Sunday, November 24, 2013

The DooM That Time Forgot 10

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In preparation for the next doom-flavoured TDATS, here is The DooM That Time Forgot 10, another of LibertyCap's morbid mixes.

This will be mostly of interest to those who are new to this blog, as almost all of these artists and/or tracks have appeared before on my comps at various times, so look at this as LibertyCap's infernal interpretation of what has come before. Some interesting choices are the famed bands Uriah Heep and Scorpions, who you may not normally associate with doom...

01. Butterfingers - Bootleg '70 (US) 5:39
02. Mahogany Rush - Land of 1000 Nights '75 (CAN) 4:44 (Previously on TDATS 23)
03. Stray - How Could I Forget You? '71 (UK) 5:44 (Stray appeared on TDATS 05)
04. Bullet (aka Daemon aka Hard Stuff) - Jay Time '70 (UK) 2:53 (Seen on TDATS 02)
05. Uriah Heep - Rainbow Demon '72 (UK) 4:27
06. Nahuatl - Evolucion '74 (MEX) 3:29 (previously on TDATS 05 & 89)
07. Strawberry Path - Woman Called Yellow Z '71 (JAP) 5:31
08. The Shiver - Hey Mr. Holy Man '69 (SWI) 3:19
09. Leaf Hound - Drowned my Life in Fear '71 (UK) 3:00 (Previoulsy on TDATS 01 & 64)
10. Pax - Firefly '70 (PERU) 4:58 (Previously on TDATS 08 & 43)
11. Speed, Glue & Shinki - Stoned Out of my Mind '71 (JAP) 6:01 (seen on TDATS 04 & 36)
12. Tucky Buzzard - Which Way, When for Why '71 (UK) 8:01 (Previously on TDATS 15)
13. Scorpions - Animal Magnetism '80 (GER) 5:57

Here are all the previous DooM That Time Forgot volumes, along with TDATS 62 & TDATS 95 which I made in a similar spirit to TDTTF:

Vol 1 | Vol 2 | Vol 3 | Vol 4 | Vol 5 | Vol 6 | Vol 7 | Vol 8 | Vol 9 | Vol 10 | Vol 62 | Vol 95

Enjoy! (or maybe that should that say 'Suffer!')

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Monday, November 18, 2013

TDATS 94: It's Psychedelic Baby (with Klemen Breznikar)

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Welcome to TDATS 94! For this edition I have chosen to interview Klemen Breznikar. He lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia and he's the editor-in-chief of a psych rock webzine called "It's Psychedelic Baby" [IPB]. In a similar way to the book review/interview I did with Ra'anan Chelled for Volume 85, I've also taken this opportunity to compile an hour's worth of favourite tracks from acts that appear in articles I read on IPB, all of which included interviews with one or more of the original members.

Those of you who frequently use the net to search out obscure rock may well have come across IPB already, as it has covered a wide range of related subjects since it started three years ago. During this time IPB has attracted contributions from around thirty voluntary writers, including some of the old-school artists themselves like folk musician Dave Bixby and Djin Aquarian of Ya Ho Wha 13. Amongst many things, IPB contains regular columns from writers, many first-time scoop interviews with artists from the last fifty years that Klemen has tracked down, and coverage of new bands in the psychedelic arena, via interviews, record reviews and live reviews.

IPB has conducted interviews with countless bands that have appeared in TDATS before and for this comp, apart from Finland's 'Charlies', all the artists are new to TDATS so it's been a great learning experience for me. Over half of the tracks appearing are from the '60s, and the rest are from the early '70s. There's a bit of everything here, Bakerloo and Corpus's blues rock, Charlies and Pluto's hard rock, Harvey Mandel's experimental jazz guitar, the Strawb's folk prog, White Lightning and Wildwood's hard garage rock, and plenty of psych like The Outsiders of course. One more mention, Thanks to Mick Mullin (guitarist in Zodiak) for improving the sound quality on the BOA track, good work again!

Following the interview with Klemen is a summary of each band in the comp with a link to their IPB article...take it away Klemen...

Klemen Breznikar
Klemen Breznikar
Q01. To begin, can you tell us some of the major events and influences in your life that lead you to start "It's Psychedelic Baby"?

"When I was just a little kid I found my dad's vinyl collection. At the time we didn't have turntable so I was just looking at the cover artwork and wondered to myself about how they sound.

Later I got a turntable and also at the times, there was this big »music blog« culture, where you could find really rare albums. One of the first albums, that influenced me to become obsessed with psychedelic is »Electric Music For Mind and Body« by Country Joe & The Fish. This was the foundation for me. Out of this I'd found bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Grateful Dead, Ultimate Spinach and many others.

I think the main reason to start Psychedelic Baby was getting in contact with C.A. Quintet [vol85] and Ya Ho Wha 13 members, which led to an interview with them. After this I got an idea, that I should expand and do more interviews and articles."

Q02. Are you a musician yourself?

"I'm not in a band, but I like to play some acoustic guitar just for my soul. To relax and to have a little bit of fun."

Q03. You cover a wide range of styles in your webzine, TDATS is mainly about the heavier side of rock, but Psychedelic Baby equally features styles like symphonic prog, raga, folk and acoustic artists. Could you tell us about what your favourite styles are?

"People sometimes confuse, that It's Psychedelic Baby is only for psychedelic music, cos of the name, but that is not true. It all began mostly as a psychedelic-oriented mag, but we've covered like you said a lot of different music genres. I don't like putting music in framework. Anything, that is featured on the magazine is somehow interesting…

My favourite style? Uh, hard to say. I will tell you about what I listen the most, but I can't really say what's my favourite. I think, that my turntable get's a really high amount of late 60s psych and heavy psych and a lot of loner folk, but like I said I'm very open minded when it comes to music."

Q04. I think the transitional period between the mid/late '60s and early '70s was the most fascinating and fertile time in rock history. What are your opinions on why there was such a creative explosion during those times and what other periods interest you most up until the current day?

"The Period between the late 60s and early 70s was incredible, but sometimes we forget, that these days we also have a lot of great and interesting music, but the problem is, that back in the 70s you had amazing bands like Led Zeppelin on top of the charts, cos »Rock« music was the most popular one and you had thousands of bands, that never had the chance for exposure until now, I guess. These days the culture changed and »Rock« became kind of underground, which can produce quite a lot of amazing bands.

