Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Unspoken Word - The Unspoken Word (1970)


Personnel:
GREG BUIS bs, vcls A
ANGUS MacMASTER keyb'ds A
DEDE PUMA vcls A
LES SINGER drms A
GENE-ZHENIA STASHUK gtr, vcls A

ALBUMS:
1(A) TUESDAY, APRIL 19th (Ascot AS 16028) 1968
2(A) THE UNSPOKEN WORD (Atco SD 33-335) 1970

45s:
1 Boy / Nothing's Nothing (United Artists 50083) 1966
2 And It's Gone / On A Beautiful Day (United Artists 50181) 1967
3 Anniversary Of My Mind / We're Growing (Ascot 2244) 1967
NB: (3) withdrawn.

Probably from the East Coast, as their both albums were recorded in New York, home of the Ascot Label. Produced by Tony Michaels and Vinny Gormann and engineered by Warren Schatz, their first album is basically folk-rock with a hint of psychedelia with Waking Up one of its finest moments. A truly beautiful album - it's worth checking out for fans of this genre. All their songs were penned by the group.
Released two years later and produced by Shel Kagan, the second album is heavier and more rock-blues in style, but still contains some good tracks: Sleeping Prophet, Personal Manager (an Albert King cover) and Sleepy Mountain Ecstacy. The voice of Dede Puma, their female singer, is still really impressive.
In 1972, Gene Stashuk played cello on Bonnie Raitt's Give It Up album. The other members apparently vanished from the music scene.
(Vernon Joynson / Max Waller / Stephane Rebeschini)

Tracks:
1. Pillow
2. Sleeping Prophet
3. Put Me Down
4. Personal Manager
5. Reincarnation
6. Sleepy Mountain Ecstasy
7. I Don't Need No Music
8. Little Song
9. Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
10. Around And Around
11. Morning

1 comment:

priscilla Doring said...

Growing up I heard that you were friends with Peter and Karen Miller in the late 60's and named Tuesday, April 19th after the birth of Karen's baby sister. At least that's what they told me, and the funny thing is that the album was very influential to my musical upbringing and I knew most of the words as a little girl