Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Day After The Sabbath 155: Space Machines pt1 [60s-70s Obscure Heavy 45s]

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Firstly, i'd like to promote the hard work of my friend Kev Stevens, who's been making TDATS podcasts for a few years. Hot off the cloud this morning is his brand-new show, based on Volume 81, the Norwegian special. You can hear it right now at mixcloud.com/TDATSRadio, where you can also subscribe to his future shows.

Welcome to Volume 155. This is a collection of 45s from my personal searches over the last year or so. Some are private press rarities, some are quite easily available, but in all cases they are singles that don't seem to have had any exposure, so this is their opportunity, in the same spirit as the "Lovely Jugglies" series of amazing rare singles donated by DJ David Juggles (volumes 150 and 152). I did do an earlier collection of heavy 45s a long time ago, v70 School Daze (link), but that tended to be singles on well-documented labels, by mostly well-known (to rarity fans) acts. I also made a collection of Ohio singles back on v140 (link).

Today's new series will hopefully continue to be very rare private press, or generally unheard and unknown singles, and I think I will call it the Space Machines series, this being Space Machines pt1. If you are wondering why that name, it's pretty simple, after getting enough tracks collected for this volume, I was amazed to see that there were two songs with exactly the same name by pure coincidence; "Space Machine", as you can see below......I like to think of such things as divine inspiration!

So this volume brings us a fresh and pleasingly diverse bunch of acts, from the funk of Fandango and Crazy Horse, through the mind-blowing heavy metal of MFX, the blues and southern swagger of Eastwood Peak and Southern Trust, to the weird and wonderful one-offs of Genghis Khan's Mongol Horde and Meloncolony.

TRACKS

01. Alan Caddy Orchestra and Singers (UK) - Paranoid [Black Sabbath cover] (1970)
02. Fandango (New York USA) - A Message From The Mind To The Universe (1970)
03. MFX (Ohio USA) - Rick's Boogie (1979)
04. Genghis Khan and The Mongol Horde (San Diego USA) - Asian Invasion (1979)
05. Baker Gurvitz Army (UK) - Space Machine (1975)
06. Free Fare (Florida USA) - Birth Of A Soldier (1975)
07. Canyon (Ohio USA) - Boogie Down Broadway (1975)
08. Fear (Ontario Canada) - Bubblefunk (1970)
09. Whiteheet (Ontario Canada) - Devil's Knight (1977)
10. Crazy Horse (Memphis USA) - High On Lovin' (1969)
11. The Ram Rockers (Massachusetts USA) - King Kool (1978)
12. Hughes Blues (Ohio USA) - Land Of Prosperity (1969)
13. Eastwood Peak (Massachusetts USA) - Ain't No Sinner (1977)
14. Southern Trust (Florida USA) - Sing It Along With Me (1979)
15. Universe (USA) - Space Machine (1979)
16. MAX (New York USA) - Tin Soldier [Small Faces cover] (1973)
17. Meloncolony (Iowa USA) - The Wizard [Black Sabbath cover]

(bonus track) 18. Hot Flash - King Kool (1977)



Alan Caddy Orchestra - Paranoico [Black Sabbath cover] (1972)
From the 1972 Campeonas De Inglaterra Vol III E.P. on the Mexican Orfeon label. Played by "Various Artists". Campeonas De Inglaterra seems to be a series of covers of UK hits, released on various latin labels such as Orfeon and Dimsa. After a very useful response to my enquiries on Reddit (link) I have discovered that this was originally recorded by Alan Caddy Orchestra And Singers on the "Six Top Hits" EP in 1970.

At this time Alan Caddy appears to have been a British act that made many cheap cover compilations of pop hits. It's possible that the singer is Scotsman Danny Street, who sung on other Caddy records and also on a single with Jeff Beck (link). Intriguingly, this recording of Paranoid has also surfaced on a single under the name Bob Christian, again licensed by PYE, on Argentinian and Venezuelan labels (link) . I guess that Bob Christian may be a made-up name entirely. According to Discogs there was even a rumour that it's a pseudonym of Billy Bond, mentioned briefly back on Argentinian TDATS vol 137 (link) and Bolivian TDATS vol 151 (link).

Fandango - A Message From The Mind To The Universe (1970)
Promo single. Produced by Bob Bourassa on New York's Big Tree Records label.
This is a great rocking funk side, just the kind I like with heavy guitar riffage, and some interesting lyrics about the state of the planet, just as relevant now as in 1970. Written by James Tatetum (maybe a label printing error of 'Tatum'?). A quick internet search reveals that there was more than one "James Tatum" in he field of jazz / funk / soul at the time, but I cannot discern if any of them are the "James Tatetum" credited on the label. 


