Fuzz Acid & Flowers: The Damon recordings are amongst the most sought-after and widely-loved of the late-sixties underground scene. Simply put, they convey emotion and power in a very concise and believable way. Song Of A Gypsy is is an excellent psychedelic album and both gatefold/non-gatefold versions are monster rarities. There's lots of fuzz guitar and a mystical feel about tracks like Do You and The Night. I Feel Your Love which has a sleepy, stoned atmosphere sounding rather similar to The Deep. Another track, Birds Fly So High, has 'snake charming' music, again creating a sort of Eastern mystical feel.
Based in Los Angeles, David Del Conte and Charlie Carey had already pursued careers in popular music for many years before deciding to embrace the underground rock movement. Del Conte released a considerable number of 45s; it is possible that as much as half of his discography will be found to be too early to fall within the time-frame of this book. The last recordings he made pre-Damon (aside from a handful of acetates never made available to the public) may be of interest to readers. As Damon Lane, he issued at least three singles on the Del Con label - these possess a unique Byrdsy jangle over which his trademark authoritative voice presides.
The album itself is made up of (similarly) short, urgent tracks that overflow with Carey's amazing distorted leads and Del Conte's powerful, otherworldly voice. The title track opens Side One in dramatic fashion; the opening lyric "Today I feel like cryin', Today I feel like dyin'" delivered in a most convincing manner. It's obvious right away that you're listening to something very special. If there really is such a thing as psychedelic music, this is surely it.
It should be noted that the sound quality of this album is exemplary. Like the Cykle album, the fidelity is so good that even the bootlegs impress...
Del Conte and Carey, despite living roughly a thousand miles apart, continue to perform together and collaborated on a new album project in 1998. The resulting CD release, Gypsy Eyes has much to recommend it, not the least of which is the fact that it sounds like a second Damon album! The closing track, The Gift, is truly mindblowing, as good as anything on the first album.
Atley Yeager subsequently performed and recorded as Atlee in Southern California. ~ (Clark Faville/Vernon Joynson)
01. Song Of A Gypsy 2:25
02. Poor Poor Genie 2:56
03. Don't You Feel Me 2:34
04. Did You Ever 3:01
05. Funky Funky Blues 3:00
06. Do You 3:12
07. The Night 2:06
08. I Feel Your Love 2:16
09. Birds Fly So High 3:30
10. The Road Of Life 2:44
RICHARD BARHAM durbeki
CHARLIE CAREY ld gtr
DAVID DEL CONTE (DAMON) vcls, gtr
LEE PASTORA perc
MIKE PASTORA perc
HELENA VLAHOS finger cymbals
ATLEY (ATLEE) YEAGER bs, vcls
CARL ZARCONE drms
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