Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Matt Kanelos and The Smooth Maria




Στιγμή ίσως για κάτι διαφορετικό. Η προσοχή μου από καιρό έπεσε σε αυτόν τον Ελληνο – Αμερικάνο, ονόματι Ματ Κανέλος. Η μουσική του με άγγιξε εκεί που πρέπει για να τον εκτιμήσω κυρίως ως τραγουδοποιό  αλλά και ερμηνευτή. Ειλικρινά δεν βρίσκω κάτι άλλο να γράψω για αυτόν τον άνθρωπο που προσωπικά, αν και δεν τον ξέρω,  τον ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ για τα συναισθήματα που μου δημιούργησε.

Εδώ μπορείτε να τον γνωρίσετε http://mattkanelos.com/about/ Περισσότερη ακουστική γεύση για τις δύο πρώτες του κυκλοφορίες μπορείτε να πάρετε εδώ http://thesmoothmaria.bandcamp.com/album/silent-show . Μία πεντακάθαρη και ήσυχη φωνή.


Aνέβασα στο youtube το αγαπημένο μου τραγούδι από το Silent Show που λέγετε When you walk it makes no sound αλλά και ένα από το Lp του που κυκλοφόρησε πριν ελάχιστες μέρες (νομίζω στις 2 Απριλίου και δίνει δωρεάν σε όλο το κόσμο), το Where the Seed Grows.

Matt Kanelos


The Greek-American, Matt Kanelos started playing piano when he was seven, studied jazz in high school, went to music conservatory for classical piano, moved to New York to play jazz piano, started singing and writing songs a few years later, picked up the guitar, developed a sense for recording and music production, started gathering found sound and messing around with noise, and then started playing the drums.


He developed his songwriting concept while studying creative writing at the City College of New York. Matt's lyrical stylings and minimalist musical aesthetic bring to mind influences such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Will Oldham, Cat Power, Miles Davis, and Keith Jarrett. Performing regularly in New York, as well as Chicago, Boston, and Seattle, he has collaborated with Noam Weinstein, Rose Polenzani, Jenifer Jackson, Jodi Shaw, Serena Jost, Sam Kenny, Roland Satterwhite, and Jason Liebman as well as members of Califone and Elysian Fields.


In 2007, Matt formed the band The Smooth Maria with Joe Adamik, Ben Gallina, Conor Meehan, and Kyle Sanna. The Smooth Maria have attracted a dedicated audience in New York City with their unique balance of refined musicianship and vivid poetry.

They perform frequently at acclaimed New York music venues like the Living Room, the Rockwood Music Hall, and Barbès. Τheir first full-length CD, “Silent Show,” release 20 September 2010. On October   2010 they released the  EP “Paper Thin”.  The second full-length CD “Love Hello,” released just few days ago.


Matt Kanelos - When You Walk It Makes No Sound (2010)


Waiting with you at the railway station
Moonlight filling the gaps in our conversation
Wondering when the next train comes
Late night on the platform we were the only ones

You said this place has had enough of you
That we should get on the next train and ride the whole night through
You wrote a letter to your lover
Left it on the fireplace for her to discover

And as you told me this I looked at you
And I could see I’d better stay with you
So I’ll stay with you

When you walk it makes no sound
But I traced your footsteps on the ground
Out to a cabin by the trees
You let me in and we shot the breeze

You said you still don’t have your head on straight
That we should get out of here if it’s not too late
You lit a burner on the stove
You left it burning and off we drove

And as I watched you drive I thought to myself
That I should give you what I bought for myself
So I’ll give it to you
Yeah, I’ll give it to you

You stood still in the desert wind
You held a hand out for a friend
And then the sun slipped away
I saw you smile and try to say

That you won’t always need me by your side
That when the night comes there’ll be no need to hide
I knew just what you planned to do
So I took one last look at you

You know your image it still stands on my shelf
You know I always loved you more than myself
Though I couldn’t show it
No, I never knew how to show it
I guess it’s a little too late to show it
When you walk it makes no sound

Matt Kanelos -Where the Seed Grows (2014)


Matt Kanelos - River song 

 



A foghorn blows
And the kitchen light flickers
It’s like a disease
We pray on our knees

The silver coins
Are ringing in her pockets
When I found you
They were all around you

The river’s dark
There’s a castle at the bottom
The boat is sinking
And I’ve been thinking

That she’s the one
That keeps us in the shadows
Under the gallows
In the shadows


Αυτό θα ήταν ΤΕΡΑΣΤΙΑ παράλειψη αν δεν το έβαζα.Είναι απο το ΕP, "Paper Thin" και θα μου πειτρέψει αν του πω πως αυτή η εκτέλεση είναι ανώτερη από το EP. Μου θύμησε κάτι από Appaloosa....