MFX – Maschine oF X-tremes
MFX - Rick's Boogie (1979)
Here's an absolute bonehead metal monster from Marion, Ohio. This one comes across as a country / southern rock band who decided to try and out-metal Molly Hatchet by playing like Judas Priest. I have never heard anything quite like it before. They beat Blackhorse (link) on heaviness in 1979 and i'd love to have heard an album! "Maschine oF X-tremes" (MFX) is Rick "Big Rig" Spradlin (guitars), George Bjorling (guitars), Scott Jackson (drums), Larry Spradlin (bass) and Tom "Blackjack" Favors (vocals). The band just lets rip for the full 5 minutes, the simple lyrics are only there to get you as amped as the music, and this is an unashamed rug-cutter all the way, "Rick's Boogie" and then some! The flipside is also great, a mid-paced grinder to perfectly counterpoint the boogie. What a perfect single. It was recorded at Suma Studios, Painesville Ohio, by engineer Ken Hamann.

Joe Walsh, James Gang and others have recorded there, up to modern scene bands such as Fistula. According to Rick Spradlin, Molly Hatchet was just setting up there while MFX were recording.

Suma Recording Studio, Painesville Ohio
Suma Recording Studio, Painesville Ohio


Genghis Khan and The Mongol Horde - Asian Invasion (1979)
Written by Larry Gatpandan & Pat Shea. Arranged and produced by Tamerlane. Sound mixer: Jeff Mattazaro. Recorded at Natural Sound Studios San Diego. This is a very charming, punkinshly-amateurish & DIY in some ways, side of hard-rocking punk, although the guitar is great. I am by no means an expert on punk, would you call this early hardcore punk? Just a great fun ride all the way, and I am certainly reminded of Bad New's "Warriors Of Genghis Khan" as well (link). The full band was Larry Gatpandan (vocals as Genghis Kahn, Attila the Hun & Tamerlane), Patrick Shea (guitar as Leif Erickson), Robert "Bobby The Bass" Heck (bass as Eric the Red) and Jeff Perez (drums as Lapu-Lapu). The band quite rightly give tribute on the back cover to Bruce Lee, "The Greatest Martial Artist Of All Time". I have seen this described as a "novelty" or "comedy" record, but i'm not sure it was intended that way. What do you think?

Genghis Khan and The Mongol Horde - Asian Invasion (1979)
Genghis Khan and The Mongol Horde rear sleeve 


Baker Gurvitz Army - Space Machine (1975)
Here's a cool slowburner with a touch of T-Rex / Bowie, it also reminds me of something from Neil Merryweather's Space Rangers glam-space rock period. It's from one of the better-known acts in this set by far. These names will probably be familiar to all of you already, with the UK's Gurvitz brothers leading Gun, Three Man Army and other TDATS-appearing acts, all of which I dedicated a very detailed volume to back on #125: Race With The Devil [Gurvitz Brothers special] (link).

Our drummer here Ginger Baker needs no introduction either of course. The band at this time was completed by singer Stephen "Snips" Parsons, who is maybe best known as singer for Sharks on both their albums (link), the band started by bassist Andy Fraser after he left Free. As far as I can tell, this particular recording was never included on a Baker Gurvitz Army studio album, and the 45 was only distributed as a promo, so until I recently bought it, (you may be glad to know you can buy this very cheap), I had never heard it anywhere, except for live versions of the song on various live records.

Free Fare - Birth Of A Soldier (1975)
Written and sung by Mike Putman. This is another funky number, from an unusual act that requires some explanation. Free Fare was not a fixed band, but rather a concept of the Young American Showcase company in Florida, who would enroll an assortment musicians from around the USA every year to play during school terms. Apparently they would visit schools and play during an assembly, and then play again in the evening for a ticket price to any kids that wanted to see a whole show.

They started in 1969 and continued into the 1980s, there is a Reddit post (link) where a lot of people recall their stories of seeing them, and buying posters & singles which they sold at the shows. It was quite an exciting thing for some kids who had never seen a live rock band before i'm sure, and a very welcome diversion from the usual school drudgery. You can find these singles cheaply on Discogs, although this particular one is the only one I have heard, so I cannot vouch for the quality of the others!

