As noted with the First Trip, "it’s a solid set of unknown hits you can’t believe failed to connect back in their heyday due to various unfortunate circumstances, but now Brown Acid gives these long-lost gems their well deserved moment to shine."
We're back! And the hits just keep coming. For the fifth lysergic journey, we've assembled 10 heavy slabs of obscure rock the likes of which have never been seen before... not in this form anyhow. And as usual, the tracks from these impossibly rare records have all been fully cleared through the artists themselves. We've gone to great lengths to get the best possible master sources, the worst case scenario being an original 45. 'Cuz it ain't worth doing unless you do it right. The legendary Captain Foam kicks off this Trip like an anvil to your skull with a rollicking stomper sounding like The Who with Matt Pike's thunderous guitar tone. "No Reason" is a track we've been wanting to share with you boneheads since the start. Captain Foam (aka Richard Bertram) wasn't easy to find, but lo and behold, our super sleuths located him and got his blessing to include the A-side of his sole single here for you. Good luck finding an original copy of the record. It's rarer than raw beef. That's just the tip of the iceberg. The other nine tracks continue the onslaught in typical Brown Acid form. You may be familiar with George Brigman's psychedelic punk masterpiece "Jungle Rot", but you don't know Split until you've heard the charmingly disjointed bedroom-fi production of "Blowin' Smoke". Finch sounds way out of time (1968) and place (Milwaukee) on the grungeadelic anthem "Nothing In The Sun". Cybernaut's heavy prog - giving their Canadian cohorts Rush a run for their money - and Flasher's "Icky Bicky" boogie prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that our neighbors to the north can rock with the best of 'em. Meanwhile, Fargo's hallucinogenic BBQ sauce soaked "Abaddon" and Mammoth's fittingly beefy eponymous riff-monger continue the long line of heavies from the Lone Star State. Ohio based screamers Lance features members of Inside Experience, whom you might recall from the Third Trip. Zebra's gritty rendition of "Helter Skelter" is most likely the way Charles Manson heard the song in his head. And finally, the mysterious and previously unheard Thor appears here exclusively and for the first time ever with their unknown 45 track "Lick It". Many thanks to our pal Mike Vegh for turning us on to this one.
Fans of Rock musics many, many sub genres know there are a wealth of great compilations out there. The Nuggets Sets as mention above are key releases of the psychedelic movement and widely respected by fans and collectors alike, its hard to find a set of compilations not made by committee or released as a cash-in or tie in to a movie franchise.
What makes the Brown Acid Series so special is that these tracks are truly rare and don't appear anywhere else, they belong to a decade where music was built on excesses with releases often more pompous and overblown than the last and yet existed almost in secret. Better than that, they are sourced by a label that love and respect this stuff as can also be seen by the hard work and effort that goes in to the final product; each of the volumes so far have have releases in multiple colours and splattered vinyl, making them highly collectable.
These trips are heavy and enjoyable and as the brand new Fifth Trip proves, Riding Easy need to keep dropping more.
This time around we have 10 deep cuts from across the continental US of A and one from our neighbors up North. This Trip kicks off with an outrageous number from Gold out of San Francisco circa 1970. The band used to open their sets with this over-the-top frantic jammer which is absolutely mind-blowing and also leads one to believe that the only band that could've held a candle to Gold back in the day would've been the mighty Blue Cheer. As we delve deeper into the depths, Canadians continue to prove that they could bang heads with the best of 'em! Heat Exchange from Toronto released the rollicking ripper "Inferno" on the Yorkville label way back in 1968 and it's still thumping almost 50 years later! Missouri isn't a state that brought us a lot of heavy 45s, but there are a handful of outstanding tracks from the Show Me State, one of which is the funk-laced anthem "Give Me Time" by Backwood Memory from Kansas City. The longer we do this, the more we begin to believe that Youngstown, Ohio was the Hard Rock Mecca back in the day. Travis is yet another Youngstown group that aimed to get asses out of seats and out in the streets. "Lovin' You" is a groovy banger with a sultry riff originally released on the prolific Starshine Productions imprint. Six years prior to his Arcadian synth-funk novelty hit "Space Invaders" from 1980, Victor "Uncle Vic" Blecman took Flight into the studio with a list of relationship requirements. Amongst which are his need for "Luvin', Huggin', & More", with emphasis on the "More" part if we're to believe the urgency with which he delivers this fist-pumper. If you don't immediately recognize the Truth & Janey moniker, you need to get with it and familiarize yourself with their incredible 1976 LP No Rest For The Wicked. It's a proto-metal masterpiece that's been reissued on Rockadrome. Released four years earlier than their debut LP, "Midnight Horseman" is a 45-only track backed with a cover of "Under My Thumb". Another Iowan group, West Minist'r, self-released three 45s between 1969 and 1975. They're all great in their own way, but "My Life" hit the crunchy sweet spot in '71 with vocals sounding like a fresh from primal scream therapy John Lennon over a zonked-out Hendrix groove. You can count on hearing more from West Minist'r on future Trips. It's nearly impossible that Dayton, Ohio's Purgatory didn't seize the "Strange Days" and join "The Soft Parade" while "Waiting for the Sun". And although "Polar Expedition" wears its influences on its sleeve, 1969 would have been at least a little worse off if the band hadn't self released this single. Johnny Barnes was definitely "smokin' that reefer" and "drinkin' that wine" when he released "Steel Rail Blues" in 1976. The label states that you could order a copy of this 45 for by sending $1 to a PO Box in Boston and it's the only record on the Brown Acid series that seems to be obtainable currently for about the same amount it was sold for over three decades ago. That said, it's doubtful that it will remain so cheap for much longer. With a track as heavy as "Is There No Peace" it's easy to let the name of the label on this 45 slide. In Chicago in 1970 PSLHRTZ seemed like as good a label name as any for the guys in Zendik to release this insane recording on. Halfway through the track you might be wondering to yourself, "How was this not a hit?", and then you hear the lyrics to the last bit of the song and understand.
