Sunday, December 08, 2013

Yays & Nays - Yays & Nays (1968)

Έχουμε ακούσει πολλά παράξενα Lp και σε αυτή την κατηγορία θα εντάξω και αυτό. Αυτά τα παιδιά όπως διάβασα βρέθηκαν τελικά σε λάθος τόπο, σε λάθος δισκογραφική και θάφτηκαν. Εξαμελές σχήμα από τρία αγόρια και τρία κορίτσια. Άλλες πληροφορίες ξεχάστε της. Προφανώς Αμερικάνοι. Ο δίσκος τους (το original βέβαια) κοστίζει πλέον πάρα πολλά. Κάπου πήρε το μάτι μου πως είχε βγει τότε  private press 500 copies!!!

Έπαιξαν ότι θέλετε  και ίσως μερικές φορές μπερδευτείτε όταν ακούσετε φωνητικά κάτι από Ελβις (Some Do, Some Dont) και Τζόνι Κας (Contrary Mary) αλλά έχουμε και γυναικεία γοητευτικά φωνητικά, garage κομμάτια και folk. Να το χαρακτήριζα βασικά σαν ένα folk rock δισκάκι? Δε ξέρω. Ξέρω όμως  ότι δεν υπάρχει περίπτωση να σε αφήσει να το βαρεθείς καθώς εξελίσσεται. Ξεκινάνε στο πρώτο κομμάτι με ένα θα το έλεγα γκαραζάκι και τελειώνουν με ένα «γκαραζοτό» Έλβις. Σαν μεσοδιάστημα έχουν πολύ ωραία κομμάτια σαν αυτό.

Yays & Nays - Easy Woman

Yays & Nays:
Al (lead guitar),
Dave (bass, vocals),
F.D. (12-string guitar, vocals),
Dawn (vocals),
Bev (vocals),
Sue (vocals)

Imagine if one of those middling wholesome boy-girl combos of the commercial folk revival circa 1963 had suddenly been transported five years in the future. Then imagine they found they needed to adapt themselves to late-'60s trends as best as possible if they wanted to make an album, regardless of how awkward they might have sounded. That's about what you get with this mighty obscure LP, in which the three-man, three-woman combo fuse rather catchy early-'60s style troubadour "gotta travel on" folk-pop (with a hint of country) with more contemporary folk-pop-rock arrangements, some of which even verge on garage rock rawness. It sounds kind of ridiculous much of the time, especially when the lead vocals are delivered by a macho dude who seems to be trying to blend Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, but just ends up sounding like the square guy trying to crash a suburban party that can't decide whether to be a hootenanny or a love-in. 

For all that, though, the songs have their catchy elements, never more so on the most garage-folk-rockish cut, "Gotta Keep Travelling." Other cuts show some surprising stylistic versatility, with hints of sentimental early-'60s pop/rock surfacing in "Contrary Mary" and "Easy Woman" (which could almost pass for a Lee Hazlewood-Nancy Sinatra duet tune if not for the inferior vocals), and pure early-'60s commercial hootenanny folk ("Call Me a Dog"). It wasn't remotely like what was happening in the pop scene at the time of its release, but that's part of what makes it such an interesting if flawed curiosity, and certainly makes it stand out in a sea of far more predictable obscure LP releases from the same era. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

1. Gotta Keep Travelling
2. Nature Is My Mother
3. Some Do, Some Don't
4. Contrary Mary
5. Easy Woman
6. It's What's Happening Baby
7. Call Me a Dog
8. If
9. Take It Easy Baby
10. Let It All Hang Out
11. What Women Do
12. On stage Revelations

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Unknown said...

Ευχαριστω Σπανιολε,περισσοτερο πλακα εχει παρα μουσικο ενδιαφερον με ενα πρωτο ακουσμα,αποψη μου.

Karditsa said...

Τρομερό κομμάτι .... ‘Easy Woman’ (could almost pass for a Lee Hazlewood-Nancy Sinatra duet)