Tuesday, March 04, 2008

F.J. Mc Mahon - Spirit Of The Golden Juice (1969)


Αφού η μέρα ξεκίνησε ήρεμα (σε σχέση με την χτεσινή) ας συνεχίσουμε έτσι. Ο συγκεκριμένος Αμερικάνος folk κύριος, ο F.J. Mc Mahon, όπου F είναι Fred, έβγαλε ένα και μοναδικό δίσκο το 1969. Στο βιογραφικό που βρήκα από το site του θα διαβάσετε περισσότερες πληροφορίες.

Τον συγκεκριμένο τραγουδοποιό άκουσα για πρώτη φορά σε ένα set του Tony Coulter στον WFMU (το Sister Brother). Μου άρεσε πολύ το στυλ της φωνής, το ύφος που σε έμενα τουλάχιστον πέρασε ένα πεσιμισμό (δεν είμαστε πάντα στα «πάνω» μας).
Έψαξα στο net και τον βρήκα. Το θεωρώ εξαιρετικό δίσκο με πραγματικά πανέμορφες μπαλάντες. Ένα διαμάντι της Αμερικάνικης κουλτούρας που έμεινε άσημο (ίσως καλύτερα). Οι υπερβολές δεν μου αρέσουν αλλά στα αυτιά μου ηχεί ως ο Nick Drake της Αμερικής.

Εκτιμώ πως όσοι συμπατριώτες μου μπαίνετε στο Blog κάπου μέσα σας, από το τρίψιμο με τη μουσική που ακούμε, θα είστε δεκτικοί σε τέτοια ακούσματα. Πραγματικά αξίζει το κόπο να τον ακούσετε. Χωρίς πλάκα δεν μπορώ να ξεχωρίσω κομμάτι από το δίσκο.

F.J. McMahon grew up in Santa Barbara, California. He played in several “surf/instrumental” bands through junior and senior high school. Upon graduating Santa Barbara High School in 1964, he enlisted in the Air Force.
While stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base just north of San Francisco, he had the opportunity to play a few small clubs and get involved with some of the music scene that was happening in that area between 1965 and 1967. In 1967 he received orders to South East Asia. This involved travel and temporary duty in Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.

After being discharged F.J. returned to Santa Barbara to play and write what would be his only album: Spirit of the Golden Juice. The album was released in 1969. This was followed by two years of hitting the road and playing anyplace that he could. He then played in a succession of bar bands culminating with a move to Hawaii and one more year of gigging bars and hotels.

With disco on the way in and glitter glam the current flavor of the month, F.J. decided to quit the music business and get a day job.
So he went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission as a Security Enforcement Officer on a place called Johnston Atoll. Upon his return to California he met the lady of his life Diane Milano, got married and had two daughters Danielle and Niki. Mixed in with all this was four years in the Navy where he became an avionics technician and served on the USS Ranger. F.J. has spent the last twenty five years as a computer repair and operations specialist.

Tracks:

1 - Sister Brother
2 - The Road Back Home
3 - Early Blue
4 - Black Night Woman
5 - One Alone Togheter
6 - Five Year Kansas Blues
7 - Enough It Is Done
8 - The Learned Man
9 - The Spirit Of The Golden Juice

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A legal version of this release is for sale by the artist as you will find if you type his name into google. You ought to remove this one.

http://fjmcmahon.com/

Anonymous said...

Well fuck you very much for that information, my friend!

This is a low-bit copy.

But yes we have no money, no money today.