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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jackal “Awake” 1973 Canada Hard Prog

Jackal “Awake” 1973 Very Rare killer Canadian Hard Prog 
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Released in 1973 on the obscure Canadian Periwinkle label, Jackal’s “Awake” album has become a highly sought after album by collector’s of heavy psychedelic/progressive rock. Original copies have sold for as much as $300! After an exhaustive five year search we have finally located the original master tapes.Drawing inspiration from Deep Purple, Jackal incorporates dazzling guitar/organ interplay evoking Blackmore and Lord at their heaviest. The complexity of their music took them far beyond the basic hard rock sounds of many of their peers. Perhaps with a few lucky breaks the band could have gone on to bigger and better things. All that’s left of their legacy is this sole collector’s item.“..~


Jackal is a very little known Canadian band which started its career in late 60’ but wasn’t able to record an album until 1973. Their 1st (and only effort) called "Awake” is a mix of heavy psych, hard rock & early progressive rock typical for late 60s and early 70s. I can also hear quite many southern rock and slightly pop-rock influences typical of American music from those days. Anyway I think that this album seemed to be a bit dated back than in 1973 (however some sources point that in fact it was recorded in 1971, and just released in 1973), when most of prog-band preferred long suites, classical-sounding approach and usage of new types of keyboards (like Moog or ARP). But to be honest I don’t care at all because I have to admit that I simply dig this sort of “heavy prog” style very much. And every- time when I’m tired of my usual full-blown, highly technical and self-indulgent organ-driven symphonic prog, I like to play such more simple, almost radio-friendly but still pretty heavy and (of course!) organ-driven music as presented on Jackal’s debut.
And now review of all 8 songs from “Awake”:

1. “At The Station” - album begins with one of my favorite tunes in the album. “At The Station” is truly memorable heavy psych meets southern-style hard rock (a la Bloodrock) song which more-or-less sets an atmosphere and style for the whole album. I simply love the combination of heavy punching Hammond organ layers and ultimately catchy clavinet melodies. What a pity that those 2 instruments aren’t usually mixed together in prog-rock music, they are just created for themselves! Another highlight of the song are Charlie Shannon’s vocals which are stunningly passionate and fits this track perfectly. And let’s don’t forget about middle part of the compositions where we can listen to some brief but enjoyable organ/guitar interludes.

2. “For You” - this one is some kind of false-ballad with nice organ background, simple but reasonable guitar lines and some piano touches. Nothing stunning but Shannon’s vocal is as usual superb, full of emotions I would say.

3. “Sunny Side of The Day” - just like previous song this one is also towarded rather to mainstream audience. More like adult-rock/pop than heavy prog. Nothing special but also not bad at all. Anyway it’s a short song (less than 3 minutes) so even if you don’t like it, it will pass by fast.

4. “New Day Has Arisen” - the longest track on “Awake” comes back to heavy-prog style from “At The Station”. Truly amazing piece full of always perfect vocal delivery and extremely busy & hard punching Hammond chops. Also Dave Bernard’s guitar has more to do here ‘cause except usual rhythmic function it also plays some great riffs in unisono with Kellesis’s organ. I’d say: half-way between Bloodrock and Deep Purple/Uriah Heep but with their own, special flavor.

5. “How Time Has Flown” - another superb performance where Chris comes back to organ+clavinet idea. First 2 and half minute of the song is a high-tension, almost symphonic style intro full of gritty guitar riffs and fast organ runs. After that vocal section kicks in and…it’s still beautiful of course! I love the organ/guitar interludes which brings Beggar’s Opera staff to mind. Simply put: another winner!

6. “Lost in The World” - the shortest song of the record is surprisingly straight-forward and guitar-oriented rock'n'roller (of the harder-edge of rock'n'roll side). Average staff, nothing offensive but also nothing great. Relatively long guitar solo & very short organ one included.

7. “In The Heavens” - superb track with throughout enjoyable, swirling organ work of Chris Kellesis and highly-emotional vocals. I love its steady, tank-heavy and unstoppable rhythm. James Kellesis seems to be very competent drummer after all.

8. “Awake” - Oh man! Another winner! At first I thought that it will be instrumental because of very long, technical, symphonic-meets-heavy-prog-sounding intro where we can enjoy to some of the best organ/guitar interludes on the album. However about 3rd minute Charlie comes back with decent singing parts. Maybe after that “Awake” is losing its impetus a little but it still remains a classic.

