Six Feet Under – “What Would You Do?” (1969/1970)

 

Band : Six Feet Under (Formed in 1966 out of the ashes of the Marc 5 and Sonix, in Colonia, New Jersey, U.S.A.)

Country Of Origin : U.S.A.

Track : “What Would You Do?” (A3 track, studio recording)

Album : “In Retrospect 1969-’70″ (Compilation album, including studio/home recordings and bonus tracks)

Label : Arf! Arf! Records (AA-074)

Date/Year Of Recording/Release : Recorded in 1969-1970, released in 1998

Category/Music Genres : Garage/Psychedelic Rock, U.S.A., 1960s/1970s

Six Feet Under – “What Would You Do?” 

Video on YouTube

The song is included on the album “In Retrospect 1969-’70” (A3 track,  studio recording)

“In Retrospect 1969-’70” album (released in 1998)

Album cover photo (front and back)

Image result for six feet under in retrospect

Six Feet Under – “In Retrospect 1969-’70” Full Album Video on YouTube

Tracks

1 Inspiration in My Head – 2:28
2 Freedom – 4:07
3 What Would You Do? – 3:43
4 Baby I Want to Love You – 8:08
5 In Retrospect – 4:04
6 Fields – 3:04
7 Running Around in the Sun – 3:28
8 Black Movies – 3:20
9 Six Feet Under Theme – 2:46
10 Suzy Q – 6:18
11 City Blues – 5:12
12 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (D. Ingle) – 11:52
13 Basement Jam – 0:47
14 Sonix Commercial – 0:58
15 Inspiration in My Head – 2:51
16 Freedom – 4:30
17 What Would You Do? – 5:53
18 Fields – 3:05
19 Boogie Man Bash – 0:44

Six Feet Under

Line-up 

Jay Crystal –  Drums
Nanette DeLaune – Vocals
Jerry Dobb – Keyboards, Vocals
Scott Julian – Guitar
Hector Torres – Drums
Duane Ulgherait  – Bass
Richie – Drums (only on track #9)

Information about the album/band

“This Colonia, NJ ensemble captured the changing times and sociological upheaval of the pre-Woodstock Nation. Like the Jefferson Airplane, Neighb’rhood Childr’n and The United States Of America, Six Feet Under was blessed with a dynamic diva who soared amidst searing fuzz leads, swirling organ chords, and gifted songwriting with prophetic lyrics”. (from their CD-release “In Retrospect 1969-’70”).

