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26 Sep 2016

Potliquor “First Taste”1970 US Heavy Southern Blues







Potliquor  “First Taste”1970 US Heavy Southern Blues
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This was Potliquor’s debut from 1970-71 and has a heavier sound than their subsequent releases. Unfortunately, this is the opnly one that I’ve been able to find on CD yet. Martin Popoff reviewed this and rated it a 9. These are some of his comments : “The band’s sound is a hotbed of cool southern traditions crossed with the psych stylings of the Guess Who and the Hammond hard rock of Deep Purple.”….. 

“Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven gets a damp and creaky House Of The Rising Sun-type treatment, all creeped out toward Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly with harsh electric guitar soloing. Old Man River swings right round the other way, reverential, deep-seated although slight affected.” Originals are just as diverse, pioneering and often heavy. Opener Down The River Boogie is a proto-southern rocker built on a gentle riff but a riff nonetheless.“ ….. 

Potliquor had its beginning in 1969 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and played an intriguing mix of country, blues- and southern rock. They released three excellent albums between 1970 and 1973 and on more in 1979 before finally breaking up. Yet these godfathers of southern rock never got the recognition they deserved. 

Potliquor was formed in the late 60´s by George Ratzlaff (keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocals), Les Wallace (guitar, vocals), Guy Schaeffer (bass, vocals) and Jerry Amoroso (drums, percussion, vocals) and soon after that signed a deal with small Janus Records label. Their debut album, First Taste came out in 1970. 

Produced by band manager Jim Brown, is probably best described as early Southern boogie, tracks like ‘The Raven’ and a sludged-up Vanilla Fudge-styled cover of 'You’re No Good’ offer up a nice blend of boogie and heavy rock while simultaneously being quite commercial. Weirdest track honors go to the Santana-styled percussion packed instrumental 'Toballby’. …. 

Potliquor had its beginning in 1969 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and played an intriguing mix of country, blues- and southern rock. They released three excellent albums between 1970 and 1973 and on more in 1979 before finally breaking up. Yet these godfathers of southern rock never got the recognition they deserved. 
Potliquor was formed in the late 60´s by George Ratzlaff (keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocals), Les Wallace (guitar, vocals), Guy Schaeffer (bass, vocals) and Jerry Amoroso (drums, percussion, vocals) and soon after that signed a deal with small Janus Records label. Their debut album, First Taste was produced by the band’s manager, Jim Brown and came out in 1970. Potliquors´sophomore effort, Levee Blues was released in December 1971 and is considered as their best album by many. Lousiana Rock and Roll followed in 1973. Despite the Molly Hatchet type heavy boogie and horn section that occasionally reminds you of Atlanta Rhythm Section, Pot Liquor never raised to a level they deserved and stayed as a regionally touring band. In 1974 the band took a hiatus until original bass player Guy Schaeffer and drummer Jerry Amoroso put the band back together by adding Steve Sather and Mike McQuaig to guitars and Pot Liquor released one more self-titled album through Capitol Records. Fans found their new, more radio friendly approach lacking the good ol´southern groove Pot Liquor had on earlier albums and the band broke up soon after that. …… 

*Jerry Amoroso - Drums, Tambourine, Congas, Vocals 
*George Ratzlaff - Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Vocals 
*Guy Schaeffer - Bass, Vocals 
*Les Wallace - Guitar, Vocals 

Tracks 
1. Down The River Boogie (George Ratzlaff) - 2:50 
2. Ol’ Man River (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein Jr.) - 4:37 
3. Riverboat (D. Craig) - 3:14 
4. Toballby (Instrumental) (George Ratzlaff, Les Wallace, Guy Schaeffer, Jerry Amoroso) - 7:22 
5. The Raven (George Ratzlaff, Edgar Allan Poe) - 5:03 
6. You’re No Good (Clint Ballard Jr.) - 4:57 
7. Price 20c A Copy (George Ratzlaff) - 3:08 
8. Driftin’ (G. Efronetee) - 8:20  

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