quinta-feira, 24 de junho de 2010

REPOST: Oxford Circle - Live at the Avalon (1966 Psychedelic Garage Rock)

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Although the Oxford Circle are remembered by hardcore psychedelic collectors as a San Francisco psychedelic band due to their shows on the city's ballroom circuit in 1966 and 1967, they actually formed in Davis, about an hour to the east. The group played energetic garage-psychedelia that was heavily derivative of British bands such as the Yardbirds and Them, and managed to release just one single, "Foolish Woman"/"Mind Destruction," for the tiny World United label. The flipside was a feedback-drenched piece of raw psychedelia, but it would not be appropriate to place the Oxford Circle in such rarefied air as unheralded Northern California psychedelic legends like the Great Society or even the Final Solution. The group's original material was unexceptional, owing more to punkish blues-rock than groundbreaking psychedelic sounds.

Drummer Paul Whaley joined Blue Cheer, which sowed the seeds of the Oxford Circle's breakup, though oddly enough, future blues star Joe Louis Walker played with the group briefly. Gary Lee Yoder, the Oxford Circle's principal songwriter, formed Kak (which recorded for Epic) and also showed up in a late version of Blue Cheer. An entire 1966 concert, in surprisingly excellent fidelity, formed the basis for an Oxford Circle CD in 1997 that also included their single and a couple of unissued cuts. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.

Fourteen of the 18 tracks on this disc were recorded live in San Francisco in 1966, in fidelity that was good even by the standards of 1997. As such, it's a godsend for psychedelia fans, as the band released only two official tracks, which were themselves hard to find on reissue. That said, the music doesn't quite live up to the legend, though one can see that it was sufficiently exciting for live audiences of the era. It's split fairly evenly between British Invasion covers of groups like the Yardbirds, Them and the Animals, and group originals in a similar style. Though there are flashes ofmore… psychedelic mayhem in the guitar work particularly, it isn't as weird as the B-side "Mind Destruction" (a largely formless instrumental built around feedback) might have led collectors to expect, and the original tunes aren't so memorable. The set is embellished by both sides of the "Foolish Woman"/"Mind Destruction" single, as well as a couple of unreleased studio tracks from 1967 that have sessionman Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) on organ.

1 Mystic Eyes (Live)(#) 9:11
2 Since You've Been Away (Live)(#) 2:15
3 You're a Better Man Than I (Live)(#) 5:00
4 Soul on Fire (Live)(#) 2:33
5 I Got My Mojo Working (Live)(#) 3:44
6 Baby Please Don't Go (Live)(#) 5:16
7 Foolish Woman (Live)(#) 3:52
8 Troubles (Live)(#) 5:13
9 We Gotta Get Out of This Place (Live)(#) 3:33
10 Today (Live)(#) 4:07
11 Silent Woman (Live)(#) 3:53
12 Little Girl (Live)(#) 4:43
13 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)(#) 4:44
14 I'm a Man (Live)(#) 3:50
15 Foolish Woman (Studio) 2:33
16 Mind Destruction (Studio) 5:15
17 The Raven (#) 2:42
18 Troubles (#) 2:37

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