The main reason for such an explosion of sounds came from various of reasons. One of them were for sure Vietnam war and consequently all the protests and resistance by students also in France, Germany…

Then a lot of new music gear emerged and that gave an opportunity to produce new, interesting sounds…

People got tired and they wanted to start something new and in a way they managed to create something very unique.

Other periods? Maybe hardcore punk scene is interesting, cos of sociological background and these days I'm surprised how big the scene for psychedelic, doom and all kind of other alternative stuff has become, thanks to internet, which can connect people like never before."

Q05. How are the featured artists chosen for your magazine? Are they voluntary submissions from your writers or do you delegate the writing jobs after deciding what you would like to appear?

"I trust my writers' taste in music. If they found something interesting, they will start working on it, but most of the time we get submissions from labels and bands, that would like us to hear their music and out of that we decide what we will cover. Sometimes it can be really hard, cos of so many artists…

For instance there is a section called »Underground of the day«, which is made by Roman Rathert who is doing interviews with less known bands of today and there you can find tons of new stuff…

The other way around is a search for really obscure bands. We found members and then we do an article about their music and in that way we managed to add a small piece of the puzzle to underground rock music."

Q06. Could you comment on any Psychedelic Baby articles that are particular favourites of yours?

"Huh, that's a hard one. Nicholas Davis wrote a nice article about psychedelia which captured the essence of the word and there is another one called »Music as Medicine«, which is also highly interesting read, then Martin Okun made a series of interesting articles; especially an article called »Hippie Punk Fusion«!, which captures the details how the two genres shed together. Then there are columns by Djin Aquarian of Ya Ho Wha 13 and columns by Rich Haupt, who started Rockadelic label, which released tons of unreleased heavy psych material etc. So it's really hard to say what's my favourite. These days we have so many articles, interviews and columns. I think everyone can find something interesting while browsing through the magazine."

Q07. Do you have any interesting stories regarding how you got in contact with any of the artists for your exclusive interviews?

"Yes, tons of them, but to expose one or two. There was a band back in the early 70s called »Earthen Vessel« and they recorded an amazing Xian heavy psych LP. There was almost no information about them, but I somehow managed to get in contact with the guy who knew the guitarist. Later I managed to get the whole band together to answer questions about the album making. They are living in different parts of the world and to know, that you are the first that is interviewing them for the very first time is something special. There are many similar stories, that happened…

Matija and Klemen with Jura Havidič of Fire
My favourite is perhaps an interview with Jura Havidič of Fire, which was a band from Croatia, but didn't make any noise around here. They were recording an LP in Holland and they did a mini tour of Germany. Kraftwerk once opened for them, which was kind of funny. Me and my dear friend Matija Štumberger somehow located Jura and we went to Zagreb and did this long interview. Jura played some of his old songs for us in his little studio and gave a nice interview. So really great time doing this one."
[I used the fire song 'Could You Understand Me' back on Vol7]

Q08. What is the future for "It's Psychedelic Baby"? Do you have any further plans regarding your love of rock music; any other magazines/books or other types of project in mind?

"Yes, there is a plan to release a physical edition of Psychedelic Baby Magazine. It will be huge issue with 120 A4 pages and various of chapters dedicated to specific themes. But I'll let you know more in the following weeks. Those interested should stay in contact through Facebook fanpage. I think the physical issue will be something special, cos it will include interviews from specific genres but the complete issue will work as a whole.

Other plans? Well, we would like to organize some concerts or even a festival for this kind of music. We are in search of some sponsors, that can back us up. There is so many things in my mind right know and lot's of ideas and hopefully at least some of them will come true."

Q09. Can you tell us something about being a psychedelic rock fan in Slovenia? Do you get much opportunity to watch old bands live?

"Slovenia is a very small country, but we are lucky enough, that we have a very special place called Metelkova, which is alternative place for all kind of arts, but especially for alternative music. Here you can see tons of bands from the States or any other places in the world playing. From pretty well known bands to less known bands. I think it's great to have something like this in homeplace. Hopefully Metelkova will manage to work also in the near future.

You mean bands from the late 60s and 70s? [Yes] Well, there aren't a lot of that coming in our country."

Q10. Are there any other bars, venues or record shops etc that would be good to check out for anyone who finds themselves in Ljubljana or wider Slovenia?

Like I said, Metelkova is a special place for alternative culture, then you have Factory Rog, which is another underground place, that held some cool concerts. For instance Embryo were here about a year ago. If you go to the centre of Ljubljana, which is a capital city you'll find some cool places like Bikofe and also a record store, super cool book store for mysticism and esoterica called Behemot."

Q11. Can you recommend and comment on any artists/bands from Slovenia or surrounding countries, old or new?

"Since Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia in the past there was quite a rock scene. You had bands from Slovenia like Buldožer (very Zappa influenced), Izvir (jazz rock), then there was a lot of good folkies including Tomaž Pengov and folk bands like Sedmina and "Kladivo, Konj in Voda".

Croatia and Serbia produced some amazing bands including Time, Igra Staklenih Perli, Pop Mašina and my favourite of them all - Fire!

These days there aren't a lot of bands from Slovenia, that I like that much. I like Crazed Farmers, which are Beefheart inspired avant-rock and maybe I missed a few bands, but I really can't remember anything else that would stand out at the moment."

Q12. Could you tell us about some of your favourite current or new artists from around the world?

"Oh yeah sure. Well lately just a couple of weeks ago I fall in love with two albums. First one is by Psicomagia, which are in my opinion the most amazing bands out there and the second one is the new one by Aqua Nebula Oscillator.

You should also check Montibus Communitas if you wish to travel across amazonian rainforrest in your mind."

Q13. What have you learnt from your experiences of editing/writing "It's Psychedelic Baby"? Do you have any useful advice for rock fanatics who are considering starting a blog or similar project themselves?

"It's an amazing feeling when you know people are grateful for your work and to help many artists to get exposed is really something special too. Sometimes it is really hard to find and select everything, that is interesting, but we are trying our best.

My advice is just to be open to various of music. Listen closely, spin it often and maybe you'll find something special, that you'll thought you'd never find."

