[Re-issue / archival reviews]

VA - The Archives of Acid: Greetings From Ohio pt. 1

Here's a compilation from a new label called "Archives of Acid" (AoA). No prizes for guessing what inspired that name hehe. It so-far plans to specialise in rare singles-only acts and for the first release it is concentrating on the state of Ohio. More locales are planned in the future.

I have checked out the songs and indeed they are all as-yet uncomped. AoA appear to have good taste as all the tracks here are great, except maybe one which is more of a novelty amusement, "Gayle & The Great Blue Rock".

The singles range from 1970 - 1977, and a couple of them were put out by an Ohio label called "Starshine", which also put out a single from a band that included a young Jim Gustafson, pre-Poobah, called "Biggy Rat".

Hear it / buy it here, via Bandcamp: Archives of Acid

1. Big Blue - Ridin' High [1970]
A great opener - this has a groovy riff that sticks to you straight away!

2. Zachariah - Out Of The Rut [1976]
This has a definite southern rock vibe, and it's also very catchy. With some backing slide guitar it grooves away and is another winner.

3. Myth Band - Cold Wind Blows [1976]
This one has a rural vibe, and a much more progressive approach, with a lot more production tricks than the previous two. It makes you think that an album from "Myth Band" could have been a very good thing!

4. Purgatory - Polar Expedition [1970]
Purgatory have a Doors-ey vibe and certainly sound more a product of the sixties than the previous tracks. The guitar is ripping! Another good one.

5. Stars And Stripes - Your Love No More [1970]
Sounding similar in immediacy to Big Blue, this one has another strong riff, this time assisted by keyboards which work great.

6. Gayle & The Great Blue Rock - Such A Fool [1971]
Possibly the weakest one of the set, it still has a DIY charm to it, the extremely fuzzy guitar sound is surely its passport to being included on a comp such as this.

7. Travis - Lovin' You [1970]
A real belter here, the infectious riff opens it up and never leaves, It's pretty much impossible not to nod your head to it.

8. Swifthold - Slow Burner [1975]
One of the most different tracks in the comp. It would seem Swifthold had a funky edge, there's no over-driven guitars here but the groove is rock solid and there's some cool studio effects.

9. Salt - Old Comedy [1970]
Like Purgatory, this one is rooted is sixties sounds, with swinging jazzy feel it's another one that get's the head nodding straight away.

10. Cincinnati Joe - Get It Together [1970]
Here's a very funky track, I had to look up Cincinnati Joe straight away, and he does appear to have collaborated on an album with "Mad Lydia" in 1971, but this solo single is not from an album.

11. Sundown - Woman [1970]
This one is a slowburner with simple lyrics (the name says it all) and makes for a diverting break in procedings.

12. Erving Forbush - The Train [1972]
This is the only song I am familiar with already, and it's a killer! It reminds me a lot of the Sound Of Imker single "Train Of Doomsday", the one that Jello Biafra said was the first ever hardcore punk song. He'd probably be saying it about this one if he's heard it first!

13. Tailwind - Shake In The Wind [1977]
The youngest track in the comp, it has more in common with Myth Band's approach than the others. Cleaner production and a less grungy sound, but it's still a great track.

14. Dry Ice - Don't Munkey With The Funky Skunky [1974]
After Erving Forbush, the closing track is another punky one, although it is stated as 1974, it's a strange mixture of protopunk and rockabilly which works really well.

At the moment this comp is offered as a digital download, hopefully vinyl and CD issues will be available at some point!

Blurb over at The Archives of Acid: "Long lost, meticulously-sought out jewels of hard rock and heavy psych/prog from the '60s and '70s glory days. 

The first release in the Archives of Acid is a fourteen-track collection of the best, rarest singles from Ohio's rich history of rock, spanning 1970 to 1977. It traverses grungy hard rock with Big Blue and Travis, epic rock with Myth Band and proto-punk with Erving Forbush and Dry Ice. 

Also along for the ride is some heavy funk (Cincinnati Joe) and Southern rock from Zachariah. And that's not all, give it a spin to see what other delights are in store..."

White Summer - self titled [1976] - Cat OSR040 / OSRCD040

Here's a review of the first official vinyl re-issue of White Summer's privately-pressed 1976 album. For a private release, the album has a great production, each instrument stands out, and the sound is easily on a par with major label records. There is an extremely diverse mix of rural rock, humour, funk, heavy metal and existential prog here, the band are just doing what ever they like without any pressure to sound a particular way.

"Without A Sound" opens the album in a subdued way. It's a plaintive electric folk song with picked guitar and great bluesy licks, at two minutes long it serves as an nice intro to the album and shows some of the diversity within. Second track "BMF" turns up the heat with an intentionally misleading funk disco riff and lyrics that seem to be poking fun at such things, which develops into a great heavy southern rock riff one third-in. The simple lyrics layout the band's mission statement; "Let us play for you, some funky tunes, you know we do some rock an pop, but we like heavy metal blues. I just wanna play music, every day!".

Track three "Misty Morning" continues the heavy Southern rock riffage and the fourth track, "Sail" is the first long, experimental track. Mostly instrumental but with a vocal section in the middle, it goes through many textures including Latin and jazz rhythms by the end. Next track, "The Tank", is another longer one with minimal vocals which also goes through many phases including some brooding acid psych, ending on a really heavy coda.

