Melting Pot

Band members               Related acts

- Dick Gentile - lead vocals, keyboards

- Howie McGurley - sax, trumpet

- Steve Nichols - trombone

- Joe Rudd - lead guitar

- Mickey Smith (RIP 1971) - lead guitar

- Jerry Thompson - drums, percussion

- Kenny Tibbets - lead vocals, bass, keyboards

- Bill Witherspoon - lead vocals, sax




- none known




Genre: rock

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble

Company: Ampex

Catalog: A-10111

Year: 1971

Country/State: USA

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4297

Price: $20.00

Cost: $66.00


This one's a complete mystery to me.  Phil Walden was apparently the money behind the group, helping to arrange for a contract with the small Ampex Records label.  The album was also recorded at Walden's Capricorn Studios.  That connection's mildly interesting in that this group's sound is about as far away from Southern rock as you can get.


Produced by Johnny Sandlin, 1971's "Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble" basically sounds like a bunch of Blood, Sweat and Tears clones who traded David Clayton Thomas for Joe Cocker.  Okay, okay that's kind of a mean-spirited description and to be honest it isn't particularly accurate in that this short-lived outfit actually boasted three lead singers in the form of Dick Gentile, Kenny Tibbets and Bill Witherspoon.  On tracks such as 'Why Be Lonely' Gentile recalled Chicago's Robert Lamm (I'll leave it up to you to decide if that's good or bad).  Tibbets' frantic deliveries recalled Cocker - check out 'Tell the Truth' and his seemingly endless cover of Traffic's 'Feeling Alright').  That left Witherspoon with the most versatile and rock-oriented voice.  His performance on 'As I Lay Dying' almost allowed you to overlook the horn irritating horn arrangement.  Guess you can tell horn rock isn't high on my list of life's pleasures ...  


"Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Fugue To Rosie (instrumental) (Dick Gentile - Steve Nichols - Howie McGurley) -  

2.) Await the Coming Day  (Dick Gentile) - 

3.) Why Be Lonely  (Dick Gentile) - 

4.) As I Lay Dying   (M. Flory - Jackie Avery) -

5.) Feeling Alright   (Dave Mason) -  

(side 2)

1.) Welcome To the Party  (Dick Gentile - Jackie Avery) -

2.) Kool and the Gang (instrumental)   (G.M. brown - R. Westfield - R. Mickens - R.N. Bell - R.E. Bell - W. Sparrow - C.Smith - D. Thomas) -  

3.) Sunday Tree   (Phil Mahahaffey) - 

4.) Tell the Truth   (Lowman Pauling) - 



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