Conclusion: Jackal’s sole album is a very entertaining release filled with proto-prog/hard rock/heavy psych music influenced as much by southern rock scene (Bloodrock) as British heavy-prog one (Uriah Heep, Deep Purple). Besides those bands I just mentioned, I can also compare their music to German groups like Birth Control, 2066 & Then or Frumpy. If you like this album you should also check another Canadian band called Amish, which also recorded only one album. Those albums sound like twin-brothers IMHO!

Anyway in the end of this review I’d like to ask only one question: what the hell happened with those 4 musicians from Jackal? Did they ever played in any other band after this group split? I’m especially interested in career of organist and vocalist 'cos they did really exceptional work on “Awake”!....by ozzy tom...~


Jackal's one and only album was recorded early in 1973 and released later in the middle of the year without any singles. A heavy organ and guitar band, Jackal might first be compared to Deep Purple, but very little of their music actually resembles the mighty Purple. That credit could go more toward Jackal's fellow Torontonians War Pig, whose song Rock Star seems to have inspired a Deep Purple tune or two. No, Jackal are closer to bands like Warhorse and Bodkin, with less emphasis on the heavy electric guitar and more on the organ and vocals. 
Yes, the highlights of the album must be Charlie Shannon's powerful vocals and Chris Kellesis' organ play. Though I wouldn't call it unique music, it is certainly music well played, especially in some parts when the band are in full throttle and the energy really gets flowing. There are of course slower, mellower parts which are neccessary to off set the more thunderous moments. Some songs like "At the Station" and "Lost in this World" are conceived and written for the harder and heavier side of the band while longer tracks like "A New Day Has Arisen" and "Awake" give the band more room to stretch out and add more contrast within a single track. I find that parts of these longer songs, however, add some repetitiveness as if done intentionally to add time rather than effect. Nevertheless, the album still is a good bit of organ rock with a progressive edge as well as a heavy one. 

If I have any one thing that nags me a bit, it's the sound quality of the recording. Obviously not a big name band getting the full luxery studio treatment, the sound is a bit sub par. Not scratchy or lo-fi. Just not as sharp or as bright. It's a bit like looking at beautiful scenery through a window that could use a wipe to get the dust off. 

Reissued on CD not long ago, it was easy to get through Amazon.ca. You can find most if not all of the music on YouTube in case you are interested in checking out Jackal more. Certainly some good material here for fans of heavy organ / heavy guitar rock bands of the early seventies.....by FragileKings ...~


Jackal's only LP is a pretty rare one as the original pressing on the Periwinkle label. This Canadian band plays hard & heavy organ driven progressive rock so if you enjoy bands like Uriah Heep and Deep Purple you might wanna give this band a try. Awake is a good and entertaining album from the start to the finish. 

It's quite hard for me to choose any standout moments because the album is a very balanced package filled with solid material. I could choose the opener "At the Station", "A New Day Has Risen" and "How Time Has Flown" as some of the highlight examples but the other songs are just about as strong as well. 

While this is not a masterpiece it's still an enjoyable mix of hard rock and progressive rock. The album cover is also pretty sweet I think....by...CooperBolan....~


Charlie Shannon, the lead singer of this now defunct Toronto band of the 70's, was my father. 
Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1946, he migrated to Canada sponsored by his older sister when he was just 16 years old in back in 1962. He had a very strong Scottish accent that he never lost, but was somehow masked in his singing! My parents met in 1966, and I came along in 1974, 3 years after this album was released. My sister Christine came along in 1980 and my little brother Charlie in 1984. The band had disassembled long before my arrival, although I will have to ask my mother as to the reason. 

There is almost no information about my dad or his short lived singing career out here in cyberspace, which saddens me, although I have seen that many people out there are fans of the Jackal Awake album. I've noticed some ponderings in various forums including this one as to whether or not Royalties were ever paid to the band members and I can tell you the answer is no. Also, an error was made in the manufacturing of the album and somehow Charlie's name did not appear in the credits on the album cover. There is a website under construction that seems to belong to some former band member promoting the Jackal Awake legacy, but again, no credit is being given to my father and I don't know who has actually taken this project on. I tried contacting them once with info provided and got no reply. If anyone has any advice or information that might be useful regarding this, I would be happy to receive it. 

Something else people may not know, is that Charlie Shannon sang in several other bands throughout the years throughout the mid sixties to the late seventies including; Frankenstan, The Tongs, Jackal of course, and finally Tequila Sunrise along side my mother Carol Shannon. 