Canyon - Boogie Down Broadway (1975)
Here's a catchy side of commercially orientated boogie / glam, still with some satisfyingly heavy moves. The band was Richard Carmichael (drums), Bill Frasier (guitar), Randy Davidson (keys) and Mark Lance (bass / vocals). Most of those names met in Ohio's Black River High School, in a band called The Es Shades, who made a couple of sought-after '60s psychedelic pop singles themselves. It seems Canyon called it a day after a few years of existence and a couple of singles that just about grazed the Billboard 100. There's not much else to find, but keyboard player Randy Davidson played in Hungry Tiger in 1977, with an album I have not had the chance to hear yet.

L-R Richard Carmichael, Bill Frasier (top), Randy Davidson (bottom), Mark Lance


Fear - Bubblefunk (1970)
Here's a mysterious rarity from Ontario Canada. Fear seem to have been a simple head-down, hell-for-leather rock n roll band that drilled riffs home in an addictive fashion like Link Wray. They had two singles out, both produced by Merv Buchanan, who also worked with some well-regarded Canadian bands like Bent Wind and Cargo. Thanks to citizenfreak.com (link) for the info and you can read more there.


Whiteheet - Devil's Knight (1977)
I was delighted to discover today that this single with two good sides is not as mysterious as I had previously thought. A bit of Googling has revealed that the singer went on to acclaim in Canadian jazz, Joe Coughlin (website). Here's an excerpt from vernonmorningstar.com (link) ".....before that I was a rock and roll guy for close to 10 years in the Windsor area,” said Coughlin, the frontman for Whiteheet, a successful Ontario metal band in the late ‘70s. “My parents said we can never hear you with all those loud guitars. They were big fans of Sinatra and we heard all that music growing up, it was just a natural progression.” So Coughlin got a haircut, traded his jeans for a suit and tie, and went from Zeppelin to Sinatra".

The a-side "Deceiver" sounds more like Peter Frampton than heavy metal. Our pick here, Devil's Knight, has an unusual sound, it clearly has some heavy metal influence but it's very melodic and has a great, buzzing psychedelic guitar tone, with a hard rock structure more so than metal. All in all it's got a novel sound which is probably best described simply as, Whiteheet

Whiteheet  - Joe Coughlin
Whiteheet with Joe Coughlin (center)


Crazy Horse - High On Lovin' (1969)
Here's our third funky cut for this volume. I could find no information when searching on the band's name (it doesn't help that I get hundreds of Neil Young results of course), but I did manage to piece together some clues by searching the names printed on the labels in relation to Memphis Tennessee. I believe there's a very good chance that "Sherrill Park" and "R. Yancy" are two members of a Memphis band that made an album a couple of years after this single, Cymarron (discogs, wiki), they are  Sherrill Parks and Rick Yancey. Sherrill was also the frontman of Silver City Band (link), after Cymarron.

Sherrill Parks in Silver City Band
Sherrill Parks
(source)
On the back cover of the Cymarron LP there is a bio of the band which states that Sherill and Rick were in bands together in the sixties and Crazy Horse was probably one of them. I'd like to hear some more of these guys' sixties stuff as their later records are mostly light country pop rock. I have not been able to find info on the third name on the Crazy Horse labels, Don F. Gordon. A viewer of my youtube channel (link) has pointed out that this song also appears on an album by Doc Kirby & Co in 1973, who also recorded in Tennessee, with writing credits to S. Park. That version appears to be the identical audio track to Crazy Horse but with a different singer doing the vocals. Yet more mysteries to unravel there...

The Ram Rockers - King Kool (1978)
This is another novel track that mixes different styles. To me it sounds like an mid '70s hard rock band trying to incorporate some late '70s new wave sound, with unusual results that have grown on me the more I listen to it. When I first discovered this single, I thought it would remain a total obscurity, but after a bit of Googling I quickly discovered a connection to another band that I vaguely remembered seeing posted on blogs and even in the TDATS Facebook group (link) many years past, and that band is Hot Flash, from Massachusetts.

To my surprise I noticed that Hot Flash's 1977 private press album "First Attack! They'll Never Take Us Alive" (link) also contains a song called King Kool, and it is indeed the same song but in a different, longer version, which I assume is the original version, before The Ram Rockers recorded it. Ram Rockers does share the frontman from Hot Flash, Fredric "Muff" Schwenk, I don't know if any other Hot Flash guys were in Ram Rockers, but it's very possible as they share the same producer, Pat Costa and writer credits for "S. J. Mongeon", and they are are both on the small Haverhill MA label, Rockwell Records.

