Tuesday, May 31, 2011

V.A. - When The May Rain Comes (2009)

V.A. - When The May Rain Comes (2009)
[Mixtape #3, By dfbm at 5/27/2009]

Genre: Psych Folk, Freak Folk, LoFi, Acoustic, Psychedelic.

01. Current 93 - When The May Rain Comes [from: Thunder Perfect Mind]
02. No One Conquered, Wyoming - Golden Spools [from: Vega]
03. French Quarter - Golden Heart [from: French Quarter]
04. Greg Ashley - Mona Rider [from: Medicine Fuck Dream]
05. Sand - Burning House [from: Vulture I]
06. Parameter - Virgin Childe [from: Galactic Ramble]
07. Satwa - Allegro Piradissimo [from: Satwa]
08. Virgin Insanity - Time Of Sorrows Gone Soon [from: Illusions of the Maintenance Man]
09. David Pajo - Where Eagles Dare [from: Scream With Me]
10. Chauchat - Odessa [from: Cardboard Projectors]
11. Gowns - Experts [from: Gowns]
12. No One Conquered, Wyoming - The Panda [from: Vega]
13. Sand - May Rain [from: Golem]

The last days of may. This month always sucks personally. Bad season for broken hearts or too much work or any other bad things - because it would be nicer too feel the bloom. But everything will pass, and there is music helping a bit.
So here for your listening pleasure a mix with mostly acoustic/psych/folk stuff. Old an new mixed together. Tell me what you think!
 ~ By dfbm (dying for bad music).

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chris Smither - Honeysuckle Dog (us 1973)

Chris Smither - Honeysuckle Dog (us 1973) [unreleased until 2004]

Born: November 11, 1944,   Miami, Fl, United States.

Genres: Folk, Blues, Contemporary Folk, Acoustic Blues

* Chris Smither (vocals, acoustic guitar), 
* John Bailey (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, autoharp),
* Dave Holland (acoustic bass, double bass),
* Jackie Lomax (electric bass, bass guitar),
* Richard Anthony Davis (electric bass),
* Richard Davis (bass guitar),
* Ralph McDonald (tambourine),
* Maeretha Stewart (background vocals),
* Lowell George (electric guitar),
* Robin Kenyatta (flute);
* Eric Kaz (harmonica, piano, electric piano),
* Perry Robinson (clarinet),
* Pat Rebillot (piano, organ),
* Dr. John (piano),
* Bill Payne (piano),
* Mike Mainieri (vibraphone),
* Chris Parker ,
* Ray Lucas (drums),
* Dede Puma (background vocals),
* Patti Austin (background vocals),
* Hilda Harris (background vocals).

01. Sunshine Lady (MacNeil)
02. Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt (Hurt)
03. Honeysuckle Dog (Smither)
04. Rattlesnake Preacher (Eric Von Schmidt)
05. Rosalie (Smither)
06. Guilty (Randy Newman)
07. It Ain't Easy (Ron Davies)
08. Lonely Time (Smither)
09. Homunculus (Smither)
10. Braden River (Smither)
11. Steel Guitar (Danny O'Keefe)
12. Jailhouse Blues (Traditional)

Recording information:
- Bearsville Sound, Woodstock, NY (12/1997).
- Produced by Michael Cuscuna
- Engineered by Mark Harmon, Nick Jameson, Harry Maslin
[Recorded with producer Michael Cuscuna in two sessions — Woodstock, December 1972, and New York]

