Posts Tagged ‘Vol 65: Southern Heaven’
Posted on Sunday, March 25th, 2012
The Day After The Sabbath is a blog specialising in regular compilations of obscure heavy 60s and 70s rock. It’s Rich’ aim to reveal the secret world of bands that were inspired by the early psychedelic, doom and hard rock greats but were too short-lived, un-commercial or just plain unlucky to the gain the recognition that they probably deserved at the time. Download Vol 65: Southern Heaven HERE.
“Volume 65 is a collection of southern rock and tracks with that southern feel. What ties bands that have been labelled as Southern Rock together? Rock music and its root in blues, jazz and folk / country, was largely evolved in the south of America, and Gregg Allman commented once that “Southern rock” was a redundant term, like “rock rock”. The vocalist’s accents (affected or not) and singing styles are definitely a common attribute in the music I studied for this comp, as is the large amounts of overtly love-lorn or romantic, sometimes teeth-clenchingly sappy lyrics, even on some of the hardest-rockers. I guess we can put this down to the romantic cowboy buried deep in the southern man…luckily he also loves the electric guitar, often more than just one can be heard battling it out in these songs.
“Texas’s Point Blank made six full-lengths in the 70s and 80s, and definitely made some of the heaviest southern rock I’ve found so far, plenty of metally riffs and dual guitar from Rusty Burns and Kim Davis can be found here-in! Albatross, reportedly from Salam, Virginia, are hard to find information on. Band member names I have found mentioned are Mike George (vocals), Henry Reid (keyboards) and Gary Ward (guitar).
“They made a great album dated at 1975 called “Rockin’ The Sky” and it features plenty of good honest hard rock with some heavy prog touches like the hammond beefing it up, I highly recommend this. Georgia’s Atlanta Rhythm Section were a relatively soft-rock act, sometimes described as skynyrd-lite. They had a slow ascent to a brief pinnacle of success in the late seventies and a performance at the White House for then-president Jimmy Carter, but are little-remembered since then. ‘Join The Race’ sure has a cool vibe, nice big, but laid-back riffs with some great instrumental interplay.
“All my previous compilations from can be found at my BLOG and I’m sure any of you who are intrigued by the more obscure history of heavy rock will find a lot of great surprises” –Rich / The Day After The Sabbath.
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