey French - Percussion

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