“As Bar Mitzvah presents, Jerry Dobb receives an Acetone electronic organ with Kalamazoo Amplifier and Scott Julian receives an Epiphone electric guitar and amp. The friends decide to form a band in the archetypal New York City suburb of Colonia, New Jersey. First band is named the Marc 5 (for no reason that I can now remember – no one named Marc in the band). The band consists of Jerry and Scott, Bob Briendel on bass (he had no idea how to play. Scott showed him where to put his fingers), Phil Mazuski on drums and the only real musician, Joe “Musky” Muscolino on saxophone.
The band had a repertoire of about 10 songs, including “Summertime,” “Tequila” and “The Batman Theme.” Playing a private pool party and someone requested “Moon River.” Musky knew it, so we faked it behind him. It was pretty awful, but the guests were too drunk to care and actually gave us an extra tip for playing it! The thirteen year olds in the band hook up with a seemingly much older, 17 year old singer named Pete (don’t remember his last name) and change the name of the band to the Sonix. Pete is an R&B enthusiast and the song list changes to include “I Got You,” “Mustang Sally” and other soul songs. Pete performs James Brown style with spins, splits and yelps.
The hand uniform is pointy-toed black shoes, black pants, pink Italian high-roll collar shirts and burgundy button front sweaters. The band decides that they’d like to follow a more hip and hippy style of music. Pete departs and the group reforms as Six Feet Under. Phil is replaced by Ritchie on drums. Bob, who never really took to music, is replaced by Duanc Ulghcrait on bass. Joe leaves for an established soul band. A girl singer (name unknown) briefly comes and goes. Ritchie, while an excellent drummer, proves to be volatile and is replaced by Hector “Tico” Torres from Sayerville N.J. Where did the name Six Feet Under come from? Well after the Sonix, the hand wanted a new hipper name.
The first thing decided was that the name shouldn’t begin with “The.” After some brainstorming, someone mentioned that the British band Ten Years After didn’t start with “The” and was kind of cool. So we started coming up with phrases that fit that pattern; a number, a noun, and an adverb. We also wanted a name that was kind of dark and slightly threatening, like the Grateful Dead. Ultimately someone came up with Six Feet Under, and we immediately realized that it was the perfect moniker. Later, when Nannette joined the band the sound softened a bit, but the name stuck until the end.
When the dust settles it’s Jerry on organ and vocals, Scott on guitar, Duane on bass and Tico on drums. Tico plays a drum set that belonged to his dad, circa the mid-1940s. The bass drum was oversized and the tom-toms were nailed onto the bass. A friend of Tico’s paints a beautiful oil painting of a woman’s head floating above a grave with ghostly hands reaching up, trying to retrieve it. This is cut out and inserted into the front of the bass drum. A simplified line drawing of the painting is used as a promotional hand-out.
The band plays at least one night most weekends and improves. Gigs include dances, Rutger’s University fraternity parties, battle of the band competitions and local festivals in and around Northern New Jersey. The songs now include a lot of Doors material, Cream, Hendrix, and the signature song, a relatively faithful rendition of the complete “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The First original songs appear, including “The Six Feet Under Theme” and “Karen.” Around this time the opportunity to record appears.
Fifteen year old Nanette DeLaune joins the band as “chick singer” a la Grace Slick. Jay Crystal begins as drummer. While preparing to record the band continues to play gigs, many times two a weekend. The material now includes songs by the Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Santana, Ten Years After and Blind Faith. Show stoppers include a rousing version of “Soul Sacrifice” and a 15 minute set of songs from the Who’s “Tommy.” Original material is written by Jerry and practised.
The band records at the Scepter Studios. Jerry uses a Hammond B-3 with Leslie tone cabinet for the first time. “Inspiration In My Head” is “released.” The band is angry because the extended instrumental break at the end of the song is edited out. Friends and relatives convince a local record shop to order the single and buy a few dozen copies. A local radio station plays it once on the air. The band listens in a car and can’t believe that they’re on the radio. Nothing else happens. The band goes back to the studio to record more songs.
By late fall of 1970 the band decides to split up. Jerry, Scott and Duane head to college. Jerry assembles an ad-hoc band and records some solo songs. These are never released. Nanette does some further recording also, but nothing comes of it. Jerry studies film-making at college and ultimately becomes a corporate video manager. Scott ends up as a chef in a prestigious hotel. Duane becomes a candy salesman. Musky lands in Utah where he plays and books local bands. Don’t know what became of Nanette, Jay, Bob, Phil, Ritchie, or Pete. But Hector “Tico” Torres, the guy who wasn’t good enough to record, hooked up with a younger boy from Sayerville named Jon Bon Jovi and the rest, as they say”…by Jerry Dobb, (source : “Rockasteria” Blog).
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7/12-inch Singles/E.P.s Hard Rock/Heavy Progressive Rock/ Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1970s Iron Maiden – “Falling”

7/12-inch Singles/E.P.s Hard Rock/Heavy Progressive Rock/ Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1970s

Iron Maiden (Basildon, U.K.)

“Falling” (written by  B. Skeels, S. Drewett, T. Thomas) A’ Side single released on Gemini Records (GMS 006) in 1970

The track is also included on the album “Maiden Voyage”, recorded in 1968-1970, released on Audio Archives in (AACD 028) 1998. It’s the opening track of the album.

Maiden Voyage track list:

01. Falling
02. Ned Kelly
03. Liar
04. Ritual
05. CC Ryder
06. Plague
07. Ballad Of Martha Kent
08. God Of Darkness

Line-up/Credits :

Bass, Vocals – Barry Skeels

Drums – Paul Reynolds (4) (tracks: 3 to 8), Steve Chapman (2) (tracks: 1, 2)

Guitar, Vocals – Trevor Thomas

Vocals – Steve Drewett (2)

Several years before Steve Harris formed what would become (arguably) the biggest heavy metal band of all time, four young Basildon rockers going under the dubious moniker of ‘Bum’ decided they had to change their name. Innocent as it may seem today, the name Bum was causing them a lot of problems, with many promoters and clubs refusing to book them as it was seen to be ‘offensive’. My, how times have changed!

Having witnessed Cream perform live in their school hall (!) in 1966, they were inspired enough to get working on a band of their own. They paid their dues initially as Stevenson’s Blues Department, playing regularly as main support to Fleetwood Mac and Jethro Tull amongst others.

