Saturday, January 1, 2022

I HEARD THAT TRAIN A' COMIN'


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Friday, November 19, 2021

GYPSY CRUSADER



This was Gypsy's third album - their first on RCA Records - released in 1972. There were no lengthy songs on this album. However, "Day After Day", "Young Gypsy", "So Many Promises", and the title cut, "Antithesis (Keep Your Faith)", all received radio airplay. This was another good album by the group and all of the songs are easily recognizable as being by Gypsy.

1. Crusader (3:10) 
2. Day After Day (3:15) 
3. The Creeper (3:13) 
4. Facing Time (4:12) 
5. Lean On Me (3:13) 
6. Young Gypsy (3:06) 
7. Don't Bother Me  (3:13) 
8. Travelin' Minnesota Blues (2:32) 
9. So Many Promises (2:23) 
10. Antithesis (3:21) 
11. Edgar (Don't Hoover Over Me) (3:25) 
12. Money  (4:51) 



Line-up / Musicians
- James Walsh / vocals, keyboards
- Enrico Rosenbaum / vocals, guitar
- James C. Johnson / vocals, lead guitar
- Randy Cates / vocals, bass
- Bill Lordan / drums 


 

Monday, November 15, 2021

GARDEN GYPSY


Gypsy's second album titled "In the Garden" was released in 1971 also on Metromedia Records. This was a single album with only one long track on it - "As Far As You Can See (As Much As You Can Feel)" - which was over twelve minutes long. Again, the songs on this album all had the "Gypsy sound". No singles were released from this album.

Metromedia never did promote the band heavily. The first two Gypsy albums soon went out of print when Metromedia Records fell on hard times. After going out of print, Gypsy's first two albums became very collectable and commanded high prices for the remainder of the seventies.


"Around You" – 5:27
"Reach Out Your Hand" – 2:33
"As Far as You Can See (As Much as You Can Feel)" (Rosenbaum with intro by Lordan/Walsh) – 12:09
"Here in the Garden I" – 6:43
"Here in the Garden II" – 3:07
"Blind Man" – 3:59
"Time Will Make It Better" (Walsh) – 2:53



Personnel
Enrico Rosenbaum – guitar, vocals
James Walsh – keyboards, vocals
James Johnson – guitar, vocals
Bill Lordan –  – percussions

 

Friday, November 12, 2021

WARNING!







Gypsy is the debut double album by the progressive rock band Gypsy. It was recorded at Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood, California. The album was re-released in 1979 on a K-tel label named Cognito and again in 1999 on CD by Bedrock Records. "Gypsy Queen" is the band's only charted single, peaking at #64.

Progressive rock outfit Gypsy began its existence as the Minneapolis-based pop band the Underbeats, formed in 1964 by guitarist James Johnson, bassist Doni Larson, and drummer Tom Green. With the subsequent addition of singer/guitarist Enrico Rosenbaum, the group regularly performed throughout the Twin Cities circuit, scoring a handful of local hits including "Footstompin'," "Annie Do the Dog" and "Book of Love." Keyboardist James "Owl" Walsh was recruited after Johnson was drafted for military service in 1969; upon his discharge, Johnson returned to the Underbeats lineup, and the quintet relocated to Los Angeles soon after, where they landed a gig as the house band at the famed Whiskey-a-Go-Go. Rechristened Gypsy, they began pursuing a heavier, more complex sound inspired by the rise of British progressive rock, though often compared to the music of Santana. After replacing Green with drummer Jay Epstein, the band signed to the Metromedia label, issuing their self-titled double-album debut in 1970 and earned considerable FM airplay with the tracks "Gypsy Queen" and "Dead and Gone." Larson and Epstein exited Gypsy prior to recording the follow-up, 1971's In the Garden, cut with bassist Willie Weeks -- who later resurfaced in the Doobie Brothers -- and drummer Bill Lordan. Randy Cates assumed bass duties for 1972's Antithesis, Gypsy's first album for new label RCA; however, upon releasing 1973's Unlock the Gates, the group dissolved, reforming just long enough to play the Super Jam '77 concert at St. Louis' Busch Stadium. A year later Walsh formed a new Gypsy lineup, issuing The James Walsh Gypsy Band on RCA to little notice; in 1996 -- once again the sole original member -- he assembled another Gypsy unit, releasing 20 Years Ago Today. While Lordan went on to play with Robin Trower, Rosenbaum died September 10, 1979 after a long battle with drug abuse; he was just 36 years old.  All Music.