Q14. Finally, on behalf of "It's Psychedelic Baby", do you have anything further to say to readers out there?

"Thank you Rich for your interest in It's Psychedelic Baby and thanks to all you guys for the support. Oh, and remember like Nik Turner of Hawkwind once said in my interview: »Keep taking the tablets, (LSD) and all the natural psychedelics, communicate with the Gods, help each other to get high in a positive way, help each other generally, raise your consciousness, don’t harm yourself or others, love one another, have funnnnnn!!?!"

Thanks Klemen!

Track list

01. Bakerloo [UK] - Once Upon a Time (1969)
       from album 'bakerloo'
02. Charlies [Finland] - Feeling That Feeling (1970)
       from album 'buttocks'
03. Wildwood [US] - Plastic People (1968)
       from album 'plastic people'
04. Corpus [US] - Cruising (1971)
       from album 'creation a child'
05. Wild Turkey [UK] - Twelve Streets of Cobbled Black (1971)
       from album 'battle hymn'
06. Axe [UK] - Peace of Mind (1969)
       from album 'axe'
07. Farm [US] - Jungle Song (1969)
       from album 'farm'
08. Devil's Kitchen [US] - (You've Got Your) Head On Right (1968)
       from album 'devil's kitchen'
09. Harvey Mandel [US] - Snake (1968)
       from album 'cristo redentor'
10. Trilogy [US] - I'm Beginning To Feel It (1970)
       from album 'i'm beginning to feel it'
11. The Outsiders [Nertherlands] - Doctor (1968)
       from album 'CQ (complete polydor tapes)'
12. Pluto [UK] - Down and Out (1971)
       from album 'pluto'
13. Strawbs [UK] - Tomorrow (1972)
       from album 'grave new world'
14. White Lightning [US] - Bogged Down (1968)
       from album 'strikes twice 1968-1969'
15. BOA [US] - A Restful Sleep (1971)
       from album 'wrong road'.

The original line up of Bakerloo included John Hinch on drums who went on to form Judas Priest. Bill Ward of Black Sabbath also drummed for them briefly. They played with Earth (pre-Black Sabbath) on a UK tour called 'Big Bear Ffolly' and they were the support act for Led Zeppelin's début show at London's Marquee Club on 18th October 1968. Various Bakerloo members went on play in Colosseum, Humble Pie, May Blitz, Graham Bond, Vinegar Joe and Uriah Heep. The track I have chosen here, 'Once Upon a Time', was not originally on their s/t 1969 album, it was a b-side to their 'Driving Backwards' single. It starts the comp in an awesome way with that warm, welcoming steel-string acoustic sound that Zep often used. Bakerloo interview with bassist Terry Poole

Charlies were from Lahti southern Finland. The members were Wellu Lehtine (vocals, harmonica, Moroccan clay drums, cowbell), Eero Ravi (guitar), Pitkä Lehtine (bass, tambourine), Kusti Ahlgren (drums, Moroccan clay drums, kettles) and Igor Sidorow (flute, saxophone, piano). There are a couple of re-issues available, of two albums, and 'Feeling That Feeling' is from their second and final album called 'Buttocks' (1970). Charlies interview with guitarist Eero Ravi

Stockton, CA's Wildwood struck me very hard when I first heard the 2012 archival release 'Plastic People' on Frantic Records, I immediately thought "now here's a band with a unique, intense sound that really should have been successful". They worked hard, laying on and promoting gigs for bigger names and acting as their support. They were billed with Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Elvin Bishop, The Doobie Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner and Cold Blood amoungst others. Rather tragically I think, label disinterest more or less killed them and they only released two singles in their lifespan. I found a review of Plastic People here, which some members of the band have added comments to. Wildwood interview with Mark Stephen Ross & Frank John Colli

Corpus, from Corpus Christi, Texas, made one privately-pressed album of 1001 copies. They played around Texas; Austin, San Antonio, and in the lower south. Achieving local success, according to the IPB interview they disbanded due to difficult circumstances like heavy drug use, which was a shame as their LP is solid and amazingly professional-sounding for a private press, as 'Cruising' will attest. Corpus interview with Gilbert Pena & Rick De Leon

Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey was formed by bassist Glen Cornick after his dismissal from Jethro Tull. The first of their two albums, 'Battle Hymns' (1971), is of main interest to TDATS, as it has a few great heavy prog cuts like Butterfly. In it's life the band toured the UK and US with Black Sabbath, and included members past and present of Babe Ruth, Eyes of Blue, Man, Ancient Grease, Gentle Giant and Cozy Powell's Hammer, amoungst many others. The second album was far less exciting, and I see them as something of a wasted opportunity as LP # 1 had some great proto-metallic prog which was very ahead of it's time, they could have been at the forefront of metal with Sabbath, Judas Priest et al with a bit more development, had they so desired... Glenn Cornick interview about Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey

Guerssen Records issued the acetate 'Axe Music' by Northampton, UK's 'Axe' (aka 'Crystalline') in 2012. A fascinating listen it is too, with a clear line from dreamy, heavy psych into heavy metal, all embellished with the ethereal and delicate vocals of Vivienne Jones. Axe supported the likes of Free, Wishbone Ash & The Who. The vocals were one of the things that John Peel didn't like, so he rejected their demo for radio exposure. Things could have been very different if that had not been the case, they had an unusual sound, similar to that which is popular now with female-fronted 'occult' acts like Purson and Blood Ceremony. Axe/Crystalline interview with Tony Barford

Gary Gordon - Farm
'Farm' was from Southern Illinois. It's Psychedelic Baby comments that they sounded similar to The Allman Brothers. They made only one privately-pressed LP in 1971, which Shadoks issued on CD this year, most of the members were just out of high school which makes this a very impressive effort! There is some great rural US rock on here, including another awesome track 'Cottonfield Woman' which I hope to use later. The Jungle Song, which I used here, is a cool instrumental indeed. Farm interview with Gary Gordon & George Leemon. Farm website here:

Devil's Kitchen
Halfway now and out of the farm, into the 'The Devil's Kitchen'. They were from Illinois but moved to San Francisco and the archival album that had a 2011 release on Lysergic Sound Distributors (LSD) was taken from master tapes that laid forgotten for over 40 years. "They played all the major venues in The Bay Area and Los Angeles during this time period, opening for many very well-known bands, including The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Allman Brothers, Big Brother And The Holding Company with Janis, The Charlatans and others".  '(You've Got Your) Head On Right' is a funky, groovy slice of fuzz. Devil's Kitchen interview with Robbie Stokes

Harvey Mandel (with Eric Clapton)
Harvey Mandel was briefly in Canned Heat in the late '60s, and is again now. He's a had a long and involved career working with many notable names including Bob Dylan, and has also made many solo albums. 'Snake' is taken from his 1968 debut, 'Cristo Redentor'. He displays a unique mixture of jazz, blues and psych here which sounds so fresh it could have been recorded yesterday. Harvey "The Snake" Mandel interview

Trilogy LP (1970)
Trilogy has connection with another band here, as they both included drummer Bernie Pershey. Trilogy was a spin-off from White Lightning that didn't last long but recorded one LP, on which the title track 'I'm Beginning To Feel It' is by far the stand out track. Bernie Pershey interview (White Lightning, Trilogy)

The Outsiders
The Outsiders were a great garage psych band from Amsterdam, Netherlands. They made many singles and two albums before splitting in 1969. The albums were going into uncharted territory, especially for a band in the conservative pop habitat of 1960s Holland, and fans were no longer interested as they left the pop music way behind. You can see where they were going with the dark track I used here, 'Doctor'. The Outsiders interview with Ronnie Splinter

Pluto was formed in early 1970. Guitarist Alan Warner had been in The Foundations, quite a successful soul / rock band from London that toured internationally for four years, supporting the likes of The Byrds, Tim Buckley, and had some chart hits. He also once auditioned for Thin Lizzy when they were still called The Black Eagles. Pluto supported Lindisfarne at the Marquee Club, and tour partners included Genesis, Caravan and Fairport Convention. They split not long after their 1971 s/t album from which 'Down and Out' is taken. Pluto interview with Paul Gardner & Alan Warner

Grave New World LP (1972)
Originally known as the Strawberry Hill Boys (from St Mary's Teacher Training College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London), The Strawbs were mainly known for being a progressive folk rock band. For a short time they had Rick Wakeman on keyboards and one of the first things they ever made was a 1968 recording with Sandy Denny called 'All Our Own Work' which wasn't released until the '70s after the band had changed considerably. I have chosen a great track from 1972's Grave New World album, 'Tomorrow' which contains less of their usual folk sound and goes in a heavier, epic prog direction. Here is an interview with guitarist Dave Lambert who joined shortly after and was part of the band's incarnation that made it big in America: Fire, King Earl Boogie Band, Strawbs interview with Dave Lambert

White Lightning
Nearing the end, and we reach the afore-mentioned White Lightning, from Minneapolis. It was started by guitarist Tom "Zippy" Caplan after leaving The Litter in 1968, and only released one single under that name before recording an album with the name shortened to Lightning. Since then many White Lightning recordings have been released in archival releases by labels like Arf Arf. Lightning supported the likes of Jethro Tull and The Amboy Dukes. They were quite heavily promoted but it was not be and broke up soon after the name change. In this interview Tom states that he is not happy with the production of the Lightning album: The Litter, White Lightning & Lightning interview with Tom "Zippy" Caplan

BOA - Wrong Road LP (1971)
The concluding track of this TDATS is from an extreme rarity that as been re-issued by archival labels such as Arf Arf. BOA made one privately-pressed LP in 1971 called 'Wrong Road'. It was a very amateurish affair, recorded in a "tupperware warehouse" according to drummer Richard Allen. Each song was recorded live in one take, with minimal mics set up and no production or mixing at all. The band started as 'Anvil' and only played locally at parties etc. The music is a mixture of garage rock and early hard rock and 'A Restful Sleep' is the longest and most adventurous song on the album, of which only 200 were pressed. BOA Interview with Richard Allen & Ted Burris

Phew! If you've got this far....thanks for listening.....also thanks to Klemen and It's Psychedelic Baby; keep up the good work of revealing the forgotten and fading history of rock, Rich.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

The Day After The Sabbath 93: Keep On Burning (hornrock)

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Welcome to the second heavy brassrock special! Shown by the narrow date bracket of these tracks (1969-1973) this was a phenomenon of the late 60's/early 70's. This style of rock with a horn section originated in the US after bands like Chicago Transit Authority and Blood Sweat & Tears found success with the formula. It blends rock with elements of soul, Latin, jazz and funk and the wind/brass sections that come with them. Some elements of hard and progressive rock occasionally crept in too; check out the brilliant track from Puzzle which is an unashamed, multi-instrumental prog freak-out. The majority of the bands appearing here played in the up-beat, easily accessible way of Chicago and BS&T, and the vocalists tend to be of the big band-leading crooner type. SOD, Melting Pot and The Gasoline Band are rooted in funk & soul, which have of course always been heavily reliant on brass sections. In true TDATS tradition, these picks are the hardest-rocking examples of their respective styles that I could find...

One thing I like about listening to this music is how it conjures images of old crime movies, perfect for a Dirty Harry or Steve Mcqueen chase scene. And a warning, be prepared to read some very long detailed band line-ups! Along with the usual rock instrumentation you'll see mentioned the likes of Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Flugelhorn, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Harmonica, Harpsichord, Harp, Congas and Bongos. By the nature of this music and the range of musical skills it requires, there's no room for amateurs here, so those of you preferring tight arrangements are going to dig this. There's some equally great guitar skills on here too, take a listen to Aura, The Gasoline Band, SOD and Jug Session.

I must say thanks to Youtube contact Rocky B for inspiring this comp. I was pretty much done after the first brassrock TDATS (Vol60) until a few knowledgeable comments from Rocky, the self-styled 'King of Hornrock', appeared on my channel. I grilled him for a list and the result is the inclusions (that make up about half of this volume) from 4th Cekcion, SOD, Melting Pot, Loadstone, Puzzle, Gasoline Band and Aura - all super-obscure acts that I may not have come across without his tips. Good man!