Upon hearing the first Led Zeppelin album and witnessing their live performances the band adopted a heavier approach and the subject of Black Magic began to creep into their lyrics. The full impact of which can be heard here album opener God of Darkness, an occult-rock classic recorded a year prior to the first Black Sabbath album. Many have said it to be the first ‘proto-doom metal’ track ever recorded.

By 1970 the band had changed their name to The Iron Maiden and duly signed a deal with Gemini (an offshoot of President), who released their excellent and only single ‘Falling/Ned Kelly’ in 1970. Clocking in at just over six minutes, Falling was planned to be the first ever 33rpm single, however, as jukeboxes only played 45s they were forced to cram the whole track on to one side at regular single speed. B-side, Ned Kelly, was scheduled to be included in the soundtrack of the movie of the same name featuring Mick Jagger, with world tours planned to coincide with its screening. Unfortunately PRS issues forced this amazing opportunity to be aborted.

Not long after the release of Falling the band were no more, with bassist Barry Skeels going off to join legendary occult progressive rock bands Monument and Zior. Guitarist Trevor Toms went on to join Spirit of John Morgan and Nik Turner’s Inner City Unit amongst others.

Clearly The Iron Maiden were never destined to achieve their full potential. Captured on ‘Maiden Voyage‘ is a glimpse into what could have been, were they given the chance to develop. Alongside the said 45, amazingly we have managed to locate the original master tapes and restore the audio of their 1970 album demos, which were never completed. This Rise Above Relics release is by far the most superior sounding and detailed edition of ‘Maiden Voyage‘ yet, including a 40 page booklet with detailed notes and MANY unseen photos.

Iron Maiden – “Falling” Single cover photo (front)

IRON MAIDEN FALLING SINGLE 3

Iron Maiden – “Falling” Single photo (A’ Side)

IRON MAIDEN FALLING SINGLE 1

Iron Maiden – “Falling” Single photo (A’ Side)

IRON MAIDEN FALLING SINGLE 2

Iron Maiden – “Maiden Voyage” Album cover photo (front)

IRON MAIDEN MAIDEN VOYAGE 1

Iron Maiden – “Falling” Video file link on YouTube

Iron Maiden – “Maiden Voyage”Full Album Video file link on YouTube

Iron Maiden Band’s Page on Discogs

Iron Maiden Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

Iron Maiden – “Maiden Voyage” Full Album Download Link on Willie Said Blog

Iron Maiden – “Maiden Voyage” Rise Above Records Edition of the album

Iron Maiden – “Maiden Voyage” Full Album Presentation on Rise Above Records

Iron Maiden – “Maiden Voyage” Full Album Audio file link on Spotify

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stoner Rock Sweden 1990s (Tracks) Lowrider – “The Gnome, The Serpent, The Sun”

Stoner Rock U.S.A. 1990s (Tracks) 

Lowrider (Sweden)

“The Gnome, The Serpent, The Sun” B2 track included on the album “Nebula/Lowrider, Double E.P.”

Recorded at KM Studios, Karlskoga, Sweden 8/28/98-8/30/98, released in 1998 on MeteorCity Records (MCY-002)

Line-up/Credits :

Tracks 1, 2, & 4 Recorded 8-98 at Private Radio, Seattle WA by Jack Endino

Track 3 Recorded 6-98 at LoHo Studios NYC by Joe Hogan

All Music by Eddie Glass

Lyrics by Nebula

1998 Volcanic Pineapple ASCAP

Art by Arik Moonhawk Roper

Andreas – Drums, Percussion

Ola – Lead Guitars, Vocals (1,2,4)

Niclas – Guitars, Vocals (4)

Peder – Basses, Vocals (3,4), Guitars (4), Effects

All Music & Lyrics by Peder

Recorded at KM Studios, Karlskoga, Sweden 5/22/98-5/24/98 (1,3,4) & 8/28/98-8/30/98 Mastered 8/31/98-9/2/98 at KM Karlskoga

Except “Upon The Dune” (Full Version) by Chuck Lucero at the Santa Fe Center Studios

Nebula/Lowrider Split Double E.P. Album cover photo (front)

NEBULA LOWRIDER 1 (2)

 

Lowrider – “The Gnome, The Serpent, The Sun” Video file link on YouTube

Lowrider – “The Gnome, The Serpent, The Sun” Audio file link on Spotify

Lowrider – The Gnome, The Serpent, The Sun Audio file link on Bandcamp

Nebula/Lowrider – “Split E.P.” Full album video link on YouTube