So it appears that after the Hot Flash album, which has a definite prog rock / early AOR sound, with very Roger Dean album art, some or all of the band returned as The Ram Rockers, with a different sound more contemporary to the late '70s. For instance, Fred Schwenk played flute on the Hot Flash version, but the Ram Rockers version has a more modern, bare-bones production with prog embellishments like flute removed. I have included the Hot Flash version at the end of this comp, it's interesting to hear the differences! 

Hughes Blues - Land Of Prosperity (1969)
This is a fantastic side of pure blues rock which hits you in the face from the first bar. Another single which initially seemed impossibly obscure, but I have found more than I expected. A resource I have used many times, Ohio's Buckeyebeat (link), has a very small amount of info but you can find substantially more about the guitarist Robert Hughes who was Hughes Blues, along with another guy sur-named Bruggaman, in a Blues Blast magazine interview published in 2023 (link). Robert is currently part of trio "Hughes, Hall and Denny" who seem to work mostly as Teeny Tucker's (wiki) backing group.  There is plenty of recent video on youtube to see Hughes playing with Teeny at blues festivals, and here's Hughes solo (link).

Robert Hughes & Teeny Tucker (2018)


Eastwood Peak - Ain't No Sinner (1977)
Written by Dean Glow. Produced by John Visnaskas.
Here's a great side of hard-rocking boogie with nice fuzzy slide guitar. The band's origins lay in North Middlesex High School, Massachusetts, after going through various phases such as The Confiscated Doorknob and Daybreak. Dean Glow (keyboards, bass, guitar, sax, vocals) and John Visnaskas's brother Kevin Visnaskas (guitar, harmonica, vocals) were members and the band was re-uniting as recently as 2019, at The 5th Annual Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival, which sounds like the perfect event for this good-time boogie! You can read the entire detailed history of the band at their sadly defunct website by the magic of the Wayback Machine (eastwoodpeak.com) and there is a facebook page which has not been updated since the main site went down (link).

Eastwood Peak band
Eastwood Peak


Southern Trust - Sing It Along With Me
Southern Trust - Sing It Along With Me (1979)

Here's a really great, upbeat southern rock side from Florida, with some excellent slide guitar. I can find very little information about Southern Trust, but their 1980 album was re-issued on CD / streaming and is easily available. So their album came out the year after this single, and is good but indicates a move away to a more mainstream sound like a southern version of The Cars with slide guitar still intact, still good music though, and I like The Cars myself just fine. The album had four players, but this single, written by Danny Lynen (guitar, vocals), may have been made when they were a three-piece. The other names on the album are John Allen (guitar, vocals), Matt Anderson (drums, piano, vocals) and Glenn Weinman (bass, vocals).

Universe - Space Machine (1979)
Universe - Space Machine (1979)
Here's a charming private press single that sounds like Hawkwind's kid brother. It's one of the most obscure things here, which conversely is also one of the few things here that has seen a release on streaming services since I discovered it a while ago. I don't know anything about this single but I get the impression it's from quite a young band, and the names indicated in Discogs are Robert Espodito TerrasiJohn Michael Dyer and Michael Peter Rolla. Both sides are now on Spotify. (link)

Max - Tin Soldier [Small Faces cover] (1973)
This is an exotic hard rock cover of a great pop song from The Small Faces, which itself was penned by by Steve Marriott, with vocal assistance from P. P. Arnold. There is a fantastic TV performance with Arnold on youtube (link) and it's a great example of a pop song full of hard rock moves, so I can see why heavy bands would want to cover it. It was a mild hit in the UK, reaching No. 9 here, but has become just as well-known by all the covers that exist, from artists such as TDATS-appearing bands like Sopworth Camel (vol130), to bigger names like The Scorpions and Lou Gramm. The most interesting thing about the 45's label is the production credit for David 'Rock' Feinstein, a name that has come up in TDATS more than once, including the Elf track used in vol 31 (link), and a track of his own band in the American Metal volume (link). Feinstein's longest-running career success has been in The Rods, who had a new album out this year (2024).

Someone kindly posted some info about MAX on my youtube channel, "MAX was: David "Rock" Feinstein (of Elf, The Rods on lead guitar), Mike Ferrante (12 string), George Day (keyboards), Howie Castle (drums), Jack Belle (bass), Dan Elliott (lead vocal), Sandy Bigtree (backing vocal), Ron Wray (producer). Recorded at Dayson Studio in East Syracuse in 1973." This enabled me to find a blog post from 2012 (link) that mentions MAX, explaining it was a studio band made up of the Syracuse-based artists and producers mentioned above.