What may come as a surprise is that aside from the Psychedelic Hard Rock stuff that comprises the Jackal album, his other favored singing genres were actually old style R&B and Country Rock. You could easily identify the early Motown and British Invasion band influences reflected in his singing He drew inspiration from bands such as The Animals, Otis Redding, The Four Tops, Waylon Jennings, and so many others and just hearing him belt out a song would often give a person goosebumps.. 

As much as I love most of the songs on the Jackal Awake album, especially; At The Station, For You (which holds a special meaning for my sister and I), and A New Day Has Arisen, you gotta believe me when I say that this genre did not really do his singing justice or allow him to showcase the range, depth, and emotion that he was able to emit in his lead vocals. I can remember as a little girl going to Sunday matinees in the taverns when my parents performed and bringing me up on stage to sing twinkle twinkle little star. 

My father passed away in 1986 in an awful car accident. I was 12, my sister was 4, my brother was a year old. We were very close, he and I, and I miss him terribly. I have many fond memories of me and my dad and it pains me that when I search for some remnant of him on the internet, the information found is limited to album reviews and odd comments on his singing. One day I would like to create a special place where I can upload a more comprehensive biography, his other undiscovered music, photos, video, and anecdotes. Somewhere I can express the love I have for my dad. A space where people who knew Charlie Shannon, or those who simply liked his music can say a word. ...Thanks for reading....Colleen Shannon....~





Line-up / Musicians
- Chris Kellesis / organ
- James Kellesis / drums
- Dave Bernard / guitar
- Charlie Shannon / vocals



Side One
1. At the Station
2. For You
3. Sunny Side of the Day
4. New Day Has Arisen

Side Two
1. How Time Has Flown
2. Lost in the World
3. In the Heavens
4. Awake 

Jeff Moore, & Friends “The Youngest Son” 1974 Canadian Private Folk Psych








Jeff Moore, & Friends “The Youngest Son” 1974 mega rare Canadian Private Folk Psych

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I remember the sunny afternoon I sat in a high school marketing class trying to think of a project to do. One year earlier I had learned to play guitar and write songs and I thought why not make an album for my project At that time in the world an independent album was unheard of but to me it seemed like a challenge.

I was not trying to become a rock star, I just wanted to share my music and have fun doing it. At sixteen anything seemed possible. Gathering a few of my friends, we began to conspire. The emotional title song was taken from my experience of being the youngest of four and eventually became the name of the album.

I had no band but I knew a lot of musicians so I asked them to come along. I organized everything and I do mean everything. Which was a lot of work but it was a great excuse to miss classes. Each piece became a mini project of it’s own. The album art, the studio which was in downtown Toronto, the printer and the presser who had never had a private client before. All were arranged and fleshed out by kids with a common vision.

Without my friends helping me none of it would have been possible so that is why the credit on the cover says “Jeff Moore and Friends”. After things got going I realized I probably did not have enough music to fill an album so I decided to ask around to see if anyone wanted to do some of their own music on the album. AJ, from my marketing class played guitar in a small band that had a lead singer songwriter named Christina Becker.

Her tunes were great and she fit right in even though she went to a different school we worked it all out. She almost got a record contract from what she did on the album! We had no money so we presold some albums to get enough to print the covers, pay for the studio and press the record. I think the total budget was about a thousand dollars. Everybody worked on the album for free and that was great. A lot of love was contributed by all and for that I will always be thankful. After choosing the players and arranging the music then the job of producing the music fell back to me.

In the studio I used a lot of time producing Christina’s stuff which I made sure sounded great but since we were running out of time I left my vocals until late that night. However we did it all in two days and now I realize that was an awesome thing. To this day I still play those tunes and enjoy them! This album changed my life in a lot of ways. I learned how to collaborate and negotiate. I learned that people are looking for things to do and if you can share a vision with them they most likely will help. I learned that the bonds of creating things together last a lifetime and the outcome outweighs the work.

After the album I pursued my musical career in bars for the next five years. When I became a Christian at age twenty one I started playing in churches and still do so. Even now the highlight of any week is when I get the chance to sing and play and to somehow make a difference in people’s lives. The greatest high was the fact that my songs were being listened to by people who liked them.

The funniest moment was when we were taking the album covers to the record pressers and ran out of gas so we had to push Donna’s Delta 88. The worse moment was not having enough studio time but somehow the raw and real nature of the songs came out. I was sixteen and drowning in angst. Doing this album was a real turning point and a coming of age for me. Thanks for your interest and encouragement
-Jeff Moore

Described as moody teen folk, one of the ultimate grails of Canadian folk. The vibe is so subdued, the fidelity so low, the sentiments so pure. The album features two singers, Jeff Moore and Christina Becker, doing their own separate, equally engaging things. Sadly, these eight tracks represent everything these two did on tape.

