Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ant Trip Ceremony - 24 Hours (1968)


Περνάμε σε ένα Αμερικάνικο γκρουπ με αυτό το πολύ παράξενο όνομα το οποίο προέρχεται από κάποιον καθηγητή σε άσχετη φάση, όπως λέει και το απόσπασμα από το κλασικό βιβλίο. Ξεχωρίζω μακράν το εκπληκτικό κομμάτι Four In The Morning με ένα ασύλληπτο φλάουτο, με τρομερή κιθάρα και φωνητικά εξαιρετικά. Τολμώ πάντως να πω ότι σε μερικά σημεία μου θυμίζουν Τιμ Μπάκλεϊ. Υπάρχει επίσης το νοσταλγικό Riverdawn, το ψυχεδελικότατο Violets of Dawn αλλά και πανέμορφες μπαλάντες που συνθέτουν ένα δίσκο υψηλού επιπέδου για τα δικά μου στάνταρτς.

Personnel:
STEVE DeTRAY ld gtr A
GEORGE GALT gtr, vcls, hrmnca, bs A B
ROGER GOODMAN vcls A B
GARY ROSEN bs, gtr, vcls A B
MARK STEIN ld gtr, flte, bs A B
JEFF WILLIAMS drms A B

ALBUM:
1(A/B) 24 HOURS (C.R.C. 2129) 1968 R4
NB: (1) reissued on Resurrection (R1). The vinyl reissue is exact and indistinguishable from the original except for the fact that it's on dark blue vinyl and must be held to a bright light to check. If you can't see colour through it, it's probably an original. (1) reissued on CD by Anthology (Ant 2311) 1995, with a newly designed cover. (1) reissued legitimately on CD by Collectables (Col-CD-0717) 1999 but with a different running order.

Steve Detray, a student at Oberlin College in Ohio, took a break in 1966 and early 1967 to spend time in Logan, Utah with his brother. While out there, he formed a band which he named Ant Trip Ceremony after a suggestion from a local English professor who had seen the term in a novel. The phrase was a description of modern human society and Detray thought it an appropriate name for his band. Before he returned to Oberlin for the 1967/8 academic year, Steve disbanded the band but retained the name when he formed a new electric rock band at Oberlin. Gary Rosen, George Galt, and Mark Stein had been playing together in a blues band. Stein was a flute major at Oberlin, Roger Goodman was also a student, and the only non-college member was the drummer, Steve Williams, a 16-year-old local kid who had some jazz-drumming experience.

The band mainly played gigs at Oberlin and were noted for long improvisatory jams. Their album was recorded in two sessions, the first in February 1968 and the second some months later. Steve Detray was only present for the first session as he left the College in the Spring of 1968. Technical faults affected the recording: the KLH deck used for playback had a faulty right speaker and the mixdown was affected as a result with vocals sounding further back in the mix than originally intended. The producer, David Crosby, was a fellow-student at Oberlin and contrary to legend is not the David Crosby of The Byrds/CSN&Y fame. Only 300 copies of the album were pressed and sold around campus.

A blend of folk, blues, jazz and Eastern psychedelia, the album is at its best on the more meditative pieces like Pale Shades Of Gray with it's eerily beautiful snakecharmer melody and What's The Matter Now which is based on on a reflective "Goodbye Pork Pie-Hat" riff. Four In The Morning and Riverdawn are also in this lullingly insistent vein whilst Elaborations is a lengthy raga-ish instrumental with some very effective flute. Some of the covers like Get Out Of My Life Woman and Eric Andersen's Violets Of Dawn are no more than adequate, but their version of Hey Joe is much more exciting.

The band disbanded as the members left college. Steve, George, Gary, and Jeff still perform while Roger is retired from teaching college. Steve Williams later played with such greats as Clark Terry, Al Hall and Herb Lovette, whilst Rosen was a Bluesbander prior to his conversion to folk music. Goodman came from England originally.
(Lloyd Peasley / Vernon Joynson / Clark Faville)

Tracks:
1. Outskirts (1:38)
2. Pale Shades of Gray Steve Detray (4:28)
3. Hey Joe Billy Roberts (4:14)
4. Four in the Morning Robin Remaily (4:34)
5. What's the Matter Now? George Galt (2:43)
6. Elaborations Steve Detray (7:14)
7. Riverdawn George Galt (3:33)
8. Violets of Dawn Eric Anderson (4:30)
9. Locomotive Lamp Gary Rosen (3:41)
10. Little Baby Willie Dixon (3:01)
11. Sometimes I Wonder (3:48)
12. Get Out of My Life Woman Allen Toussaint (3:04)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of my favourite psychedelic lps ever, pale shades of grey is really mindblowing, great choice

BBA Zizou France said...

Hey Jo. Really one of the top 10 of all Psychedelic Album. I think it is impossible to get the Original ....So do not miss this " Chef d'Oeuvre".
BBA Zizou France

Psicodelia pura said...

My man!, What an album, I have it but in a poor quality, how is the quality of your album

psych-Spaniolos said...

256

helter said...

Hey! What a great blog you have here! I wanted to ask you what is the title and author of the book you use to fill us with such great information!

thanx!

psych-Spaniolos said...

The Tapestry Of Delights
British Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Rock 1963 - 1976

Fuzz, Acid & Flowers
American Garage, Psychedelic & Hippie Rock 1964-1975

Dreams, Fantasies & Nightmares
Canadian, Australasian & Latin American Rock & Pop 1963 - 75

Fran Solo said...

Thnx for this post Psych Spaniolos, it's a very rare, obscure and lost album.
Cheers.

angelab23 said...

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cgm said...

Wonderful. Extremely evocative of it time, but still stand up today. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Spaniole έχεις το L.P.? - Μάλλον δύσκολα βέβαια γιατί νομίζω ήταν και μόνο σε 300 κόπιες...
Απλά ψάχνω στίχους γιατί η φωνή μάλλον εσκεμμένα και λόγω της παραγωγής είναι αρκετά δυσδιάκριτη...Αν έχεις κανένα στοιχείο...


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