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Masters of the blues/rock genre,
This review is from: Masters of Reality (Audio CD)
I always find it disappointing when a worthy piece of music hasn't been reviewed or rated, so here goes..
Originally released in1988 on Def American and subsequently re-released in1990 on Delicious Vinyl, (with an additional track,"Doraldina's Prophecies" and a change in song sequence), this sef-titled debut is often referred to as "The Blue Garden", on account of the cover artwork, and is the brainchild of Chris Goss.
He's perhaps better known as a producer, having worked with the likes of Kyuss, Soulwax, Stone Temple Pilots and Queens Of The Stone Age, to name but a few.
The band's name was inspired by the Black Sabbath same-titled album from the early 70's and the sounds and imagery found within can find influences from early Floyd and Hendrix to John Mayall and Cream (Ginger Baker was so impressed he played on the band's next album).
This debut is a triumph of the blues/rock genre and is, in my opinion, timeless.
There are occasions when it could be Page or Clapton on lead and puts me in mind of the dream sequences in Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same".
There's also a strong connection with Tame Impala's "Innerspeaker" (perhaps Kevin Parker's a fan !).
This album swings from out and out blues ("The Candy Song" and "The Eyes Of Texas") to full on rock ("Kill The King" and the excellent "Domino").
I'm surprised Mr. Goss hails from New York State because, at times, there's a real Southern boogie thing going on (think of pre "Eliminator" ZZ Top), particularly on tracks like "Lookin' To Get Rite" (are those maracas I can hear?) and "John Brown" (great slide guitar).
The album's produced by Rick Rubin, who's not a man known for getting involved in 'fluffy' projects or wasting his time, and it shows. It was a shrewd move on Goss' part, as a lot of self-produced albums lack breadth and structure
The (title?) track, "The Blue Garden", is my personal favourite and was sampled on Lemon Jelly's "88 aka Come Down On Me" on the 2005 album '64-'95.
This album offers a masterclass in blues/rock and I'm gobsmacked that it managed to slip under most people's radar unnoticed.
I'm also rather chuffed that my '88 original might be worth a few quid :)
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2011 17:21:22 BDT
John Colman says:
A friend made me a cassette recording of the original release; I wore it out completely.
This album does not disappoint although I am so accustomed to the "Blue Garden" song-order that I tend to prefer the original. Doraldina's Prophecies is a worthy addition however.
Fantastic record, highly recommended, every song a winner.
Such a pity their other albums don't live up to the same standard IMHO.
I'm tempted to add Blue Oyster Cult to the list of influences/sound-similarities you used (e.g. Transmaniacon MC).
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2011 21:40:41 BDT
John Edward Colman,
I'd totally agree with the BOC analogy, probably at leaset half a dozen other bands I could have included as influences.
I'm not familiar with their later work, so you've got me on that one.
What I will say is that, in my humble opinion, most bands best work seems to emerge in their first few albums.
I can't fault this album, not in the slightest.
What did you make of the Lemon Jelly remix ?
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