Monday, March 31, 2014
Been having some shit luck around here lately. Spent all day yesterday dealing with a flooded basement where we lost a lot of stuff; records, tapes, 8-tracks, reel to reels, magazines, fanzines, flyers, some electronics, etc..... spent the morning mopping up and throwing stuff out.... Ugh. Anyway, i needed to take a break so i decided to throw a track up on the blog and here it is. A guitar rocker from heavy blues based psych band Moloch called "Cocaine Katy" on the Booger Records label from 1972. I guess the Moloch album is fairly rare (I don't own it) but i have no idea how rare this thing is or if it even is rare. But it's a cool tune with plenty of jamming ax action. Enjoy, I'm going to go take a nap....
Here is the low-down on Moloch:
Moloch emerged from the fertile music scene in Memphis, Tennessee in 1969. Led by guitarist Lee Baker (who had played with the Memphis Blazers throughout the decade, toured with the Mar-Keys and is often called ‘the greatest guitarist you’ve never heard of’), they gigged alongside the MC5 and the Stooges and were offered the opportunity to make an album for local Stax subsidiary Enterprise in 1970. Recorded at the legendary Ardent studios with local producer Don Nix (a collaborator with Lonnie Mack, Furry Lewis, Freddy King, Albert King, Delaney & Bonnie, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers and others, and often credited as a key architect of the ‘Memphis Sound’), they laid down a rich stew of 12-bar blues peppered with fiery guitar, fat organ and taut drumming. Though the bulk of the songs were penned by Nix (including the original version of Goin' Down, later to become a blues standard covered by Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Deep Purple, Pearl Jam and others), the sound is unmistakably theirs, and betrays the influence of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Blue Cheer as well as blues musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sleepy John Estes and Bukka White (all of whom Baker had played with at the legendary Memphis Country Blues Festivals of the late 60s).
The album was a triumph, but failed to sell, prompting the band to split in 1971. The following year, Baker assembled another version of Moloch (featuring bassist Michael Jones, later to play with Talking Heads) and released a one-off 45 on a tiny local label called Booger. This featured even more vicious guitar than the LP, but was doomed to obscurity from the start. Baker went on to play with fellow local hero Alex Chilton (whose Big Star were to suffer a similar fate to Moloch on another Stax subsidiary, Ardent), contributing guitar to his legendary Third / Sister Lovers LP and the Like Flies On Sherbet album later in the decade. Baker also formed Mudboy & the Neutrons with friends Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge and Jimmy Crosthwait (dubbed ‘the great band that nobody can find’ by Bob Dylan), and collaborated extensively with pioneering blues guitarist Furry Lewis. He was still prominent on the Memphis music scene when he was senselessly murdered in September 1996, and it is to be hoped that this reissue will bring his astonishing guitar player to a wider audience.
PS. i've added the flip per anon request. here ya go!
Moloch - Cocaine Katy
Moloch - The Terrorizing Of Miss Nancy Jane
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I'm in the music business. Future looking' doubtful... Music business, bound to be my downfall..... Runnin' out of money.... Crazy going hungry....
I need a sandwich....
One time Mother of Invention tells it like it is...
Jeff Simmons - I'm In The Music Business
Monday, March 24, 2014
Very weird this one. I can't find anything about "The Norman Brothers" at all. It's heavy on ukulele and piano. Song 2 on this side is titled "Fused On Tips, Ca't Slip Off" but it's obviously a cover of Monday Monday by the Momas And Popas. Song 4 is called "Number 3 In The Green Book" but it's a version of "Please don't talk about me when I'm gone". I did not record song 1 "I Enjoy Being A Girl" because it skips very badly. The other side starts with "Steam Boat Mickey" but it's about The Robert E Lee.... Song 2 on this side "The Little Bird Who Lost His Way Flying South For The Winter" is a version of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and is actually pretty cool. Some of the others don't sound familiar to me but i would assume they are all covers??? I know i've heard number 4 on this side but can't place it.... Maybe Elvis???? Number 5 is a ragtime version of Old Time Religion but called "Box 5, Del Rio Texas". It makes no sense to me.... can someone explain this weirdness to me? The only thing i know for sure about this record is that it was cut with HOT STYLUS! Help?!?
The Norman Brothers - Jaggers Recording Studio Acetate
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Some pre ELO psych rock from 1969 from The Move. Just found this recently on the cheap. It's a nice little pop psych nugget. Nothing really rare but a good tune. Actually sounds a bit earlier than 1969. If you don't know the history of the move check out the The Move WIKI link. It's quite extensive. Now back to my coffee....
The Move - Yellow Rainbow
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I don't know the year on this but it's some soulful doo-wop so i'm guessing late in the game. Maybe 1963/64, but that is just a guess.... (while writing this i found out they formed in 1963 so my hunch was just about spot on) What little i could find out about the group was that they were of "Hispanic extraction".... The White Doo-Wop Collector has a nice little write up on the group.
The Young Ones - No, No Don't Make Me Cry
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Some funky latin rock from Giants on the LA Records label. It's from 1980 and sounds a bit like older Santana. Pretty cool w/ a vibes solo and some fuzzy guitar.
Giants - Fried Neckbones And Home Fries
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Rollin' & Rockin' R&B number from Jimmy Sweeney (AKA Jimmy Bell) on the Buckley Records label from 1962.
Jimmy Sweeney - What'cha Gonna Do About Me
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Cool rockin' R&B instrumental from 1961 on the Glow-Hill Records label. Don't know shit about old D.D. (Foots) Ford but a quick search of the nets sees this 45 getting lots of action. I got nothing else..... Oh yeah, I've combined the sides for your listening pleasure, because, well, we all need all the bounce we can get.
D.D. (Foots) Ford - D.D.'s Bounce Part One & Part Two