Friday, March 28, 2014

Bubble Puppy - A Gathering Of Promises (1969) … and more





Δεν χρειάζεται να πω κάτι ξεχωριστό ή  ιδιαίτερο για αυτό το γκρουπ. Λίγο ως πολύ όλοι το γνωρίζετε. Έχουν ξαναμαζευτεί, έκαναν συναυλίες έβγαλαν και δίσκο και γενικά μπήκαν και αυτοί στη μόδα της ανασύστασης. Καλά κάνουν. Το επιπλέον ίσως που έκανα ήταν να μαζέψω ότι έβγαλαν ως Bubble Puppy. Δηλαδή τα κομμάτια από τα 45αρια που έβγαλαν αλλά δεν υπήρχαν στο Lp, όπως και μερικά ακόμα τα οποία εμφανίστηκαν μόνο σε συλλογές.

Επέλεξα επίσης να ανεβάσω ένα τραγούδι τους στο youtube που δεν υπήρχε και νομίζω πως θα έπρεπε. Το βρίσκω εξαιρετικό και μάλλον είναι από τα «άγνωστά» τους.  Είπαμε, αφήνουμε κάβα για τους νεώτερους που ίσως κάποια στιγμή τους σκαλίσουν. Καλή ακρόαση σε όλους σας και να είστε αδέλφια πάντα καλά.  

Bubble Puppy - Beautiful Shadows


Personnel:
ROY COX                                     bs                           A
DAVID FORE                                drms                       A
TODD POTTER                             ld gtr                       A
ROD PRINCE                                ld gtr                       A
CLAYTON PULLEY                                                      
TOMMY SMITH                                                          
 ALBUM:
1(A)   A GATHERING OF PROMISES         (International Artists IA 10)   1969
NB: (1) reissued on Decal (LIK 33) 1988 in the UK, and on CD by Collectables (COL-CD-0558). Also of interest is Wheels Go Round (One Big Guitar OBGLP 9004) 1987.  
45s:
1       Hot Smoke And Sasafras/Lonely    (International Artists 128)    1969
2       If I Had A Reason'/Beginning          (International Artists 132)    1969
3       Days Of Our Time/Thinkin' About Thinkin'(International Artists 136)       1969
4       What Do You See?/Hurry Sundown                                           (International Artists 138)         1969 -

They started rehearsing in San Antonio in 1967 using a temporary name Willowdale Handcar although prior to this Prince, Cox and Fore had played together in Corpus Christi as The New Seeds. The name Bubble Puppy was chosen whilst they were high on acid at a Hendrix Concert flicking over the pages of Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'. With their new name they headed for Austin where they played at the now legendary Vulcan Gas Company but after being signed by International Artists they moved on to Houston. Their first 45 reached No. 9 in the U.S. charts in March 1969 and combined hard rock with fresh vocal harmonies. Their album, which actually reached No. 176 in the U.S. Album Charts, was similar in style and, although their three subsequent 45s never achieved the success of the first, they became International Artist's most successful act after the 13th Floor Elevators.




During a tour with Steppenwolf Nick St. Nicholas convinced them to move to California which they did signing to Steppenwolf's ABC/Dunhill label. Here they changed their name to Demian issuing an album in 1971. Later in 1977 they reformed as Sirius. However, the story was not over. They re-emerged in 1987 with a new album which contained new versions of their old classics as well as fresh material but which frankly showed them to be a shadow of their former selves.
Compilation appearances have so far included: Hot Smoke And Sassafras on Best Of '60s Psychedelic Rock (CD); Days Of Our Time on Kicks & Chicks - Original 1960s Acid Punk (LP); Beginning on Relics, Vol. 1 (LP) and Relics Vol's 1 & 2 (CD); Thinkin' About Thinkin', Day Of Your Time and What Do You See on Austin Landing (LP); Hurry Sundown (single mix) on Austin Landing, Vol. 2 (LP); and Thinkin' About Thinkin', If I Had A Reason and What Do You See? on International Artists Singles Collection (LP).