Track listing

All songs by Enrico Rosenbaum except as noted.

01    "Gypsy Queen Part I" – 4:21
02    "Gypsy Queen Part II" – 2:33
03    "Man of Reason" (Johnson) – 2:59
04    "Dream If You Can" (Rosenbaum, Epstein) – 2:48
05    "Late December" – 4:12
06    "The Third Eye" (Walsh) – 4:55
07    "Decisions" – 8:16
08    "I Was So Young" – 4:00
09    "Here in My Loneliness" – 3:10
10    "More Time" – 5:35
11    "The Vision" – 7:30
12    "Dead and Gone" – 11:07
13    "Tomorrow is the Last to be Heard" – 5:48


Personnel

    Enrico Rosenbaum - guitar, vocals
    James Walsh - keyboards, vocals
    James Johnson - guitar, vocals
    James Epstein - drums
    Donnie Larson - bass
    Preston Epps - percussion
    Jimmie Haskell - string arrangements




Wednesday, November 10, 2021

FREEDOM JAZZ BLACK



 

Born in El Paso, Texas, Black was of mixed Native American heritage. His trademark line was "Hi Boys and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group." The line can be heard several times on The Mothers of Invention's album We're Only in It for the Money (for example, on the tracks "Are You Hung Up?" and "Concentration Moon"). The line can also be heard in Haskell Wexler's 1969 movie Medium Cool, which uses several songs by Zappa and the Mothers. Black was also addressed as such by Theodore Bikel in the film 200 Motels. He has been credited on some Mothers albums as playing "drums, vocals, and poverty".

He appeared in the movie directed by Frank Zappa, 200 Motels, and sings the song "Lonesome Cowboy Burt". Black also made a few more appearances with Zappa in 1975 and 1980, and also appeared as guest vocalist on "Harder Than Your Husband" on the Zappa album You Are What You Is (1981). The same year, 1981, he performed the very same song at the discothèque Aladdin, Oasen, Bergen, Norway, as part of The Grandmothers, after their release Grandmothers (1980), an anthology of previously unreleased recordings by ex-members of The Mothers of Invention.

Jimmy Carl Black on Frank Zappa:

I would have told him that I appreciated his friendship through the years and that I had learned a lot from him. I really loved Frank like you do a brother.

In 1972, he played with Geronimo Black, the band he founded with Mothers wind player Bunk Gardner. In the summer of 1975 he played drums for Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band under the stage name Indian Ink, notably at the band's appearance at the Knebworth Festival. In the eighties Black and Gardner and Don Preston performed under the name "The Grandmothers" along with several other ex-Zappa musicians, but the band soon broke up. Black then moved to Austin, Texas, where he met English singer Arthur Brown. The duo recorded an album of classic R&B songs, Black, Brown and Blue, and performed live together.

Black moved to Italy in 1992 and then to Germany in 1995, where he reformed The Grandmothers with original members Preston and Gardner and with Dutch bass player Ener Bladezipper (stagename of René Mesritz) and Italian guitar player Sandro Oliva.

Black was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2008, and died on November 1, 2008 in Siegsdorf, Germany. Benefits were held on November 9, 2008 at the Bridgehouse II in London and December 7, 2008 in Crown Valley, California. He is survived by his wife, Monika Black, by three sons and two daughters from his first marriage and by a daughter born out of wedlock

TRACKS
1. Happy Metal 12:47
2. Taste Of Snakes 13:34
3. Freedom Jazz Dance 4:14
4. Like A Virgin Queen 7:01
5. The Bad Wolf 8:22




CREDITS
Jimmy Carl Black: drums & voice 
Valentina Black: voice, organ & piano 
Bruno Marini: baritone sax, bass clarinet, flute & organ 
Daniele D'Agaro: tenor sax & clarinet 
Cristina Mazza: alto sax 
Ella Devil: percussion







Monday, November 8, 2021

THE INDIAN OF THE GROUP




Geronimo Black was a short-lived hard rock band founded in 1972 by drummer Jimmy Carl Black. He named the group for his youngest son Geronimo.