Silk-screened cover, privately pressed, 99 copies pressed. The music was originally conceived as a high school project for Bayview Secondary School in Toronto. Re-issued as bootleg on vinyl by Orange Doubledome in 2003 with authorized re-issues on CD by Riverman Records in South Korea in 2008 and again by Yoga Records in the USA in 2009.

Jeff Moore: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Christina Becker: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Dave Beattie: backround vocals, acoustic guitar
Jim Linderman: backround vocals, acoustic guitar
Judy Imeson: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Wendy Jones: flute
Paul McDonald: percussion
A.J. Smitheram: electric guitar
Dave Berard: bass

Tracks
1, Flying So High (Christina Becker) - 2:56
2. Is It You (Jeff Moore) - 3:04
3. For You (Jeff Moore) - 2:29
4. Sandy’s Song (Jeff Moore) - 4:46
5. Blind Man (Christina Becker) - 4:50
6. Both Sides (Jeff Moore) - 3:38
7. Call Me When It’s Over (Jeff Moore) - 6:08
8. Inspiration (Dave Berard) - 0:21

Busker “Impressions Of A City” 1979 Canada Private Prog Rock.






Busker “Impressions Of A City” 1979 Canada Private Prog Rock.

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Busker was a two-man outfit from the “Great White North” of Ontario Canada. Steve McCann, and Randy Dawdy’s first collaboration was in a high school production of “Hair.” However, there was more to this duo than that humble beginning. Steve has earned degrees in music theory and composition, and won an Ontario Arts Council songwriting competition. Randy had previously been a member of Max Webster, and Whitehorse. London, Ontario is also home to The University of Western Ontario. College towns are well known as fertile ground for artistic expression. On Labor Day 1973, they decided to form a band. The intention was to play music with jazz, prog, and classical influences.The debut album, “On Any Street Corner,” was released in 1975. It is described as being derived mainly from funk and rock, and was sold mainly at shows, and local stores. On their next effort, Busker began to flex more prog muscle. 1979’s “Impressions of a City” was a suite based on life in the London area. It was received well by the press, and helped to strengthen their cult following.Never wanting to repeat themselves, Steve and Randy created a different experience with each album. In 1980 they “responded” to the New Wave movement with “Shakin’ All Over.” In 1982 they offered the jazzy island sounds of “Summernightsmusic.” Walter Carlos and Kraftwerk must have been on the turntable when they came up with the electronic “Blitzkrieg” in 1984.They toured rigorously, and built a loyal following. Yet, major label interested eluded them. Regular jobs, and family obligations finally won out, and BUSKER was retired. Randy continued to perform with the likes of Dave Hoy, The King Street Daddies, and WRIF WRAF. Steve became a bar owner, but did return to music. More recently, he has recorded a trilogy of tropical inspired solo albums.Seemingly out of nowhere, something new appeared from Busker. In 2007, the album Northern Fantasies was released. It is a concept album, originating in 1973, that was inspired during their days on the road. It began as a set of four-track demo recordings from that time. Tracks that were included on other albums were used to round it out. However, this not a collection of lost songs. The entire project was done with a new perpective in 2007.Since all of the tracks were revisited for the new recording, BUSKER was somewhat resurrected. JD Dinsdale describes their current status as more of an active band than E.L.P., but not quite as much as Yes. They haven’t played live in a very long time, but they did collaborate in the studio for “Northern Fantasies.” The door is currently open for another Busker project.
Putting this additon together proved to be a bit more difficult than expected. Over the years, things have been lost. Some things (like master tapes) were even lost in a flood. Many thanks go to JD Dinsdale for contacting friends, and providing the needed material.