Tracks:
1. Hot Smoke & Sasafrass
2. Todd's Tune
3. I've Got To Reach You
4. Lonely
5. A Gathering Of Promises
6. Hurry Sundown
7. Elizabeth
8. It's Safe To Say
9. Road To St. Stephens
10. Beginning


Singles:
Bubble Puppy -  If I Had a Reason
Bubble Puppy - Days of Our Time
Bubble Puppy - Thinkin' About Thinkin
Bubble Puppy - What Do You See

More songs:
Bubble Puppy - Love Me Like She Can
Bubble Puppy - Beautiful Shadows
Bubble Puppy - Keep Your Mouth Shut Once In A While
Bubble Puppy - Secrets Of The Golden Shrine

Monday, March 24, 2014

PIRATES ROCK BAR




Για σήμερα το βράδυ μου δίνεται η ευκαιρία να κάνω ένα από τα πράγματα που αγαπάω. Να βάλω ξανά μετά από πολύ καιρό μουσική.  Όσοι πιστοί προσέλθετε στο PIRATES ROCK BAR στον Εύοσμο στη Θεσσαλονικη βέβαια που είναι εάν καλό στέκι για όσους ακούνε και τα παλιά…




Θα βάλω ότι τέλος πάντων προλάβω από αυτά που μας αρέσουν και είναι πια ξεχασμένα. Μεταξύ αυτών και το παρακάτω κομμάτι. 

Canned Heat - Poor Moon

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Bats – Nothing At All / Big Bright Eyes (1965)



Η καθημερινότητα σφίγγει όλο και περισσότερο τη ζωή μας στην οποία τρέχουμε μπας μπορέσουμε να επιζήσουμε και βγάλουμε πέρα τις υποχρεώσεις. Ωστόσο ο χρόνος για μουσική, έστω και λιγοστός πάντα υπάρχει.

Μεσημέρι σήμερα και σκάλιζα ακούγοντας διάφορα. Έπεσα μετά από χρόνια σε αυτό που σας ανεβάζω σήμερα, το οποίο προς μεγάλη έκπληξη δεν υπάρχει στο youtube. Δεν ξέρω ή μάλλον απορώ γιατί. Τέλος πάντως ευκαιρία να το βάλουμε και αυτό για τις επόμενες γενιές.


Όσον αφορά τους Bats οι πληροφορίες κλασικά ελάχιστες. Η ουσία είναι ότι δεν ήταν συγκρότημα αλλά one man band από τον Danny Hutton ο οποίος έγραψε τα δυο αυτά τραγούδια και έπαιξε όλα τα όργανα. Μετέπειτα τον πετύχαμε στους Three Dog Night τους οποίους σαφώς γνωρίζεται.

Βρίσκω πανέμορφο και γλυκύτατο  το  Big Bright Eyes από την εκτέλεση ως Bats το οποίο και έβαλα στο youtube, διότι αργότερα το έβγαλε στην ίδια εταιρεία HBR 453) με το όνομα του, το οποίο κάτι έχασε από την πρώτη εκτέλεση. Το Nothing At All ήδη υπήρχε.

Before long Danny Hutton had recorded "Nothing At All," a folk rock-style single backed with "Big Bright Eyes," released under the name The Bats, with writer credit going to the group which was, in reality, a one man band...Hutton wrote the songs, did all the singing and played all the instruments.

