Monday, 26 September 2016

Womb “Overdub” 1969 + "Womb"1969 US Psych Hippie Folk Jazz Rock








Womb  “Overdub” 1969 US  Psych Folk Jazz Rock
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You are bidding on the album “Overdub” by the San Francisco-area progressive/psychedelic band, Womb. The album was released on the Dot label ( DLP 25959) in 1969. This is the group’s second album and it’s clearly the better of the two…..
 "The second album from San Francisco-based band Womb. Great late 60’s acid sounds, plenty of fuzz guitar, trippy studio effects, female vocals etc. The album is essentially crossover between the psychedelic and progressive era.‘Flash’ a somewhat mystical,trippy piece of psychedelia, 'Love’ is experimental soft psychedelia with liberal lashings of woodwind and 'Evil People’ an amalgam of psychedelia and progressivism with nice guitar work.“ ….



Womb " Overdub" 1969 
Beautiful 1969 Stereo Original From This San Francisco Based Psych-Prog Outfit. Appears Unplayed. The Three Standout Tracks Are: “Flash” - A Mystical, Trippy Piece Of Psychedelia. “Love” - An Experimental Soft Psychedelia With Liberal Lashings Of Woodwinds. And The Ten And A Half Minute Finale “Evil People” - A Full On Psych/Proto Prog Masterpiece! ….
Personnel:
Karyl Boddy — vocals, guitar, piano
Gregg Young — guitar
Christopher Johnson — bass
Roluf Stuart — saxophone, flute
Rory Butcher — vocals, congas
Ron Brunecker — drums 
Tracks:
01. Taking A Long Walk — 3:06
02. Flash — 6:31
03. Two Levels — 4:16
04. Love — 4:30
05. Flying High — 7:59
06. Evil People — 10:30










Womb "Womb" 1969 US
Womb's S/T debut LP is a pretty good psych rock album with lots of folk elements. The quality of the material is mostly solid and enjoyable. That A-side song "Peace" and the massive album closer "Happy Egotist" are my favourite songs here whereas "Morning Rises Early" might be the weakest song of the record. "Happy Egotist" includes some very nice jazzy sound as well. 

I enjoy those male/female vocals and especially the female singer sounds very good. There's nothing major I need to criticize in this LP. It's a good disc but definitely not one of my personal favourites. Recommended for everyone who are interested in the late 60's American psychedelia....by....CooperBolan ....~ 

Jazzy, avant-garde psych which is heavy in many places and features fresh arrangements with male & female vox and good production. It's really good actually - something ahead of it's time, prog rock before that was a thing.....by...r0b0c0p ...~ 
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person on RYM who likes this album, as it gets rough treatment in some circles. To these ears, the group walks a fine line, introducing brass to psych without overdoing it. They also shift styles well, tackling blues ("Morning Rises Early"), rock ("My Baby Thinks About the Good Things", and the all-too-short "Mary Miles Ryan"), and folk ("Conceptions of Reality II", "Hang On"). 

The band's only mistake is under-utilizing and mis-casting the absolutely angelic voice of Karyl Boddy. Her Minnie Ripperton-like vocal on the lead track is enchanting, but elsewhere she aspires to something more raw, and while she does this admirably as well, a few more ballads would seem to have propelled the album commercially. 

The centerpiece of the album, the eighteen-minute car crash drama "Happy Egotist" has been maligned elsewhere on the web as one of the worst songs ever written, but the dark humor of a complete narcissist wondering why he shiold be punished for his girlfriend's death has a creative spark that's missing from all the similar odes in rock history. I'll take Womb's version of the concept over those of ... and Bloodrock any day...by...ochsfan ...~ 
Apparently originally from Sacramento, California, the group came together in 1967 and like every other mid-'60s band, headed for San Francisco. With a line-up featuring singer/keyboardist Karly Boddy, drummer Rob Brunecker, former Hedds singer/percussionist Rory Butcher, bassist Christopher Johnson, sax player Roluf Stuart, and lead guitarist Gregg Young, they kicked around for several years, eventually getting signed by Dot Records. I'm no expert, but Dot was better known for country-oriented acts than '60s psych and rock bands. Could make for an interesting mash-up ? It didn't. 
Produced by Ray Ruff, "Womb" found the band clearly looking for a musical niche for themselves. The album had a distinctively '60s vibe, but wasn't the most focused collection you've ever heard. With a folk sound that recalled an American version of Fairport Convention, 'Conception Of Reality II' got the album off to a red haring start. The song sported a pretty melody and served to showcase Boddy's sweet voice. The single 'Hang On' returned to a folk sound; this time Butcher playing the role of Richard Thompson. Elsewhere the album found the band seemingly trying to meld late-inning psych moves with jazz-rock. I guess you could give them creative credit for being willing to work outside of the conventional box, but tunes like 'Morning Rises Early' and the instrumental 'Peace' were just flaccid. Serving as their collective step into funk 'My Baby Thinks About the Good Things' was an ill advised choice. That left 'Happy Egotist' as the album's most interesting tune. Back in 2000 a journalist by the name of Jason Griffith wrote a piece for the Sacramento News and Review where he crowned the song as the worst rock song ever written. I'll readily admit I've heard better songs, but it was far from the worst thing I've ever heard. In fact on the roster of '60s aural excesses, it comes off pretty high in the rankings.....Bad Cat...~

- Karyl Boddy — piano, guitar, vocals
- Greg Young — guitar
- Rory Butcher — percussion, vocals
- Christopher Johnson — bass
- Roluf Stuart — saxophone, flute
- Ron Brunecker — drums

Tracklist
A1 Conceptions Of Reality II
Lyrics By – Gregg Young
Music By – Karyl Boddy
6:14
A2 Mary Miles Ryan, Where Are You?
Written-By – Gregg Young
0:52
A3 Morning Rises Early
Written-By – Roluf Stuart
6:16
A4 Peace
Written-By – Gregg Young
3:50
A5 My Baby Thinks About The Good Things
Music By, Lyrics By – Gregg Young
3:20
B1 Hang On (Look Around, I'm Upside Down)
Written-By – Gregg Young
2:38
B2 Happy Egotist
Lyrics By – Roluf Stuart
Music By, Lyrics By – Gregg Young
17:33 




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