Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Autosalvage - Autosalvage (1968)

Μία επίσκεψη των περίφημων και συνάμα αξεπέραστων The Mothers Of Invention στην Νέα Υόρκη ευθύνεται για την ύπαρξη αυτού του συγκροτήματος που καταγόταν από το Donaher του Davenport. Η παρουσία του Zappa στο όνομα του γκρουπ ήταν καθοριστική αφού δική του ιδέα ήταν το "Auto Salvage", την περίοδο που έψαχναν όνομα. Επειδή για την ανάμειξη του Zappa αναγράφονται διάφορα, το όλο θέμα ξεκαθάρισε ο Thomas Danaher πριν 6 χρόνια.

To Lp ξεκινά με μία γλυκιά γυναικεία φωνή που λέει …“I know a place high in the mountains…in Switzerland…where there are lakes, and trees, and woodland paths and music, beautiful music everywhere….” ωστόσο το ειδυλλιακό αυτό τοπίο λίγο αργότερα «καταστρέφεται» όταν αρχίζουν οι κιθάρες.

Είναι αρκετά σκληροί αλλά όχι στο σημείο να τους πούμε heavy. Είναι rock & roll. Καλύτερο κομμάτι στο δίσκο που απόκτησα πριν πολλά χρόνια κατά την γνώμη μου το Rampant Generalities.

This group was started in the middle of 1966 by Thomas Danaher, who was a folk and bluegrass freak, and Darius LaNoue Davenport, who came from a musical family. Lead guitarist Rick Turner, son of a poet and a painter, had worked with Ian and Sylvia and then a long line of rock groups. Bassist Skip Boone is the brother of Steve Boone, the bassist for the Lovin' Spoonful.

Originally discovered by The Mothers Of Invention, the group broke up when they saw it wasn't enough to be good: you also had to sell a lot of records to make the sort of money that made the whole hassle worthwhile. Their only album, released in 1968, is full of quiet flashes of brilliance, and there are people about still weeping at the demise of a group called Autosalvage - even if there is a fine album left to remember it by."

"Parahighway"/"Rampant Generalities" (7" single, RCA 9506, 1968)
Autosalvage (LP, RCA Victor LSP 3940, January, 1968)
Autosalvage (CD, Edsel ED 286, 1988)
Autosalvage (CD, Evangeline Records ACA 8011, July 9, 2001)

Thomas Danaher (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)Darius LaNoue Davenport (vocals, oboe, piano, drums, trombone, guitar, bass guitar, krummhorn, recorder)Rick Turner (lead guitar, banjo, dulcimer)Skip Boone (bass guitar, piano)


Side A:
1. Auto Salvage (5:51)
2. Burglar Song (2:28)
3. Rampant Generalities (3:12)
4. Medley
Our Life as We Lived It (3:15)
Good Morning Blues (3:17)

Side B:
1. Ancestral Wants (3:48)
2. A Hundred Days (2:13)
3. Land of Their Dreams (3:07)
4. Parahighway (2:31)
5. Medley
The Great Brain Robbery (2:33)
Glimpses of the Next World's World (2:45)


cgm said...

Thanks for this piece of unclassifiable music, from a time before the formulas had been defined - proving hard to find, and so it's doubly appreciated!

ZARGOS1 said...

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tom danaher said...

Surprising new interest in our old band...and worldwide. It's always gratifying to come across websites like this. The biographical material, however, is mostly incorrect myth that has grown around the band; so to correct and add to a more complete picture of the music scene in 1960s Greenwich Village, New York, an Autosalvage website is being developed. All are welcomed, all are appreciated...Thanks to Spaniolos
Tom Danaher: Autosalvage: singer, 2nd guitar, lyrics