The Bats – Big Bright Eyes (1965)


The Bats

45:      Nothing At All/Big Bright Eyes     (HBR 445)       1965
An obscure outfit offer this evocative folk-rock 45, with some Moody Blues type vocal 'ooos' on the tragic 'A' side, that graces Moxie's Folk Rock E.P. (7"), whilst Big Bright Eyes is a more upbeat strummed affair. This act may have just been a studio aggregation, featuring Danny Hutton (and possibly Larry Goldberg). Hutton issued several solo 45s (including what may be a different version of Big Bright Eyes on HBR 453), before joining Cory Wells and The Enemys. He and Cory would later team up with Chuck Negron to become Three Dog Night.
Incidentally, the brooding Nothing At All was covered by the Love Exchange on their eponymous LP in 1967.
(Max Waller)
Before long Danny Hutton had recorded "Nothing At All," a folk rock-style single backed with "Big Bright Eyes," released under the name The Bats, with writer credit going to the group which was, in reality, a one man band...Hutton wrote the songs, did all the singing and played all the instruments.


Download Link: http://uploadmirrors.com/download/DNU8BCQC/The_Bats__1965_.rar

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Temples - Shelter Song / Prisms, Colours to Life / Ankh (2013)



Η προσοχή μου έτυχε και έπεσε σε αυτό το νέο γκρουπ Βρετανικό με ψυχεδελικό ήχο. Άγγλοι από το Κέτερινγκ του Νορθάμπτονσάιρ που σχηματίστηκαν το 2012. Πρόσφτα έβγαλα τον πρώτο τους δίσκο, όταν στο μεταξύ έβγαζαν σνγκλ. Εκτιμώ πως κάτι έχουν να μας πουν

Σας βάζω τα βίντεο που αφορούν το πρώτο και  το δεύτερό τους  σινγκλ. "Colours το "Shelter Song" / "Prisms" (12 November 2012, Heavenly Recordings) και το Life" / "Ankh" (24 June 2013, Heavenly Recordings). Δεν ανεβάζω αρχείο διότι είναι νέα παιδιά που τώρα ξεκινάνε την μουσική τους καριέρα. Θα χρειαστούν την συνδρομή μας ίσως.   
Band members
James Edward Bagshaw – lead vocals, lead guitar
Thomas Edison Warmsley – bass guitar
Sam Toms – drums
Adam Smith – keyboards, guitar



Temples - Shelter Song
Temples - Prisms
Temples - Ankh
Temples - Colours to Life


Sunday, February 09, 2014

Arlo Guthrie - Alices Restaurant (1967)



Ώρα και για κάτι folk δηλαδή κάτι από Arlo Guthrie. Ο πρώτος του δίσκος αυτού του τραγουδοποιού που ευτυχώς ζει ακόμα. Και λέω ευτυχώς διότι όσο περνάνε τα χρόνια όλη αυτή η γενιά χάνετε…. Τον Άρλο τον πρωτοείδα όταν είδα και το Woodstock. Πως αλλιώς να τον μάθουμε στην Ελλάδα και να ψαχτούμε? Από πού? Εντάξει, αργήσαμε αλλά δεν φταίμε. Πώς να καλύψουμε σύντομα τόσο χάντικαπ μουσικής άγνοιας?  Θα θυμίσω ότι στα δικά μου χρόνια της νεότητας υπήρχε το ξέσπασμα του new wave στα τέλη δεκαετίας 70.

Τέλος πάντων, ο κάθε ένας από μας πήρε τον μουσικό του δρόμο σύμφωνα με όσα ένοιωθε στην ψυχή του να τον γεμίζουν καλύτερα από τις διάφορες μουσικές και καταστάλαξε κάπου. Έτσι και μεις που ξεθάβουμε σαν αρχαιολόγοι ότι «αρχαίο» πια υπάρχει. Μουσική πριν από μισό αιώνα… δεν είναι και λίγα χρόνια ε? Πάντως δεν ξέρω γιατί αλλά ακόμα ακούγονται ολόφρεσκα στα αυτιά μου. Σαν να βγήκαν μόλις χτες τα τραγούδια αυτά.