01. Swallow - Something Started Happening (1972)
       from album 'out of the nest'
02. 4th Cekcion - I Don't Have To Hide My Face Anymore (1970)
       from album '4th cekcion'
03. SOD - Things I Wanna Say (1971)
       from album 'sod'
04. Melting Pot - As I Lay Dying (1971)
       from album 'fire burn, cauldron bubble'
05. Trifle - New Religion (1971)
       from album 'first meeting'
06. Loadstone - Keep on Burning (1969)
       from album 'loadstone'
07. Puzzle - The Grosso (1973)
       from album 'puzzle'
08. Jug Session - Easy Here (1970)
09. The Gasoline Band - Ein Grosses (1972)
       from album 'the gasoline band'
10. Silk - Not A Whole Lot I Can Do (1969)
       from album 'smooth as raw silk'
11. Aura - Truckin' (1971)
       from album 'aura'
12. Warehouse - Na-na-na song (1972)
       from album 'powerhouse'
13. Swegas - Child of Light (1971)
       from album 'child of light'
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Swallow LP front
Swallow start the comp in an upbeat way (can horn rock be anything else?) with the aptly-titled 'Something Started Happening'. This is a band I came across a while ago on the southern rock blog Skydog's Elesium. They are not a southern rock band but they had a connection to Atlanta Rhythm Section who undoubtedly were (see southern rock Vol65). ARS members Barry Bailey and J.R. Cobb played on the second and final Swallow album, but I have chosen a track from the first album that was called 'Out of the Nest'. Here's what has to say:

"The first album from Swallow was produced by Jean Paul Salvatori, who put together the excellent Bootleg Him! double LP of Alexis Korner material this same year, 1972. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of Ultimate Spinach, later with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, appears on "Come Home Woman," an original from bassist Vernon Miller Jr., who was part of the band who opened for the Beatles in 1966, the legendary Barry & the Remains. Miller's presence adds collectability to this debut. "Come Home Woman" would have been perfect for Alexis Korner, come to think of it, a bluesy lament which begins with Baxter's wonderful guitar work and picks up steam, letting George Leh open up and battle the horns -- the voice and instruments stir things up so fine. "Aches and Pains" is one of the four Vern Miller Jr./George Leh co-writes, and it is gospel-tinged blues which spills over onto "Common Man." There's real personality here, music perhaps a little too earthy for the Blood, Sweat & Tears crowd, but authentic to the max. Recorded and mixed where Aerosmith cut "Dream On" and where Jonathan Edwards of Orphan tracked "Sunshine," "Out of the Nest" is post-Bosstown serious singing and playing. 

Swallow - band image (2nd LP inside)
Leh's got that Nick Gravenites gravel growl on "Something Started Happening," a tune with charging dynamics, perhaps this band's strong suit. Miller's "Brown Eyed Baby Boy" is a plea for love with a solid hook that would work well for the Remains since that group started recording again in the new millennium. The Staple Singers' composition "Why Am I Treated So Bad," also covered by Cannonball Adderley and the Sweet Inspirations, adds another dimension to the mix, the organ of Bob Camacho getting to have its say. Mick Aranda's creative drumming is also worthy of note. Out of the Nest is an excellent document of early-'70s Boston roots rock/blues music with just a touch of jazz."

Other players not mentioned above were Phil Green (gtr), Kerry Blount (Sax), Gordon Kennedy (trombone), Andy Harp & Jay DeWald on trumpets and Parker Wheeler (harp).
Released by the small Bellaire, Texas-based Solar Recording Corporation, 4th Cekcion's s/t LP was produced by Fred Carroll and was played by Louie Broussard (drums), Richard Cantu (woodwind), Greg Isaacs (vox, keys), Mike St. Clair (bass) and Stewart Rojo (gtr, brass) and Gary Weldon (brass). According to Badcatrecord's review: "A couple of the members remained active in the Texas music scene, reappearing in 5 Easy Pieces (Louie Broussard) and The Funk Factory (Greg Isaacs, Richard Cantu, Stewart Rojo and Gary Weldon)"

The album is a nice find, featuring a fair number of hard tracks with psychedelic overtones that steer it away from the commercial sheen of Chicago and BS&T etc, which is why I used them previously on Vol66.
SOD debut LP (1971)
SOD's track starts with a mildly latin, Speghetti Western feel that builds into some big grooves embellished with further latin flavoured percussion and even some flute. Their debut s/t album (1971) is another good example of hornrock with tasteful use of brass and a fair amount of tough riffs. Finding useful information at Badcatrecords, yet again, here's a few interesting facts.

This Los Angeles band share a member with another band that I chose for this volume; drummer Larry Devers who was previously in Loadstone (track 7): "I formed the band [SOD] in Las Vegas, Nevada in the late 1960s.  We cut two albums of which I have zero copies. Before SOD I had a group called Loadstone that cut one album on Barnaby. I don't have a copy of that one either." SOD's second album 'Face The Music' (1972) was produced by David Axelrod,  a new name to me that seems to warrant further investigation as he had an extensive solo career and is regarded as an originator in the fusion of Jazz/R&B with rock and psych.

Jay York
SOD (and other bands) drummer Jay York was also an NWA Wrestler: "Jay York was a musician, and briefly quit wrestling in 1972 to become the percussionist for the rock band Delaney & Bonnie. He replaced their longtime percussionist Sam Clayton when Clayton and bassist Kenny Gradney left that band to join legendary rock band Little Feat (they’re still in that band today)." Wrestling under the name 'The Alaskan'. He also worked as a bouncer at Hollywood's Classic Cat strip club. At only 57, he died of liver disease in October 1995.

Saxophonist Rick Kellis: "..went on to become an in-demand sessions player, supporting virtually everyone imaginable. He's also recorded some jazz-oriented solo material..". Finally, Bassist Cal Arnold: "I was the bass player in SOD on Decca Records - Robert 'California' Arnold...I have also recorded with Clydie King 'Brown Sugar' - RCA/Chelsea 1973; Edgar Winter's White Trash 'Recycled' CBS/Blue Sky 1977; Billy Branch 'The Blues Keep Following Me Around' - Verve Gitanes 1985."

Both SOD LP covers
Here's the liner notes from the debut LP: "Robert "California" Arnold (bass, tuba, percussion, vocals), Jay "The Alaskan" York (Congas, Bongos, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals), Larry Devers (Drums, Vocals), Don Phillips (Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Vocals), Joseph "Jojo" Molina (Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Trumpet, Percussion), Richard "Rick" Kellis (Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Percussion, Vocals) and Michael Green (Trumpet, Trombone, Flugelhorn, Percussion, Vocals)."

