quarta-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2013

BETHLEHEM ASYLUM - Commit Yourself (1970 US Psych Folk Jazz Blues Rock)


BANDA OBSCURA INFLUENCIADA POR ZAPPA E QUE FAZIA UM ROCK BEM ECLÉTICO COMO UMA MISTURA DE JAZZ COM FOLK, COUNTRY, BLUES E PSICODELIA!! A BANDA TINHA UMA BOA REPUTAÇÃO NO SUL DOS E.U.A. COM SEUS SHOWS AO VIVO E EXCURSIONAVA REGULARMENTE JUNTO COM A "THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND" FAZENDO A ABERTURA DO SHOW DELES!! A BANDA TINHA UM BOM TRABALHO DE PIANO E SAX E UMA AGRADÁVEL FLAUTA ROLANDO!! BUDDY HELM MAIS TARDE TOCOU ALGUMAS VEZES COM FRANK ZAPPA E TIM BUCKLEY!! CHARLES DECHANT FOI TOCAR COM A BANDA HALL AND OATES!! DANNY FINLEY FOI PARA A KINKY FRIEDMAN E COM A TEXAS JEWBOY!! CHRISTIAN GANDHI NÃO SE SABE O QUE FOI FAZER E QUALQUER INFORMAÇÃO SOBRE O CARA É BEM-VINDA!! JÁ JIMMY NEIMAN INFELIZMENTE FALECEU!! VENENO RARÍSSIMO E BOM!!

I also know that the band toured extensively and regularly opened for The Allman Brothers Band. This band's two albums are worth a listen with the first album being the better of the two. It contains lots of jazzy instrumentation and the better tracks are Sea Rider (which has lots of good piano work), Sailboat Ride (which features some nice sax and flute) and Earth (which also has some good flute pieces and jazzy piano). The final cut It's About starts with some rather discordant guitar work. The first 45 was taken from this album but consisted of the two most commercial but least interesting tracks. There's more of a country influence on the second album, particularly to the vocals - a good example of this would be Ring My Bell, which was also issued as a single. Also of note are Blind Man's Buff, which is quite bluesy and has some good flute pieces and Tales From The Citadel for its spacey intro. which soon gives way to the sort of jazzy instrumentation that characterises both albums.

Buddy Helm (ex-Those Five) went on to play briefly with Frank Zappa and then Tim Buckley. Charles Dechant later played with the Hall and Oates band, with whom he has spent the last 15 or more years. The guitarist/vocalist Danny Finley went on to the Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys band and co-wrote many songs over several albums. Christian Ghandi has been missing many years, any info would be appreciated and Jim Neiman is now deceased.


Charles Dechant: Vocals, Saxophone, Flute 
Christian Gandhi: Keyboards, Saxophone, Trombone, Alto Flute
Danny Finley: Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jimmy Neiman: Vocals, Bass
Buddy Helm: Drums, Percussion

01. Child Of The Mountain (3:27) 
02. Sailboat Ride (3:15)
03. Earth (9:46)
04. Sea Rider (6:52)
05. Talkin' 'Bout Love (2:07)
06. It's About (5:22)

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