Autosalvage


Band members               Related acts

- Skip Boone - bass, guitar, piano
- Thomas Donaher -- vocals, guitar
- Darius LaNoue Davenport -- vocals,  oboe, keyboards,

  drums, guitar, bass
- Rick Turner -- guitar, banjo, dulcimer
- Bear (Darius LaNoue Davenport) --

 

 

- Bear (Davius Davenport) and Skip Boone)


 

Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Autosalvage

Company: RCA Victor

Catalog: LSP-3940

Year: 1968

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: mono pressing

Available: 1

GEMM catalog number: not yet listed

Price: $100.00

Here's one that's grown increasingly in-demand over the last few years.  That demand's probably partially the result of the fact there hasn't been a decent CD reissue.  A bootleg CD released in the late-'80s sounded like it was recorded in a subway tunnel and managed to get the track listing hosed up.  Yeah bootleggers !!!

Formed in 1966 by bluegrass fanatic Thomas Donaher and multi-instrumentalist Darius Davenport, Autosalvage was one of the mid-'60s more impressive jug band lineups. Boasting an exceptionally talented line up, including ex-Ian and Sylvia sideman Rick Turner and  bassist Skip Boone (brother of the Lovin' Spoonful's Steve Boone), the band's sound melded authentic jug band moves with rock instrumentation, a sense of enthusiasm and a willingness to expanded into progressive and out of the ordinary directions.

Reportedly dscovered by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention while on a visit to New York, with Zappa's support the group was signed by RCA Victor. Released in 1968, "Autosalvage" offered up one of the year's odder musical hybrids. Exemplified by original material such as "Land of Their Dreams," "Burglar Song" and "Rampant Generalities" the collection featured a weird mixture of Byrds-styled country rock ("Rampart Generalities"), blues-rock ("Good Morning Blues") psychedelia ("Auto Salvage") and outright pretense. What made the set truly maddening was the fact that while all four members were undeniably talented, they seldom brought those talents together. Among the few tracks worth hearing more than once were the nifty title effort and the single "Parahighway" b/w "Rampart Generalities."  Not to sound too damning, the band's willingness to try new things makes it oddly endearing, if not particularly commercial, or memorable.  Unfortunately, it all came to little avail since the band called it quits shortly thereafter.

"Autosalvage" track listing:
1.) Auto Salvage (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner) - 5:37
2.) Burglar Song (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner) - 2:20
3.) Rampart Generalities (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner) - 3:10
4.) Medley - 6:30
i.) Our Life As We Lived It (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner)
ii.) Good Morning Blues (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner)
5.) Ancestral Wants (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner) - 3:50
6.) A Hundred Dreams (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner) - 2:15
7.) Land of Their Dreams (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner) - 3:07
8.) Parahighway (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner) - 2:35
9.) Medley - 5:18
i.) The Great Brain Robbery (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher - Darius Davenport - Rick Turner)
ii.) Glimpses of the Next World's World (Skip Boone - Thomas Donaher -  Darius Davenport - Rick Turner)

Boone and Davenport subsequently reappeared supporting the short-lived Bear (see separate entry) and then as sessions players.

 

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