Fascinatingly, MAX's Tin Soldier appeared on a '70s vinyl compilation called The History Of Syracuse Music VI (link), under the band name of "Sandy Bigtree & Max". This comp also includes no less than two Feinstein/Dio-era ELF songs. Regarding MAX, the blurb on the back says: "The name Ron Wray has long been synonymous with Syracuse music. Ron has been active with many local groups in the past ten years. He produced the Fallen Angels, Livin' Ennd, Headstone II and Sleep E. Hollow records." It goes on the explain that Wray masterminded MAX to fulfill a dream of creating a hit-making Syracusian super-group, he selected the players and chose Tin Soldier as the material for Max's single. He chose Feinstein to play guitar because "....he's one of the finest guitar players i've ever seen in central New York......creating a huge sound that you would normally expect to accompany The Who or Deep Purple". 

Meloncolony - The Wizard [Black Sabbath cover]
Sadly we reach the end of this set. Here's our second Sabbath cover, and it's a really interesting single on an Iowa label. The catalogue number puts it somewhere around 1971 by my estimation. Again we have a band doing an early cover of Black Sabbath, i'm guessing from the sound that this wasn't made too long after the original, with a more fuzzy, psychedelic approach.  In particular, the stripped-down production and keyboards give this a very different feel.

On the flipside, they give the same treatment to Speed King by Deep Purple. I have seen this for sale on auctions and in one case the seller claimed it was from Des Moines. They also said it came out in 1969, a year before the originals were released, which is hard to believe, so you can decide for yourself if you want to take notice of that. Finally, I must give the band a hats-off for their name, which I had read many times as "Melancholy" before suddenly realising it is melon-colony, and laughed my head off as a result. Gotcha! Soon after posting this,  a helpful member of the TDATS facebook group has linked us to a picture of Meloncolony (link), this link also shows the band as a three-piece with names left to right below: Wayne Groff (keyboards), Bob Curtis (drums) and Chuck Vail (vocals).

Meloncolony Iowa band
Meloncolony on stage (source)
Thanks for listening to this episode. It's time to get in my space machine and blast off. If you have any comments to make or information to contribute, please do so on this Blogger post, or one of my social sites listed below. I hope you enjoyed listening as much as I enjoyed making it, until next time, live long and prosper! Rich

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Further listening:
The Day After The Sabbath 70: School Daze [all heavy singles]
The Day After The Sabbath 150: Lovely Jugglies Pt 1 Rare 45s From the DJ Juggles collection
The Day After The Sabbath 35: Windmolen Van Doom [first Dutch special]
The Day After The Sabbath 140: Greetings From Ohio [Obscure Ohio 45s]

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Day After The Sabbath 154: Rock Discotheque - girls rock pt.6

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Welcome to volume 154 of The Day After The Sabbath. This is the 6th episode to focus on female vocalists and girl-fronted bands.

So far those six are: 17 (link), 49 (link), 71 (link), 97 (link), 129 (link) and 154 (link).

We have the usual varied mix of styles, from 1971 to 1979, with prog, psych, funk and metal covered. Everything finely-tuned for your heavy listening pleasure...


TRACKS

01. Pancake - Fire-And-Rain-Song (1979)
from album No Illusions
02. Cameleon - Je Hurle Que Je T'aime (1971)
single
03. Groundstar - Come To The Mountain (1978)
from album Forced Landing
04. Claudia Lennear - Not At All (1973)
from album Phew!
05. Nanette Workman - Love Taker (1977)
from album Grits And Cornbread
06. Marsha Hunt's 22 - (Oh, No! Not!) The Beast Day (1973)
from album Rock Discotheque
07. Yoice - God’s Own Land (1971)
single
08. Gold - Home Cookin' Woman (1971)
from album Mission Rock
09. Gayle McCormick - Flesh and Blood (1972)
from album Flesh And Blood
10. Sarolta Zalatnay - Move Over (1975)
from album Sarolta Zalatnay
11. Genya Ravan - Lonely, Lonely (1972)
from album Genya Ravan
12. Lydia Taylor - Tuff Chick (1979)
from album Lydia Taylor
13. Chris Braun Band - Town Of Children's Blocks (1972)
from album Both Sides
14. Yvonne Elliman - I Can't Explain (1973)
from album Food Of Love
15. Xciter - I'll Get Over You (1979)
from album Xciter
[bonus track] 16. Nanette Workman / Peter Frampton - Love Taker [alt. version] (1977)
                        Improved sound quality, slightly slower tempo


Pancake c.1979
Pancake - Fire-And-Rain-Song (1979)
This is a really great progressive rock track that has the metallic feel of the NWOBHM to my ears. No Illusions is a good album too, with vocals from Biggi Zmierczak, who was a new addition to Pancake for this record, which I think is their best release. Unfortunately it seems to be their last also. A cursory look for information on Biggi Zmierczak doesn't bring up much of use unfortunately, maybe that was an assumed name for Pancake? Drop me a line if you know more about Biggi that I can add here...

