Estes Brothers, The

Band members               Related acts

- Joe Estes - vocals, drums

- John Estes - lead guitar

- Bill Marren - vocals, keyboards

- Don Smith - bass



- The Unknown Kind (Bill Marren)





Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Transitions

Company: Rockadelic

Catalog: RRLP-17

Year: 1995

Country/State: Ohio

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: reissue

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4643

Price: $30.00

Cost: $66.00


An original of this obscurity (supposedly 100 were pressed) will easily set you back four digits so I'll never have a chance to comment on an original pressing.  Thankfully I stumbled across a copy of Rich Haupt's 1995 Rockadelic reissue (which is itself quite rare with a 500 copy pressing).


Apparently from Ohio, this early 1970's quartet's been the subject to quite a bit of hype over the years.  As mentioned above, their exceedingly rare 1971 album "Transitions" routinely sells for $1,000+.  While the album's frequently labeled as being psychedelic, most of the seven extended tracks are guitar-propelled rockers.  Singer/keyboardist Bill Marren's responsible for most of the set, though brothers Joe and John Estes and bassist Don Smith each contribute a track.  The sound quality is surprisingly good with Joe Estes' drums and John Estes' lead guitar seemingly getting special attention in the mix. That said, nothing here is likely to change your world, though bluesy hard rock tracks such as the extended jam 'This Morning', 'Do What Is Real' and 'Gary's Thought' are good enough to stand up to many of their better known compatriots.  So will someone explain to me why the original goes for so much money ...

"Transitions" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Tomorrow's Sunlight   (Joe Estes) - 2:16

2.) Never Coming Down   (Bill Marren) - 3:34

3.) This Morning   (Bill Marren) - 9:22

4.) Wooden Thoughts   (Don Smith) - 4:54


(side 2)
1.) Do What Is Real   (Joes Estes) - 5:19

2.) Let Me Live My Own Life   (Bill Marren) - 6:10

3.) Gary's Thought   (John Estes) - 6:02





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