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- The 31 Flavors
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Title: Light My Fire
Catalog: CST 589
Grade (cover/record): VG/VG+
Comments: minor ring wear; minor seam splits top and bottom
Catalog ID: not yet listed
Based in Los Angeles, Crown Records was one of
those pre-K Tel fly-by-night outfits that made money by identifying a
musical trend, hiring a bunch of studio musicians to quickly record
a couple of throwaway tunes in that style, slapping a pretty young female face on the
cover, selling the resulting album at rock-bottom prices at supermarkets and
discount retailers and riding the trend as long as possible.
Printed in miniscule
quantities, today the album's fairly rare and sought after by psych collectors.
1.) Light My Fire (instrumental) - 4:18 (John Densmore - Robby Krieger - Ray Manzarek - Jim Morrison) rating: *** stars
arrangement of The Doors classic didn't wander to far from the original,
though the surf-meets-psych sound certainly reminded me of some of
Jerry Cole's catalog,
sounded like a young garage band taking a tentative step at Hendrix-styled blues.
There efforts were spoiled by a
so-bad-it-was-enjoyable lead vocal. Whoever the anonymous vocalist
was, his performance was fragile and out of tune imagine a teenaged Jack
Bruce. By the way, the singer should have figured out the whole world
was not his.
along by some massive drums and another painful lead vocal, 'Reflections
reflected a heavy Hendrix-styled psych flavor. Easy to imagine Crown
Records telling the musicians "Hey give us a couple of those
"Jimmy Henderick" styled rock tunes ..." Darn
those drums were pretty amazing.
Trower would be thrilled to hear the heavy sustained guitar sound that
dominated 'Bye Baby'. The vocal was hysterical. In addition to
sounding like he's swallowed the microphone, I've always wondered if the
singer had slammed one of his hands in a door. The poor guy sounded
like he was in some real pain. Heavy, baby. Heavy.
1.) Gypsy Fire - 2:39 rating: **** stars
Hendrix been aware of 'Gypsy Fire', I don't anyone would have blamed him for
suing for copyright infringement and character defamation. Along with
the song title, pretty much every facet of this in-studio jam prayed at the
Hendrix altar of psych guitar. It was one ragged mess, but still an
Yes the instrumental 'Free Bass' saw the anonymous bass player finally getting his two and a half minutes of spotlight time. Personally I didn't find his extended solo particularly melodic, or impressive. Hardcore fans will know 'Free Bass' was part of a longer tune seemingly recorded during the same sessions, but then spliced into different sections/songs. Under the titles 'Free Fuzz' and 'Free Drum' the remainder of the recording appeared on the 1969 album "Hair" credited to the band 31 Flavors (Crown catalog number CST 592). seems like pretty string evidence that The Firebirds and 31 Flavors were the same entities.
3.) No Tomorrows - 5:02 rating: **** stars
to my ears the fuzz heavy 'No Tomorrows'
sounds like a proto-grunge tune. The singer sounds stoned out of his
mind though listening to the lyrics, this tune actually appears to be titled
'No Tomorrows'. Extra star for getting to hear the drummer thrash his
way through the tune.
In spite of the title, 'Warm Up' was nothing more than a reprise of the title track.
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