sexta-feira, 28 de maio de 2010

Boones Farm - Boones Farm (1972 US Hard-Country-Blues Rock)

BANDA AMERICANA OBSCURA QUE FAZIA UM SOM QUE ERA UM MIX DE BLUES-ROCK, COUNTRY-ROCK E HARD ROCK!! ESSE UNICO ALBUM DA BANDA FOI PRODUZIDO POR "JIM MESSINA" (BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD E POCO) E SE TIVESSEMOS QUE FAZER UMA CAMPARAÇÃO DARIA PRA DIZER QUE É ALGO SIMILAR A BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, POCO E THE BYRDS!! POUCA INFORMAÇÕES SOBRE A BANDA A NÃO SER QUE ERA UM QUARTETO E TINHA SEDE NA CALIFORNIA!! RARIDADE PRA QUEM GOSTA DO ESTILO!!

Fairly unknow US outfit playing a mixture of blues-rock, country-rock and hard-rock. Their 1st and only album, produced by Jim Messina.

Here's another big label release that has left precious little biographical information behind it. Good luck finding out much about this short-lived early-1970s California-based quartet, let alone locating a decent review of their sole 1972 release.

During high school drummer Fred Darling and guitarist Gary Stovall played together in the band Churchill Downs. After school the pair relocated from Idaho to Southern California and began to enjoy some late 1960s local success on the L.A. club circuit when Darling got his induction notice, bringing the band to an end. Completing his two years of active duty in the Army, in 1971 Darling returned to L.A. where Stovall invited him to join a band he'd just put together. Featuring Darling, Stovall, bassist Brad Palmer, and singer Kent Sprague, while not exactly ground breaking (but still rare in rock circles), the quartet's integrated line up and country-rock moves attracted the attention of Columbia Records which promptly signed them to a contract.

Produced by Jim Messina (of Loggins and Messina fame), 1972's cleverly-titled "Boones Farm" was clearly intended to appeal to the growing country-rock audience (just check out the cover photos that made the quartet look like they had just finished a cattle round up). Largely written by Sprague and Stovall with the other two members contributing, tracks like the acoustic ballad 'She's So Good', 'The Me Nobody Knows', and 'If You Can't Be My Woman' had a distinctive country-rock edge, complete with acoustic arrangements and some nice Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-styled four part harmonies (check out 'Love has a Mind of Its Own' for a taste of the comparison). That said, similar to era-competitors like The Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, or Poco their roots were far more diverse and the collection included a healthy dose of conventional rock. In fact, over half of the album was straight ahead rock. Powered by Sprague's deep, soulful voice, 'Good Old Feelin'', 'Play Children Play', 'Livin' Together', 'The Me Nobody Knows' and the blazing 'So Much Wrong' (with a killer Stovall guitar solo) were all first-rate, out-and-out rockers that would have sounded fine on FM radio.

Brad Palmer: bass, vocals
Fred Darling: drums
Kent Sprague: percussion, vocals
Gary Stovall: guitar, vocals
Milt Holland: percussion

01 - Good Old Feelin'
02 - She's So Good
03 - Play Children Play
04 - Love Has a Mind of Its Own
05 - Livin' Together
06 - Mother In Law
07 - The Me Nobody Knows
08 - You Say You Love Me More
09 - If You Can't Be My Woman
10 - So Much Wrong
11 - Start Today

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