Melting Pot LP -
'Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble'
After finding The Melting Pot album on Rocky B's recommendation, I posted the track 'As I Lay Dying' (appearing here) on Youtube. Later some comments from band members appeared on the clip. The band consisted of Dick Gentile (lead vocals, keyboards), Howie McGurley (sax, trumpet), Steve Nichols (trombone), Joe Rudd  (lead guitar), Mickey Smith (RIP 1971 - lead guitar), Jerry Thompson (drums, percussion), Kenny Tibbets (lead vocals, bass, keyboards) and Bill Witherspoon (lead vocals, sax). Ronnie Witherspoon commented: "I am a founding member of the Melting Pot, I left the band after the terrible contract with Phil Waldren and No Exit Music. No other albums were recorded, I do have a CD of the LAST FIVE, a straight ahead progress fusion funk/rock band, from 1972 & 73."

Melting Pot label
Bad Cat records has this to say: "Phil Walden was apparently the money behind the group, helping to arrange for a contract with the small Ampex Records label.  Produced by Johnny Sandlin, 1971's "Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble" album was also recorded at Walden's Capricorn Studios.  That connection is mildly interesting in that this group's sound is about as far away from Southern rock as you can get." Ronnie Witherspoon: "That [Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble] was the only album, and it was recorded partially at Cybertechniques in Dayton, and then the project was moved to Capricorn, done over and sold to Ampex." Read more comments on the Youtube page.

The UK's Trifle appears for track 5, 'New Religion'. Along with the Puzzle and Swegas cuts, this is a longer, more progressive and adventurous work than the majority of the comp, with slow-burning intensity and a foreboding atmosphere. The band was George Bean (vocals), Rod Coombes (percussion, drums), Patrick 'Speedy' King (bass), Barry Martin (sax), John Pritchard (trumpets), John Hitchen (guitar), Dick Cuthel (horns) and Brian 'Chico' Greenwood (percussion, drums). This is what the Tapestry of Delights says: "Evolving out of George Bean and The Runners, this group was managed by Robert Stigwood. They also acted as a backing group for other artists. “Dirty Old Town” was a Dubliners track. Bean died in the early seventies, whilst drummer Rod Coombes went on to Juicy Lucy, RoRo, Stealers Wheel and The Strawbs." According to DJ Matthew Africa another track, 'One Way Glass', from Trifle's only album 'First Meeting', was sampled in the Kick-Ass movie trailer. The album has since been re-issued by Cherry Red records.

This is what says about the band's founder, George Bean: "George Bean was one of the relatively uncommon folk-or-folk/rock artists of mid-'60s England who actually got to record for a major label. He first signed to English Decca in 1963 and released four singles through them over the next two years, of which the most notable was his superb folk-pop version of the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards song "Will You Be My Lover Tonight?" None of these records charted, though his self-penned B-side of 'She Belongs to Me,' 'Why Must They Criticize?' (both released credited to George Bean & the Runners), was later covered by the In Crowd on their way to becoming Tomorrow. Bean moved to British CBS for one single and appeared in the movie Privilege, where he sang "Onward Christian Soldiers." He subsequently formed the group Trifle, which was managed by Robert Stigwood, with future Strawbs member Rod Coombes in the lineup, but he died before they got to record for the Pye Records progressive rock offshoot Dawn Records."
Loadstone LP front
We reach the half-way point with Loadstone and, maybe also from Las Angeles (more on this soon), as the connection with SOD's Larry Devers would suggest. They have one of the oldest tracks here; 1969. 'Keep on Burning' is this comp's namesake, it's a short, high energy song with a blazing fuzz guitar break at the halfway mark. Horn Rock Heaven refers to the band as 'a group of Las Vegas hired-gun musicians' (John Sterling and Terry Ryan later played on Eric Burden records), and interestingly also states that it was produced by Dave Grusin (this is confirmed at, who also played piano on the track 'Dayshine'. Grusin was a successful musician, producer, composer, conductor and film/tv score writer. I have liked lots of his work and stuff like the Candy soundtrack certainly showed he had an affinity with psychedelic music.

This is the information found in Fuzz, Acid and Flowers (Vernon Joynson): "This album is of interest for Flowerpot, an [epic, progressive] 15 minute-long psychedelic suite which takes up the whole of Side Two. Complete with sound effects, phasing, screams, echo loops and bird noises, the track was recorded in one take, with the voices overdubbed later.

Loadstone LP rear cover
The group formed in Las Vegas, NV. Devers, Abernathy and Phillips were backing Bobby Darin at the time when he went on his hiatus to find himself, leaving them looking for a gig. Ryan, Douglas, Sterling and Cernuto were freelance musicians in Vegas looking for work. Thanks to a guitar player by the name of Mike Richards, who originally was in the group, they got together and formed a cover band to make some cash. The band worked a club in Vegas called 'The Pussycat A Go Go' where Andy Williams used to hang out. He signed the band to his label, Barnaby Records, because of the big following the band attracted to its live performances. Andy also got Dave Grusin to produce the album as well as play piano on one track, Dayshine. The album was recorded in a two week period in the Summer of 1969 and other than record promotion concerts and a few club gigs in L.A., the band never toured.

The albums lack of sales caused the group to slowly dissolve to working lounge gigs in Vegas. When that was over the band members went on to other groups. Today, all the members are still working as musicians in one capacity or another except for Douglas, who passed on in 1991. The groups energy in live performance could never really be captured on record. The horn sound created by the Trumpet, Trombone and Sax with the funky rhythm section was truly incredible.

