From the liner notes, written by John Gee, Manager of London's Marquee Club:
About their music there is no mystery whatsoever. It is the kind of music that only an old-fashioned square wouldn’t dig. It is simple and compelling. It is direct and full of guts. It is firmly entrenched in the Blues with a strong jazz basis. It is all these things but it is the genuine feel about the music, above everything else, that distinguishes this group from other similar groups — and the feeling that communicates to every audience they play for.
Ten Years After - I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes
Ten Years After - Adventures of a Young Organ
Ten Years After - Don't Want You Woman
And The Fish?
A few years ago, Country Joe Mcdonald was the Grand Marshal of our town's 4th of July parade- how cool is that? Another Woodstock Alumn (best remembered for the "Fish" cheer & the Fixin' to Die Rag). This find from the same St. Vinnie's haul has an amusing little tune about LBJ that still applies ("Gonna send you back to Texas/Make you work on your ranch"). Complex, snakey, and dark tunes to remind us that all was not Sunshine, Lollipops, & Rainbows....
Country Joe and the Fish - Superbird
Country Joe and the Fish - Death Sound
Last & Least from this latest batch is The Blues Project- an early outing for Al Kooper. Here lives the original version of I Can't Keep From Crying (posted up above in Ten Years After flavor)- we won't bother to encode or upload that particular track though; too much gratuitious 60s organ solo screeeech. One we'll give you is a piece called Flute Thing - sampled by the Beasties a generation later, because they know Quality.
The Blues Project - Flute Thing
The Blues Project - Caress Me Baby
This gorgeous thing turned up at the Salvation Army. No- they're not really twins. Just cheesy trick photography to illustrate the cheesier recording techniques employed in the creation of this monstrosity. Norman Nelson (a funny name- sort of cobbled together from two first names, neither of which seems particularly distinguished) possesses a high reedy singing voice- when he does duets with himself the result is a sonic synergy that could strip the finish off of old funiture. And no again- you get no samples. You're a masochist just for asking.....