Thursday, December 18, 2008

Morning – Morning (1970)

Ακούγοντας πριν αρκετό καιρό το beyondthebeatgeneration (από το οποίο έχω κατεβάσει όλα μα όλα τα κομμάτια), κάποια στιγμή άκουσα αυτό το γκρουπ και πιο συγκεκριμένα το καταπληκτικό κομμάτι And I'm Gone, το οποίο με ώθησε σε περαιτέρω ψάξιμο. Όχι βέβαια ότι δεν έχουν και άλλα καλά κομμάτια όπως το πανέμορφο Early Morning. Ειλικρινά αξίζει τον κόπο να τους ακούσετε. Στο ebay είναι διαθέσιμοι.


BARRY BROWN gtr, drms, vcls A B
JIM HOBSON piano, organ, theremin, vcls A B
JIM KEHN drms, gtr, vcls A B
JAY LEWIS gtr, banjo, vcls A B
(AL PERKINS steel gtr A)

1(A) MORNING (Vault 138) 1970
2(B) STRUCK LIKE SILVER (Fantasy 9402) 1972

1 Tell Me A Story/Easy Keeper (Vault 972) 1972

A fine Los Angeles-based group, originally known as The Morning and The Evening. The group was formed after Jay Lewis, also known as Jay Donnellan, had been fired from Love by Arthur Lee. Jim Hobson also appeared on Love's Out Here. When the band signed a recording contract with Vault they retained complete control of the writing, engineering, arranging and producing of their first album, which is an underrated folk-influenced gem. It has a crisp, yet often sleepy sound, which is at its best on And I'm Gone and Sleepy Eyes. The album closes with a ninety second country gem Dirt Roads (the only track written by Jim Kehn) which is worthy of comparison with the title track of Quicksilver's Happy Trails.
The line-up then changed; Bruce Wallace being replaced by the former Kaleidoscope member Stuart Brotman and Terry Johnson only playing on one track. Vault was bought by Fantasy and the follow-up Struck Like Silver continues in similar vein, though the drug-influenced sleepiness has made way for a more acoustic sound epitomised by Only To Say Goodnight and Now I Lay Me Down. Understand My Ways on Side two particularly highlights Jay Lewis' harmonious vocals and Jim Hobson's melodic piano work, whilst Comin' In Love features Chris Darrow (another ex-Kaleidoscope) on fiddle. Jay's Movie Song is a beautiful instrumental while Now I Lay Me Down and Hoyt Axton's Never Been To Spain merge more sensitive guitar work with artistic piano playing.
When the group broke up, Jim Hobson and Jay Lewis became session musicians and worked with Delaney Bramlett, Country Joe, Danny O'Keefe and Rabindra Danks.
(Vernon Joynson/Stephane Rebeschini)

1. Angelena 3:27
2. Early Morning 2:40
3. Tell Me A Story 3:13
4. Easy Keeper 2:09
5. Roll 'Em Down 3:05
6. Sleepy Eyes 3:25
7. New Day 1:35
8. As It Was 2:50
9. Time 3:32
10. It'll Take Time 2:30
11. And I'm Gone 5:23
12. Dirt Roads 1:25


Anonymous said...

Very Good Album!! thank you

Anonymous said...

This is a great, great album! Any chance of uploading the 2nd album?


psych-Spaniolos said...

Sorry Patrick i dont have it

Douglas Wayne said...

This is top-flight stuff, thank you for sharing this. Now, I must ask, does anyone happen to have a rip of Chris Darrow (a guest on this LP) solo LP "Artist Proof"?