Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
As their name suggests, this was a blues-rock outfit but they were a pretty good one at that. From California, they were one of the several new acts signed by Bob Thiele, the producer of several interesting jazz artists (Coltrane, Gabor Szabo) and rock groups (Eden's Children, Free Spirits etc).
Their first album features lots of fluid guitar and you should enjoy this if blues-rock is your thing. Even if it isn't you might still like it. Certainly I've Got To Have Peace On My Mind is very imaginative with interesting sound effects and it extends far beyond the usual blues-rock format. The band also have strong jazz influences, particularly in the drumming and the sax (or flute) interludes. Other highlights include an interesting reinterpretation of John D. Loudermilk's Tobacco Road, the instrumental Death Dog Of Doom, Tried To Be A Good Boy (But I'm Worse Than A Nazi), Two 'Tranes Running (not a mispelling but an an homage to Coltrane!) and the catchy Lost In The Blues.
After Gonzales, their bass player, was replaced by Dickens (who would later play with Willie Hutch, a soul/funk singer), they recorded a second album in the same style, still mixing blues covers (Stormy Monday Blues) with original material (Mano Pano Shhhh, Plastic Man, Day Said...).
They can easily be compared to the best moments of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band or The Blues Project, although their albums are only very minor collectables at present.
Leon Rubenhold had previously played in Rosie And The Originals, in the early sixties and later did a lot of uncredited session work in the Hollywood studios. Equally at ease with guitar and harmonica, he reappeared in 1980 with Rainbow Red Oxidiser, a short-lived L.A. group formed by Michael Neal (a friend of Sky Saxon) with Mars Bonfire, Ed Cassidy (Spirit) and Gary Marker (Rising Sons, Fusion). He has recently released a new CD.
Bass player, Joe Francis Gonzales died recently of liver cancer. ~ (Stephane Rebeschini/Vernon Joynson)
01. Tabacco Road 4:41
02. Tried To Be A Good Boy 6:20
03. How Bad Love Can Be 4:03
04. Ive Got To Have Peace On My Mind 3:43
05. Lost In The Blues 3:07
06. Death Dog Of Doom 8:11
07. Sweet Sixteen 4:31
08. Two Trains Running 2:13
VICTOR ALEMAN drms, perc
JOE FRANCIS GONZALES bs, vcls
PHILLIP JOHN ld gtr, ld vcls
LEON RUBENHOLD hrmnca, vcls
JOE WHITEMAN sax, flute, vibra harp
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