Cameleon - Je Hurle Que Je T'aime 
(1971)
Here's the b-side from one of the best two-sider 45s that has appeared here. The a-side was included way back on French volume 45 (link) but I just had to use this one some time too, so here it is!

Thanks to France-heavy-rock (link) I found a little information. Paris act Cameleon was formed by Patrice Michel, journalist for Pop Music, Extra and Music Maker magazines, who had also written the song "Je suis juste un Rock n' Roller" for excellent French band Les Variations (on v45). The singer on this side was Martine Maréchal, who previously sang for Nowhere Men and later joined JC3

Other members who came and went were: Alain Lecointe (bass) and Patrick Mazie, who were later in Hechetu Welo and jazz fusion band Nadavati. Jacques Liot (guitars) was also later in Nadevati (see soleilzeuhl.com). Jean-Pierre Chenut (guitars) was in Dispray Karma Sex All StarsJean-Loup Besson (drums, ex-Gypsys/Quo Vadis) and Roberto Toffoli (drums, later in W.B.S.) were also involved.

Sharon Jordan in Groundstar
Sharon Jordan in
Groundstar (lower right)
Groundstar - Come To The Mountain (1978)

Here's another re-appearance, this time from a band that were in my heavy AOR special in 2013 (link). This is another case of a record that is good enough for some more attention. So far the only member of Groundstar who has come up in other bands is our singer here, Sharon Jordan. She was in various bands after Groundstar such as The Heritage and Eve's Burden (info at gdmonline and metal-archives).

I recently saw a George Peppard sci-fi drama on TV called The Groundstar Conspiracy. Inspiration for the band's name maybe? We may never know as nobody has published interviews or any other insider information regarding the band. As yet they remain something of an enigma, even though the album has developed a good reputation with obscure AOR fans.

Claudia Lennear
Claudia Lennear
Claudia Lennear - Not At All (1973)
In one of those coincidences that could never be planned, the shortlist for this set included two singers that, after a little research to write the copy for this volume, I have discovered are both claimed to have dated Mick Jagger, and it's been said at different times that they were the inspiration for the Stones' Brown Sugar. I guess only Mick Jagger really knows which one, if either, actually was! One is Claudia Lennear, the other is Marsha Hunt

Claudia became known in Soul trio The Superbs, when she was offered a place in Ike & Tina Turner's Ikettes. From there she became an in-demand backing singer for many famous acts such as Freddy KingHumble Pie and Joe Cocker. She dated Jagger and David Bowie and according to Wikipedia, she said the song I used here, "Not At All", was written as a response to Mick Jagger afterwards. You can see a recent (2022) two-part interview with Claudia on youtube, where she comes across as the nicest person you could ever meet and talks about her post rock n roll career as a church singer and school teacher (1 , 2).

Nanette Workman - Grits And Cornbread LP
Nanette Workman - Love Taker (1977)

Here's a really cool track from Nanette Workman's seventh album. She had been a Canada-based pop singer since the mid sixties and by the mid seventies, she had moved with the times to rock, funk & disco in collaborations with various musicians including her brother Billy Workman, who made albums of his own also. Her 1977 album "Grits And Cornbread" is described thus by DisKebec at Discogs "This is a superb country-tinged rocking Nanette Workman album recorded at the Olympic Studios in the UK and it features a top-notch band and supporting cast ...including Peter Frampton, Johnny Hallyday (producer [and one-time boyfriend]), Status Quo bassist Andy Bown, Spooky Tooth drummer Mike Kellie, as well as Bobby Keys, Doris Troy and Madeline Bell." (link).

Love Taker was written by Gary Wright and as it turns out, he recorded a version of it in 1972 (link) which was never heard until an archival collection called Gary Wright And Wonderwheel: Ring Of Changes was released in 2016. Wonderwheel consisted of him and other notable names like Archie Legget (see tdats 66) and guitarist Mick Jones (pre-Foreigner).

