Sunday, 13 November 2016

Anonymous “Inside The Shadow” 1976 + "No Longer Anonymous" 1977 US Indianapolis Private Psych Rock


Anonymous “Inside The Shadow” 1976 + “No Longer Anonymous” 1977 US Indianapolis Private Psych Rock
Anonymous “Inside The Shadow”1976  US Indianapolis  mega rare & excellent Private Psych Rock..masterpiece….highly recommended….! 
Anonymous “No Longer Anonymous” 1977 second album 
Anonymous  "Who`s Been Fooling"  1973 on google+
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You would be pretty surprised if you had to take a time test on this band with two names. Inside the Shadow (1977) sounds like a long lost San Francisco hippie band, while the follow up No Longer Anonymous (1979) goes in a slightly more commercial country folk rock style, but really just as enjoyable (maybe more) then the first record. A little bland at times, but overall a nice thing….by…bnoring ….~


Biography : Inside the Shadow was more or less the sole product of Anonymous, a studio project put together by Indianapolis, Indiana musician Ron Matelic when he was offered a recording contract and a modest budget to make an album. Released in an unceremoniously tiny batch of 300 copies in 1976, the album would go on to be one of the more sought-after rarities among private-press psych enthusiasts, eventually seeing reissues and bootleggings of various quality until a proper reissue in 2013. The disarming compositions of Inside the Shadow have grown to legendary status based on their unique timelessness and blend of hazy jamming and clear-eyed songwriting. Though the album was recorded in two weeks during the mid-‘70s, the production and direct influences would suggest it was made much earlier, as the closest parallels are the intricate vocal harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young or later Hollies, Byrds-like folk-rock, and the bristling psychedelia of '60s Bay Area stalwarts like Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the earliest guitar ramblings of the Grateful Dead. Though disco was in full swing, Anonymous was offering heavy-handed psych-folk workouts like the cosmic rumble of “Shadow Lay” and the gloom-tinged prog pop of album opener “Who’s Been Foolin’?” “Pick Up and Run” expands on the Byrds’ 12-string electric guitar musings, pushing out all hints of the country roads they would later walk down in favor of far darker fields of dreamlike prog and layers of interlocking vocals. The album plays out in an unintentional song cycle, with songs just complex enough to fold into each other but pop-minded enough to stand out as singular entities as well. “Sweet Lilac” in particular shines through, with vocalist Marsha Rollings taking center stage as tight harmonies from Glenn Weaver and Matelic blend into a wall of sun-kissed guitar hooks. Much as the musicians were living in the 1970s imagining a different era with these songs, the wintry Midwest surroundings of Indiana might have similarly come into play in their dreaming up of summery California-sounding jams such as this. The band went through some lineup changes after this album, changing their name to J. Rider, making another record (entitled No Longer Anonymous), and playing a few gigs before disappearing into the ether. Inside the Shadow stands as one of the more brilliant artifacts of painfully obscure psychedelia. Though it arrived late to the party, its nuanced layers of influence and innovation put it in the same esteemed category as private-press acid folk classics by the likes of Tony, Caro and John, Mark Fry, Ithaca, and Comus. As unknown as those reference points may be, the driven feel of purpose, hope, and inspiration that fuels the album makes it as strong or stronger than any of the better-known bands it takes influence from. Review by Fred Thomas….~



Although these albums were made by an all-but-unknown Indianapolis band in the latter half of the 1970s, Inside the Shadow and No Longer Anonymous are prime '60s-style psychedelia that stands up to many of the genre’s better-known releases. 
The songs on 1976’s Inside the Shadow, built around Marsha Rollings’ lovely voice and Ron Matelic’s heavily Byrds-influenced guitar (the ultra-jangly “Pick Up and Run” could be an outtake from 5D), are an impressive lot, with a stronger sense of melody and structure than the aimless jamming that typifies so many psychedelic albums. 
Matelic’s songs are determinedly on the poppy end of psychedelia, with catchy choruses, soaring harmonies, and plenty of hooky instrumental riffs to keep the listener’s attention. Even the nine-minute “Baby Come Risin’,” with its extended jam middle section, sounds more composed than one would expect. 
No Longer Anonymous was recorded in 1977 by a revised lineup of the band – Rollings, unfortunately, is gone, and the new version of Inside the Shadow’s high point “We Got More” shows how much she’s missed – and originally released under the name J. Rider. Matelic’s liner notes claim that this album was originally intended as a demo tape of the group’s most commercial songs. 
Indeed, this is a more determinedly rock-oriented affair. Despite the reissue’s flaws, this CD is the best (not to mention least expensive) way to hear these two largely unknown but eminently worthwhile albums. …by Stewart Mason…..~


“Close to the perfect album; each element has been drawn from the best possible source, yet somehow Ron Matelic manages to fuse these massive building blocks into personal, deeply human music.” – Patrick Lundborg, THE ACID ARCHIVES …~


Anonymous’s only LP from 1976 is considered as one of the rarest albums of the US psychedelic rock. The original pressing is highly valuable and extremely hard to find nowadays. Musically this album isn’t anything very special. When I first gave this album a try I expected quite much from it. The album is a decent totality but I would never call it as a masterpiece of this genre. I’m a huge fan of psych rock and while this album is listenable I have never liked it that much. 
The album is filled with three stars material which means that this is a pretty balanced package from the start to the finish. None of the songs stands out as a highlight and none of them sucks either. If you’re thinking about giving this album a listen I highly suggest that you won’t set your expectations too high. A pretty OK collection of songs but nothing unique….by….CooperBolan…..~


