International Submarine Band ~ 1968 ~ Safe At Home
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One of the very first groups to try to combine rock with country music, the International Submarine Band is now mostly remembered for being Gram Parsons' first significant group. He, of course, would later join The Byrds and form the Flying Burritos Brothers.
Formed in 1967, after two flop singles, the group (Parsons, Dunlop, Gauvin and Nuese) moved from New York to California responding to an offer of the actor Brandon deWilde to get them some film work. The ISB did appear in the film "The Trip" with Peter Fonda but their music was erased and replaced by the Electric Flag. The group also recorded an entire album of Beatlesque material at Los Angeles Gold Star Studios but the tapes, given to deWilde for safekeeping, disappeared in the "rock's black hole"!
In late Spring 1967, after a discussion over the direction the band was taking, Dunlop and Gauvin left the group and moved to Boston. Ian Dunlop would later record some solo records for small labels. Having decided to play with a country music sound, Parsons recruited a new drummer, Jon Corneal and, together with Nuese and a temporary bassist, auditioned successfully for Lee Hazelwood's label, LHI. Produced by Suzi Jane Hokum, the sessions began with the help of a new bassist, Chris Ethridge and a new singer/guitarist, Bob Buchanan. Two well known country musicians, Maness and Ball, also helped the group. The album was finished in Christmas 1967 but in February 1968, Parsons joined The Byrds. The album, Safe At Home, was only released in late Spring 1968.
Without a real group to promote it (the remaining members tried to find a suitable substitute to Parsons, but were unable to!) and country rock not being the hottest thing in 1968, the LP logically flopped. It's however an interesting album if you are a fan of early country rock, with good vocals and a fresh sound displayed on several Parsons compositions and covers of songs by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Big Boy Crudup.
After the Byrds, the Flying Burritos Brothers and two solo albums, Gram Parsons died in 1973. His body was stolen by his manager Philip Kaufman and burned in the desert near the Joshua Tree... He is now revered as a kind of "country rock icon" by many rock and country musicians. Among the other ISB members, John Corneal would also play for a short period with The Byrds and not surpringly would team up again with Parsons and Ethridge in the Flying Burritos Brothers. He also drummed with Dillard and Clark and on the first album by Warren Zevon. Chris Ethridge went on to form L.A. Getaway and became a successful studio musician. Bob Buchanan and John Nuese apparently stopped recording. ~ (Stephane Rebeschini)
01 - Blue Eyes 2:50
02 - I Must Be Somebody Else You´ve Known 2:18
03 - A Satisfied Mind 2:31
04 - Folsom Prison Blues, That´s Alright 4:25
05 - Miller´s Cave 2:49
06 - I Still Miss Someone 2:47
07 - Luxury Liner 2:55
08 - Strong Boy 2:04
09 - Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome 3:37
10 - Knee Deep In The Blues (Originaly Unissued) 1:56
Gram Parsons – rhythm guitar, lead vocal
Bob Buchanan – rhythm guitar, harmony vocal
Jon Corneal – drums, harmony vocal
John Nuese – lead guitar
Chris Ethridge – bass guitar
Jay Dee Maness – pedal steel guitar
Earl "Les" Ball – piano
Joe Osborn – bass guitar on "Blue Eyes" and "Luxury Liner"
Glen Campbell – guitar, possible harmony vocal
Suzi Jane Hokom – producer, harmony vocal
Don Everly – harmony vocal (rumored)
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