Nov 23, 2008

FEDERAL DUCK (MUSICOR 1968) Remastered reissue



Federal Duck made its appearance on the Musicor label in 1968. Formed by banjo exponent George Stavis, Federal Duck (named after the Federal Duck Stamp Program which was enacted by conserv/nist Jay “Ding” Darling and US President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1934), produced this lone musical effort which, once you get past the absurd cover, contains a consistently good album which is mildly jazzy, has some fine bass and an ever present darkish vibe. There are a few upbeat mold-breaking songs (one even sounds like the Holy Modal Rounders) but generally a soft-psych feel pervades throughout. It is interesting to speculate as to how Federal Duck ended up on the Musicor label, whose other acts included far more illustrious artists such as Gene Pitney, The Platters and George Jones. However, the relationship was destined to last for just the one album, with Stavis departing soon after to form the Californian communal rock band Oganookie and then to record an eponymous album for Vanguard. Although there really isn’t that much information about Federal Duck out there, the general consensus is that this is an album that deserves greater recognition than it has hitherto received....
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2 comments:

freqazoidiac said...

Very interesting posts and nice blog. You are sharing things I have been looking for in the dusty isles of record shoppes, ebay and online for a while.
I have never heard of this Musicor offering. I enjoy alot on musicor. They were a diverse label. If you know about the album by the Deep, "psychedelic moods" You will find the producer writer of that LP Rusty Evans, to have first entered into psychedelia late 1965 on Musicor with the 45 Life Game/1983. I have it posted from my 7" on youtube channel-freqazoidiac - peace.

Georgie Hirezola said...

perhaps it's one of the most interesting albums Musicor ever put out...
one of my favorites..great album & unfortunately it didn't sell.
Georgie++++