H.T. Riekels (bhikkhu)

Line-Up:
Steve McCann - Keyboards, Bass, Guitars, Vocals and Percussion
Randy Dawdy - Drums, Congas, Tympani, Vocals and Percussion

Tracklist:
1. Impressions of a City
a/ Prelude
b/ You Can Never Go Back Home
c/ Sweet Dreams
d/ Let’s Go Out to the Country
e/ Springbank Girls
f/ Finale

2. Mexico
3. Tell Me You Love Me
4. Blue Morning
5. Copacabana
6. Summer Sun Samba

Medium.“Medium"1969 Canada Psych Prog




Medium.“Medium"1969 Canada Psych Prog

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Excellent prog /psych out of Montreal, Canada with lots of instrumental work and plenty of keyboards.This rare album is pretty interesting, starting with a trippy instrumental full of organ and fuzz guitar and moving on to dreamy ballads and slightly heavier songs. The guitar playing throughout is somewhere between jazz and San Francisco-style. Released on the Gamma label in 1969. All titles in English…

dreamy, druggy vocals ~ lots of swirling guitar & a few nice fuzz blasts on this Canadian rarity. Psych acid tracks, a little progressive with many fuzz guitars, distortions, and great organ play like early Doors, but more psych. Somes very special vocals & instrumentals tunes. All titles in english. A little bit like "La nouvelle frontiere” , or “l'infonie” or Louise Forestier. Pretty adventurous album for the time and place. Last track has similarities to Soft Machine “II”. Closest band I could compare The Medium to is the US group Listening (on Vanguard).

Recorded in Montreal in 1969 and released simultaneously with another Gamma album Anthony Green & Barry Stagg, the album could be cited as one of the first in Quebec to have ventured into progressive mobilities.

Steve Blackwell: percussion
Robert Ellis: vocals, harmonica
Pierrre Latreille: guitar
Neil Malott: bass
James Solkin: organ, piano

The British North American Act “ In the Beginning” 1969 Canada Psych Pop




The British North American Act “ In the Beginning” 1969 Canada Psych Pop

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n646jB7-1E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Huld9DBThOU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGCWqC2BzG8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YV2UwJ5mkk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBPlfg7AeA4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c7CpErRpBY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DpFWYKJbVw

The British North-American Act formed in Montréal, Québec in 1968 and shortly thereafter they recorded an album of all original material “In The Beginning…”, their only album, on Now Records in 1969. It was accompanied by the single “Joe Cool b/w The World Will Understand” on Now Records 600. The British North-American Act were Andy Bator, born in Hungary on February 20th, 1947 on organ and piano; Bob Allen, born in Montreal on July 3rd, 1946 on lead guitar; Dave McCall, born in Suffolk, England on November 11th, 1948 on drums; Rick Elger, born in Liverpool, England on rhythm guitar, harmonica and lead singer; and Kirk Armstrong, born in Montreal on June 20th, 1946 on bass.

The album was produced by Brian Chater. All material was Laurentian Music. The photographer was Michael Foster. The album design was by Terry Mann and Bob Stone.

The album features rather light pop psych material, but due to it’s rarity and very cool cover, near mint copies of this album have been streadily rising and have sold for $1,500.00. The album was first re-issued on LP on Antar 7 in the U.K. (with a black and white cover) in 1987 and then again on Akarma Records AK 285 in 2004 before being released on CD on Afterglow AFT 005.

The British North-American Act took their name from the statute that was enacted 29 March 1867 by the British Parliament providing for Confederation and for Canada to become a Dominion within the British Commonwealth, eventually paving the way for independance from Britain in 1982.

Thrower, Spillane And McFarland “Blue John"US 1973 Private Psych Folk





Thrower, Spillane And McFarland “Blue John"US 1973 very rare Private Psych Folk.

1. Ecology
2. Little People
3. Crow
4. Hypocrites and Politics
5. Rock Me
6. Your Smile
7. Me Again,
8. You Led Me
9. That Time of the Year
10. Only Your Own Life

Tension “Released” 1980 Private Canadian Hard Rock



Tension “Released” 1980 Private Canadian Hard Rock.

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This band hailing from Quebec is one of the finest examples of hard rock combined with epic elements. Tension is much more heavy than Wishbone Ash (of the “Argus” era) and less heavy than Tytan but songs like “Tension” or “Friday” can be easily considered as heavy metal songs. The record contains at least 6 stunning songs with choruses sending shivers down your spine (“Easy money” and “Locomotion” are the only ‘just good’ songs). Its music can be described as a mixture of Triumph, Styx, Angel, Wishbone Ash, Asia (US), Rainbow (“Rising” era) so if you like that bands (you should be) go and seek for this gem everywhere..

Tracks
Side A
1.Tension
2.Come alive
3.Locomotion
4.Simple song

Side B
1.Easy money
2.Friday
3.Wizard king
4.Going home

Bent Wind “Sussex” 1969 Canada Private Prog Psych monster..!


