Salem Mass

Band members               Related acts

- Jim Klahr - keyboards

- Mike Snead - vocals, lead guitar

- Steve Towery - vocals, drums

- Matt Wilson - vocals, bass




- Cyndie Lee & Streetwise (Jim Klahr)




Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Salem Mass

Company: Salem Mass

Catalog: SLP 101

Year: 1971

Country/State: Sun Valley, Idaho

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor ring wear (don't worry, this is an original copy - photo shows the Gearfab reissue)

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4

Price: $180.00

Cost: $66.00


Okay, I'll readily admit I thought they were from Massachusetts.  Who would have figured that they were from Sun Valley, Idaho?


Keyboardist Jim Klahr, lead guitarist Mike Snead, drummer Steve Towery and bassist Matt Wilson first came together in 1971.  Gawd only knows where the dreadful name came from, let alone the horrific cover art that graced their self-financed debut "Witch Burning" (blame Mary Libby and B.J.). Produce by the band, the album was reportedly recorded on a two track tape machine set up at a local bar-turned recording studio ('The Red Barn').




"Salem Mass" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Witch Burning   (Jim Klahr - Mike Snead - Steve Towery - Matt Wilson)- 10:26

2.) My Sweet Jane  (Jim Klahr - Mike Snead - Steve Towery - Matt Wilson) - 4:36

3.) Why  (Jim Klahr - Mike Snead - Steve Towery - Matt Wilson) - 2:43


(side 2)

1.) You Can't Run My Life  (Jim Klahr - Mike Snead - Steve Towery - Matt Wilson) - 3:49

2.) You're Just a Dream  (Jim Klahr - Mike Snead - Steve Towery - Matt Wilson) - 3:42

3.) Bare Tree  (Jim Klahr - Mike Snead - Steve Towery - Matt Wilson) - 6:52

4.) The Drifter  (Jim Klahr - Mike Snead - Steve Towery - Matt Wilson) - 3:15


These four jovenes American in 1971 practiced a psicodelico progressive Hard with abundant single of guitars to the Hendrix and with much enfasis in the keyboards, specially with the Mini Moog (I number of series 023) Dala impression to be escuchandom to The Doors, LED Zeppelin, Yes or EL&P.

It emphasizes the second subject "My Sweet Jane" with powerful vowels and primerizo a Hard sound of high flights, also emphasizes "You Can't Run My Life"; "Yoúre Just To Dream" and Bare Tree 06: 53 with relaxed subjects but.

Salem Mass, the Caldwell, Idaho band that recorded their classic "Witch Burning" LP at their favorite bar, converted into a studio, in 1971. (Using serial number 023 Moog Synthesizer!!) Heavy Organ, Outstanding Vocals, Fuzz Guitar, Pounding Bass, and Drums that will shake your walls!!!! Turn up the volume

The album starts off with the title track "Witch Burning." The lead vocals are high pitched and irritating, yet the music is powerful and subsequently sweeps that negative factor right under the table. I am not sure who handles vocals on what track because it's not indicated on the album liner notes or cover. That is the only song that lacks vocally, the rest of the album has strong vocals to match the far-reaching and authoritative music. "My Sweet Jane" follows and it put any doubt that I was feeling to rest quickly. I found it to be the best track on the entire album. This music sounds fresh even today. I noticed that the sound quality on a few tracks needed to be cleaned up some, as its muddied and uncharacteristically unclear for an Akarma reissue. This doesn't deter from the overall experience however. I felt that each song had merit and above all the music itself is imposing. Gear Fab Records and Akarma Records team up and do a fine job of reissuing this previously unheard of music.



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