Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reign Ghost - Reign Ghost (1969)

Και πάλι από τον Καναδά ( Toronto) η σημερινή επιλογή ελέω Akarma για τους Reign Ghost και το πρώτο τους άλμπουμ. Σχεδόν τα πάντα επισκιάζονται από την υπέροχη φωνή της Lynda Squires που ουσιαστικά ευθύνεται και για την ωραιότητα του άλμπουμ. Από κει και πέρα ο δίσκος είναι σε απόλυτο ψυχεδελικό κλίμα που μερικές φορές εμένα τουλάχιστον μου θυμίζει Growing Concern. Καλή κιθάρα και καλά keybords επίσης διαθέτουν έχοντας νομίζω καλύτερο κομμάτι, το διάρκειας 9 λεπτών Eyes Knows, So Does Ears and Carolina.

Drummer Bob Bryden and singer Lynda Squires were members of The Christopher Columbus Discovery of New Lands Band in Oshawa, Ontario during 1967. As is the fate with most bands, the unit split up in 1968. Columbus' direct competition in town was an act called Reign Ghost and with an eye to find something new to do, Bryden and Squires infiltrated the rival band as guitarist and singer respectively. Soon the bassist left and Bryden snuck in former Columbus bassist Joe Gallant.

Following the usual 'creative differences' excuse, Gallant quit and then came Columbus' Jerry Dufek. This line-up hooked up with Jack Boswell's Allied Records who threw them into a recording studio for the self-titled 'Reign Ghost' album in late 1968. The album was released in January 1969. However, the band fraught with internal conflicts once more and destroyed the band.

Bryden and Squires moved on once again and hooked up with drummer Rich Richter and bassist Russ Erman who reclaimed the name Reign Ghost with the new comrades more than willing to become the New Reign Ghost. Allied was happy to have their name band back and offered to release the follow-up album 'Reign Ghost Featuring Lynda Squires', but before the album could be released, the band split up again. Bryden went on to join Christmas (aka Spirit of Christmas) and their first album, coincidentally was released by Paragon in July 1970 on the exact same day as they decided to release the 2nd Reign Ghost album.

Lynda Squires went on to join the Canadian cast of 'Hair' and married Francis W. Davies (president of Daffodil Records and The Music Publisher). In early 1991, Ken Golden of Laser's Edge in New Jersey decided to re-issue the two albums on one CD to rescue these two obscure, and collectible, albums from oblivion.

Bob Bryden (guitar)
Lynda Squires (vocals)
Joe Gallant (bass)
Jerry Dufek (bass; replaced Gallant 1968)
Dave Hair (keyboards; 1968)
Jim Stright (guitar; 1968)
Bob Stright (drums; 1968)
Helge 'Rich' Richter (drums; replaced Bob Stright 1969)
Russ Erman (bass; replaced Dufek)

1. Travels of Blue Paradox
2. Long Day Journey
3. Standing Room Only, Mr. Mars
4. Eyes Knows, So Does Ears and Carolina
5. Curio Shop
6. Black Ode
7. Gum Wrapper Song
8. Southern Hemisphere Blues Legacy
9. Reaching


Heavypsychman said...

Must hear this one

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

A band without any talent. The songs are unbearable. And the female voice with a repeating record, disagrees. Thanks for the collection. A greeting.