Thursday, November 16, 2017

Iota - s/t 2003

From the archives of the legendary "Suemi" label comes this previously unreleased psych masterpiece by Iota.  This 4-piece band tore up Texas before re-locating to Memphis to record for HI Records in the late 60's. They released two great 45's including the amazing "Within these Precincts" in 1971. Deemed too dark and disturbing for commercial radio, the singles went nowhere and the band called it quits after two years of playing & recording. This release has combined all the finest recordings from El Paso & Memphis, Songs like "Bottle Baby", "Gympses", "R.I.P.", "Love Come Wicked" and the aforementioned "Precincts" are all sadly overlooked.
Wailing guitars, swirling organ, strong vocals and a tight rhythm section all shine on this well produced release. Limited to 600 copies.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Christopher - "What'cha Gonna Do?" 1969

One of the rarest Heavy Psych records from America, Chrisopher's "What'cha Gonna Do?" commands over $8,000 in collectors circles. This band (not to be confused with the "Christopher" on Metromedia Records, 1970) comes from South Carolina, which is pretty unique in itself! The record was pressed privately and as few as 100 copies exist.
Pretty typical heavy fuzzed guitars and songwriting typical of the day, however the all-original free-form jams would've easily withstood the test of time had this band been allowed an audience beyond that of their hometown. Exceptional electric blues-based rock coupled with Excellent vocal harmonies wraps the whole thing up in an "Acid-Rock" groove that comes off very inspired.

Frank Smoak - Guitar/vocals
Steve Nagel - Rhythm Guitar/vocals
Bill Mckee - Bass/vocals
Gary Lucas - Drums

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wabash Resurrection - "Get it Off!" 1975

According to Rockadrome, this band has "Underground Southern Renegade, Budweiser, hippy, backwoods rocker vibe written all over it." which, if I do say so myself, is a damn good description!

From Pittsfield, Illinois, the band played the area in and around their home base. Eventually the band released a one-off LP back in '75 on a privater label (doesn't get any more 'underground' than that!)

Not much more is really known about the band. Doug Oakley (drums) passed on back in 2014.

Bud Bailey (vocals/guitar)
Larry "Pipes Lemon (bass)
Doug Oakley (drums)

An article about Doug's passing by a friend of his:

Monday, October 2, 2017

Gomorrah 1969-'73

A real Krautrock gem. Originally a psychedelic pop band from Northern Rhineland, Gomorrah formed in 1969 and were soon taken under the wing of then-fledgling producer/engineer Conny Plank. Aside from Conny's enthusiasm, it's seems that Gomorrah went largely unnoticed at the time. Very typical of the contemporary experimental Krautrock movement of the time, with an almost "Americanized" flair. The lyrics were in English, and the group had a more hard rock guitar style (think: a more psychedelic Black Sabbath, with an eccentric and frenzied Robert Plant on vocals).

Gomorrah came out of Koln, with Helmut Pohl (drums), Eberhard Krietsch (keys), Ad Ochel (guitar), Ali Claudi (guitar). In 1971 the BASF label released the groups debut: "Trauma" in English, wit singer Peter Otten, after the original in German was shelved.

The second and last album: "I Turned To See Whose Voice It was" was released in 1972.
In 1973, it is said that the group quit to join the workforce.

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