torsdag 6 oktober 2016

Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron (Psychedelic Experimental Rock/Jazz US 1967)

260:- (SHM-CD Limited Remaster Edition. Liten upplaga på 500 exemplar. Utgången för länge sedan. Belle Antique Records gav ut denna Mini LP år 2010. Mycket svår att hitta)

Fifty Foot Hose's Cauldron is erratic but fascinating. When married to routine blues-rock, the electronic squiggles seem to be covering up the inadequacy of the basic material, and the occasional bleats of pure electronic passages will bore rock-oriented listeners. 

Yet when combined with lilting-but-disquieting jazz-psychedelic compositions, like the title track and "If Not This Time," it's genuinely original, similar in feel to the oscillation-toned rock of the United States of America (though the U.S.A.'s one-shot album was more consistent and smoothly produced).
Fifty Foot Hose is a psychedelic rock band that formed in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and reformed in the 1990s. 

They were one of the first bands to fuse rock and experimental music. Like a few other acts of the time (most notably the United States of America), they consciously tried to combine the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas.

The 1960s – the original group
The original group comprised three core members: founder and bassist Louis "Cork" Marcheschi, guitarist David Blossom, and his wife, vocalist Nancy Blossom, augmented by Kim Kimsey (drums) and Larry Evans (guitar).

Cork Marcheschi (b. 1945) grew up in Burlingame, California. In his teens, he performed with the Ethix, who played R&B music in clubs around San Francisco and in Las Vegas, and released one experimental and wildly atonal single, "Bad Trip", in 1966, with the intention that the record could be played at any speed. 

Interested in the ideas of experimental composers like Edgard Varèse, John Cage, Terry Riley, and George Antheil, he constructed his own custom-made electronic instrument from a combination of elements like theremins, fuzzboxes, a cardboard tube, and a speaker from a World War II aircraft bomber.

David and Nancy Blossom brought both psychedelic and jazz influences to the band. Together, the trio recorded a demo which led to a deal with Limelight, a subsidiary of Mercury Records. 

They released one album, Cauldron, in December 1967, when Limelight started. 

It contained eleven songs, including "Fantasy", "Red the Sign Post" and "God Bless the Child", a Billie Holiday cover. 
Although an erratic work, it was intriguing for its mix of jazzy psychedelic rock tunes with fierce and primitive electronic sound effects. 

"I don't know if they are immature or premature", said critic Ralph J. Gleason.

The record sold few copies at the time, although the group had a small but intense following in San Francisco and also toured with other acts including Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry and Fairport Convention, when the band was augmented by Robert Goldbeck (bass). 

They broke up in late 1969 when most of its members joined the musical Hair, Nancy Blossom becoming the lead in the San Francisco production and later singing in Godspell. 

Larry Evans returned to his hometown of Muncie, Indiana where he fronted several club groups until his death in 2008.

01. And After 02:06
02. If Not This Time 03:39
03. Opus 777 00:22
04. The Things That Concern You 03:30
05. Opus 11 00:26
06. Red the Sign Post 02:58
07. For Paula 00:30
08. Rose 05:07
09. Fantasy 10:14
10. God Bless the Child 02:36
11. Cauldron 04:55

Bonus Tracks:
12. If Not This Time (demo) 03:39
13. Red the Sign Post (demo) 02:17
14. Fly Free (demo) 02:40
15. Desire (demo) 11:39
16. The Ethix - Bad Trip (33 rpm) 03:21
17. The Ethix - Skins 02:24
18. The Ethix - Bad Trip (45rpm) 02:03

San Franciscan Electronic Psych!From The Album `Cauldron`1968