Barnaby Records still owns the masters, with a few tracks never released. Dave Grusin is mostly known as a jazzman and soundtrack composer. (Vernon Joynson / Stephane Rebeschini w/thanks to Sam Cernuto) Musicians: Barry Abernathy (bass), Sam Cernuto (trombone), Larry Devers (drums), Steve Douglas (aka HUSCZKA) (trumpet, fluegel horn), John Phillips (tenor sax, flutes, oboe, bassoon), Terry Ryan (keyboards), John Sterling (guitar)."
Puzzle LP front (1973)
Puzzle were mainly a light and un-interesting (in TDATS terms) BS&T style horn pop band, but one track from their first album warrants inclusion here, 'The Grosso', a big diversion from their normal output and absolutely brilliant in my opinion. It has many parts, and a lot of different instrumentation. Though it passes through a lot of moods, from frantic riffing, to evil, strangulated vocals, to maudlin introspection, it never looses intensity. It seems for this one track they set-aside their derivitive, cheesy inclinations and played something progressive, adventurous and heavy. Maybe it was one of those cases of a band briefly breaking-away from their commercial/label obligations to play something exciting instead? Who knows. So far I have not been able to find much info on Puzzle, but here's a snippet from the WFMU radio blog: "...The band's first album, Puzzle was recorded in Hollywood in 1973 (its followup was released a year later, under the strikingly uninspired name 'The Second Album'). Most tracks were written by drummer/vocalist John LiVigni - though [The Grosso] was co-written by Lawrence Klimas (sax and flutes). [Producer - Bob Cullen] For me, the only 'Puzzle' is what this band was doing on the Motown label...".

Puzzle 1973
Through I found that 'John Valenti' was a member, and here is his Wikipedia entry: "John Valenti (born John LiVigni) is an American singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as lead singer and writer for a pop band, Puzzle. Puzzle released two solid albums on Motown Records in 1973 (Puzzle I) and 1974 (Puzzle II). They were one of the rare white groups on Motown. With a sound often reminiscent of the early Chicago Transit Authority. They were a horn pop soul band with John's vocals recalling Stevie Wonder. They owed a lot to Chicago, their inspiration, including back to back self-titled albums. Though they never made the Hot 100 singles or Top 200 albums, they made two very credible albums. John eventually went solo. He released one album in 1976, entitled Anything You Want, on Ariola Records. It peaked at #51 on the U.S. Black Albums chart on the strength of the title track, which had been released as a single and which peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of 2007 Mr. Valenti still performs."
Jug Session -
Easy Here 45 (1970)
Jug Jession are the only band here to have put out just one single, but it's good, one of the heaviest in this comp maybe! 'Easy Here' is a short but heavy rocker with a hint of Hendrix (as has the b-side 'Runnin' Down' even more so), except for the horns of course. So far I have only found two useful references to them, one on Alex Gitlin's Nederpop Encyclopedia and one on Collector's Frenzy. They state that they were based in Noord-Brabant, a southern province of The Netherlands. The members were Huib van der Broek (guitar), Ben Koot (guitar), Robert Kraak (fender bass), Anton Verhagen (vocals), Emmanuel Cooymans (drums) and Otto Cooymans (organ, piano). A couple of these weren't mentioned on Gitlin's site, but were Anton Verhagen and Otto Cooymans would go on to symphonic rock group 'Otger Dice' and Vitesse (Otto also playing in Fontessa before that) and Emmanuel Cooymans would go on to instrumental group Strato. In this interview, Otto Cooymans briefly mentions Jug Session: "..when I left boarding school at 17, i found myself in a bluesrock band called Jug Session together with Anton Verhagen. We even did a tour in Germany and played in front of a few 1000 people and the people went crazy.." (Thanks to Marc Joseph for the translation).
Gasoline Band LP front and band photo
The Gasoline Band are up next. Again, a very hard band to seek info on, until I found an old official website that is. It was started in Berlin in 1969 by two Americans - NYC Composer/Pianist Fred Schwartz and Jazz Trumpeter/298th Army Bandsman Larry "Fish" Brown Jr. After gigging and attracting further (mostly american) members they signed a contract with UK label Cube and recorded their only album in London. The record is generally quite a smooth, soulful affair, except for two heavy tracks in the middle; 'Ein Grosses' (featured here) and the more progressive 'Schrapnel'.

Ein Grosses is by far the most guitar-heavy, starting and ending with groovy rolling riffs which sandwich some flashy instrumental spotlights, including some backwards-recorded gat work. Brilliant song! The full band listing for the one and only album, as per is George Thompson Jr. (bass), Joe Ogé (congas), William Goffigan (drums), Brian Bevan (vocals, guitar), Fred Schwartz (keyboards), Major Wilburn Jr. (tenor sax), Charles Bowen Jr. (alto saxophone), Jerome Johnson (trombone), Jim Dvorak & Ronald Phillips (trumpets). Discogs refers separately to two of the American guys; Jim Dvorak (Brooklyn) and William Goffigan (Maryland). There's a clip of Dvorak playing trumpet in london recently, here, and a further list of his involvements at here.
The Silk track at number 10 is fast and insistent with cool vocals. They were not a horn band as such, but had some horn arrangements layed on their only album 'Smooth As Raw Silk' (1969). Here's a great write-up for Silk I found at Bad Cat Records :- "This short-lived Cleveland-based outfit is probably best known for having served as a springboard for singer/guitarist Michael Stanley Gee of future Michael Stanley band fame.

Silk - Smooth As Raw Silk LP
Like half of the teenagers in the United States, by 1965 the combination of girls and money proved irresistible to the teenaged Gee, who started his career playing in a number of local groups including The Scepters.  By 1968 Gee was attending Hiram University and joined a late-inning version of Clevelabd's Beatles-inspired The Tree Stumps showcasing the talents of Gee, guitarist Chris Johns, drummer Courtney Johns, and keyboardist Randy Sabo.  Playing dances and local clubs won the band a cult following and released a couple of singles, but met with little financial reward and by 1969 the Stumps had morphed into Silk.  Silk did little and on the verge of calling it quits, a performance at a Cleveland club attracted the attention of producer Bill Szymczyk who'd been sent on the road by ABC Records to look for talent.  (The same trip saw him sign Joe Walsh and the James Gang to a contract.)

