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Friday, September 22, 2023

Boogie - In Freak Town (1968-69 us, tough raw bluesy psych rock, 2020 release)

Power trio from San Francisco, modeled after Cream, Blue Cheer or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Includes all their fantastic studio demos from 1968 plus raw and wild live tracks from 1969. Boogie (or The Boogie) was probably the first hard-blues/proto-metal group that emerged from the San Francisco scene. This power-trio was formed by Barry "The Bee" Bastian (Canned Heat, Lee Michaels...) on guitar/vocals, John Barrett (The Rhythm Dukes) on bass, and Fuzzy John Oxendine (Roky Erickson & The Aliens, Jerry Miller Band...) on drums. 

Comrades of Moby Grape (who even let Boogie use their rehearsal space) and The Sons Of Champlin, they played at all the legendary venues (The Ark, Avalon, Fillmore...) sharing stage with bands like Buffalo Springfield, Quicksilver, Ace Of Cups, Flamin' Groovies or Country Joe & The Fish. Their explosive show at the Sky River Rock Festival (August 1968, the first outdoor multi-band rock festival held in the United States) to an audience of 150,000 people, is still remembered today.

1. In Freak Town - 4:41
2. To Me - 5:34
3. Wade In The Water (Traditional) - 7:05
4. Merchant Of Dreams - 2:09
5. Prelude To Boogie - 13:33
6. Chico Smoke El Ropo - 3:04
7. I'd Hate To Lose You  - 6:26
8. Barrett's Buddy's Boogie  - 7:47
All songs by Barry Bastian except track #3

*Barry Bastian - Guitar, Lead Vocals
*John "JB" Barrett - Bass
*John "Fuzzy Furioso" Oxendine - Drums