Haunting 1976 private press cult classic that embodies all of the beauty that you hope to find on every obscure vintage hippie folk-rock LP that you buy for $1 from Goodwill just because you like the band’s name, their song titles, or the pretty girl on the sleeve with sunlight in her hair. Each song here is a candlelit room scented with pot smoke that wafts through beaded curtains. It’s the kind of atmospheric music that a generation of babies should have been conceived to as it spun on turntables and played on 8-track tape decks in every longhair’s love shack. Instead, it was originally pressed in an unjust 300 copies and was totally unknown. It’s pop music, finely crafted and beautifully played, with a splash of progressive rock in its brew of crisp melodies, graceful harmonies, and lots and lots of guitar. Many writers reference The Byrds here and, while I agree with that, I’m most reminded of the dreamy (and deeply underrated) Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac. 
The 2013 vinyl reissue on Machu Picchu is a prize. It brings a tasteful remastering job from Warren Defever that sparkles in '76 amber. The sleeve is in the always likable tip-on format and comes with a USA variation on an Obi strip. Aaron Milenski writes some nice liner notes that I think I successfully avoided plagiarizing for this review……by….JasonHernandez ……~

Originally released in 1976 in an edition of 300 copies, the sole album by Indianapolis’ ANONYMOUS stands today as a high-water mark in rock ‘n’ roll, combining the adventure of west coast ballroom groups, the 12-string majesty of Byrds, and breathtaking multi-part harmonies to forge something inimitable and one-of-a-kind, with powerful songs that pushed the limit and raised the bar at the same time. Long time top ten favorite with almost every head we know, a true classic recommended for everyone into amazing rock records of all varieties…~


A somewhat mysterious but eminently worthwhile quartet from Indianapolis, IN, Anonymous was active in the mid- to late '70s but sounded like they came from a decade earlier. The group’s acknowledged antecedents were the Beatles and the Byrds, but from such familiar trappings, Anonymous created a richly textured version of classic psychedelia that both adheres to and ignores the common precepts of the genre. The mellow, wide-ranging but never aimless results sound like a cross between a far more structured version of Quicksilver Messenger Service and an American equivalent of the fluid, jazz-tinged progressive rock of Curved Air. 
This is a superb album of melodic guitar driven rock which blends exquisitely with Marsha’s vocals on tracks like J Rider, Up To You, Pick Up And Run and Baby Come Risin’, which is probably the album’s finest moment. If you like ringing guitar work and harmonic vocals, this album is for you……~


One of the most beautiful albums I’ve recently encountered!…..~


After the demise of Sixties garage psych legends SIR WINSTON & THE COMMONS, writer/vocalist/guitarist Ron Matelic reformed the band into a jangly swirling blend of THE BYRDS, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD with male and female vocals, electric 12-string guitar, lead guitar, bass, driving percussion and outstanding original songwriting. 
ANONYMOUS’ sole LP “Inside the Shadow” was released in 1976 in a small pressing of 300 copies. Original copies now sell in collector circles for $600-plus. A second album of original material was recorded in 1977 after the band’s name changed to J. RIDER but remained unreleased until a vinyl issue of 375 copies was issued in the mid-90’s (long sold out). BOTH excellent LPs are now available on ONE COMPACT DISC. Liner notes, band history by Ron Matelic. Outstanding stuff! 
Both albums on one CD by this superb US band. Anonymous released their only album in 1976 as a private pressing. It’s a startling West Coast styled album with male/female vocals and jangling, ringing guitar work. Imagine Jefferson Airplane jamming with The Trees and Rumours era Fleetwood Mac and you are some where close to the folk/acid rock majesty of this record…..~



Anonymous “Inside The Shadow” 1976 

Anonymous 

*Ron Matelic - Vocals, Electric, Acoustic, 12string Guitars 
*Marsha Rollings - Vocals 
*Glenn Weaver - Vocals, Bass, Electric, Acoustic Guitars 
*John Medvescek - Percussion 

Tracks: 

A1. Who’s Been Foolin’? (3:18) 
A2. J Rider (4:35) 
A3. Up to You (3:23) 
A4. Shadow Lay (6:10) 
B1. Pick Up and Run (5:09) 
B2. We Got More (5:16) 
B3. Sweet Lilac (4:29) 
B4. Baby Come Risin’ (9:24)














Anonymous “No Longer Anonymous” 1977

Credits 
Bass, Vocals – Greg Reynolds 
Drums – John Medvescek 
Guitar, Vocals – Ron Matelic 
Lacquer Cut By – JW* 
Vocals – Marsha Ervin* 

Numbered Limited Edition Of 375 Copies In A Pasted On Cardboard Sleeve. 
First Issue Of Studio Recordings Made In 1978 - 1979 By Indianapolis Band. 
Includes Insert

Tracklist 
A1 One Sided Lover
A2 Kiss Of Your Soul
A3 We Got More
B1 High Roller
B2 Pike River
B3 Sunday’s Hero 













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