Bent Wind “Sussex” 1969 Canada Prog Psych mega rare Private in Trend Canada Records

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full vk

watch interview by psychedelic baby 

http://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2011/10/bent-wind-interview-marty-roth.html

official web page

http://www.bentwind.com/


“Monster heavy psych rarity form 1969. Intense fuzz guitar compliments the sloppy garage ambience and chugging beat. Known as one of the rarest LPs ever. This is the real deal folks.” 
Yes lets end this year with an underground blast unlike anything else! I surpose you you know the $4000 mega rarity legend, so I’ll skip it. Well imagine a raw underground garage band getting into some heavy duty Blue Cheer and Led Zeppelin stuff, and having a lead guitarist who continually keeps on playing the most wasted and amphetamine influenced acid lead in the buisness.. and a total monster is the outcome.. Love the dudes leads..alot! Monsters on this 1969 gem are Riverside and Holy cows.. Just download n be blown away. More info, go to Bent Winds blog (see sidebar) As a Xmas gift ya get an added bonus which you will have to discover yourself. Peace out!! ....~


Bent Wind was formed in 1969 in the Toronto, Ontario area of Canada . The original band consisted of Gerry Gibas( Guitar & vocals) Marty Roth (rhythm guitar, vocals) Sebastian Pelaia (bass) and Eddie Thomas (drums). 
While only together for a short time the band recorded and released an album entitled, Sussex, in 1969 on the Trend label in Canada . The album was pressed in a very limited quantities and today there is believed to be less than 500 copies world wide. 
The album quickly became one of the most sought after pieces of Canadian music and the album is now considered one of the rarist collectable albums in the world with original pressings fetching thousands of dollars on the collectors market. 
In 1989 the band, now under the control of Marty Roth, reformed with new members and recorded an album called, The Fourth Line is…You Will , that was released in a very limited independent pressing. That album has also became a collectors item because of its limited availability. 
In 1996, Bent Wind released their first CD, Shadows On The Wall, which is another limited edition release of only 1000 copies….~


Phenomenally rare, with those surviving copies fetching upwards of 3000 bucks a pop, the 1969 acid rock raver Sussex had its origins in a drug-addled house in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood. As guitarist Marty Roth "recalls" on his blog, "Myself and another friend from schooldays were running a boutique/headshop at the corner of Sussex and Robert. And, every so often...I'd hear a faint blur of something, close to what some might consider music. It was emanating from the basement of one of the houses beside the lane at 57 Sussex Avenue, almost a block away. 

"As it turned out, the guitarist was Gerry Gibas, a close friend who I'd been jamming with while writing original tunes any chance we could. He dropped by the shop during their break and told me to drop over. That's where I met Eddie Thomas Majchrowski, the drummer. His mother owned the house at 57 Sussex Avenue and all the rooms on all three floors were rented out to a mix of students, freaks, druggies and musicians. To my surprise, the bass player was Sebastian Pelaia, a classmate from high school, two years earlier." 
With the nucleus of Bent Wind now in place, the lads consumed copious amounts of acid, hawked psychedelic candles at the infamous hippie residence Rochdale College, gigged around the corner at several U of T frat parties, and somehow managed to record these eight stoner nuggets. Roth: "Until we finally made it to recording an LP, all of our songs were without real words. We would use a sort of skat gibberish that sounded similar to words but were muffled by the way we used the microphone and echo effects. Nobody cared." 
And with the rock world in such a state of flux - Led Zeppelin had already played sold-out shows at the Rockpile in February and August of 1969 - the plodding, freeform guitar workouts and soaring harmonies on Sussex would have been standard-issue cool at the time, bridging the Woodstock nation with the brave new heavy-metal world to come. But the band was essentially broke (Roth: "You have to remember, we were "hippies". We didn't have or need any money."), so it is little wonder that even the well-crafted songs sound somewhat amateurish. The heavier tracks like 'Mystify', 'Riverside' and 'Hate' come off better here, cutting through with muscular chords and airy vocals, whereas the flowery ballad 'Look at Love', though well-intended, seems to lug its psychedelic baggage a little too awkwardly. Still, in a Toronto awash in hippies and draft-dodgers, with a little spit and polish - not to mention some financial backing - Sussex could have been a contender. 
And what's perhaps even more remarkable, Roth reformed Bent Wind some two decades later, independently releasing a follow-up LP, the cryptically titled The Fourth Line is..."You Will" (Trend) in 1989, as well as Shadows on the Wall (Psychedrome) in 1996......by....Michael Panontin....~