Για τον συγκεκριμένο δίσκο διάβασα διάφορα που υπάρχουν το νετ. Σας βάζω ένα που βρήκα και μου άρεσε γιατί συμφωνώ μαζί του…



From his beautiful melodies to his fantastic lyrics to his truly perfect voice, in many ways, Arlo Guthrie is the ideal folk singer. His vocal range is normally in the lower registers, yet he has no problem taking on the higher notes, and does this often for emphasis. The tenor with which he sings is very raw and honest, and Guthrie's songs give the listener the feeling as if he is sitting in the same room. This musical intimacy is one of the most difficult things to accomplish on record, yet Guthrie pulls it off in a seemingly effortless manner. Adding to the wonderful mood of his music, Guthrie's songs have an overall uplifting and light feeling, and even when he is addressing heavier subjects, there is always a brilliant play on words or a certain sound in his voice that keeps things from getting into a "down" mood. This is one of the key aspects to his place high above other folk singers, as Guthrie is a true entertainer and clearly understands that it is not just "what" the story is, but much more in how the story is told. As a storyteller, Guthrie knows few equals, and to this day, his live performances remain some of the most enjoyable and entertaining shows of any artist of any genre. Any single aspect of Arlo Guthrie's musical prowess would be enough to make a single artist successful, yet Guthrie has the great voice, and the superb writing ability and stage presence that makes him a true icon in the world of music.




Δίσκος με αρκετή ιστορία όσον αφορά το Alice's Restaurant Massacree, την οποία όσοι ενδιαφερθούν θα βρουν εύκολα στο νετ. Ωστόσο το τραγούδι που με μαγεύει πραγματικά και δεν χορταίνω να ακούω είναι το Chilling Of The Evening (πλησιάζει κάπως το στυλ του πατέρα του Woody Guthrie). Θα με ενδιέφερε να μάθω ποιος έπαιξε αυτά τα απίστευτα keybords. Έψαξα αλλά δεν βρήκα. Ανέβασα το βιντέακι (υπήρχε αλλά ήθελα να τα έχω να το ακούω) με το τραγούδι και σας βάζω και τους στίχους από αυτό…πώς να το χαρακτηρίσω ρε γαμώτο?...ποίημα?...ζωγραφιά?

Arlo Guthrie  - Chilling Of The Evening (1967)




Warm me from the wind and take my hand
A song is sounding, softly singing
My song is cast upon the rainbow waves
Forever splashing in the sunlight
Prove to me there's a love still left
In all of this emptiness all around me
Yes take me from the chilling of the evening
Though you know my love that I must go
A following the winds that blow inside me
I've nowhere left to run or hide
Except if you will come and run beside me
And even if you do there'll be a lot
For us to do to keep believing
Yes take me from the chilling of the evening
And now my time has come down many streets
I'm coming from a night decaying
The song that itself sings stands all alone
I cannot even hear it playing
Now to leave before I understand
Just what it is I know I'm leaving
Take me from the chilling of the evening
Of the evening

Tracks:


1. "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" – 18:20

2. "Chilling of the Evening" – 3:01

3. "Ring-Around-a-Rosy Rag" – 2:10

4. "Now and Then" – 2:15

5. "I'm Going Home" – 3:12

6. "The Motorcycle Song" – 2:58

7. "Highway in the Wind" – 2:40

Download Link:
http://uploadmirrors.com/download/XEQYXMAY/Arlo_Guthrie_-_Alices_Restaurant___1967_.rar

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lemon Fog - The Psychedelic Sound Of Summer (1967-68)



Κυριακή, άγνωστος μεταξύ αγνώστων στη πόλη που ζω, όχι και με την καλύτερη διάθεση χαζεύω αυτή τη μουνταμάρα με την αιθαλομίχλη που μας πνίγει, ότι σκάει το πρώτο φως. Έρχεται η ιδέα να βάλω στο search τη λέξη fog να δω τι έχω από αρχεία διότι η μνήμη μου δεν τα χωράει πια όλα.

Προκύπτουν  οι ξεχασμένοι Lemon Fog. Ένα γκρουπ από το Τέξας, με τόσα λίγα τραγούδια, που είπαν όμως τόσα πολλά  σε σχέση με άλλους που βγάζουν δίσκους κάθε χρόνο και δεν είπαν απολύτως τίποτα. Για την ιστορία τους, έβαλα το κείμενο παρακάτω που δεν είδα να υπάρχει στο νετ. 

