domingo, 22 de julho de 2012

THEM - Now And Them [1967 Psych Prog Garage Rock]



NA MAIORIA DAS BIOGRAFIAS A BANDA THEM TERIA ACABADO DEPOIS DA SAÍDA DE VAN  MORISSON, MAS A REALIDADE É OUTRA!! DEPOIS DISSO A BANDA AINDA GRAVOU MAIS QUATRO ALBUNS, SENDO ESTE O PRIMEIRO DELES COM UMA ROUPAGEM BEM MAIS PSICODÉLICA E COM ALGUNS TOQUES ORIENTAIS NUMA MISTURA ENTRE ELECTRIC PRUNES E CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND!! NA VERDADE PODEMOS PERCEBER VÁRIOS ESTILOS DIFERENTES NESSE DISCO!! RAGA ROCK, FOLK ROCK, HARD ROCK E PSYCHEDELIC ROCK!! MAIS TRÊS ALBNS VIRIAM DEPOIS, MAS INFELIZMENTE SEM NENHUM SUCESSO COMERCIAL, O QUE LEVOU A RUPTURA DA BAND EM 1972!!

Them pretty much abandoned the raucous r&b inflected blues-rock of their first recordings and went in a much more psychedelic direction. And Now And Them is a masterpiece of 1960's rock, arguably better than anything previously issued under the name Them. There are several different styles tackled on this album, including raga rock (‘Square Room’, perhaps Them’s ultimate track), folk rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock… and Them are absolutely brilliant at all of them. Three more great albums would follow, but their singular lack of success led to the inevitable breakup in 1972. 

In most rock encyclopedias, Van Morrison's departure marked the end of Them. However this is not the case. The band went on to make two LPs with Ken McDowell in the vocal spot. This, the first, is a bit of a cross-over affair as they introduce more psychedelic elements to their R&B routes. A good comparison would be someone like the pre-latin Electric Prunes or the Chocolate Watch Band. Recommended.


- Kenny McDowell - lead vocals
- Alan Henderson - bass
- Jim Armstrong - guitar, sitar
- Ray Elliot - keyboards, saxophone, flute
- Dave Harvey - drums

01. I'm Your Witch Doctor - 2:35
02. What's the Matter Baby - 2:42
03. Truth Machine - 2:05
04. Square Room - 9:56
05. You're Just What I Was Looking for Today - 2:55
06. Dirty Old Man (At the Age of Sixteen) - 1:43
07. Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out - 3:31
08. Walking in the Queen's Garden - 3:02
09. I Happen to Love You - 2:54
10. Come to Me - 2:21
Bonus Tracks:
11. Walking in the Queen's Garden (mono single mix) - 3:01
12. I Happen to Love You (mono single mix) - 2:52

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