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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Elizabeth - Elizabeth (1968 us, brilliant folk baroque psych rock, Vinyl edition)

Elizabeth was an American psychedelic rock/progressive rock band that were active from 1967 to 1970. They were based out of Philadelphia and known for their unique musical and sonic blend of Baroque Music,Classical Music, Folk Music, American Rock, British Rock, Country Music, and Ragtime. Elizabeth's members were: Steve Weingarten (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), who died in 2012; Bob Patterson (rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals); Jim Dahme (flute, lead and backing vocals); Steve Paul Bruno (bass, organ, backing vocals); and, Hank Ransome (drums).

In 1968, the band recorded and released their self-titled album on Vanguard Records (produced by Sam Charters). Vanguard's artist roster at the time included Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Country Joe and the Fish. Elizabeth performed with Cream, Blue Cheer, Joni Mitchell, Ritchie Havens, The Chambers Brothers and many other musical luminaries of that era. Some of the bands' many Philadelphia area performances included concerts and sets at: The Main Point, The Second Fret, The Electric Factory, and most Be-INs at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

As the band was starting to come together (nameless at that point), Steve and Robert "Stewkey" Antoni, band mates from Newport, RI, made an unexpected stop in Philadelphia on their way to Florida. After a week in the City of brotherly love, they decided to forgo Florida and help form Elizabeth. Some interesting guitarists auditioned for the band, including future rock star Todd Rundgren who was with Woody's Truck Stop at the time; and, Nick Jameson, soon to be a founder and guitarist of The American Dream (both were Philly bands).

Within a month or so of landing in Philadelphia, Stewkey left Elizabeth to join Todd's new band, The Nazz. Of note, Linda Cohen, a Philadelphia classical guitarist, was Elizabeth's first drummer (briefly). During the spring and summer of 1969, she teamed up with Michael Kac from Mandrake Memorial and, together, performed as a classical-pop fusion guitar-harpsichord duo. Linda died in 2009 of lung cancer. Mandrake Memorial and Elizabeth shared the stage many times.

1. Not That Kind Of A Guy (Steve Weingarten) - 3:09
2. Mary Anne (Bob Patterson) - 2:38
3. Dissimilitude (Steve Weingarten) - 2:11
4. Similitude (Steve Weingarten) - 4:06
5. You Should Be More Careful (Bob Patterson) - 4:03
6. The World's For Free (Steve Weingarten, Steve Weingarten) - 3:00
7. Fields Of Home (Jim Dahmne) - 3:16
8. Alarm Rings Five (Bob Patterson) - 4:53
9. Lady L (Jim Dahmne) - 3:24
10.When All Else Fails (Bob Patterson) - 4:16

*Steve Weingarten - Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
*Bob Patterson - Rhythm Guitar (6, 12-String), Vocals
*Jim Dahmne - Flute, Vocals
*Steve Paul Bruno - Bass Guitar, Hammond B-3 Organ, Backing Vocals
*Hank Ransome - Drums, Percussion

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