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Demian / Bubble Puppy - Demian / A Gathering Of Promises (1969-70) Remastered (2008)

Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock | Author: sirk | 23-11-2016, 18:01
Demian / Bubble Puppy - Demian / A Gathering Of Promises (1969-70) Remastered (2008) Artist: Demian / Bubble Puppy
Title Of Album: Demian / A Gathering Of Promises
Year Of Release:1969-70/2008
Label (Catalog#) : BUY OR DIE [BOD133]
Country: USA
Genre: Heavy Psych Rock, Garage, Blues Rock
Quality: FLAC (image + cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:09:17
Full Size: 450mb(+5%)

Recording for International Artists Records, the crazed Texas label that brought the world such acid-damaged visionaries as the 13th Floor Elevators, the Red Krayola, Lost & Found, and Electric Rubayyat, the Bubble Puppy seemed by comparison to be a beacon of semisanity -- a rather typical psychedelic band of the period who seemed more interested in having a good time and cranking up the amps than in reimagining the size and shape of the inner cosmos. But that's not to say they weren't a good psychedelic band -- the band's best known tune, "Hot Smoke and Sassafras," was a charging guitar-heavy rocker that deservedly became a hit single, and its flip side, "Loney," was nearly as good. Truth to tell, those two songs are the most interesting tracks on the Bubble Puppy's first album, A Gathering of Promises, but the rest of the material is certainly more than just filler -- softer tunes such as "It's Safe to Say" and the title cut show off the band's surprisingly strong harmonies and folk-rock influences, while the interlocking guitars of Todd Potter and Rod Prince drive "Beginning," "Hurry Sundown," and the epic "I've Got to Reach You." The Bubble Puppy could write and play like seasoned pros, and with the exception of "I've Got to Reach You" they had the sense to wrap up their tunes in three or four minutes, so that this album actually manages to end before it wears out its welcome. It's not exactly a work of life-changing genius, but A Gathering of Promises is still a noticeably stronger and better crafted album than most bands of their time and place were turning out, and if it had enjoyed wider distribution (and another song or two as good as the single) who knows where they could have ended up. [The 2004 reissue tacks on monophonic single mixes of "Hot Smoke and Sassafras," "Lonely," "Hurry Sundown," and "Beginning," as well as four songs from non-LP singles; the mono mixes certainly boast a lot more punch than the often eccentric stereo versions, and "Thinkin' About Thinkin'" is a thoroughly enjoyable slice of hook-heavy guitar mauling that should have made the cut for the LP.]

01. Demian - Face In The Crowd (Roy Cox) - 2:56
02. Demian - Windy City (Roy Cox) - 5:20
03. Demian - Love People (Todd Potter) - 2:18
04. Demian - Coming (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 5:33
05. Demian - Todd's Tune (Todd Potter) - 3:21
06. Demian - No More Tenderness (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 3:53
07. Demian - Are You With Me Baby (Todd Potter) - 4:56
08. Demian - Only A Loner (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 4:37
09. Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke And Sassafrass (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 2:33
10. Bubble Puppy - Todd's Tune (Todd Potter) - 3:13
11. Bubble Puppy - I've Got To Reach You (Roy Cox, Todd Potter) - 7:52
12. Bubble Puppy - Lonely (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 2:55
13. Bubble Puppy - A Gathering Of Promises (Mike Taylor, Rod Prince) - 2:25
14. Bubble Puppy - Hurry Sundown (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 4:00
15. Bubble Puppy - Elizabeth (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 2:56
16. Bubble Puppy - It's Safe To Say (Jim Mings) - 2:26
17. Bubble Puppy - Road To St. Stephens (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 4:07
18. Bubble Puppy - Beginning (Rod Prince, Roy Cox) - 3:54

Rod Prince - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Roy Cox - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Todd Potter - Lead Guitar, Vocals
David Fore - Drums, Vocals

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