BOM E RARO VENENO!! GOOD AND RARE POISON!!
ESSE ALBUM CONTÉM TODO O MATERIAL COMPLETO ENTRE 1971 E 1973, REUNINDO OS EPs E MAIS SETE FAIXAS INÉDITAS!! A BANDA FOI FORMADA EM 1967 PELO GUITARRISTA "JOE DeCHRISTOPHER" E PELO TECLADISTA "KEN PRICE"!! ARREBANHOU OS OUTROS COMPONENTES E EVOLUIU PARA FRED!! AS PRIMEIRAS GRAVAÇÕES, QUE COMPÕE A MAIOR PARTE DO LP, FORAM FEITAS EM 1971 E FORAM LANÇADAS APENAS EM EPs!! A SONORIDADE É PROGRESSIVE ROCK COM PITDAS FOLK E PSYCH BEM LEGAIS, COM ALGUNS SOLOS FUZZY, LEVADAS ACIDAS E OCASIONAIS GUITARRAS WHA-WHA!! APESAR DE ALGUNS SITES CITAREM COMO UMA BANDA PSICODÉLICA, EU NÃO DEFINIRIA ASSIM, POIS HÁ UMA LEVADA LIGEIRAMENTE TRIPPY ROCK, PASTORAL E COM PITADOS FOLK E DELICADAMENTE DIRECIONADO AO PROGRESSIVO HIPPIE!! O VIOLINO TEM UM BOM DESTAQUE NAS FAIXAS!! VENENO RARO E RECOMENDADO!!
DeChristopher had met Price in 1967 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. and joined Price's band, Still At Large. Over the next three years the band picked up other students and evolved into Fred. Classmate Gary Rosenberg was the band's No. 1 fan, a college radio DJ and sometime poet - he occasionally performed with them on stage and became their lyricist. He was also their guide to other sounds around, introducing them to the likes of Procol Harum, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa and The Mahavishnu Orchestra whose songs they would cover.
In 1970 the band graduated (or left) BU and moved into a couple of farms near Lewisburg. They continued to perform at local clubs and schools. The first recordings, which make up the bulk of the LP, were done the following year and their debut 45 was released. In 1973 occasional member Peter Eggers joined the band permanently and marked the end of their formative chapter, with the departure of Gary Rosenberg. The liners announce that later recordings are forthcoming.
There's some fine fuzz solos and acidic leads with occasional wah-wah but despite being tagged as psychedelia elsewhere, there's a strong aura of mellowed, slightly trippy, pastoral rock that's coming from folk roots and gently drifting off in a prog/hippie direction. The violin adds to the non-urban vibe but is more like Curved Air than Mahavishnu.
Gary Rosenberg - Lyrics, Percussion
Joe DeChristopher - Guitar
David Rose - Keyboards, Violin, Guitar, Vocals
Bo Fox - Drums
Ken Price - Keyboards
Mike Robison - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Peter Eggers - Drums, Piano