"First released on the tiny Trend label in 1969, Toronto quartet Bent Winds Sussex has, over the years, ascended to become one of the most-wanted and most-expensive psychedelic LPs worldwide. Easy to believe as the reckless fuzz workouts, murky production and a frontman with a heavy Lizard King fixation satisfies both the garage and trippier camps with equal abandon. Once The Lions, the album climax with its anthemic call to GET STONED!, has permeated your skull theres no turning back. There have been many reissues of this classic LP since its original release and all have been flawed by either lackadaisical mastering or lackluster contemporary bonus material. World Psychedelia have remedied this by producing the best-quality reissue to date, and bolstering the package with both sides of their 7" (Castles Made Of Man/Sacred Cows [single version]), a previously-unreleased 19-minute studio rehearsal from the era, band pics, and reproductions of gig flyers & 7" labels." - World Psychedelia.....~


"The Holy Grail of Canadian rock, this raw, murky slab of heavy psych was released by local indie label Trend in autumn 1970 and immediately sank without a trace. Over the decades, however, obsessive fans and collectors of the eras unsung greats gradually came to recognize the obscure Toronto bands genius, the now impossible-to-find original LP eventually trading hands for $5000+ plus in the rare vinyl market. After years of bootlegs, compact discs and pricey European pressings, this mythical Canadian LP is finally available at home in its intended format for the first time in 44 years." -Ugly Pop. .....~


"Bent Winds 1970 LP Sussex is perhaps the rarest Canadian record there is, but before dropping that massive set of heavy psych, they debuted with a small-run 45 that hit hard with a pair of considerably more straight-forward garage psych rockers. Released on the tiny local Trend label in 1969, this is a very good single that marks the transition from mid-60s garage to the heavier rock to come. New sleeve, made with full cooperation of the band." - Ugly Pop....~


"A full two decades after releasing their 1969 monster acid-psych album "Sussex," this Toronto band resurfaced with original guitarist Marty Roth and new members to record this much more diverse album that mixed rock, pop, blues, and even a bit of country. Self- released by the band, these copies are from the original 1989 pressing, in a numbered limited edition.".....~


"A re-issue of the incredibly rare debut album by this Toronto garage-psych-hard rock outfit, originally out in 1969 on the Trend label, and generally considered by collectors to be some sort of masterpiece. This re-issue features 4 bonus tracks: one from the B side of their 1969 single, plus 3 live tracks by the 1996 version of the band. Original artwork, 180 gram vinyl. Amazing LP!! More tracks than the ACME reissue. Features The Lions which was covered by Vermonster on the Spirit Of Yma LP.....~


Bent Wind was formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1969 and managed, in short order, to record and release the LP 'Sussex' that year on Merv Buchanan's Trend label in Canada. 

With a limited pressing during its original run, the vinyl LP has since become a rarity in the Canadian music Collector's market. In 1989 the band, under the control of Marty Roth, reformed with new members and recorded their sophomore follow-up -- 20 years later -- called 'The Fourth Line Is...You Will'. 

The band moved to CD with the release of their third album in 1996 entitled 'Shadows On The Wall'. Roth once again altered the band line-up and was also supported by a host of other musicians including Glen Jessamy, Stefan Janicki, Laura Dunn, Leslie Harwood-Jones, Chantal Legault, Cody Blacksky, Colleen Allen, Tortoise Blue, Mark Bajona, Robert Brockie, Roy Kenner and Maddie Willis. 
Roth has most recently uncovered live recordings of the original Bent Wind from Ryerson Polytechnical in 1969 and is currently restoring them for a future release. 
With notes from Marty Roth...Canoe music jam..Canadian Pop Engyclopedia.......~


This Canadian underground psych rock band released just this one album and it has become one of the most rare and valuable collector treasures there is. But what is more important is the quality of the music. And I can say that the album does it's job pretty well. In case you like psychedelic rock this album is worth giving a try. 

"Riverside" might be the ultimate highlight of this album but the rest of the tracks are all nice as well. As some users here have already mentioned the sound quality isn't very good. But that's actually the only real problem with this record. They have succeeded with the cover art as well. 

