Short-lived "Third Power" had a very strong local influence, but never really made it outside of their hometown of Detroit. Almost permanently it is written that the band "was modelled after Cream". Let's put it this way: power-trio formula was extremely popular in the USA, and some acts were in fact inspired by Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced
), which came first. On the other hand, many US acts started to play at the same time as Cream, and it might be that they'never heard of it before (Vincebus Eruptum
, for example, was very early effort).
In any case, the music of "Cream" found many devoted followers, and the same concept was taken to fame by Felix Pappalardi himselfMountain
"Third Power" started in 1967 - Drew Abbott (guitar, vocals), Jem Targal (bass, vocals) and Jim Craig (drums). Detroit turned out to be ready to embrace psychedelia - thanks to earlier Src
The first single of the band was released in 1968 (it is on the CD as bonus tracks) with moderate strictly local airplay, and next year the band was signed by "Vanguard" - folkies' label mainly.
The LP "Believe" was recorded and released in 1970, to be praised as "Detroit's answer to Cream", or blamed "as overbearing and deafening as Grand Funk". OK, it could be that "Third Power" was inspired by Cream, but this was original heavy psychedelia with excellent vocals - far better than those of Cream. The music was more sofisticated and refined than ascetic hard-rock of Grand Funk.
Soon after the release of the album, which never got a proper support from the label, the band split.
This is a long-awaited legal digitally remastered re-issue by Relics. If you like powerful heavy psychedelia, it is a must
P.S. That was not the only act of that kind from Detroit from those glorious days - don't miss Light Of Your Shadow