Track six "Riding High" is definitely a highlight for me. As you can guess from the title it's a road song that would have gone perfectly on the Vanishing Point soundtrack, "Picked up a hiker, turned me on to a high....cruising down the highway, feeling free as the wind, I don't know where I'm going, I don't know where I been". Musically, it's one of the most directly rocking tunes on the album and keeps up the pace all the way through.

Towards the end are a couple of upbeat country rockers about lost loves, "All Good Things" & "For Your Smile", and "Laugh When I Die" takes a dramatic turn in pitch with with a downer-rocker that has some super heavy, almost Sabbathian doom riffs. The album ends on White Summer's nine minute prog epic "Omega". Using a ton of studio effects and existential lyrics which battle things out between God and Satan, it reminds me a little of J. D. Blackfoot's "The Ultimate Prophecy".

So, I am left feeling reminded a little of Captain Beyond's debut. White summer don't employ an over-all concept like that record did, and they certainly don't take things as seriously, but Rick Lowe (guitar and vocals) does an amazing job, his vocals sound like Rod Evans and all the songs are packed with bluesy leads and note bending that really emphasises the Southern rock influences.

Retail links: Vinyl or CD. (These both also have digital download links where you can sample all the tracks)

01. Without A Sound 2:08
02. BMF 2:30
03. Misty Morning 2:45
04. Sail 6:22
05. The Tank 5:12
06. Ridin High 3:13
07. All Good Things 2:30
08. For Your Smile 2:19
09. Laugh When I Die 3:41
10. Omega 8:53

The Following is taken from Guerssen.com :-

"First ever vinyl reissue with original artwork of this US private pressing from 1976.
Progressive hard- rock with psychedelic touches, melodic vocals, top level musicianship and stunning lead guitar all over.

Originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan, White Summer was formed in 1973 by a trio of eighteen- year- olds who shared a mutual love for Hendrix, Cream and Grand Funk among others. They were: Jim Watkins (drums and vocals), Rick Lowe (guitar and vocals) and David Wheeler (bass). White Summer played many shows at high school dances, outdoor festivals and nightclubs, becoming in the following years one of the top rock acts not only in Michigan but also in Florida, where they relocated at the end of the 70s.

White Summer’s first album, known as the “White Album” due to its simple design, was recorded at Uncle Dirty's Sound Machine Studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by Bryce Roberson who had formerly been an engineer at Chess Records. Self- financed by the band, 1000 copies were pressed and sold in the Michigan area.

Sought- after by collectors worldwide, this is the first ever reissue featuring original artwork.
24- bit domain professional remaster from a mint original vinyl copy (master tapes were lost). Insert with liner notes by original member James Watkins and a previously unseen photo"

Bare Sole - "Flash" [1969] - Cat SOMM026 / SOMMCD026

Clockwise from left - Rich Foster (lead gtr)
Dave George (gtr, vocals), Brian Harrison (bass)
Ron Newlove (drums)

In a new semi-regular section for The Day After The Sabbath, here is the first feature on an official archival release of some truly lost and obscure psychedelic rock n' roll. The UK's Bare Sole first came to my attention in a bootleg compilation called "Do What Thou Wilt". I was impressed by the song "Flash" with it's groovy heavy blues riff and rough n' roll attitude.

The majority of the seven tracks included in the first ever official Bare Sole release are more laid back or pop-centric than that track, save for "Let's Communicate", which has a nice dragging pace which makes it heavy in a druggy, fuzzed-out way. The rest of the CD is a variety of garage R&B/Merseybeat, which, while endearing and enthusiastically-played, has a raw improvised feel and basic production. Aside from a couple of the more concise tracks, it has more of a jam session sound than a structured album.

Worthy of investigation, the Sommor label (distributed through Guerssen Records) has over-seen a decent remastering job on the tapes, which sounds better than any Bare Sole bootlegs that you might come across elsewhere, and there is a ten page booklet with an exclusive band biography and liner notes written by The British Music Archive's Greg Smith.

Retail link: http://www.guerssen.com/catalogue.php?lang=en&ide=20011


01. Let’s Communicate
02. Flash
03. Woman- A- Come
04. Ain’t Nobody Here
05. Jungle Beat
06. Sole Blues
07. Woman- A- Come (Version 2)

The following is taken from Guerssen.com :-

The loudest band from Hull in the '60s, Bare Soul played raw, in-your-face psychedelic hard rock and heavy blues.

Bare Sole's brief existence at the tail end of the 1960s reflected the realistic trappings of their geographical situation. Musical icons Mick Ronson and Robert Palmer would eventually rise to fame outside of their native Hull, but Bare Sole sadly only managed a hand full of out of town gigs and a tour of US air bases in Germany. As it was, their entire existence fitted inside just over a year, but at least their inspired musical legacy has survived, thanks to a 1969 recording session held at Fairview studios.

Assisted by writer and producer Keith Herd and galvanised by an enthusiastic local poultry farmer, Bare Sole captured their primitive garage mannerisms inside of one fiery recording session. Aside from Decca's rejection of their demo tape, Bare Sole continued playing along-side acts such as Family, Status Quo, The Move and The Small Faces, but the inevitable decision to quit came in 1970 and their story came to an end.

Presenting Bare Sole's entire recorded history, taken from the master tapes of their 1969 recording session. Their seductive garage rock boasts explosive doses of fuzz, wah wah and Farfisa organ, a sound that recalled an earlier and more primitive sound, but a sound that also may have unwittingly sealed their fate.

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