Marsha Hunt 1968
Marsha Hunt c.1968
Marsha Hunt's 22 - (Oh, No! Not!) The Beast Day (1973)
This is a really infectious single that is impossible to define, you just have to hear it, there's a bit of everything here, funk, glam, psych, afrobeat, proto-disco, it's a gloriously fun and crazy mixture of it all. Similarly to Claudia Lennear, Marsha is American and a significant proportion of her career was in the UK music industry, and she was allegedly another girl who was the inspiration for the Stones' Brown Sugar. Even more confusingly, it's also claimed that Marsha was the muse of John Mayall when he wrote a (completely different) song called Brown Sugar a couple of years before The Stones, making it hard to take any of these theories seriously. [EDIT in June 2024: I have just read (link) that another Ikette who worked in the UK, PP Arnold, claims to have been the inspiration for the Stones' Brown Sugar....at this point i'm prepared to dismiss all the claims]

You can read a lot on that subject elsewhere, and her relationship with Mick Jagger (link), and you can choose what to believe, it's all just rock and roll legend / myth these days, the main thing is the music, and Marsha belts out the soulful rock n roll with the best!

Since those days Marsha has become an actress, author and human rights activist, wikipedia states she has announced work on a biography of Jimi Hendrix, being in the perfect position to do as a fellow black American artist that came to London around the same time to find success.

Yoice - God’s Own Land (1971)
Yoice single (1971)
Yoice - God’s Own Land (1971)

Here's a half-time chillout with vocals from Jutta Nienhaus. Yoice was an initial name of Analogy, a band of Germans who met in academia in Italy in the late 60s. Analogy also recorded a version of this song in Italian (link), which can be heard on later archival releases. They have a fairly complex history involving aliases like The JoiceEarthbound and Eternity, that you can read about in an interview with founder Martin Thurn-Mithoff at PsychedelicBaby (link).

Jutta and Martin resided in London for a period in the late '70s and started the new wave band "Earthbound", who made one self-released EP. There were many Analogy-related shows and reformations through the following years but sadly both Jutta and Martin passed away in 2018. The official Analogy website still exists, with a full history and picture gallery (link).

Robin Sinclair of Gold
Robin Sinclair c.1968
Gold - Home Cookin' Woman (1971)

Robin Sinclair is the songstress on this fantastic nugget of San Franciscan acid rock. She was previously part of Salloom-Sinclair & The Mother Bear, who I have featured on the tdats youtube channel (link).

Gold, from the Bay Area, never made an official release but archival collections have come from Rockadelic and World In Sound (link) in recent decades, confirming what a tight, accomplished and heavy act they were. The fact that the track I included here is a recording of a show, and it sounds as good as it does, proves it beyond doubt. There is a Gold interview with Ed Scott (guitar) and Ron Cabral (manager) at PsychedelicBaby (link).

Gayle McCormick - Flesh and Blood
Gayle McCormick
Flesh and Blood LP 1972
Gayle McCormick - Flesh and Blood (1972)
Like many of the artists in this volume, Gayle was a versatile pop singer who made a variety of music. As a St. Louis native, she started in local act Gayle McCormick And The Klassmen before singing in Los Angeles band Smith, with whom Gayle did a great version of I Just Wanna Make Love To You (link) which I used back on vol 71.

In the '70s she made three solo albums, the most interesting of which to rock n'roll fans such as ourselves is 1972's "Flesh & Blood", which included our track here, among other good stuff like "Grey Line Tour" and "Alabam". Having abandoned the music industry and what she considered to be its unhealthy excesses a long time ago in the '70s, sadly Gayle passed away from throat cancer in 2016. 

Sarolta Zalatnay 1975
Sarolta Zalatnay - s/t 1975
Sarolta Zalatnay - Move Over (1975)
Sarolta is one of Hungary's famous pop singers, who I discovered while researching the recent Hungarian TDATS (link), because her material included quite a lot of psychedelic stuff, gladly. She will be appearing in the next volume focusing on the country. Before that she appears on TDATS for the first time here with a great cover of a Janis Joplin classic.

Discerning readers will be interested to know that the backing group on this self-titled 1975 album was no less than the awesomely fun and quirky rockers Skorpió, (see vols 1341) who are close to a tdats institution by this point.

Genya Ravan LP 1972
Genya Ravan LP 1972
Genya Ravan - Lonely, Lonely (1972)

Genya's band called Ten Wheel Drive appeared here back in vol129 (link),  a New Jersey jazz-rock ensemble fronted by the Polish-born, powerfully-voiced Genya Ravan (real name Genyusha Zelkovicz). They managed four albums and delivered a few hard-rocking tracks on each one.

