Hester, Carolyn (Coalition), The

Band members               Related acts

- Dave Blume - bass, keyboards, vibes (1968-69)

- Skeeter Camera - drums, percussion (1968-69)

- Carolyn Hester - vocals, guitar (1968-69)

- Dave Mauney - vibes, bass (1969)

- Steve Wolfe - lead guitar (1968-69)


- Carolyn Hester (solo efforts)





Genre: psych

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  The Carolyn Hester Coalition

Company: Metromedia

Catalog: MD 1001

Country/State: Waco, Texas

Year: 1968

Grade (cover/record): NM/NM

Comments: still in shrink wrap; small cut out hole top right corner

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not listed yet

Price: $120.00


Anyone into Hester's earlier incarnation as a folk singer is likely to find her decision to turn to a more happenin'/commercial sound disappointing.  On the other hand, anyone into this late-1960s psych-oriented effort is liable to find her earlier folk albums trite and dull.


The thought of a folkie turning to psych is probably a major turnoff to many folks.  That's unfortunate since once you get over Hester's little girl lost voice, 1968's "The Carolyn Hester Coalition" is surprisingly enjoyable.   With excellent backing from The Coalition (bassist/keyboard player Dave Blume, drummer Skeeter Camera and lead guitarist Steve Wolfe), material such as "Magic Man", the fuzz guitar propelled "East Virginia" and "Half the World" offered up some excellent psych/rock numbers.  Sure, Hester's folkie roots were occasionally on display ("Tomorrow When I Wake Up"), and on tracks like "Big City Street" she bore an uncomfortable resemblance to Lulu.  Luckily, those were the exceptions rather than the rule.   Besides, Hester deserved an extra star for the album cover's revealing blouse.  


"The Carolyn Hester Coalition" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Magic Man   (Steve Wolf - Dave Blume) - 2:10

2.) East Virginia   (arranged by Carolyn Hester - Dave Blume) - 2:58

3.) Tomorrow When I Wake Up   (Carolyn Hester) - 2:27

4.) Be Your Baby   (Carolyn Hester - Dave Blume) - 2:32

5.) Big City Street   (Tom Moore - Carolyn Hester - D Blume) - 2:50


(side 2)

1.) Half the World   (J. Maitland - J. Scott) - 3:13

2.) Let's get Together   (Dino Valenti) - 2:38

3.) Hey Jay   (J. Wagner - D. Judge) - 2:46

4.) Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream   (E. McCurdy) - 3:00

5.) The Journey   (Tom Moore - Carolyn Hester - Dave Blume) - 2:30

6.) Buddha (Was Her Best Man)   (Carolyn Hester) - 2:19





Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Magazine

Company: Metromedia

Catalog: MD 2200

Year: 1970

Country/State: Waco, Texas

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor ring wear

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not listed yet

Price: $120.00


Musically Hester's second LP for Metromedia, 1969's "Magazine" isn't all that different from the previous release.  Once again, Hester's little girl voice is an acquired taste (to our ears, on material such as "Dedicated" and "Plant the Crops In the Garden" she recalls Kate Bush).  Perhaps a little more subdued than the previous set, like the previous album, Hester's at her best when blending her folk roots, with late-60s psych moves.  Highlights include "Rise Like Phoenix" (with some tasty fuzz guitar from Steve Wolfe) and "St, James Infirmary".  Fascinating in an offbeat way ...  the only real misstep is the goofy Otis Redding cover.  One of Hester's lesser known releases, the LP may be even rarer than her self-titled release. 


"Magazine" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Rise Like Phoenix   (Carolyn Hester - Dave Blume) - 3:09

2.) Dedicated   (Steve Wolfe) - 2:58

3.) Plant the Crops In the Garden   (D. Newburge - David Blume) - 2:54

4.) Beadmaker   (Carolyn Hester) - 2:44

5.) St. James Infirmary   (J. Primrose) - 5:13


(side 2)

1.) Just Follow Me   (T. Moore - Steve Wolfe - Dave Blume) - 5:04

2.) (Sittin' On the) Dock of the Bay   (Otis Redding - Steve Cropper) - 3:42

3.) Sire Robert, the Lost Knight   (C. Parisi -  Dave Blume) - 3:36

4.) Calico Sky   (S. Davis - David Blume) - 2:32

5.) Swing Low, Sweet Chariot   (traditional - David Blume) - 2:44


Hestor's continued to record through the years, though later efforts are in a more traditional vein.




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