City, Spring 1973 — this was to be Smither’s third album for Poppy. Soon after it was finished, the label folded, parent company United Artists took over the masters, and the album was shelved.
The Cambridge-via-New-Orleans guitarist, singer and songwriter subsequently recorded ten of its twelve songs on later albums, but this is the first time Honeysuckle Dog has been released intact. It suggests that with a few breaks labelwise and a less self-destructive personal life, Smither could even then have been a contender, at least on a John Hammond/Ry Cooder level.
Only “Sunshine Lady”, the opening track, written by fellow Cambridge folkie Paul MacNeil, sounds dated. Cuscuna’s liner notes describe it as “commercial,” but in truth it’s a vapid period-piece invoking the worst soporifics of the post-’60s-rock, singer-songwriter weenie backlash. After that, it’s clear sailing for Smither, whether he’s playing a solo acoustic track such as “Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt” or working with a band on “Rosalie”.
On the former, his complex, elegiac fingerpicking style interpolates his own deft instrumental theme with four of the pacific Delta bluesman’s calling-card songs. The latter, with a full band that includes Little Feat’s Lowell George on electric guitar, confirms that even though Smither didn’t have much of a blues voice, he did invest it with tremendous blues feeling of his own. He sounds like nobody but himself, true to his influences without aping them, as did most of his misguided white blues peers. This track and its solo acoustic successor, a knowing interpretation of Randy Newman’s “Guilty” that was recorded before either the composer’s or Bonnie Raitt’s versions, provide the album’s emotional core.
The rest of the set balances originals such as the title song (featuring Dr. John) and the deeply estranged “Homunculus” with Smither readings of Bessie Smith’s “Jailhouse Blues”, Danny O’Keefe’s “Steel Guitar” and the like. Honeysuckle Dog fills a gaping hole in the Smither discography, and most of it can stand with anything he’s done in the three-plus decades since.
 ~ By John Morthland.
Rock is teeming with Great Lost Albums. Mostly they gather dust in a vault somewhere, the odd song resurfacing on future projects. Smither's buried gem was recorded in 1973 in New York with impressive guests including Dr John and Little Feat's Lowell George. The non-appearance of his third album for Poppy - after the label went under and its backers kept the tapes - led to a downward spiral that put paid to most of the 1970s.
Unearthed by Heavenly Records 32 years on, it sounds remarkably fresh. There's a definite early 70s feel to the production on band songs such as Sunshine Lady - part Tim Hardin but a bigger part Poppy, since the same sheen was added to Smither's labelmate Townes Van Zandt. But the spare, exquisitely played, bittersweet solo voice-and-guitar songs - Smither's own plus excellent covers of Randy Newman (Guilty) and Bessie Smith (Jailhouse Blues) - are timeless.
 ~ by Sylvie Simmons (The Guardian, Friday 14 October 2005).
Whether you call this previously unreleased collection Chris Smither's lost album or just an artifact of the early-'70s singer-songwriter scare, the pleasures it offers are evident, if not always essential. Some of the songs would be rerecorded in tighter versions for 1984's It Ain't Easy (although Lowell George's slide work on "Rosalie" and "It Ain't Easy" is brilliant) while others are reprised and improved versions of songs from Smither's first two records (I'm a Stranger Too and Don't It Drag On); the wistful original "Braden River" has never been heard before or since. The jazz-folk settings on half the cuts echo early Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley, but Smither's signature, delicately ornamented guitar work is in full-bloom--no other singer-songwriter at the time could begin to transform Bessie Smith's "Jailhouse Blues" the way he does. Die-hard fans will likely find this set a modest revelation.
 ~ by Roy Kasten (Amazon.com)

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Family Times Band - Family Times Band (us 1976)

Family Times Band - Family Times Band (us 1976)

Formed: Newport News, VA, United States.

* Don Leitzke (song writer, arranger, guitar, vocals),
* Jen Leitzke (keyboards, vocals),
* Amy Leitzke (bass guitar, vocals),
* Tom Leitzke (percussion, vocals).

70s Folk Rock, Acid Folk, Singer-Songwriter Psychedelia

Album releases:
- "Family Times Band" 1976 (Casey Records)  [500p]
- "Family Times Band" 2009 (CD Erebus, UK)

All Erebus Records titles are remastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and contain
4-page booklets with band info.

01. Sitting by the ocean - 5:06
02. She's done - 3:15
03. My love - 3:46
04. You've got to carry on - 3:25
05. The morning's just begun - 2:19
06. Cause you know - 2:21
07. That was all just a game - 2:47
08. Everybody get happy - 2:19
09. All I need - 2:36
10. What should we do - 2:42

Local band of two brothers and two sisters doing amateur CSN/America '70s folkrock with a humble
vibe. Some people seem to rate this highly but I found it disappointing, with a insipid, spineless feel. "She's Gone" and "Sitting By The Ocean" are usually rated as the best tracks, but even those didn't strike me as terribly interesting. My personal reservations aside, this is a rare album that has sold for good $$$ and should have been in the Acid Archives 2nd Edition book, but was omitted due to a printing error. It's housed in the same generic cover as the Asylum LP.
 ~ from Acid Archives [PL].
Family Times Band consisted of two brothers and two sisters who hailed from Newport News, Virginia and originally released this their sole album in 1976 as a private press.
This album runs the gamut from killer hypnotic acid folk psych "Sitting By The Ocean" to West Coast psychy folk rock "She's Gone", 3rd Velvets/Hackamore Brick sounds "All I Need", to fuzzed out rockers "Cause You Know". Overall it comes across as being very much a mixture of the Seventh Dawn "Sunrise" LP and the Art Of Lovin'. And despite the 1976 release date, this album is much more in keeping with 1969-70 sensibilities. Lead vocalist Don Leitzke sounds very much like Mandrake Memorial's Michael Kac.
 ~ from cd notes.
...Released in 1976 as a privately pressed edition of 500 on the Casey Records label, this lp runs the gamut from killer hypnotic acid folk psych ("Sitting By The Ocean") to West Coast psychy folk rock ("She's Gone"), 3rd Velvets/Hackamore Brick sounds ("All I Need"), to fuzzed out rockers ("Cause You Know"). With a band consisting of 2 brothers and 2 sisters, the lp comes across as being very much a mixture of the Seventh Dawn "Sunrise" lp and albums by bands such as Art Of Lovin', Growing Concern, etc. Despite the 1976 release date, the lp is much more in keeping with 1969-70 sensibilities. Instrumental lineup is drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards (piano, organ), male and female vocals. Lead vocals are chielfy male, with female harmonies...
 ~ internet source.

Buy this cd:
- http://www.cdmarket.eu/family-times-band-family-times-band/en/cdaudio/2437274
- http://www.ebay.com/
- http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003C09AH4/rateyourmu08f-21/ref=nosim/

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