Chicago, early 70s. Greg Herriges is obsessed with Lennon, 12- string guitars and far- out psychedelic sounds. Rick Vittenson is a Beach Boys- Hollies- Who fanatic who writes for Crawdaddy! magazine. Both had previously played in several garage- college bands during the 60s.
Combining their mutual love for Sixties music, Athanor was born. With the help of top studio musicians, they recorded and self- released three 45s between 1973 and 1975 (the first one produced by Mark Breyer, with whom Rick had played in pre- Skooshny band Brevity) which are now highly sought- after by fans of obscure psychedelic pop.
All of them are featured here in stellar sound taken from the master tapes along with previously unreleased studio tracks and superb sounding home demos (1973- 1981), plus a new song recorded in 2006 in the same vein as their vintage recordings.
Athanors music features impressive songwriting & musicianship, a collision of Beatlesque harmony vocals, Rickenbacker and Guild 12- string guitars, occasional fuzz- wah leads, Fender Rhodes, studio effects. Psychedelic proto- power pop highly recommended to anyone into Lazy Smoke, Badfinger, Only Ones, Emitt Rhodes, Rockin Horse, Creme Soda.
1. Graveyard - 4:48
2. Inner Space - 3:03
3. Urizen (Your Reason) - 4:43
4. I Don't Mind - 2:34
5. Habits - 3:59
6. Read Me - 2:38
7. Rock Me, Roll Me - 3:06
8. Hidden Monsters - 4:22
9. Memory (Don't Fail Me) (G. Herriges, R. Vittenson) - 3:57
10.Wonder Why I'm Sick - 4:12
11.Like A River Flows - 3:11
12.Inner Space (Previously Unreleased Mix) - 3:07
All songs by Greg Herriges except where noted.
*Greg Herriges - Vocals, Guitar
*Rick Vittenson - Vocals, Guitar
*Mike Miranda - Lead Guitar
*David Winogrond - Drums
*John Bunkelman - Bass
*Cara Herriges - Vocals
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