Band members Related acts
- Corky Aldred - vocals, drums
- Rusty Martin - bass
- Brad Reed - vocals, lead guitar
- none known
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+
Comments: promo copy; promo stamp on front and back cover
Geez, who knows what the story is here ... Arizona band, signed to a California label. but with a miniscule fan base that seems to be located in Rhode Island and Florida ...
One of our favorite recent discoveries, other than the fact the line up consisted of singer/drummer Corky Aldred, bassist Rusty Martin and singer/guitarist Brad Reed, we have to admit knowing virtually nothing about this band.
Recorded in Phoenix Arizona's Audio Records with producer Hadley Murrell (who also contributed a pair of songs), 1969's "Bliss" was released by the L.A.-based Canyon Records. Musically the LP offered up a mix of originals (all three members contributing material), and blues covers. Interestingly, based on the cover which shows a chalice and a young, angry looking priest, our initial expectations were that this might be a Christian-rock LP. Those thoughts were reinforced by the opener "Ride the Ship of Fool" which blended a nice melody with sweet harmonies and a pseudo-religious lyric and "Cry for Love". While those characteristics are enough to send a large segment of the population running for cover, in this case the results aren't half bad. The religious sentiments are kept in check throughout and are wrapped in a series of tasty rockers. Powered by Aldred's powerhouse drumming and Reed's fuzz guitar (check out "VIsions" and their cover of Joe Tex's "I Want To be Free"), this is simply a great LP!.
"Bliss" track listing:
1.) Ride the Ship of Fools (Hadley Murrell - Larry Tuszon) - 4:21
2.) Cry for Love (Brad Reed - Ann Reed) - 4:50
3.) Gangster of Love (Johnny Watson) - 2:58
4.) I Want To Be Free (Joe Tex) - 3:00
5.) Visions (Rusty Martin) - 3:35
6.) Don't Think (Buford Riley Aldred) - 2:07
7.) I'm Gonna Hurt You (Hadley Murrell - Eddie Campbell) - 2:03
8.) Make My Old Soul New (Bard Reed) - 2:05
9.) Rock Me Baby (B.B. King) - 3:28
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