She first found success as 'Goldie' Zelkowitz in the early '60s, after joining doo-wop band The Escorts, then forming Goldie & The Gingerbreads, advertised as the first all-girl rock n roll band ever to get signed by a major label in the USA.

The track I have included here is from the first of many solo albums she made, since then being known as Genya Ravan. Genya has remained active in music as a radio DJ, performer and producer right up until the modern day, she had a new album in 2019, and in 2021 a new single (link) at the age of 80, with Nile Rogers on guitar! Further recent news on Genya can be found at: forward.com (link), Wiki (link) and her official website (link).

Lydia Taylor - Tuff Chick (1979)
Lydia Taylor LP 1979
Lydia Taylor - Tuff Chick (1979)
I came across this one listed in Kerrang's International Encyclopedia of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, written in the early eighties and revised a couple of times later. This song kinda is metal, all the forthright claims from Lydia remind me of a Dio song in that self-assured metal way. But the rest of the album is not metal and barely hard rock. The book is full of bands like this, and some a lot less heavy than anything Lydia Taylor did. Maybe the authors ran out of ideas after 100 or so metal bands and looked-up random records in their collections to pad the book out?

Anyway, I don't mean to denigrate the book, it helped me find this and a lot of cool tracks, metal or not! I just find it amusing in these days of the internet, where any list of recommended "hard rock & heavy metal" which included jazz fusion albums from the early '70s, as Kerrang's Encyclopedia did, would probably get the author fired by their respective media outlet. One explanation may be that in the pre-internet days (yes I am old enough to remember those) when people relied on live shows, books / magazines, radio, shops, friend's recommendations and other such "physical" experiences to discover music, the necessity to pigeonhole acts into easily-ordered, searchable dropdown lists didn't exist, and maybe that has altered the way people look at genre now.

Chris Braun Band
Chris Braun Band
Chris Braun Band - Town Of Children's Blocks (1972)
I discovered Chris Braun while looking into albums produced by Krautrock legend Dieter Dierks, for the Dierks-themed Vol135 (link).

This is a track from the first of their three albums, and I think this album is the best for TDATS considerations, with a few fairly heavy prog cuts. Prog Archives states that Chris Braun wrote the songs, sung for the band and was founder of the group. Her gravelly voice may be compared to Inga Rumpf of Frumpy. Her songs are a combination of folk-rock, jazz-fusion, heavy blues and hard rock. I think "Town Of Children's Blocks" shows the acoustic folk side melding with the heavy prog in a very cool way, to use a modern equivalent, not unlike Opeth.

The band took a long break after the second album but reappeared ten years later with a synth pop / new wave album, amusingly entitled "Ultra Braun", this time sung in German unlike their first albums, with Kraftwerk-isms in place, and it's a worthy listen if that's something in your zone of interest.

Yvonne Elliman in the Jesus Christ Superstar movie (1973)
Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene in
the Jesus Christ Superstar movie (1973)
Yvonne Elliman - I Can't Explain (1973)

On the home straight now and we have a Who cover from a girl who, like other names here, I discovered by looking into backing singers of other acts that I have shown before. In this case Yvonne was on the Long John Baldry album that appears in blues rock special vol147 (link).

Born in Hawaii, but like Claudia and Marsha, making her career in London UK, she met Ian Gillian while working on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar musical, and is also known for many '70s tours with Eric Clapton, as well as her solo career which spanned the seventies.

Another interesting thing I discovered from looking into this song, was it's inclusion on a label sampler called Purple People Vol 1 (link).  Purple Records was a label owned by Deep Purple's management team, publishing such TDATS-interest artists as Tucky Buzzard, Hard Stuff and Trapeze, multiple Deep Purple-related acts, and pop music like Talk Talk and even Doctor Who music.

Lisa Baker Xciter
Lisa Baker
Xciter - I'll Get Over You (1979)
So for the end of this set we make an unexpected turn to metal. Xciter was George Lynch's second band after getting known in The Boyz, a band playing the same circuit as Van Halen in the seventies.

Xciter's music has been released posthumously on CD in the 2000s. Four tracks on those CDs feature a singer credited as "Lisa Furspanker", and "I'll Get Over You" is one of them.

In reality this is Lisa Baker, who also sung in a pre-Great White outfit called Dante Fox, as well as her own band, which was featured in a 2022 Numero Group comp of similarly obscure Californian metal acts called "Bound For Hell: On The Sunset Strip".

That's it for this episode. I hope you dug this and if you did, please share the love! All my social links are below. Cheers! Rich

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The Day After The Sabbath 100: Reel Ravers [100th anniversary movie rock special]


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