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This one takes some getting use to ... Imagine
Grace Slick and the Airplane crossed with Yoko Ono and a bank of out of
control moog synthesizers and you'll have a feel for Fifty Foot Hose.
Based in San Francisco (why wasn't I surprised), bassist/electronics expert
Cork Marcheschi started out playing in the band Ethix. The group managed to
record an instantly obscure, privately pressed 1966 single ("Bad
Trip" b/w "Skins"), before metamorphosing into Fifty Foot
Hose. With a line up consisting of Marcheschi, guitarist/keyboard player
David Blossom, vocalist Nancy Blossom (David's wife), singer/guitarist Larry
Evans, drummer Kim Kimsey and the band began jamming, eventually recording a
series of demos. One of the demos attracted the attention of Mercury's
experimentally oriented Limelight subsidiary, and with the major labels
desperate to sign anyone from San Francisco, they quickly found themselves
with a contract.
Released in 1967, their debut "Cauldron"
teamed them with produced/engineer Dan Healy. Musically the set's certainly
different. Featuring a mixture of conventional rock instrumentation (bass,
drums and guitar), the instrumental lineup was rounded out by a formidable
array of Marcheschi's electronics (he's credited with audio generators,
echolette, squeaky box, siren, ringing oscillator circuits, thereman, etc.).
While the instrumental "And After" started the set out slowly (we
thought our record player needle was stuck), propelled by Blossom's nifty
voice, the quintet proved more than competent musicians, generating
considerable energy on original material such as "If Not This
Time", "Red the Sign Post" and parts of the extend
"Fantasy". Sure, the set wasn't perfect. Marcheschi's sound effects
may have been cutting edge at the time, but on tracks such as their cover of
Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" they were merely an
irritating distraction and Blossom's treated vocals on the title track
were enough to drive anyone insane. Needless to say, the set was immediately
consigned to cutout bins.
"Cauldron" track listing:
1.) And After (instrumental) (Cork Marcheschi) - 2:05
2.) If Not This Time (David Blossom) - 3:40
3.) Opus 777 (instrumental) (Cork Marcheschi) - 0:22
4.) The Things That Concern You (Larry Evans) - 3:25
5.) Opus 11 (instrumental) (Cork Marcheschi) - 0:22
1.) Red the Sign Post (T. Roswicky - David Blossom) - 2:55
2.) For Paula (instrumental) (Cork Marcheschi) - 0:24
3.) Rose (David Blossom) - 5:03
4.) Fantasy (David Blossom) - 10:08
5.) God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday) - 2:42
6.) Cauldron (David Blossom - Cork Marcheschi - Kim Kimsey) - 4:55
Faced with the need to make a living and pay their bills, the group quickly
broke up, several members joining a touring group for the musical
"Hair". Marcheschi subsequently turned his attention to sculpture.
Kemsey reappeared as a member of the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils.