Fraternity of Man


Band members               Related acts

- Richie Hayward -- drums, percussion, backing vocals

  (1968-69)
- Elliot Ingber -- guitar (1968-69)
- Martin Kibbee -- bass (1968-69)
- Warren Klein -- guitar, sitar, tamboura (1968-69)
- Lawrence Wagner -- vocals, guitar(1968-69)

 

 

 

- Factory (Ritche Hayward, Martin Kibbee, Warren Klein )
- Little Feat (Richie Hayward)
- Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (Elliot Ingber)


 

Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Fraternity of Man

Company: ABC

Catalog: ABCS 647

Country/State: Los Angeles, California

Year: 1968

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $30.00

 

 

 

Drummer Ritchie Hayward, bassist Martin Kibbee and guitarist Warren Klein had previously played together in the L.A.-based Factory (see separate entry). Following the band's collapse, the trio hooked up with former Mother of Invention guitarist Elliot Ingber and singer Lawrence Wagner.

As Fraternity of Man, the quintet was quickly signed by ABC. Teamed with producer Tom Wilson, 1968's "Fraternity of Man" proved fairly musically diverse. Propelled by Wagner's slightly stoned vocals, the band proved capable of working in a variety of genres, including pseudo-Presley ("Bikini Baby"), Indian-influenced psychedelic ("Candy Striped Lion's Tails") and C&W ("Last Call for Alcohol"). Depending on your perspective, the fact a disproportionate amount of material reflected the band's illegal recreational choices ("In the Morning," "Stop Me Citate Me" ("why are you taking out my back seat") and the-riot-on-Sunset-Strip-narrative "Field Day"), was either a strength, or a character flaw. Elsewhere "Plastic Rat," "Just Doin' Our Job" and "Oh No I Don't Believe It " reflected Ingber's Zappa connection (the latter track was actually written by Zappa). Interestingly the band's biggest brush with success stemmed from their connection to the "Easy Rider" film. Included on the original soundtrack, ABC decided to cash-in on the film's success by releasing "Don't Bogart Me" b/w "Wispy Paisley Skies" as a single (coincidently their only 45). While the non-too-subtle lyrics limited airplay, the single provided the band with a minor (#133) pop hit. Sure, the collection hasn't aged well and might well cause toxic shock in aging hippies. On the other hand, that may well be part of the set's charm.

"Fraternity of Man" track listing:
1.) In the Morning (Fraternity of Man) - 4:22
2.) Plastic Rat (Fraternity of Man) - 3:41
3.) Don't Bogart Me (Fraternity of Man) - 3:00
4.) Stop Me Citate Me (Fraternity of Man) - 2:50
5.) Bikini Baby (Fraternity of Man) - 2:05
6.) Oh No I Don't Believe It (Frank Zappa) - 6:15
7.) Wispy Paisley Skies (Fraternity of Man) - 2:22
8.) Field Day (Fraternity of Man) - 3:59
9.) Just Doin' Our Job (Fraternity of Man) - 2:21
10.) Blue Guitar (instrumental) (Fraternity of Man) - 4:28
11.) Last Call for Alcohol (Fraternity of Man) - 3:25

 

 


12.) Candy Striped Lion's Tails (Fraternity of Man) - 5:17


Genre: psych

Title:  Get It On

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Company: Dot

Catalog: 25955

Year: 1969

Country/State: Los Angeles, California

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $30.00

 

Released by Dot, 1969's "Get It On" wasn't a major change in direction. Reunited with producer Wilson, the band sounded a little more confident throughout (and for better or worse, with the exception of "Mellow Token" a little less stoned). Musically the set remained diverse, offering up another mixture of blues (a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talkin'"), mainstream rock ("Trick Bag"), mild country touches ("The Throbber") and occasional touches of psychedelia ("Pool of Tears"). Among the odder efforts, the lounge act "Coco Lollipop." Nowhere near as likeable as the first set, unlike the debut, their sophomore effort vanished without a trace, followed in short order by the band.

"Get It On!" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Boo Man (Fraternity of Man) - 3:14
2.) Don't Start Me Talkin' (Sonny Boy Williamson) - 2:41
3.) Pool of Tears (Fraternity of Man) - 2:45
4.) The Throbber (Fraternity of Man) - 3:40
5.) Cat's Squirrel (adapted by Fraternity of Man) - 3:20

(side 2)

1.) Too High To Eat (Fraternity of Man) - 3:35
2.) Forget Her (Fraternity of Man) - 3:34
3.) Coco Lollipop (Fraternity of Man) - 3:00
4.) Trick Bag (P. Weedon) - 2:38
5.) Mellow Token (Fraternity of Man) - 5:33

Following the band's breakup, Hayward hooked up with Lowell George in Little Feat, while under the alias Winged Eel Fingerings Ingber reappeared as a member of Captain Beefheart.

 

 

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