The performers included members of other bands, principally from Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention:

Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, from The Mothers of Invention
Andy Cahan, keyboards, previously worked with Dr. John
Tjay Cantrelli (John Barberis), saxophone, previously from the band Love
Bunk Gardner (John Leon Guanerra), horns, from The Mothers of Invention
Buzz Gardner (Charles Guanerra), horns, from The Mothers of Invention
Tom Leavey, bass

Geronimo Black was a short-lived hard rock band founded in 1972 by drummer Jimmy Carl Black. He named the group for his youngest son Geronimo.

The performers included members of other bands, principally from Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention:

Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, from The Mothers of Invention
Andy Cahan, keyboards, previously worked with Dr. John
Tjay Cantrelli (John Barberis), saxophone, previously from the band Love
Bunk Gardner (John Leon Guanerra), horns, from The Mothers of Invention
Buzz Gardner (Charles Guanerra), horns, from The Mothers of Invention
Tom Leavey, bass
Denny Walley, guitar, member of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band[1] and also worked with Frank Zappa (1975-1979)


The group recorded an album for the Uni Records label at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles in 1972. The record producer was Keith Olsen who later went on to produce Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album.

After their manager Russ Regan stopped working with the group, according to guitarist Denny Walley,

no one... really knew what to do with the band in the company or how to promote us and they were really afraid of us. We were rowdy, drank a lot, did everything a lot. We were pretty uncontrollable and they wound up banning us from even coming onto the lot and that was the end of the record deal.'

After the band broke up, they briefly reformed to record a later album entitled Welcome Back, Geronimo Black for the Helios label. This album included ex-Magic Band guitarist Gerry McGee.

A later version of the group also recorded the album by "Geronimo Black Two", formed in 2003 by Jimmy's sons, Geronimo and James D. Black, which released a CD under their father's Inkanish Records label. 

In 2019, Munster Records released Freak Out Phantasia, a collection of unreleased live and studio recordings.


Geronimo Black (1972, Uni)
Low Ridin' Man (Black, Cantrelli)
Siesta (Cahan, Contrelli, Gardner)
Other Man (Leavy, Walley)
L.A. County Jail '59 C/S (Cantrelli)
Let Us Live (Cahan)
Bullwhip (Cantrelli)
Quakers Earthquake (Cahan)
Gone (Walley, Leavy)
An American National Anthem (Moreno, Black)
'59 Chevy (single B-side - bonus track on CD re-issue)





 



  



 

Friday, November 5, 2021

FUDGE ON ZEP


Out Through the In Door is the eighth album by Vanilla Fudge, released in June 2007, with the US finally following in August 2009. According to the band's official webpage, it originally was to be released in February 2007. The following statement was taken from their website:

Coming in February, 2007... A New Album! It's true! Mark, Vince, Tim, and Carmine were in California in July recording an album of Led Zeppelin covers. Mark said, "Basically, we rearranged some songs — we're doing a lot of their stuff Vanilla Fudge style. Some of the arrangements are slowed down, and some speeded up but I think we've done the songs justice."

The album title is a play on words of the 1979 Led Zeppelin album In Through the Out Door.


"Immigrant Song" (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant)
"Ramble On" (Page, Plant)
"Trampled Under Foot"* (John Paul Jones, Page, Plant)
"Dazed and Confused" (Page)
"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
"Fool in the Rain" (Jones, Page, Plant)
"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Anne Bredon)
"Dancing Days"* (Page, Plant)
"Moby Dick" (John Bonham, Jones, Page)
"All My Love" (Jones, Plant)
"Rock and Roll"** (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant)
"Your Time Is Gonna Come" (Jones, Plant)


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ORCHESTRAL FUDGE


Vanilla Fudge were a bit of a one trick pony in the late '60s, but it was a hell of a trick, and it turned what was essentially a cover band into a heavy-sounding, nearly prog rock outfit, all driven by the world-class rhythm section of Carmine Appice on drums and Tim Bogert on bass. The Fudge sound template was set in 1967 when they recorded a cough syrup-slow version of the Supremes' "Keep Me Hangin' On" that was full of an ominous, relentless tension, and the song became a huge hit when it was released a second time in 1968. A band built deliberately on bombastic pretension, it should probably come as no surprise that a rejuvenated Fudge have now issued a new album of their classic tracks, including, of course, a fresh version of "Keep Me Hangin' On," accompanied by a full orchestra, and it actually works more than it doesn't, and when it doesn't work, it isn't the orchestra's fault. The problem with this band has always been a lack of striking material, and when the song they've chosen to dose with heaviness fails to support the sonic infrastructure, orchestra and all, it can seem like much ado about not much at all. That said, the new version of "Keep Me Hangin' On" still sounds wonderfully ominous, powerful, and huge, and it's hard to resist Fudge's steroid-injected blow-up take on Junior Walker's "Shotgun," which is based on a riff so sturdy that nothing could possibly bring it to its knees. The album ends in embarrassment, though, with the band's version of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," a song Appice wrote for Rod Stewart back in the 1970s, and Fudge's rendition of it pulls off the impossible. It actually makes Stewart's version sound classy and elegant, an accomplishment that is nothing short of amazing. - allmusic.com

01. Good Lovin'
02. Take Me For A Little While
03. Ain't That Peculiar
04. People Get Ready
05. Shotgun
06. Tearin' Up My Heart
07. She's Not There
08. Keep Me Hangin' On
09. Season Of The Witch
10. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy 


 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

NOSTALGIC FUDGE


On "Spirit of '67" (Cleopatra), Vanilla Fudge takes on some of 1967's biggest hits and basically reworks them into songs the Long Beach band can claim as their own, a wild mix of prog-rock, metal and funk. And they pretty much go 10-for-10 on an eclectic slate ranging from The Monkees' "I'm a Believer" to Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale."
Their thrilling metallic twist on Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" may not be as groundbreaking as their take on "You Keep Me Hangin' On," but it is certainly in the ballpark, with Mark Stein's great, soulful vocals and Carmine Appice's inventive drumming taking the spotlight.

1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine 05:26
2 The Letter 05:47
3 I Can See for Miles 04:51
4 Break on Through (To the Other Side) 05:39
5 The Tracks of My Tears 04:25
6 I'm a Believer 05:28
7 Gimme Some Lovin' 03:42
8 For What It's Worth 05:59
9 Ruby Tuesday 06:27
10 Whiter Shade of Pale 04:56
11 Let's Pray for Peace 04:14



Carmine Appice / drums, lead and backing vocals, percussion
Tim Bogert / bass, back ground vocals
Mark Stein / lead vocals, backing vocals & keyboards
Vince Martell / guitars, lead and ba


Vanilla Fudge was one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal. While the band did record original material, they were best-known for their loud, heavy, slowed-down arrangements of contemporary pop songs, blowing them up to epic proportions and bathing them in a trippy, distorted haze. Originally, Vanilla Fudge was a blue-eyed soul cover band called the Electric Pigeons, who formed in Long Island, New York, in 1965. Organist Mark Stein, bassist Tim Bogert, and drummer Joey Brennan soon shortened their name to the Pigeons and added guitarist Vince Martell. They built a following by gigging extensively up and down the East Coast, and earned extra money by providing freelance in-concert backing for girl groups. In early 1966, the group recorded a set of eight demos that were released several years later as While the Whole World Was Eating Vanilla Fudge, credited to Mark Stein & the Pigeons.

Inspired by the Vagrants, another band on the club circuit led by future Mountain guitarist Leslie West, the Pigeons began to put more effort into reimagining the arrangements of their cover songs. They got so elaborate that by the end of the year, drummer Brennan was replaced by the more technically skilled Carmine Appice. In early 1967, their manager convinced producer George "Shadow" Morton (who'd handled the girl group the Shangri-Las and had since moved into protest folk) to catch their live act. Impressed by their heavy, hard-rocking recasting of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On," Morton offered to record the song as a single; the results landed the group a deal with the Atlantic subsidiary Atco, which requested a name change. The band settled on Vanilla Fudge, after a favorite ice cream flavor. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" didn't perform as well as hoped, but the band toured extensively behind its covers-heavy, jam-oriented debut album Vanilla Fudge, which gradually expanded their fan base. Things started to pick up for the band in 1968: early in the year, they headlined the Fillmore West with the Steve Miller Band, performed "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on The Ed Sullivan Show, and released their second album, The Beat Goes On. Despite its somewhat arty, indulgent qualities, the LP was a hit, climbing into the Top 20. That summer, Atco reissued "You Keep Me Hangin' On," and the second time around it climbed into the Top Ten. It was followed by Renaissance, one of Vanilla Fudge's best albums, which also hit the Top 20. The band supported it by touring with Jimi Hendrix, opening several dates on Cream's farewell tour, and late in the year touring again with the fledgling Led Zeppelin as their opening act.

In 1969, the band kept touring and released their first album without Morton, the expansive, symphonic-tinged Near the Beginning. After part of the band recorded a radio commercial with guitarist Jeff Beck, the idea was hatched to form a Cream-styled power trio with plenty of individual solo spotlights. Exhausted by the constant touring, the band decided that their late-1969 European tour would be their last. Following the release of their final album, Rock & Roll, Vanilla Fudge played a few U.S. farewell dates and disbanded in early 1970. Bogert and Appice first formed the hard rock group Cactus, then later joined up with Jeff Beck in the aptly named Beck, Bogert & Appice. Appice went on to become an active session and touring musician, working with a variety of rock and hard rock artists. Vanilla Fudge reunited in 1984 for the poorly received Mystery album, and, over the course of the next two decades, Vanilla Fudge would regroup for tours. These reunions often had differing lineups, always anchored by Carmine Appice and usually Tim Bogert, although the latter opted out of an early-'90s incarnation. At the turn of the millennium, the group -- featuring Appice, Bogert, keyboardist Bill Pascali, and guitarist Vince Martell -- launched a more serious comeback heralded by the 2002 album The Return. Several other minor switches in lineup followed in the next few years and, in 2007, they now featured Mark Stein on vocals/keyboards instead of Pascali. This is the group that released Out Through the in Door in 2007. This proved to be the group's last album. More tours followed as did the revolving membership, with the most notable departure being Bogert in 2011. He was replaced by Pete Bremy and Vanilla Fudge launched a "farewell tour" in 2011, a tour that was still ongoing in 2013.


 

HEAVY FUDGE


Near the Beginning (ATCO Records 33–278) is the fourth album by the American psychedelic rock band Vanilla Fudge. It was released early 1969 and featured a cover of the Jr. Walker & the All Stars song "Shotgun".

The album peaked at #16 on the Billboard album charts in March 1969.

No. Title Length
1. "Shotgun" (Autry DeWalt) 6:10
2. "Some Velvet Morning" (Lee Hazlewood) 7:34
3. "Where is Happiness" (Carmine Appice) 6:59
Side 2
No. Title Length
4. "Break Song (Live at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles)" (Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Vince Martell, Mark Stein) 23:27
1991 Repertoire Records CD bonus track
No. Title Length
5. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 2:46
1998 Sundazed Music CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
5. "Good Good Lovin' (Unedited version)" (Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Vince Martell, Mark Stein) 5:45
6. "Shotgun (Single version)" (Autry DeWalt) 2:33
7. "People (Single)" (Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Vince Martell, Mark Stein) 5:20








Personnel
Carmine Appice - drums, vocals
Tim Bogert - bass, vocals
Vince Martell - guitar, vocals
Mark Stein - lead vocals, keyboards




Sunday, October 17, 2021

INSTRA-MENTALS 29



01  this is your brain on drums -zero
02  suite from nightcrawlers - grateful dead
03  before the beginning - peter jay snd the jaywalkers
04  injun - hotbeats
05  apache - babe ruth
06  el cruncho - roak a hulas
07  maonin' - the mark leeman five
08  boot hill - federals
09  waltz for lumumba - spesncer davis group
10  spanish blues - grahsm bond orgsnisation
11  scrambled eggs - crestones
12  avalance - curly cook and the versitones
13  lord byrons blues - london all stars
14  rubber duck - john mayall and his bluesbreakers
15  7 veils a go go - urban surf kings
16  the snow goose - camel
17  cannonballs for christmas - chesterfield kings
18  flower power - big jim sullivan
19  flying - beatles
20  the fish - yes
21  evening in psris = packabeats
22  funky zeta -  mickey hart
23  third stone from the sun - jimi hendrix experience
24  cslvary - quicksilver messsenger service