I could rate this UG record with either four or 3,5 stars. I guess 3,5 stars feels more accurate. Sussex is a solid garage psych rock album which has some very good highlights but which also suffers from the poor sound quality.....by..... CooperBolan ....~



This reissue is on the esteemed Del-Val label. Apparently, there seem to be a lot of poor quality copies of this poorly recorded album out there. But listeners should do themselves a favor - if, after hearing the album, your main complaint is the poor sound, go out and find yourselves a decent reissue. Most (including this one) do an excellent job with the meager product they have to work with, considering that the master tapes are long gone. What needs to be remembered is, the original pressings on this minor label are understandably weak in quality. Add to this poor original recording, and comparitive mixing, and what you end up with is... a garage album! Yes, that's what this is. Though most of the mat'l is in a hard rock vein, it's not particularly heavy. Psych influences are mild, if not minimal. They did feature two guitarists, and occasionally they mixed it up a bit. But for the most part, what you get is a lot of improv style guitar breaks, with some wah-wah. The bonus tracks included on this reissue are from the band's earlier non-LP single, from circa 1968. Grades - 3 A-'s, 6 B+'s, and a B-, consistently great overall, and highly recommended. Original pressings of this album are considered the most sought after Canadian underground 60's albums.....by....tymeshifter.....~ 


The fourteen recordings found on this set represent the complete released works of Toronto's finest heavy psychedelic rock band in their original lineup. The LP includes the eight songs which comprised the "Sussex" LP, and both sides of the band's sole single which are added as bonus tracks, one on each side of the 12". The 7" EP contains the four Bent Wind tracks recorded while the band practiced and previously only available on the 2 CD set "The Lost Ryerson Tapes." The sound quality is absolutely immaculate, with a package to match. The 8 page insert contains lyrics and tons of other memorabilia. There is no wasted space on the release, as the sleeve for the 7" contains the lyrics to those four tracks. Available in black, orange and clear vinyl, and in very limited numbers, this incredible set is well worth the considerable asking price. The perfect blend of sonic quality and product design. If you are familiar with Bent Wind you already know how good "Sussex" is. If you aren't, there is absolutely no better place to start. Original copies of "Sussex" go for incredible prices and this wonderful release from Anazitisi Records, Greece, is destined to as well! Get it while you can. Yes, it really is that good!...by...Kevin D. Rathert...~

Originally released in 1969, "Sussex" is one of those must have releases. The band, led by lead guitarist/vocaist Jerry Gibas and rhythm guitarist/vocalist Marty Roth unfortunately released only this one psychedelic classic album. The album itself consists of 8 songs, all originals an all written by Gibas and Roth, either individually or in collaboration. I am reviewing this cd from a 2001 release on Green Tree Records, a small German label, which contains five bonus tracks, rather than the three offered on this cd. The band took their name from one of the bonus tracks, all of which were recorded by an incarnation of the band which contained only Marty Roth from the original band. The cd is filled with wonderful guitar work and the songwriting is strong throughout. The band deserved a much better fate, but like many bands of the day, with little backing from their label, were unable to survive financially. The Green Tree release contains the rare single track, "Castles Made of Man" b/w "Sacred Cows" both penned by Roth, and the first obviously borrowing its title from one of Jimi Hendrix's better known songs from his "Axis: Bold As Love" lp. While this cd is not inexpensive, it is well worth the investment. Gibas and Roth not only wrote strong material but delivered it with wonderful vocals. The songs stand as strong in 2009 as they did when originally released forty years earlier. Canadian garage/psych bands never got their due in the United States, and this is certainly true of Bent Wind. Had the band landed a contract with a major US label and received some much deserved publicity and monetary support, they might well have hit big. Original vinyl copies of "Sussex" fetch as much as $5,000 and it is among the most desired of all Canadian garage/psych albums ever. Record collectors around the world have long sung the praises of "Sussex." I strongly suggest that you invest in it and find out what they are raving about.....by...Kevin D. Rathert...~ 














1969 LINE-UP 
Gerry Gibas (guitar, vocals) 
Marty Roth (rhythm guitar, vocals) 
Sebastian Pelaia (bass) 
Eddie Thomas (drums) 

1996 LINE-UP 
Marty Roth (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) 
Bill Miller (bass guitar, lead vocals) 
Michael George Jones (lead guitar) 
Wilson Laurencin (drums) 


Tracklist 
A1 Sacred Cows 
A2 Riverside 
A3 Mystify 
A4 Going To The City 
A5 Castles Made Of Man 
B1 Look At Love 
B2 Hate 
B3 Touch Of Red 
B4 The Lions 


Singles 
1969 Sacred Cows/Castles Made Of Man (Trend) T-1008 

Albums 
1969 Sussex Drive (Trend) T-1015 
1989 The Fourth Line Is...You Will (independent) 
1996 Shadows On The Wall (independent) 
2005 The Lost Ryerson Tapes (indendent) 

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