Sunday, March 02, 2008

Afterglow – Afterglow (1968)

Ένα soft pop άλμπουμ έχουμε εδώ, με τους ανάλαφρους και μελωδικούς Afterglow από το Chico της California. To Lp δεν είναι για να μας προβληματίσει με τίποτα δύσκολα ακούσματα. Για παράδειγμα όταν έχω εργασία στο σπίτι και ζητώ μία ευχάριστη ηχητική συντροφιά μπορώ να ακούσω Afterglow. Σε μία ανέμελη βόλτα ή σε ένα ταξιδάκι μπορεί να μας συντροφεύσει η μουσική τους. Δεν γίνεται για παράδειγμα να ταξιδεύω και να ακούω Arcadium γιατί μπορεί να «σανιδώσω» κανένα γκάζι απότομα και να έχω προβλήματα.

Εκτιμώ ότι όσοι δεν τους έχετε ακούσει θα σας αρέσουν. Η Sundazed ( SC 6074) που έχει κυκλοφορήσει το cd μας έβαλε και μερικά bonus, όπου η instrumental εκτέλεση του Chasing Rainbows μου αρέσει περισσότερη από αυτή με τα φωνητικά.

Afterglow starts with "Morning," a gentle folk-rock song that finds the middle ground between the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane. Although there are a couple of tracks similar to "Morning" on the album, it is no more an indication of what's to follow as any other song on the record. Each song on Afterglow sounds as if it could have been written by different bands -- sure, there is the sighing "Mend This Heart of Mine," but it follows the downright bizarre "Susie's Gone," awhich, with its dissonant Farfisa organs and slide guitars, sounds like a space voyage gone bad. It's not particularly coherent but its sampler nature makes Afterglow a charming psychedelic relic. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Larry Alexander (Drums),
Ron George (Bass),
Tony Tecumseh (Songwriter, Guitar),
Roger Swanson (Keyboards),
Gene Resler (Vocals)

1 Morning (2:05)
2 Dream Away (2:33)
3 Susie's Gone (2:29)
4 Mend This Heart of Mine (2:37)
5 Afternoon (1:59)
6 Chasing Rainbows (1:49)
7 By My Side (1:54)
8 It's a Wonder (2:28)
9 Love (3:02)
10 Riding Home Again (2:34)
11 Meadowland of Love (2:23)
12 Susie's Gone [Alternate Version] (2:32)
13 Chasing Rainbows [Alt. Backing Track][Alternate Take] (1:51)
14 Afternoon [Alt. Backing Track][Alternate Take] (1:48)
15 Morning [Alt. Backing Track][Alternate Take] (2:11)


Anonymous said...

There have been some recent developments that you may want to share with your fellow enthusiasts. The band members, now in their early sixties, had no idea that their album had been re-released worldwide on compact disc in 1995 and again on vinyl in 2001. Freedom Films will be premiering its film about the mysterious band from Northern California at the fair where they played prior to the album’s release in 1968

Martii said...

psych spaniolos.... good old blog... congrats for this piece of art!!! keep on posting beautiful music!!! big hug from Argentina!!!

Unknown said...

Saw your post on Afterglow. I just completed a short documentary about the band's discovery that their album was re-released. Check it out You can watch the movie here: