Blessed End


Band members               Related acts

- Ken Carson (RIP) - bass (1968-71)

- Ernie Fletsig - guitar (replaced Jim Shugarts) (1971-72)

- Lou Greico - guitar (replaced Ernie Fletsig) (1972-73)

- Lenny Perchowsky - guitar (1969-70)

- Mike Petrylak - drums (1969-73)

- Steve Quinzi - keyboards (1970-73)

- Jim Shugarts - guitar (1968-71)

- Rick Swanson - bass (replaced Ken Carson) (1971-73)

- Doug Teti - vocals (1969-73)


 

 

- Steve Quinzi (solo efforts)

 


 

Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Movin' On

Company: TNS

Catalog: J248

Year: 1971

Country/State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4

Price: $300.00

Cost: $66.00

 

Ah, Philadelphia's Doors ...  Well, here's the executive summary.  Like The Doors?  You'll like this LP.  Hate Jim Morrison and company?  Read no further.

 

Attending Ridley High School, in 1968 buddies Ken Carson and Jim Shugarts decided they wanted to form a band.  Neither played an instrument so they invested in a bass and guitar, spending several months attaining minimal proficiency before approaching friends about starting a band.  By 1969 they'd recruited guitarist Lenny Perchowsky, drummer Mike Petrylak and singer Doug Teti.  The group quickly underwent a personnel shift with Perchowsky dropping out to attend medical school; keyboardist Steve Quinzi subsequently added to the roster.  A steady stream of school dances, parties, and battle of the band appearances brought the band some local attention and convinced Quinzi and Shugarts to start writing original material.

 

Good luck struck the band in 1971 when Quinzi was asked to loan his keyboards to the Springfield-based New Sound Studios.  Rather than pay cash for the equipment, the studio offered the band free recording time.  Having written and rehearsed several original numbers, the quintet went into the studio in early 1971, where working with producer Carl Sandell, they churned out "Movin' On" in a single day.  Recorded with minimal post-production support, several of the tracks were in fact live takes.  

 

One of the interesting things about this LP is the impact it has on listeners.  Among the few folks who've actually heard it, the album comes off as either a wonderful slice of Doors-styled rock, or utter and complete derivative crap.  For some reason, moderation doesn't seem to exist with regard to this set.  So where do we stand?  Well, we'll cast our lot with the former group.  While the Doors influence is unarguable, most of the ten originals (credited to Quinzi and Shugarts) are actually pretty good.  While Teti occasionally overdoes the Jim Morrison vibe, overall he's a pretty impressive performer, kicking considerable energy into tracks such as the lead off rocker "Nighttime Rider", "Someplace To Hide" and the title track.  At the other end of the spectrum, the set occasionally bogs down amidst the band's penchant for doom and gloom lyrics.  Also missing are The Doors' ability to punctuate their proceedings with stunning slices of pop and rock.  Finally, Quinzi and Shugarts are more than competent performers, but simply can't match Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger in terms of compositional skills. or instrumental prowess.

   

With earnings from earlier shows, the band reportedly pressed 1,000 copies of the LP.  Roughly half were given to family and friends, making it a rather sought after collectable. The album's been bootlegged on at least one occasion.  In 1998 the Gear Fab label reissued the set on CD (catalog number GF-112).  In 2000 Akarma Records released a vinyl reissue (catalog number AK 118).

 

"Movin' On" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Nighttime Rider   (Steve Quinzi - Jim Shugarts) - 3:08

2.) Someplace To Hide   (Steve Quinzi) - 3:29

3.) Is It Time   (Jim Shugarts) - 4:22

4.) Sometime You've Got To Be Strong   (Steve Quinzi) - 3:51

5.) Movin' On   (Steve Quinzi) - 7:44

 

(side 2)

1.) Day Before Tomorrow   (Steve Quinzi) - 4:14

2.) Dead Man   (Jim Shugarts) - 2:36

3.) Can't be Without Her   (Steve Quinzi - Jim Shugarts) - 4:05

4.) One Stop Woman   (Steve Quinzi - Jim Shugarts) - 3:07

5.) Escape Train   (Steve Quinzi - Jim Shugarts) - 5:50

 

Following the album's release, the band soldiered on for two years.  Returning to the local club circuit (well, they never actually left it), whatever momentum they'd attained was quickly lost to a stream of personnel upheavals.  Shortly after the album was released Carson joined the Navy.  Rick Swanson was quickly hired as a replacement, but resulting personality clashes soon saw Shugarts quit.  He was in turn replaced by Ernie Fletsig.  Fletsig subsequently suffered a drug-induced nervous breakdown and was replaced by Lou Greico.  1973 saw Quinzi quit to join a top-40 cover band, formally spelling an end to the group.

 

Quinzi's released a couple of new-age styled solo albums.  Never seen, nor heard any of them ...



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