Unzip password: tdats
Crank is partly the reason this blog exists. I first heard it last year after Ogmonster and Kismeth posted it on www.stonerrock.com. I was so impressed ('Don't Push Me Away' is a stand-out) I was inspired to make my own compilations, evolving into this blog.
It rekindled a woefully neglected interest in obscure rock that I developed some years earlier, after finding uploads by 'ChrisGoesRock'. He ripped a huge rare rock vinyl collection and shared it with the world in the early 2000's when torrent sites were just emerging, introducing me to amazing albums by bands like Sir Lord Baltimore, Bang, Captain Beyond and Leaf Hound. I made a bunch of tape compilations for myself and friends, the rest is history as they say.
It's the b-side of a split LP, featuring the bands 'Thump Theater' and 'Crank'. It's not clear when it was recorded (69-71 approx) or what became of the bands.
Here's a description I have found on a few mail-order sites:As for Crank's music, it's consistently heavy, tightly played energetic hard blusey rock, packed with sharp riffs. Owing a debt to Led Zep no doubt, but with it's own brand of aggression it stands on it's own merit as the sound of a young and extremely talented band that could have gone on greater success. The final track regresses slightly to a blues-rock standard, but this is eminently forgivable, acknowledging the influences this music emerged from. This really deserves to be on here, so ENJOY!
"Heavy-rock with progressive touch, split lp unearthed by the rockadelic label featuring ultra-rare underground 70s hard rock sounds (c. 1971) with one side by each band. these tapes came from the cavern sound studios (stoned circus, bulbous creation, phantasia, trizo 50); the crank tape had ‘zep jr.’ written on the box, which is pretty accurate frame of reference. Thump Theater offers a more progressive rock sound with some good guitar breaks and catchy lyrics. last copies from a long gone edition from 1997 of around 600 copies."
01. Let Go
02. Give You My Love
03. Want You Back
04. Don't Push Me Away
05. N F T B