Από την ώρα που έβαλα να παίζει το (δεν έχω λόγια να το περιγράψω) Day Βy Day, το ακούω αδιάκοπα. Ίσως να είμαστε και τυχεροί που ζούμε τώρα και μουσικά έχουμε την δυνατότητα να ακούμε τα πάντα από εκείνη την εποχή. Αυτοί δεν την είχαν αυτή την δυνατότητα. Είχαν όμως άλλες που δεν θέλω να σκέφτομαι.

Στο αρχείο έβαλα μαζί ότι τυχών υλικό υπάρχει στο νετ να το έχετε μαζεμένο, από αυτό το καταπληκτικό και πανέμορφο για την ψυχή μας γκρουπ.
Να είστε όλοι καλά.  

Lemon Fog – Day by Day (1967



Personnel:
TED EUBANKS                              keyb'ds                  
TERRY HORDE                              ld gtr                      
CHRIS LYONS                              drms                      
DANNY OGG                                bs                          
BILL SIMMONS                             vcls                        
KΕΙΤΗ MANLOVE                         gtr (left the band before the recordings)

45s:
1        Lemon Fog/Echoes In Time              (Orbit 1117)               1967                  
2        Summer/Girl From The Wrong Side-Of Town   (Orbit 1123) 1968                        
3        Day By Day/The Prisoner                 (Orbit 1127)                1968                  

In the Spring of 1963, The Bar Eights were formed, with Fillmore High School classmates Danny Ogg and Terry Horde on lead guitar and drums, respectively, Timmy Thorpe on bass, and Dale VanDeloo on saxophone and vocals. Essentially, The Bar Eights were a Rip Chords cover band, with a few Lou Christie covers mixed in for variety. Aside from a few coffee bar gigs and a sock hop, The Bar Eights failed to establish themselves even semi-professionally over the next two years. When VanDeloo reportedly attacked Ogg with a mic stand during an argument over who would get the taller riser, The Bar Eights were no more.




Then, one sweltering afternoon in the Summer of 1965 at Clem's Music in downtown Houston, it happened. Chris Lyons was hanging around the store recruiting talent for a new band he was forming. He had already earmarked drummer Eddie Sura and keyboardist Jimmy Spicher, and was looking for a guitarist and bassist. Danny Ogg entered the store with hopes of trying out the new Danelectro that Clem had in. When Chris asked him to join, he agreed, but only under the condition that his friend Timmy Thorpe, who had just gotten laid off from his job at the glass factory and was bored out of his mind, play bass for them. Lyons agreed, taking on Thorpe sight-unseen. After a few rehearsals, it became painfully obvious that Sura was not working out. According to Ogg, "Eddie kept yelling at everybody, particularly Timmy, 'cause he couldn't keep good time." When Ogg ran into former Bar Eight bandmate Terry Horde at Clem's the following week, Ogg offered him the drummer spot in the band. Horde agreed. By that weekend, The Pla-Boys were playing their first gig, at St. Regis College for the Arts. In the audience that night was a man who would change their lives...




Ted Eubanks, an avant garde composer and fixture of Houston's mod scene, caught The Pla-Boys' act. Their set consisted mostly of covers of such garage greats as Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and ? and the Mysterians. As Eubanks puts it, "They were playing this garage crap! It was horrible. But something about them struck me... I think it was their chemistry". Eubanks immediately approached the band after the show and offered to take them over. They agreed. But Eubanks decided that before anything was to become of them, a few changes would need to be made. First, the music. Eubanks immediately began injecting original numbers into the group's repertoire, and dissuaded them from the typical garage fare they had been playing. Second, the image. The Pla-Boys basically looked like something right out of a Frankie and Annette movie, with matching grey sport suits. But Eubanks got them good and "psychedelicised", dressing them in beads, mod suits, and the like. Finally, the name. From this moment forth,The Pla-Boys would be known as The Lemon Fog.




