Monday, December 27, 2010

The Avant Garde - The Singles (1967-1968)

Με σχετική δυσκολία μάζεψα από το νετ ότι διαθέσιμο υπήρχε από αυτό το γκρουπάκι που έβγαλε τρία και μόνο 45αρια. Το διάσημο κομμάτι τους, αυτό δηλαδή που ξέρουν όλοι είναι το πράγματι εξαιρετικό Naturally Stoned.

Δεν ξέρω όμως πόσοι έχουν ακούσει το Revelations Revelations, το οποίο και στάθηκε η αιτία να ασχοληθώ περαιτέρω με αυτούς, για να κάνω το ανέβασμα στο blog. Ακούστε το και πιστεύω ότι θα σας αρέσει εξίσου ωστόσο κινείται σε πιο ήρεμο κλίμα. Νομίζω πως ήταν σφόδρα αδικημένο για να συμπληρώνει το Fly With Me.

Ως περαιτέρω πληροφορίες για τα μέλη:

a. Chuck Woolery (born March 16, 1940) is a popular game show host. One of the most recognizable faces in game show television, he has hosted Wheel of Fortune (1975-1981), Love Connection (1983-1993 (est.)), Scrabble (1984-1990, 1993), The Home and Family Show (1996-97, co-host), Greed (1999-2000), The Dating Game (1999 update), and Lingo (2002-present). In addition, he was the subject of a reality show, (2003). Woolery was born in Ashland, Kentucky and grew up an avid fisherman. Και πολλά περισσότερα εδώ Στο σαιτ που διαθέτει δεν υπάρχει μουσική αναφορά για το παρελθόν.

b. Ο Elkin "Bubba" Fowler έπαιζε μπάντζο, μπάσο, κιθάρα στο τουρ του Leonard Cohen που βγήκε διπλό Lp με τίτλο Live At The Isle of Wight 1970 αλλά και σε ένα άλλο με τίτλο Songs of Love and Hate από το τουρ The Army.

c. Για τον παραγωγό Billy Sherrill εδώ

Personnel incl:

Charles Herbert "Chuck" Woolery

Elkin "Bubba" Fowler


1 Yellow Beads/Honey And Gall (Columbia 4-44388) Dec. 1967 -

2 Naturally Stoned/Honey And Gall (Columbia 4-44590) Jul. 1968 40 (Produced by Billy Sherrill)

3 Fly With Me/Revelations Revelations (Columbia 4-44701) Dec. 1968 130

1. The Avant-Garde was an American psychedelic pop group formed by Chuck Woolery and Elkin "Bubba" Fowler in 1967. They released three singles on Columbia Records in 1967 and 1968, backed by different session musicians on each release: "Yellow Beads", "Naturally Stoned" (which hit #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in mid 1968)[1], and "Fly With Me". Despite the success of "Naturally Stoned", the group disbanded after "Fly With Me" and never released a full album.

After The Avant-Garde, Fowler went on to a career as a folk singer. Columbia released his LP And Then Came Bubba in 1970, and he played guitar on albums by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Woolery became a country music artist on Warner Bros. Records and later Epic Records, charting twice but never releasing an album.[2] He has since become a game show host, appearing on Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble, Love Connection, Greed, and Lingo. "Naturally Stoned" was also used as the theme to a short-lived reality television series on GSN that starred Woolery, entitled Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned.[1]

2. This band is best known for Naturally Stoned which hit the Billboard chart at No. 40. and is best described as orchestrated 'psychedelic pop' (the lyrics may be psychedelic but the music is pop) with the backing sounding like a James Bond-type movie theme. It is the flip side which has been compiled however: Honey and Gall resurfacing on Psychedelic Unknowns Vol. 8 (LP & CD) and being an unusual and captivating hippie-psychedelic effort.

Yellow Beads is also dreamy acoustic hippie-pop in their unique style. The final 45 reverts to more standard orchestrated pop format effort on Fly With Me but is rescued by the electrified folk-pop flip.

All their material was composed by B. Fowler or C. Woolery, who it turns out is none other than Chuck Woolery, who would later become one of America's top game show hosts-- he was the original emcee of "Wheel of Fortune" before adding his brand of smarminess to the matchmaking "Love Connection".

Και επειδή ο λόγος για το Natural Stoned να παραθέσω και τους στίχους.

It seems the days
We spent together
All too quickly fade away
And even now
My lonely mind is full
Of thoughts of yesterday

The say grow up
Put your mind on
What you have to do
But I know I can never
Make it, baby, without you

I can feel a good vibration
When I put my mind on you alone
I can get a real sensation
Feel like I'm naturally stoned
Naturally stoned

And now they say
It's time for me to face
The troubled world alone
But I know I can never do it
While I'm standing on my own

There's just one thing that
They do not seem to understand
Why can't they get it
Through their heads
I need a helping hand

[Repeat CHORUS 2x]

Naturally stoned


1. Avant Garde - Naturally Stoned

2. Avant Garde - Honey & Gall

3. Avant Garde - Fly With Me

4. Avant Garde - Revelation's Revolutions

5. Avant Garde - Yellow Beads


Anonymous said...

Great Post!!! Good Band Thanks For Posting

Duncanmusic said...

I wish I could give you more info, but I also had a RCA 45 by the Avant-Garde that had a writing credit by Chuck Woolery, which Is why I picked it up originally as I lovbed "Naturally Stoned' so much when it came out.
Sadly, I had to sell of my records back in 1993 so I can't give you any more info except to say I know it exists.

Anonymous said...

Was the band from Florida? The only reason is that I was in a Wheel Of Fortune audience TV taping in about 1981, and between segments, Woolery talked to the audience, seemed really nice, and he strongly endorsed Florida, where he then lived.

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