segunda-feira, 15 de setembro de 2008

Flamin Groovies - Supersnazz (1968 USA Rock)


While fellow San Francisco bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane were dropping out and turning on, the Flamin' Groovies were revivalists hell-bent on mining '50s rock for inspiration. Despite playing the wrong kind of music at the wrong time, their cult-like success sparked by the 1967 mini-album SNEAKERS earned the Groovies a contract with Epic to record a full-length record.

Led by vocalist Roy Loney and guitarist Cyril Jordan, this Frisco quintet put together a debut overflowing with garage-rock brio on songs like the fuzz-guitar driven "Love Have Mercy" and the rollicking "The First One's For Free." Not surprisingly, the Flamin' Groovies pulled out all the stops in paying tribute to their idols. Highlights include a chugging version of Little Richard's "The Girl Can't Help It" along with a smoking medley of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else" and the swing standard "Pistol Packin' Mama" (complete with Loney's hiccuping phrasing). Also notable is a laid-back reading of Huey P. Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu" that could have could have been the inspiration for John Lennon's ROCK 'N' ROLL album. Unfortunately, poor sales and anachronisms don't mix and Epic released the band after only one record.
AMG Review by John Dougan

For an unknown band, Epic sank a lot of money into this record, and wasn't happy when it didn't sell. But that's hardly the fault of the band, who sound great despite the intrusive overproduction of novice knob-twiddler Steve Goldman. Loney's yelping lead vocals are in fine form, and the rest of the band rocks with a reckless abandon and stunning succinctness that was totally out of step with the times.
Flamin Groovies First Album Is Their Best

Reviewer: A music fan

Wow, I can't believe no one has reviewed this. Could be that this first album, originally released in 1969, has been forgotten in favor of the band's later recordings like "Shake Some Action," which, being produced by Dave Edmunds, fit more neatly into the typical rock hack's categories--power-pop or whatever you want to call it. Still and all, I guess I like "Supersnazz" best of all the Flamin Groovies albums. The album both looks backward, to the Beatles and '50s rock and roll, and foreward to the revisionist bands of the '70s, like Big Star and the Raspberries. Whereas the Raspberries were crass and from Cleveland, and Big Star muted and from Memphis, the Groovies had a bit of San Francisco gaslight in their sound--a kind of rueful, civilized approach, an end-of-the-era sound. They never sounded so un-mannered again. Classics: "The First One's Free," "Laurie Did It," and "Brushfire." You want to hear where Wilco and all the rest come from, you could do worse than "Supersnazz." And remember, back in 1969, a lot of folks said that rock was dead, which may have been true, because an album like this, coming in the same year as the Stones' "Let It Bleed," seemed pretty insubstantial Now it sounds like a charming minor classic.

Roy A. Loney - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, clap
Cyril Jordan - lead guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar, clap
Tim Lynch - lead guitar, vocals, mouth harp, clap
George Alexander - bass guitar, vocals, mouth harp, clap
Danny Mihm - drums, percussion, insanity, clap

Additional personnel includes:
Tom Scott (clarinet);
Curtis Amy (saxophone);
Mike Lang (keyboards).

Track List
01. Love Have Mercy
02. The Girl Can't Help It
03. Laurie Did It
04. A Part From That
05. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
06. The First One's Free
07. Pagan Rachel
08. Somethin' Else / Pistol Packin' Mama
09. Brushfire
10. Bam Balam
11. Around The Corner
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