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Blessed End - Movin' On (1971 US Rock Psych)



BANDA OBSCURA ORIGINÁRIA DA PENNSYLVANIA QUE GRAVOU ESTE EXCELENTE ALBUM EM 1971 QUE TEM UMA SONORIDADE QUE, DEVIDO AO ÓRGAN PODEROSO E PELOS VOCAIS, LEMBRA MUITO A BANDA THE DOORS!! ESTE DISCO HOJE É EXTREMAMENTE RARO E NA ÉPOCA DE SEU LANÇAMENTO FOI PRENSADA APENAS 100 CÓPIAS!! ATUALMENTE VIROU PEÇA DE COLECIONADOR!!

Ah, Philadelphia's Doors ... Well, here's the executive summary. Like The Doors? You'll like this LP. Hate Jim Morrison and company? Read no further.

Attending Ridley High School, in 1968 buddies Ken Carson and Jim Shugarts decided they wanted to form a band. Neither played an instrument so they invested in a bass and guitar, spending several months attaining minimal proficiency before approaching friends about starting a band. By 1969 they'd recruited guitarist Lenny Perchowsky, drummer Mike Petrylak and singer Doug Teti. The group quickly underwent a personnel shift with Perchowsky dropping out to attend medical school; keyboardist Steve Quinzi subsequently added to the roster. A steady stream of school dances, parties, and battle of the band appearances brought the band some local attention and convinced Quinzi and Shugarts to start writing original material.

Good luck struck the band in 1971 when Quinzi was asked to loan his keyboards to the Springfield-based New Sound Studios. Rather than pay cash for the equipment, the studio offered the band free recording time. Having written and rehearsed several original numbers, the quintet went into the studio in early 1971, where working with producer Carl Sandell, they churned out "Movin' On" in a single day. Recorded with minimal post-production support, several of the tracks were in fact live takes.

One of the interesting things about this LP is the impact it has on listeners. Among the few folks who've actually heard it, the album comes off as either a wonderful slice of Doors-styled rock, or utter and complete derivative crap. For some reason, moderation doesn't seem to exist with regard to this set. So where do we stand? Well, we'll cast our lot with the former group. While the Doors influence is unarguable, most of the ten originals (credited to Quinzi and Shugarts) are actually pretty good. While Teti occasionally overdoes the Jim Morrison vibe, overall he's a pretty impressive performer, kicking considerable energy into tracks such as the lead off rocker "Nighttime Rider", "Someplace To Hide" and the title track. At the other end of the spectrum, the set occasionally bogs down amidst the band's penchant for doom and gloom lyrics. Also missing are The Doors' ability to punctuate their proceedings with stunning slices of pop and rock. Finally, Quinzi and Shugarts are more than competent performers, but simply can't match Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger in terms of compositional skills. or instrumental prowess.

With earnings from earlier shows, the band reportedly pressed 1,000 copies of the LP. Roughly half were given to family and friends, making it a rather sought after collectable. The album's been bootlegged on at least one occasion. In 1998 the Gear Fab label reissued the set on CD (catalog number GF-112). In 2000 Akarma Records released a vinyl reissue (catalog number AK 118).

Doug Teti (vocals)
Jim Shugarts (guitar)
Steve Quinzi (keyboards)
Ken Carson (bass)
Mike Petrylak (drums)
Lenny Perchowski (guitar)
Rick Swanson (bass)
Ernie Fletsig (guitar)
Lou Grieco (guitar)

1. Nightime Rider
2. Someplace to Hide
3. Is It Time
4. Sometimes You Got to Be Strong
5. Movin' On
6. Day Before Tomorrow
7. Dead Man
8. Can't Be Without Her
9. One Stop Woman
10. Escape Train
11. Can't Be Without Her - (previously unreleased, bonus track)

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