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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Demian / Bubble Puppy - Demian / A Gathering Of Promises (1969-70 us, awesome heavy bluesy psych rock, 2008 digipak remaster)

Bubble Puppy was a Texan psychedelic rock band, formed in 1966 in San Antonio, Texas, by Rod Prince and Roy Cox. Looking to form a "top gun rock band" based on the concept of dual lead guitars, Prince and Cox recruited Todd Potter, a gymnast, saxophone player and guitarist. With the addition of Danny Segovia, the original line up of Bubble Puppy was complete. Bubble Puppy's live debut was as the opening act for The Who in San Antonio.

After several line-up changes, the final roster for Bubble Puppy settled at Rod Prince and Todd Potter on lead guitars, Roy Cox on bass guitar and David "Fuzzy" Fore on drums. In 1967, Bubble Puppy moved to Austin, Texas, and signed a recording contract with Houston-based International Artists, home to the 13th Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola.

Bubble Puppy scored a Top-20 U.S. hit in 1969 with their single, "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass"; it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 100.

In 1969, Bubble Puppy released their only full-length album, A Gathering of Promises. However, despite Bubble Puppy's early success with the "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass" single, they experienced numerous conflicts with International Artists, and parted ways with the label in 1970. Signing Nick St. Nicholas of Steppenwolf as a manager, Bubble Puppy moved to Los Angeles, changed their name to Demian and signed to ABC-Dunhill Records. 

Demian released one self-titled album in 1971, but its failure to perform on the charts led to financial difficulties with the label and, in 1972, Bubble Puppy split up.

The members of Bubble Puppy continued to be active in the music industry after the band's demise. Potter and Prince played with Sirius through the late 1970s, and Fore drummed with the Texas punk rock band, D-Day, co-writing their cult hit, "Too Young to Date". In 1987, the original Bubble Puppy lineup reunited, for their comeback LP, Wheels Go Round.

The name "Bubble Puppy" was taken from "Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy", a fictitious children's game in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Demian was named after Herman Hesse's 1919 novel, and "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass" was a line lifted from an episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies".
CD Liner-Notes

1. Face In The Crowd (Roy Cox) - 2:56
2. Windy City (Roy Cox) - 5:20
3. Love People (Todd Potter) - 2:18
4. Coming (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 5:33
5. Todd's Tune (Todd Potter) - 3:21
6. No More Tenderness (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 3:53
7. Are You With Me Baby (Todd Potter) - 4:56
8. Only A Loner (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 4:37
9. Hot Smoke And Sassafrass (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 2:33
10.Todd's Tune (Todd Potter) - 3:13
11.I've Got To Reach You (Roy Cox, Todd Potter) - 7:52
12.Lonely (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 2:55
13.A Gathering Of Promises (Mike Taylor, Rod Prince) - 2:25
14.Hurry Sundown (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 4:00
15.Elizabeth (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 2:56
16.It's Safe To Say (Jim Mings) - 2:26
17.Road To St. Stephens (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 4:07
18.Beginning (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 3:54
Tracks 1-8 as Demian
Tracks 9-18 as Bubble Puppy

The Demian / The Bubble Puppy
*Rod Prince ‒ Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Roy Cox ‒ Bass Guitar, Vocals
*Todd Potter ‒ Lead Guitar, Vocals
*David Fore ‒ Drums, Vocals

1969/84  Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke  

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