Everybody's favorite source for the hard stuff is back in business, with ten more lethal doses of rare hard rock, heavy psych and proto-metal! These obscure tracks have all been licensed, the bands have been paid, and the sources are all analog. The quality of tracks seems to increase along with the number of Trips and this cohesive collection comes outta the gate with both guns blazing! Pegasus recorded one single in Baltimore in 1972 and they made it count. "The Sorcerer" is a throbbing ripper that prior to this was basically unknown. However, it doesn't seem too far fetched to speculate that Black Flag lifted the riff for "No Values" from this track eight years later. Unlikely, but possible, especially considering how big a Black Sabbath fan Greg Ginn is. Pegasus was lauded back in the day for "how much they delivered that Black Sabbath feel." You may not already be familiar with Schizo, but you should know at least one of the French freaks behind this short-lived group. Richard Pinhas was the co-writer and uncredited, wah-wah abusing guitarist in Schizo after his stint in Blues Convention. Schizo recorded just two singles, the first being the heavier of the two, before Pinhas went on to record with Heldon and then going solo. The band had a unique vibe that didn't sound unlike Lemmy fronting a gang of stoned Martians. Youngstown, Ohio is the most commonly referred to city of the entire Brown Acid series. This town of just under 150,000 people may've had the highest (literally and figuratively) per capita output of heavy 45s. Blue Amber recorded this in 1971 at Gary Rhamy's analog Mecca, Peppermint Recording Studios. This two-riff boneheaded banger sounds like a caveman protest song with an extraordinary amount of delay on the vocals. No wonder this 45 fetches three-figures on the rare occasion it comes up for sale. Batting clean-up, we have Negative Space, the only LP sourced track on this album. This crunchy jam comes off the band's 1970 record entitled Hard, Heavy, Mean, & Evil. At over six and a half minutes, "The Calm After the Storm" is the longest track included on this volume, but it never gets dull. Fun fact: before changing the name to Negative Space, Rob Russen called his band Snow and released the "Sunflower" 45 in 1969 - you might recall that groover from the First Trip. We generally stick with American artists for this series, but every now and again something foreign grabs us and shakes us to the core. One example is the Schizo record from France, another is this Swedish 45 by Zane. These crazy Swedes did one incredibly damaged (hence the title) record on the MM label in 1976. These proto-punkers relied heavily on synth for this tune and mixed the drums so obnoxiously loud, you might think the kit is in the room with you. This is a weird one that somehow sounds like Zolar X covering Wicked Lady. Brown Acid material all the way! B must be short for Bangers, 'cuz this side is full of 'em! The flip of this Trip begins with a virtually unknown Oklahoma record from 1973. Blizzard was Rod McClure's high school band, but you couldn't possibly guess that teenagers recorded this heavy slab on the Token (should've been Toking) label. It's one of the best we've comped and it sounds like a hypothetical MC5/Hendrix collaboration. The "Under the Ice" level drum fills will knock your socks off if the heavy shred doesn't first. OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain and apparently where the fuzz goes seepin' in your brain! Third World is the second Okie inclusion on this Trip and we couldn't be more stOOOOOked to be sharing this very obscure single with y'all. If the heavily distorted two-note riff doesn't grab ya, the apocalyptic Grand Funk vibes will. Once they get their mitts on ya, Third World will take you back to 1971 and leave ya there. Can we hitch a ride too? Ever heard of Virginia, Minnesota? We hadn't either until we got in touch with Calvin Haluptzok and got the back story on his band Sweet Wine. This bitchin' one-off 45 must've melted the snow off the roofs of the households brave enough to play it when it came out in 1970 and it's still red hot nearly 50 years later. This vino may be sugary, but it packs an incendiary punch! Sadly, Calvin passed before we could get his music re-released, but it was nice to have reached him before it was too late. The Sweet Wine legacy lives on thanks to the Brown Acid archivists. C.T. Pilferhogg wins the award for most puzzling band name in our series. What's not puzzling is how righteous both sides of their self-released 1973 single are! Featured here is the A-side "You Haul" which is one of the best examples of a poor man's Deep Heep (Deep Purple meets Uriah Heep) we've ever heard and the demonic Echoplex-laden laughs mixed into this track are out of control. The band was touted as "Southwest Virginia's Finest Boogie Band", but don't let that fool ya.vThey could bang heads with the best of 'em. The closer on the Seventh Trip is one we hold very near and dear. Not only is this record the one that's taken us the longest to secure the rights to, it's also one of the very best examples of heavy psych you'll ever hear. The track rings your bell (literally) straight out of the gate and the dank psychedelic vibes kick in immediately. Summit's "The Darkness" was recorded in a basement studio in Kansas City in 1969 when the lead guitarist was only 16. The band was from a rural Missouri town, played only one impromptu gig in Clinton, and pressed only 125 copies of this, their only single. It should come as no surprise that it sells for hundreds of dollars when it's offered. That's a small price to pay for such greatness.
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