quinta-feira, 15 de outubro de 2009

Otis Waygood Blues Band - Same (1970 South African Blues Prog Psych)

MAIS UM VENENO MORTAL DA AFRICA DO SUL QUE CONTÉM ROCK N'BLUES, BLUES COM HARMONICA, SAX E MUITOS SOLOS DE FLAUTA!! É BLUES COM PITADAS PROGRESSIVAS-PSICODÉLICAS SETENTISTA E UM DOS MELHORES!! IMPERDÍVEL!! VENENASSO PRA VIAJAR NO COSMOS SEM GASOLINA!! CONSUMA SEM MODERAÇÃO!!

Otis Waygood was a blues band comprised of Rhodesian Jews (interesting to ponder on the implications of a time when this was possible) who famously came down to Cape Town on a whim and in a battered Combi, got a “guest artist” slot at the 1969 Battle Of The Bands (apparently an annual big deal in Cape Town in those years) and became an overnight sensation for their raw, exciting, stomping blues rock. They stayed in South Africa for two years and managed to release three LP’s before various realities of the Southern African situation caught up with the band members and the band dissolved/relocated to the UK. In January 2000 the RetroFresh division of Benjy Mudie’s Fresh Records label re-released the band’s first album, Otis Waygood Blues Band (1970), on CD.

All the tracks had to be digitally remastered from an original vinyl LP because, as is the case for many other South African releases of the Sixties and Seventies, the master tapes were destroyed in a fire at EMI Records’ warehouse. The wonders of the digital technology are such that to my ears RetroFresh might as well have had the master tapes to work from. Clive Calder’s 1970 production is sympathetic and the vocals and individual instruments are crystal clear and crisp, the sound mixes are good, the arrangements are inventive and one certainly gets a good idea of what the fuss was about when people raved about them as legendary live performers.

1. You're Late Miss Kate [2.08]
2. Watch an' Chain [4.33]
3. So Many Ways [3.48]
4. I Can't Keep From Crying [6.03]
5. Fever [4.21]
6. Wee Wee Baby [2.50]
7. Better Off On My Own [2.59]
8. Help Me [5.01]
9. I'm Happy [2.42]
10. Devil Bones [3.15]
11. You Can Do (part 1)[4.20]
12. You Can Do (part 2)[4.30]

Rob Zipper: Vocals, guitars, saxophones
Ivor Rubenstein: Vocals, percussion
Leigh Sagar: Guitars, organ
Martin Jackson: Vocals, flute
Alan Zipper: Bass

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