In short order, The Lemon Fog established themselves as one of the area's two premier bands, along with the well-established Nomads. The "all thumbs" Jimmy Spicher was substituted for fellow Fillmore High classmate Bill Simmons. At this point, Eubanks decided to also drop Timmy Thorpe, whom Ted felt was "an incompetent", and switch Danny Ogg to bass, while Chris Lyons assumed guitar duties. This line-up gained local celebrity status, and soon, The Lemon Fog were invited into the studio to cut a single.
Under Eubanks' guidance, The Lemon Fog entered the studio to create some of the most experimental recordings of the 1960's. Eubanks' ongoing experimentation with new electronic sounds became a hallmark of The Lemon Fog recorded legacy. From July of 1966 to February 1968, they recorded several albums worth of material. Little of this material was ever released, however, most of it having been stolen when Liquid Stereo Studios' vaults were raided in 1968. But two singles were released, Echoes Of Time/The Prisoner, and the compelling Living Eye Theme/Summer, and a self-titled EP containing these and three other songs, Girl From The Wrong Side Of Town, Day By Day and So Sophisticated, was released. The Living Eye Theme, also known as The Lemon Fog, was their biggest success, reaching the Top 8 regionally. The song's composer, Ted Eubanks explains, "The Living Eye was a huge club in Houston where we were the house band. I vaguely remember one night staring at the huge pulsating eye which sits in front of the door. As I sat there, suddenly the words and images of the song just started dancing around in my head. It's not the kind of thing one forgets". Aside from their studio work, The Lemon Fog enjoyed being one of the top club draws in the area. Besides the music, the Fog benefited from a spectacular stage presence. This was attributed largely to Chris Lyons' charisma and good looks. Also adding to the spectacle was Ted Eubanks, dancing on stage wearing a long, flowing, sequined cape, and occasionally chiming in a harmony or two, described by Ogg as "Chinese sounding." Off-kilter harmonies aside, Ted assumed the role of group leader, despite the fact that he himself played no instruments. Ted felt his presence was enough. In addition to live performances, The Lemon Fog also made television appearances on Sump 'n' Else and The Larry Kane Show, where they performed Echoes Of Time and The Living Eye Theme.



At the height of the Fog's heyday, problems began to arise. Eubanks was becoming increasingly demanding of the others, insisting that they practice every day they are not performing. In particular, the slothful Horde took exception to this. Furthermore, Eubanks' compositions began to become more and more self-indulgent and less accessible. The others tried to turn down his latest inclusions, and attempted to inject some covers back into their repertoire to give their show more appeal. But Ted would have none of it. He insisted that his new material be considered. A power clash began to develop. At one point, Eubanks threatened to walk out on the group and leave them holding the bag for four gigs they had lined up that month. When the group proceeded with those engagements without him, Eubanks reluctantly grovelled back. Adding to this, acid casualty Bill Simmons began making himself scarce, sometimes for as long as a month, causing further tension in the group. Eubanks refused to substitute for Simmons, insisting that his on-stage role was too important to compromise. As a result, Chris Lyons was left to take up a "lyon's" share (pun intended) of the keyboard duties, in addition to guitar and vocals.



By 1970, the group was in disarray. A break-up seemed inevitable at this point. When Eubanks met with the others for rehearsal, planning to propose his latest composition, Internal Combustion (later titled Bedroom War and released by Eubanks as a solo single), he found the equipment packed away, and grim faces on his bandmates. They told him it was over. The four left the practice space that day, and each went their separate ways.
Tracks
1. Summer (Previously Unreleased Complete Version) - 3:48
2. Lemon Fog (Original Single Master) - 2:52
3. Echoes Of Time (Original Single Master) - 2:33
4. The Prisoner (Previously Unreleased Complete Version) - 4:04
5. Day By Day (Previously Unreleased Complete Version) - 3:31
6. Yes I Cry (Previously Unreleased Mix) - 2:49
7. Girl From The Wrong Side Of Town (Previously Unreleased Version) - 3:08
8. Summer (Original Single Master) - 2:42
9. Echoes Of Time (Previously Unreleased Outtake) - 1:26
10.Echoes Of Time (Previously Unreleased Outtake) - 3:38
11.Echoes Of Time (Previously Unreleased Complete Version) - 2:46
12.Lemon Fog (Previously Unreleased Complete Version) - 3:15
13.Day By Day - 3:25
14.The Prisoner - 3:30
15.Girl From The Wrong Side Of Town (Original Single Masters) - 2:52
16.Girl From The Wrong Side Of Town (Previously Unreleased, Discarded Outro) - 0:22


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