domingo, 3 de agosto de 2008

Blues Image - Blues Image (1969 USA Rock Blues Psych)


MAIS UMA POSTAGEM DESTA BOA BANDA LIDERADA POR MIKE PINERA QUE DEPOIS PARTICIPOU DE VÁRIAS OUTRAS BANDAS COMO IRON BUTTERFLY, CACTUS, RAMATAM E ALICE COOPER!! OUTRO ILUSTRE INTEGRANTE ERA O EXCELENTE PERCUSIONISTA JOE LALA QUE DEPOIS FOI FIGURA DESTACADA NAS BANDAS CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG E STEPHEN STILLS & MANASSAS!! ESTE É O PRIMEIRO DISCO DA BANDA E UMA BELA RARIDADE!! HARD ROCK, BLUES, PITADAS PSICODÉLICAS E POR CERTOS MOMENTOS ELEMENTOS DE MUSICA LATINA AO ESTILO SANTANA, PRINCIPALMENTE NA ULTIMA FAIXA DE 9 MINUTOS ONDE JOE LALA ARREBENTA NA PERCUSSÃO!! VALE CONFERIR!! VENENO RARO E DE BOA QUALIDADE!! NO COVER!!

Although the debut album’s liner notes, and many reviewers, took great pains to play up the Latin elements of their sound, Blues Image doesn’t have the same credibility as Santana,Malo, or even the second Captain Beyond album. The album is more properly seen as the missing link between the majestic psychedelia of Vanilla Fudge and the unadorned blues rock of Cactus. In short, it’s what Mark Stein’s Boomerang should have sounded like.

In fact, Blues Image would be fairly pedestrian if not for Skip Konte’s wild organ playing. Konte defines the group’s sound even more than guitarist Mike Pinera or percussionist Joe Lala; a rarity for a group so influenced by blues. When his playing isn’t in the foreground, as on “Do You Have Something to Say”, or “Lazy Day Blues”, the group is much less interesting than on keyboard-propelled numbers like “In Front Behind You” and “Lay Your Sweet Love On Me”.

Blues Image was formed in Tampa, Florida in 1966 by singer-guitarist Mike Pinera, singer-drummer Manuel "Manny" Bertematti, singer-percussionist Joe Lala and bassist Malcolm Jones. They were later joined by keyboardist Frank "Skip" Konte. Blues Image moved to Miami in 1968, where they were instrumental in helping promoters form the most innovative music venue in South Florida, "The Image". Blues Image became the house band at the club, which featured bands like the Grateful Dead, Cream and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

The band moved to Los Angeles and signed with Atco Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in February 1969. Their second album, Open (April 1970), included the popular hit "Ride Captain Ride," which was co-composed by Pinera and Konte. Pinera left the band and was replaced by singer Dennis Correll and guitarist Kent Henry. The band later broke up but did release a third album, Red White & Blues Image, in May 1970.

The various members of Blues Image went on to become parts of other rock bands. Pinera & Bertematti later played with Iron Butterfly and Cactus. Pinera also played with Ramatam and Alice Cooper. Konte joined Three Dog Night, and Lala played with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Lala's percussion work figures prominently on the Stephen Stills/Chris Hillman led group, Manassas. Kent Henry played lead guitar with Steppenwolf prior to their breakup in the early 1970s. Bertematti toured with Chi Coltraine, and Bobby Womack.

1. Take Me To The Sunrise
2. Leaving My Troubles Behind
3. Outside Was Night
4. In Front Behind You
5. Lay Your Sweet Love On Me
6. (Do You Have) Somethin’ To Say
7. Lazy Day Blues
8. Yesterday Could Be Today
9. Reality Does Not Inspire
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