Josefus


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- Pete Bailey - vocals, harmonica (1969-70 and 79)
- Dave Mitchell - guitar(1969-70 and 79)
- Doug Tull (RIP 1994)  drums, percussion (1969-70)
- Ray Turner - bass (1969-70)

 

 

- Christopher (Doug Tull)
- The Guitar Orchestra (Pete Bailey and Dave Mitchell)
- Stone Axe (Pete Bailey and Ray Turner)

 

Genre: psych

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Dead Man

Company: Hookah

Catalog: LP H-330

Year: 1970

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: psych classic; minor cover, edge and corner wear; slight staining on white areas of flip side; minor hiss on some passages

Available: 1

Price: $400.00

 

Having played together in the Houston, Texas-based United Gas, in the wake of the band's collapse, singer Pete Bailey and guitarist Dave Mitchell decided to continue their musical collaboration. Adding drummer Doug Tull and bassist Ray Turner the the line up, the band initially attracted the attention of producer Jim Musil. Musil trucked the band to Arizona where he financed a series of demos under the name Come. Unable to interest a major label in the results (Frank Zappa's Straight label was reportedly briefly interested), the tapes were shelved; the band returning to Houston.

As Josefus, the quartet began playing Houston's local club scene. Unable to attract the attention of a label, the decided to record and release an album on their own Hookah label (the label symbol was a Turkish water pipe). Reportedly recorded in a single eight hour period, with a second day to mix, 1970's self-produced "Dead Man" proved surprisingly accomplished. With the exception of a manic cover of The Stones Gimmie Shelter", the collection featured all original, group-penned material. Propelled by Bailey's screeching vocals (gee, shades of Robert Plant ...) and Mitchell's equally shrill guitar, the set found the quartet blasting their way through a mix of bluesy ("I Need a Woman") and hard rock ("Crazy Man"). Highlights included their manic cover of The Stones' "Gimmie Shelter" and the 17 minute meltdown title track. Widely sought after by collectors (it's listed in Hans Pokora's "1001 Record Collector Dreams" as a "very rare" item), we'll be honest and tell you the set won't change your life. On the other hand, it rocks with considerable confidence and we've heard plenty of less talented outfits signed by major labels. Besides, we've always liked Howard Tucker's skull cover.

"Dead Man" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Crazy Man (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 4:00
2.) I Need a Woman (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 4:20
3.) Gimmie Shelter (Mick Jagger - Keith Richards) - 4:05
4.) Country Boy (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 3:15

(side 2)

1.) Proposition (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 4:45
2.) Situation (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 1:15
3.) Dead Man (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 17:30



Genre: psych

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Josefus

Company: Mainstream

Catalog: S/6127

Year: 1970

Grade (cover/record): M/M

Comments: still in shrink wrap; played once

Available: 1

Price: $170.00

With the quartet's debut having sold well in their native Houston, Texas, the Detroit-based Mainstream label decided to sign the group. Recorded in Miami's Criteria Studios, the cleverly-titled "Josefus" teamed the band with producer Bob Shad (Ron and Albert Howard engineering). Whereas the debut was reportedly recorded in a single day (a second day provided to mix the results), Mainstream's deep pockets allowed three days to record and three days to master. Unfortunately, the band's relationship with Mainstream proved troubled from the beginning. Originally interested in rerecording their debut, Mainstream instead insisted on new material, sending the band into a frantic creative spasm. Exemplified by material such as "Bald Peach" and "America" musically the set wasn't much different from the debut. Once again Bailey remained a marginal singer who had consistent trouble staying in tune ("Feelin' Good"). Making up for that, Mitchell was a wonderful lead guitarist, turning in several exceptional performances (check out his leads on "I'm Gettin' On"). Unfortunately, the overall results were mixed; much of the set coming off as sonically flat and creatively uninspired ("Sefus Blues" was simply dreadful). Sales proved anemic, the band all but disowning the LP. Plagued by nasty drug problems, various personal demons and apparently aware they'd run out of creativity, they called it quits shortly after the album's release.

"Josefus" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Bald Peach (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 2:42
2.) Bald Peach (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 4:04
3.) America (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 2:38
4.) I'm Getting On (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 2:30
5.) Sefus Blues (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 3:12

 

(side 2)
1.) Jimmy, Jimmy (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 2:39
2.) Feelin' Good (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 6:10
3.) Condition (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 3:01
4.) I Saw a Killin' (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 2:23
50.) Such Is Life (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 3:07

Bailey and Turner reappeared in Stone Axe; Bailey (along with Mitchell) also participated in The Guitar Orchestra (see separate entries).

 

 



Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Get Off of My Case

Company: Epilogue

Catalog: 1002

Year: 198?

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor ring, edge and corner wear; includes insert

Available: 1

Price: $30.00

 

In 1979 Bailey and Mitchell briefly reformed the band. The reunion lasted long enough to release a pair of obscure singles ("Hard Luck" b/w "On Account of You" and "Let Me Move You" b/w "Big Time Loser").

Released by the small Washington-based Epilogue label, "Get Off of My Case" rounded up a couple of early 1969 pre-Josefus Come efforts, along with alternative versions of "Crazy Man", an extended "Dead Man" (probably the highlight) and "Situation". What can you say about the tunes? If you liked their earlier stuff, than pseudo-Zepplin sludge metal like "A Social Song" and "Feelin' Good" will certainly appeal to you. To our ears it isn't bad, but ya' have to be in the right mood. Again, the guitar effects heavy "Dead Man" provides the standout track. Original copies of the LP included a multi-page insert containing a various newspaper clippings and a brief 1985 Allan Vorda interview with Bailey and Turner.

"Get Off of My Case" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Crazy Man (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 
2.) Country Boy (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 
3.) Get Off My Case (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 
4.) A Social Song (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 

(side 2)

1.) Feelin' Good (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 
2.) Situation (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 
3.) Dead Man (Pete Bailey - Dave Mitchell - Doug Tull - Ray Turner) - 

 

 

 


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