sábado, 15 de junho de 2019

UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST - Notes From The Underground (1968-1969 Canada Psychedelic Rock)


O ÁLBUM CONTÉM 13 MÚSICAS COM UMA LEVADA GARAGEIRA PSICODÉLICA BEM BACANA, SOANDO CRÚ E INTENSO!!! FORAM TIRADAS DE VÁRIAS FONTES, INCLUINDO GRAVAÇÕES AO VIVO DE 1968, GRAVAÇÕES INÉDITAS DE ESTÚDIO DE 1970, BEM COMO CANÇÕES AS CANÇÕES GRAVADAS NOS PROGRAMAS DE TV DE 1968 E 1990!!! A QUALIDADE DAS GRAVAÇÕES, ESPECIALMENTE AQUELAS GRAVADAS EM 1968, NÃO É MUITO BOA, MAS NADA QUE SOE MAL, AO CONTRÁRIO!!! ESSE ÁLBUM TRATA-SE DE UM  VERDADEIRO TRIBUTO A ESSA BOA BANDA E QUE, PELA PRIMEIRA VEZ, DISPONIBILIZA A TODOS PODEREM OUVIREM ESSES CARAS!!! A ÚNICA CRÍTICA FICA NA AUSÊNCIA EXATAMENTE DO SEU PRIMEIRO SINGLE "NO,NO,NO"QUE DEVERIA, POR JUSTIÇA, ESTAR AÍ!!!

UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST, BANDA CANADENSE QUE EM 1968 GRAVOU UM ÚNICO SINGLE CHAMADO "NO,NO,NO" E QUE FOI PRENSADO APENAS 200 CÓPIAS, MAS QUE VENDEU O SUFICIENTE PRA ATRAIR UMA BASE DE FÃS E UM PROMOTOR DE SHOWS LOCAIS QUE COLOCOU OS CARAS PRA ABRIR SHOWS DA "GRATEFUL DEAD"!! DEPOIS DISSO SE CONCENTRARAM EM CANÇÕES EXPERIMENTAIS COM LONGAS JAMS E COM ISSO AMPLIOU O LEQUE DE FÃS E ATRAIU INTERESSE DA TELEVISÃO NACIONAL DO CANADÁ E DAÍ SAIU UMA PERFORMANCE EM ESTÚDIO!!! DURANTE O FINAL DOS ANOS 60 E INÍCIO DOS 70 A BANDA FEZ UMA TURNÊ PELA BRITISH COLUMBIA ABRINDO SHOWS DE BANDAS COMO CREAM, YARDBIRDS, SETEVE MILLER, COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH, CANNED E VÁRIAS OUTRS GRANDES BANDAS!!! COM ISSO SE TORNARAM UMA DAS BANDAS MAIS BADALADAS DA ÁREA, MAS NUNCA MAIS LANÇARAM OUTROS SINGLES!!! NOTES FOR THE UNDERGROUND É A PRIMEIRA COMPILAÇÃO INTEIRAMENTE DEDICADA À MÚSICA DOS LOYALISTS DO REINO UNIDO!!!

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The United Empire Loyalists were a Vancouver B.C. band that originally consisted of Rick Enns (lead vocals, bass), Anton "Tom" Kolstee (lead guitar), Jeff Ridley (rhythm guitar), and Richard Cruickshank, later replaced by Glen Hendrickson (drums). In 1968 the band recorded the lone single "No, No, No," which was pressed in only 200 copies but sold well enough to attract a fan base and the attention of a local concert promoter who booked the band to open for the Grateful Dead. In 1968, since the UEL's were part of the Vancouver underground music scene, the release of a single was perceived as a commercial ploy by the band. Thus, they abandoned their commercialization and focused on songs consisting of long jams and experimental sounds. With a limited fan base of only a few hundred of Vancouver teens, the band started to make waves around the West Coast music scene. With some music pointers gleaned from their experience with the Dead, they managed to attract interest from Canada's National Television station the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). 

In 1968, as part of the Enterprise television series, the CBC filmed an hour-long studio performance of the band. This brought even more of a cult mystique to UEL and in1990, the band was reformed to again perform for the CBC in a documentary about the Vancouver '60s music scene. During the late '60s and early '70s the band went on tour throughout British Columbia, opening for such acts as Cream, the Yardbirds, Steve Miller Band, Country Joe & the Fish, Canned Heat, and many more bands both local and international. They became one of B.C.'s hottest groups, yet they never released another single or received radio air play. Notes From the Underground is the first compilation entirely devoted to the music of the United Empire Loyalists. 

The CD contains 13 songs taken from a variety of sources including some "live" club recordings from 1968, unreleased studio recordings from 1970, and songs that were originally featured on both CBC Television programs from 1968 and 1990. While the sound quality on some tracks, especially those recorded privately in 1968, is not great, these are some of the only recordings that still exist of this band. Noticeably missing from this set -- without explanation -- is the band's "commercial" single "No, No, No." Nonetheless, all but two on this set are originals written by the band members. With liner notes by Anton Kolstee that detail the history of the band, this CD is a fitting tribute to one of Vancouver's best kept secrets that is, for the first time, finally available for all to hear.


Rick Enns - Lead Vocal, Bass
Anton Kolstee - Lead Guitar, Background Vocals
Jeff Ridley - Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Richard Cruickshank - Drums
Glen Hendrickson - Drums

01. Otis - 3:35
02. Hangin' Around - 3:14
03. I Know You Rider (1990 live) - 4:36
04. Lookin' And Searchin' - 4:49
05. Lookin' And Searchin' - 3:33
06. Wait A Minute Jim - 5:13
07. It's Alright - 3:01
08. Tired Eyes (1990 live)- 4:06
09. Buffalo Wiliie - 5:52
10. My Chances For Living - 2:30
11. Columbus - 8:44
12. You Don't Love Me (1990 live) - 4:06
13. Otis Redding Jam (1990 live) - 2:54

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