Joseph


Band members                              Related acts

- Joseph Longeria (RIP 1995) -- vocals, guitar 

 

 

- Curley Long

- Joey Long

 

 

 


 

Genre: psych

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Stoned Aged Man

Company: Scepter

Catalog: SPS 574

Year: 1970

Country/State: Zwolle, Louisiana

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: --

Available: 2

Catalog ID: 4396

Price: $150.00

Cost: $66.00

 

This one doesn't show up too often, but from time to time you'll see it as a big dollar item on psych lists. That's kind of a misnomer since Joseph Longeria's album is actually more blues-rock oriented than traditional psych. Maybe I'm just being too anal here ... Regardless, Longeria had one of those deep, gruff voices that I love and was also a helluva guitar player.  for what it's worth, this rarity is well worth the asking price (I've read elsewhere Scepter only pressed 5,000 copies).

 


I'll be real honest and admit I can't tell you much about this guy. Different reference works show him as being from Texas, or Tennessee, though it turned out he was born and raised in
Zwolle, Louisiana. What little I do know is lifted from the liner notes accompanying his sole album, so take the information with a grain of salt. A&R man/producer Steve Tyrell apparently discovered Longeria playing in a Houston, Texas battle of the blues bands competition.  Working under the name 'Joey Long', Tyrell helped him sign a contract with Scepter Records (a surprising choice given the label's fondness for MOR acts such as Dionne Warwick).   Joseph's 1970 debut "Stoned Age Man" was recorded in Memphis' famed American Studios. Produced by Chips Moman, Mark James and Glen Spreen, the latter two were also credited with co-writing the majority of the nine tracks.  I remember reading somewhere that the entire album was written a recorded in a two day span.   So what's the album like?  As I said earlier, the bulk of the album featured an interesting mash-up of bluesy-rock and lysergic influences. Longeria didn't have a great deal of vocal range in his repertoire, but his ragged, backwoods growl and blazing feedback soaked guitar compliment one another, giving tracks such as 'Trick Bag', 'Gotta Get Away' and the title track considerable kick. The collection was also pretty cool in that Longeria and partners offered up some of the strangest lyrics I've ever heard - check out the bizarre 'I Ain't Fattenin' No More Frogs for Snakes' and the electric sitar-propelled 'Cold Biscuits and Fish Heads'.   Strange. but in a cool, fascinating way and well worth checking out.

"Stoned Age Man" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Trick Bag (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) - 4:35

Nice way to be introduced to the man's weird, but effective mash-up of heavy blues rock and stoner psychedlic moves.   
2.) I Ain't Fattenin' No More Frogs for Snakes (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen - Steve Tyrell) - 3:38

Blistering blues number that aptly showcased Longaeria's affinity for fuzz guitar.   ratng: **** stars
3.) Cold Biscuits and Fish Heads (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) - 2:38

Not exactly the most appealing subject mater I've evr stumbled across, but coupled with the electric sitar, this was another strong performance.  This one actually sounded a but like an early Captain Beefheart tiune.    rating: **** stars
4.) Stone Age Man (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) - 3:29

The title track was easily the album's grittiest performance with Langoria literally spitting out the lyrics over a heavy blues-rock base.   rating: **** stars

 

(side 2)
1.) I'm Gonna Build a Mountain (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) - 2:12

The album's first disappointment, 'I'm Gonna Build a Mountain' was a slow, bluesy ballad that actually served to showcase Longeria's vocal limitations - in this ase he came off as shrill and uncomfortable.   The irritating la-la-la chorus didn't really help.   rating: ** star
2.) Mojo Gumbo (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) - 2:55

Imagine Captain Beefheart trying to cover a John Kaye and Steppenwolf tune, and I think the results would have sounded a but like 'Mojo Cumbo'.  rating: *** stars
3.) The House of the Rising Sun (adapted by Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) - 2;24

Sounding like he'd drawn inspiration from The Animals take, his cover of this rock chestnut added nothing of value to the catalog.   rating: ** stars
4.) Gotta Get Away (G. Allman - J. Hurley - R. Witkins) - 3:41

Stunning display of the man's lead guitar work.  rating: **** stars
5.) Come the Sun Tomorrow (S. Walton - D. Collins) -3:44

'Come the Sun Tomorrow' wasn't radically different from the rest of the album, but perhaps due the full rock ensemble arrangement, including some perculating bass moves, was one of my favorite performances on the album.   rating: **** stars



As far as we can tell, this is Longeria's only foray into psychedlia, though he released two mid-'70s LPs for the Crazy Cajun label:  1978's "The Rains Came" Crazy Cajun catalog number CCPL-1027) and 1978's "Flying High" (Crazy Cajun catalog number CCPL-1049)

 

"The Rains Came" track lisiting:

(side 1)

1.) The Rains Came
2.) Don't Got No Education
3.) I'm Gonna Preserve Your Love
4.) Treasure Of Your Love
5.) If I Should Need You

 

(side 2)
1.)You Can't Give Back The Love
2.) Funky Junky Woman
3.) Part Time Love
4.) Cajun Country
5.) Midnight Blue

 

"Flying High" track listing:

(side 1)

1.)Tormented Love
2.)Lovers Land
3.)Jezabell Gables
4.)House Of The Rising Sun
5.)Please Mr. Mirror

 

(side 2)

1.) (unknown song - no title)
2.) Four O' Clock A.M. Part 1
3.) Four O' Clock A.M. Part 2
4.) Blue Tear
5.) Send Me Some Lovin

So rather than regurgitating Long's biography, I found a nice on-line summary of the man's life:  http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/flo76

 

Long in poor health and refusing to take his doctor's advice, Langoria suffered a fatal heart attack in 1995.

 



 

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