Archive for the 'Rising Storm' Category

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The United States of America album is the product of Joseph Byrd, former FLUXUS member, artist and UCLA instructor who managed to combine experimental art and early synthesizer technology with psychedelic rock. Employing percussion instruments, electric violin and acoustic strings, electric bass, various keyboards, homemade oscillators and ring modulators (with Dorothy Moskowitz’s confident soprano) this […]

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Michael Chapman, apart from being a prolific English songwriter whose revered work spans four decades, is probably the best guitar smith you have never heard. While his skills are best evidenced on this album’s predecessor, Rainmaker, the original songwriting and tight production, seemingly informed by all music that came before it, steal the show here. […]

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Head isn’t the best Monkees album; in fact it contains just six pieces of music, only one of which is a copper-bottomed classic. But it does best symbolize the wonderful set of contradictions that made up the Monkees and their brief top-flight career. The Monkees were first really brought to my attention when my kid […]

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

One of Carl Wilson’s inspired contributions to the Beach Boys, lead singer Blondie Chaplin and percussionist Ricky Fataar form the core of this under recognized group. The album was recorded for the Beach Boys’ own Brother Records in 1970. Before this record they were The Flames and fairly popular in South Africa. They even released […]

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

One of the best underground/unsung soul albums I know of. Prior to Total Destruction To Your Mind, Swamp Dogg had been recording music and releasing 45s since the 50s, under the name Jerry Williams (or Little Jerry Williams). Frustrated by the lack of commercial success, Williams changed his name and persona and in 1970, unleashed […]

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Sometimes it’s the less visible members of a great band who turn out to be the most interesting. Gene Parsons was the drummer with the Byrds from 1968 to 1972. If you’ve ever even heard his name, there’s a fair chance that you’ll confuse him with his near namesake who was with the same band […]

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Ted Lucas got his start playing in a Detroit folk revival band called The Spike-Drivers, eventually leaving to form other groups The Misty Wizards, Horny Toads, and the Boogie Disease. While he was a respected figure in Michigan’s folk and rock scene, his self-titled solo album (recorded largely in his attic studio during 1974) failed […]