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TDATS 66 (on the 6th...) is a good old un-themed selection of the best stuff I have come across recently. As it turns out, all from the classic years 1969 to 1975 and all US or UK artists.
We kick off with Texas's doomy Seompi who's collected tapes were retrospectively released in 1999 by the Gear Fab label, and then on vinyl by Akarma. Missouri's Joe Pritchard pressed only 300 copies of his album in 1974, which has since been re-issued by Radioactive. It's a real curio this one, each track has its own individual flavour and sound, from 12-bar blues to folk to Jazz and then up-beat rockers like "Reason To Be". Archibald was Scottish artist Archie Legget, he recorded in France where he made two great glam-stomping singles. Horse were a very short-lived act that produced one great hard rock album in 1970, they featured members of such excellent bands as Andromeda (guitarist Rod Roach), Atomic Rooster (drummer Ric Parnell) and Saturnalia (Rod Roach and vocalist Adrian Hawkins).
Bluefield, West Virginia's Sweet Toothe made one private-pressing in 1975 called 'Testing'. It has some excellent fuzzy hard rock and there's a very informative review here. San Franciscan Peter Kaukonen is the brother of Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist for various acts such as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Hot Tuna. Peter himself was bassist in Jefferson Starship in 1974, and in 1972 he made a solo album called Black Kangaroo which this fine Hendrixian cut, 'Dynamo Snackbar' is taken from.
Long Island NY's The Illusion were a jouneyman heavy psych band who made some good stuff across three albums between 1969 and 1970 but achieved little noteriety for their efforts. The sound was equal parts psych and proto-hard rock and 'Did You See Her Eyes?' shows the transition well. After Splitting, members went to various acts such as Network, Wiggy Bits, Barnaby Bye and Aviator. Youngstown Ohio's Joy made a single album called 'Thunderfoot' in 1972 that had some good southern-style hard rock, embellished with a few prog turns that raise it above the standard fair, good vocalist too, although 'Hasufel' is an instrumental. Expect to hear some more from this album later...
Brooklyn's Majic Ship offer us some fine blusey fuzz from their rare s/t 1969 album and the UK's Hackensack are up next, they featured guitarist Ray Majors who was in a few other notable bands including "Mott" (post-Hoople), and Opal Butterfly (along with a very young Lemmy). They also had singer Nicky Moore who went on to Tiger, then Samson, to replace Bruce Dickinson after he left for Iron Maiden. Oregon's Stepson come in next with 'Suffer', I really like the slow-grinding heaviness of this, and it picks up for a wicked funky bridge too. There is a great Stepson interview here at Psychedelic Baby webzine. Florida's Tin House had two great guitarists, as you can tell from the cool harmonies in 'Silver Star'. One of them, the excellently-named Floyd Radford, also played on the 1971 'Edgar Winter's White Trash' album along with Rick Derringer. There is a interview with Tin House drummer Mike Logan here at Psychedelic Bay webzine.
This instalment ends on two singles from bands that I have found little info on so far, though I think they are both British. Hunter (formed 'of D. Hunter' & 'J. Spear') made a fun brass-reinforced single in 1970 and Taiconderoga's track is especially excellent, that stabbing fuzz guitar is unforgettable and hints at great un-tapped potential...
01. Seompi - Almost in the Whole (1970)
from album 'AWOL'
02. Joe Prichard & Gibraltar - Reason To Be (1974)
from album 'Joe Prichard & Gibraltar'
03. Archibald - Passing Thoughts (1969)
04. Horse - See The People Creeping Round (1970)
from album 'horse'
05. Sweet Toothe - Music's Gotta Stay (1975)
from album 'testing'
06. Peter Kaukonen - Dynamo Snackbar (1972)
from album 'black kangaroo'
07. The Illusion - Did You See Her Eyes? (1969)
from album 'the illusion'
08. Joy - Hasufel (1972)
from album 'thunderfoot'
09. Majic Ship - Too Much (1969)
from album 'majic ship'
10. Hackensack - River Boat (1974)
from album 'up the hard way'
11. Stepson - Suffer (1974)
from album 'stepson'
12. Tin House - Silver Star (1971)
from album 'tin house'
13. Hunter - Some Time For Thinking (1970)
14. Taiconderoga - Speakin' My Mind (1969)
Thanks for listening! Rich