Jan 11, 2010

THE ELECTRIC FLAG - A LONG TIME COMIN' (COLUMBIA 1968) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 4 bonus




BY REQUEST
Writer Jeff Tamarkin says "ex Butterfield Band guitarist Mike Bloomfield, drummer Buddy Miles, and others put this soul-rock band together in 1967. This debut is a testament to their ability to catch fire and keep on burnin'." That The Electric Flag do so well -- they appeared at the Monterey International Pop Festival with the Blues Project, Paul Butterfield, and Janis Joplin, and all these groups had some musical connection to each other beyond that pivotal festival. A Long Time Comin' is the "new soul" described appropriately enough by the late critic Lillian Roxon, and tunes like "She Should Have Just" and "Over-Lovin' You" lean more towards the soul side than the pop so many radio listeners were attuned to back then. Nick Gravenites was too much of a purist to ride his blues on the Top 40 the way Felix Cavaliere gave us "Groovin'," so Janis Joplin's eventual replacement in Big Brother & the Holding Company, Gravenites, and this crew pour out "Groovin' Is Easy" on this disc. It's a classy production, intellectual ideas with lots of musical changes, a subdued version of what Joplin herself would give us on I Got Dem Ole Kozmic Blues Again, Mama two years later, with some of that album written by vocalist Gravenites. Though launched after Al Kooper's the Blues Project, A Long Time Comin' itself influenced bands who would go on to sell more records. In the traditional "Wine," it is proclaimed "you know Janis Joplin, she'll tell you all about that wine, baby." As good as the album is, though, the material is pretty much composed by Mike Bloomfield and Barry Goldberg, when they're not covering Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" and adding spoken-word news broadcasts to the mix."Sittin' in Circles" opens like the Doors' "Riders on the Storm," the keyboards as well as the sound effects, and a hook of "hey little girl" which would resurface as the title of a Nick Gravenites tune on the aforementioned follow-up disc, where Gravenites and Miles did pick up the songwriting slack, Bloomfield having wandered off to Super Session with the Blues Project's Al Kooper. Amazing stuff all in all, which could eventually comprise a boxed set of experimental blues rock from the mid- to late sixties.[allmusic]
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12 comments:

gregory said...

Dear Georgie,
Congratulations!! What a way to start your day...
A record for the older to remember and for the newer to learn. The first and best Electric Flag album, an underrated experimental blues-soul-jazz-rock amalgam.
And what a cover...
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Αρχηγέ, σε ευχαριστώ και για τα δύο (A Long Time Comin', Triumvirate).
Και σ'ανώτερα.

Anonymous said...

"Anyway, all the best in 2010 to all!!" Alan Brackett said on the The Peanut Butter Conspiracy board:

"This year- 2010 - will likely see some action from us - the PBC - as far as new music goes. Looks like the new cd featuring Barbara (Robison) is going to happen and the new recordings we are doing (with Karen Mitchell and Jim Laspesa) will get finished up. We don't quite know what we'll do with them yet - maybe put them on iTunes or ?" (http://pub15.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=1240898873&frmid=64)

Luuucas said...

Thank you very much!!! Great record!! This is a great place.

Miles said...

i look forward to revisiting this record which at one time spent many hours on my turntable. thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Georgie όντως πολύ ωραίος δίσκος. Αφού να φανταστείς τον έχω σε δύο βινυλιακές εκδόσεις: Μια της Akarma και μία ελληνική! Πολλά συγχαρητήρια για το blog σου. Είσαι φοβερός!!!!!!!
Αργύρης από Κοζάνη.

Georgie Hirezola said...

Σε ευχαριστω Αργυρη για τα λογια σου.
Απλα προσπαθω γιατι μου αρεσει αυτο που κανω εδω, αλλα δεν εχω και πολυ χρονο στη διαθεση μου και τωρα τελευταια αρχιζω και βαριεμαι θανασιμα!!!!χαχαχαχαχα...
Ελπιζω να μη τα παρατησω...εχω δεκαδες ακομα δισκους που θελω να μοιρασω και ολο ερχονται καινουργιοι...
Τελος παντων...θα δουμε.
Τους χαιρετισμους μου!
...............
thanks guys for ur comments here!
Georgie+++++

Anonymous said...

One of my favourite albums during my high school years. Thanks for the notes. It will help me enjoy the music more.
Cheers
Torontomush

gregory said...

"You Don't Realize"
...
Women I just want to tell you
That the look on my face is not the way I feel inside
And if you knew all the things I do for you
Go through for you, it make you surprise

Sometimes a man's hope is gone
But he's got to carry on
But you just don't realize
...
Τζώρτζη,
Ο παλιός διέγνωσε κόπωση και κορεσμό. Μην μασάς, είναι αποτέλεσμα της ρουτινιάρικης καθημερινότητας και της έλλειψης αφιέρωσης χρόνου στον εαυτό μας. Το είχα πρωτοκαταλάβει το καλοκαίρι που σου είχα προτείνει εάν θυμάσαι να τα παρατήσεις όλα και να πας διακοπές. Το Blog πιστεύω είναι καλή διέξοδος διότι συνδυάζει προσφορά, διασκέδαση και δημιουργία. Και τα τρία σε ενδυναμώνουν ψυχολογικά, οπότε κατά την ταπεινή μου άποψη, είναι το τελευταίο που πρέπει να σταματήσεις. Να ξέρεις ότι οι περισσότεροι σε στηρίζουμε σε αυτό που κάνεις, γιατί άλλωστε αυτό ΠΟΥ κάνεις και ΠΩΣ το κάνεις έχει για μας σημασία.
Με βαθιά εκτίμηση.
Αγάπη & Ειρήνη

Georgie Hirezola said...

Γκρεγκ δεν μασαω με τιποτα...αλλωστε αμα μασουσα θα ειχα ηδη μετακομισει..χαχαχαχαχα...
απλα οσο μεγαλωνεις καταλαβαινεις πως ολα ειναι τοσο ανουσια & εφημερα...
τελος παντων ας μη φιλοσοφησουμε εδω, δεν εχει νοημα.
Το μπλογκ αρχισε να με κουραζει γιατι παντα προσπαθω να βαζω πραγματα που να μην υπαρχουν αλλου και αυτο ειναι δυσκολο αν μη ακατορθωτο...
Ειδικα ψυχεδελεια & γκαραζ τι να βαλεις πια που να μην υπαρχει αλλου? Γι αυτο εχω αφησει αυτον τον τομεα σε αλλους...γκουρου! (Ελληνες και μη)
Λεω να αρχισω να βαζω Ιταλικο προγκ...ακουσα μερικα φοβερα δισκακια τελευταια οι Ιταλοι αμα ειναι στα κεφια τους απλα δεν παιζονται!(Γιαπωνεζικες εκδοσεις βεβαια)
...Στο κατω-κατω τι σοι Ρωμηοι ειμαστε?...χαχαχα!
Σε χαιρετω
Georgie++++++

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