Signed to ABC, the band were teamed with producer Szymczyk (who also co-wrote several tracks).  The group's 1969 debut "Smooth As Raw Silk" served to showcase the band's broad and versatile repertoire.   Gee and Sabo split vocal duties and while both were professional, neither was overwhelming (Sabo actually struck me as the better of the two).  All four members contributed the writing chores (a cover of Tim Rose's 'Long Haired Boy' and the country tune 'Custody' were the lone non-originals), the results found the band touching base on a wide array of genres ranging from country ('Custody'), to sensitive singer/songwriter moves, and even horn rock ('Not a Whole Lot I Can Do').  The results were never less than professional, but the lack of focus left you kind of wondering who these guys really were - at times it almost came off as a demo intended to show they could do it all.  The collection got off to a nice start with the effects laden 'Introduction' (dedicated to airline pilots everywhere) and the psych-rocker 'Foreign Trip'.  From that point on things became very hit or miss. Sporting some nice twin lead guitar work from Johns and guest guitarist Harry Porter 'Skito Blues' was an excellent rocker.  Almost as good was the raucous 'Come On Down Girl'.  At the other end of the spectrum taking on the then-taboo issue of divorce and children the C&W-flavored 'Custody' was easily the strangest song.  Coming in a close second, 'Scottish Thing' somehow managing to meld a trance feel with bagpipes.  The song was also interesting in that it was dedicated to Elektra's Jac Holtzman (even though the band was signed to ABC).   

Smooth As Raw Silk rear (CD)
- Opening up with some tasty Gee bass and some Stax-styled horns, 'Not a Whole Lot I Can Do' found the band switching orientation with a killer slice of blue-eyed soul.  Showcasing how good Gee's voice could be, this track actually rocked out.  rating: **** stars

Ultimately [the LP] was maddeningly inconsistent; almost sounding like a wedding band trying to show they could cover all sorts of musical genres ...  The album actually managed to hit the top-200 charts (peaking at # 191) but with little support from ABC (the company didn't even release a single),  the quartet subsequently called it quits."
Moving on to Aura, this is another band with scant on-line information, though they made a consistent s/t album of heavy horn rock in 1971. I have chosen the song 'Truckin' from it. This is how Vernon Joynson's Tapestry Of Delights describes them:"A Powerful Horn-Jazz-Rock outfit from Los Angeles. The stand-out cut is Life Is Free on side 2. Chuck Greenberg (flute, sax) and Terry Quaye (congas) also guested on the album."

Aura LP (1971)
Eventually I found a few nuggets on a blog belonging to a guy called Ron Romano. He was not in Aura, but he was in a later-70's band called Giant City. Now, Aura's formative name was Giant City. In tribute to the original band that Ron's Giant City took their name from, he posted up mp3 rips of Aura's 1971 album and some info regarding the band. After a while some members and colleagues/friends/fans of the original Giant City/Aura band came across this and have posted some informative comments there. The rips are still there and you can read the comments at the bottom of this page.  Here's a comment from Andy Foertsch (Aura trombone player) "...Thanks for the good words. [Aura] was a great ride and some of us are still in touch. BTW, most of us hated the name “Aura” but Mercury made us change it [from Giant City] for a real BS reason. Jerry Smith was in The Flock before he was with us. Last I heard, and this is old news, he had something to do with Hohner but I don’t know what. There weren't too many copies of the [Aura] album made, I think only about 10,000, if that many. I have linked my page to your site so that people, where I live now, Florida, can listen. There’s also a web page, “horn rock heaven” that has one of our tunes and 100's from different bands of our era, They’re writing a book and going to do a bit about us. Peace." Andy also commented that Aura played a reunion show at the Chicago Pop Festival in November 2009.

Aside from Andy, the rest of Aura (according to Tapestry Of Delights) were: Sam Alessi (organ, piano, vibes), George Bar (vocals, trumpet), Fred Entesari (sax), Dennis Horan (drums), Al Lathan (vocals, percussion), Jerry Smith (bass, vocals) and Bill Waidner (guitar).

Warehouse - Powerhouse LP (1972)
The next track is from an album which I found out about for Vol86, and was pleasantly surprised by, as it's a horn rock album with some quite rocking moments, a real rarity to come from Holland. It's by a mysterious band called Warehouse from Friesland, and there is very little information available. I am indebted to Marc Joseph, guitarist in band Vitamin X, for alerting me to this album and finding extra information for me. It was produced by Tim Griek who was previously the drummer in the symphonic prog band Ekseption.

The Crash
The players are listed as Harry Zijlstra (gtr, vox), Quido Hereman (vox, percussion, gtr), Jan De Jong (Bass), Jan De Lang (percussion), Klaas Bootsma (keys), Jaap Van Der Veer (sax) and Andries Zijlstra (trumpet, vox). The album sounds quite commercial but it has some good tracks like 'It's life', and 'The Na-na-na Song' is uplifting fun. Most of Warehouse were in a 60s beat band called The Relays, who later formed The Crash. The Crash made a 7'' called ''Last Week / One Rainy Day'' in 1969 which sold more than a 1000 copies within 3 months of release.

Warehouse developed from The Crash in 1969, partly as a reaction to Dizzy Man's Band (from Volendam) which was a band to also feature a brassy soul-rock vibe. Warehouse made one album called 'Powerhouse'. The record company (Imperial) wanted them to go commercial/professional but they refused and didn't get a contract. Around 1972 John Eskes joined who was previously in Art461/Canyon. In 1974 some members had to commit to their family lives and Warehouse split, but 3 of them (Jan de Lang, Quido Hereman, John Eskes) started Zig Zag Trio, later called Zig Zag Band. John Eskes is still active and the leader of Big Band Leeuwarden 73.

Swegas 'Child of Light' LP cover
This set ends with Swegas, a UK band that were not very hard hitting but had some great progressive tracks. The one I chose here is the longest cut, the title track from their fist released album 'Child of Light'. Swegas have a website where you can read their bio, and stream both their albums, including an unreleased demo album, a live one and a single, all in their entirety: Here's a few  snippets: "...the band rehearsed a room at the London Ambulance Service in Waterloo Road....during the Spring period of 1970 they had a regular spot upstairs at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - Swegas one night - Genesis the next! They then embarked on a three month tour of Europe starting in Oslo on May 20th...[during which]...their blue mini bus was breaking down continually and through lack of money spent a number of nights sleeping under the vans. They ended up in the famous Top Ten club sharing the bill with the Boston Show Band (featuring the then unknown Gary Glitter). They liked their drummer Billy Hogan so when Maurice left shortly after Billy was offered the job..."

Thanks for listening......horns up!!

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