Scorpion


Band members               Related acts

- Mike Campbell (aka Michael Champion) -- vocals

  (1968-70)
- Bob Babbitt Kreinar -- bass (1968-70)

- Ray Monette -- guitar (1968-70)
- Andrew Smith -- drums (1968-70) 

 

 

- Rare Earth (Ray Monette)

 

 

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Scorpion

Company: Tower

Catalog: ST-5171

Year: 1969

Country/State: Detroit, Michigan

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG+

Comments: punch out hole top right corner (see picture); still in opened shrink wrap

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4889

Price: $250.00

Cost: $164.00

 

Self-produced, 1969's "Scorpion" stands as a surprisingly enjoyable addition to the small cadre of multi-racial bands willing to take a stab at cultivating a mix of hard rock and soul audience (think Black Merda, Hendrix, Purple Image). With a line up consisting of singer Mike Campbell, bassist Bob Babbitt Kreinar, guitarist Ray Monette and drummer Andrew Smith the band certainly wasn't lacking in the talent department.  By the time they released their debut album Kreinar and Monette had already made names for themselves as part of Motown's famed clique of sessions players.  While the album's been wildly  billed as psychedelic rock, showcasing nine group-penned compositions the set's actually far more diverse.  Propelled by Campbell's likeably gruff voice and Kreinar's nifty bass, tracks such as 'Running from Myself' (with it's goofy jungle intro), 'Wildflower' and 'Happy Blues Time' reflected a distinctive Hendrix fixation, while 'Great Day' showcased a clear Motown influence. Highlights include the earnest 'Make Love Not War' (far better than the obvious title would have you expect) and the atypical progressive number 'Take a Look At Yourself'.   (The Roy Steyskal cover also stands as one of my favorites.)

 

'Scorpion" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Running from Myself   (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 5:30

2.) Make Love Not War  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 3:50

3.) Great Day  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 3:25

4.) Standing In My Mind  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 4:22

5.) Wildflower  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 4:42

 

(side 2)
1.) Take a Look At Yourself  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 5:00

2.) Happy Blues Time  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 4:25

3.) Touched By An Angel  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 4;45

4.) Pleae Make My Mind Right  (Bob Kreinar - Mike Campbell - Ray Monette - Andrew Smith) - 4:50

 

Monette ended up working with Rare Earth while Kerinar and Smith returned to their earlier status as in-demand sessions players.  Under the name 'Michael Champion' Campbell enjoyed some success as an actor.



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