quinta-feira, 11 de agosto de 2011

TRANSATLANTIC RAILROAD - Express to Oblivion (US 1968 West Coast Prog Psych Hard Jazz Rock)


BANDA AMERICANA MUITO LEGAL QUE FAZIA UM SOM COM INFLUÊNCIAS DO HARD ROCK COM DESTAQUE PARA GUITARRA E O TECLADO FURIOSO!! NA VERDADE, SE LEVARMOS EM CONTA A AUDIÇÃO MAIS ATENTA DO DISCO,NOTAMOS A PRESENÇA FORTE DO BLUES, PROGRESSIVO, PSICODELIA, E DO JAZZ!! AS LONGAS SUITES NOS REMETEM ÀS VIAGENS DO GRATEFUL DEAD!! VENENO RECOMENDADO!!

# "Camp Towanga" abre o álbum e incorpora rock, jazz e blues, mas raramente todos os segmentos em separado!! "Blues Fried Chicken" é um excelente blues com base numa guitarra ácido!! Na verdade é a guitarra e os teclados que se destacam neste álbum, com a maioria das faixas tendo alguns bons exemplos de ambos, como a longa suíte "Tehama Street Song" que é uma faixa de blues lento muito boa!! "Irahs" é um interlúdio agradável entre as pirotecnias de guitarra, e "Good Times" termina o álbum com uma balada similar ao Electric Prunes!! #



These circa 1967-1968 (the liner notes aren't entirely specific) recordings by this very obscure Marin County band are very much of their time and place. It's fairly heavy psychedelic rock with a fairly heavy blues influence, apt to jump into free-form passages and multi-sectioned, lengthy tracks with an improvisational feel and a stoned vibration to the lyrics. In the structural sense, then, they're pretty similar to the early Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service, and to the freakier aspects of Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & the Fish, and Big Brother & the Holding Company.

 
Previously unreleased Westcoast psych album from the early days with 5 long tracks. Furious organ and guitar jams that'll blow your mind. 'Camp Towanga' opens the album with a song that incorporates rock, jazz and blues, but unusually all in separate segments. 'Fried Chicken Blues' is more what I expected from this album, this being an excellent up-tempo blues based song with some fine acid guitar. In fact, it is the guitar and keyboards which stand out on this album, with most tracks having some great examples of both, the lengthy 'Tehama Street Song' being a slow blues based track which demonsrates this admirably. The jugband sound of 'Irahs' is a nice interlude between the guitar pyrotechnics, and 'Good Times' ends the album with an up-tempo ballad similar to The Electric Prunes. 

Ken Housman: Rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Jamie Kindt: Bass guitar, Backgrounds vocals
Ron Banvianchi: Drums, Backgrounds vocals
Stephen Meyers: Lead guitar
Geoff Mayer: Organ

01 - Camp Towanga - 3:17
02 - Fred Chicken Blues - 3:29
03 - Tehama Street Song - 7:33
04 - Elephant - 12:16
       https://youtu.be/rSsodeJa0kA
05 - Old English 800 - 5:54
06 - Irahs - 2:36
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