Fire :: Father’s Name Is Dad – Listen to that vocal melody. It bears more than a passing resemblance to Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” don’t you think?
The Smoke :: My Friend Jack – With this song, the LSD influence can be seen creeping into 60s music. Besides the obvious reference to eating ‘sugar lumps’, the prominent use of vibrato on the guitar also sets a psychedelic mood.
The Creation :: How Does It Feel To Feel? (UK Version) – Not much can be said about The Creation that hasn’t been said already. Groundbreaking and completely original don’t even begin to describe them. For me, they hold a special place in my heart because I had the chance to meet bassist Kim Gardener. My first band and I would spend Sunday evenings at his bar in LA, The Cat & Fiddle, and listen while he would tell us great stories about the 60s UK music scene and all the bands around during that time. He was a real gentleman and I feel honored to have known him.
The Attack :: We Don’t Know – Another song on the R&B side of the spectrum. The tempo and aggression in playing really sets this song apart from other run of the mill, wannabe R&B copyists.
The Mickey Finn :: Garden Of My Mind – When I hear this song, one word comes to mind: ‘HEAVY’. Seeing as how Jimmy Page often played with this group (I’m not sure about this song), the heaviness of this recording isn’t surprising.
Loose Ends :: Taxman – A great, funky cover of the aforementioned “Taxman.” I know I’ve posted this one before but since George Harrison’s birthday just passed, I figured it was a fitting tribute.