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8 Jan 2017

The Triangle “Now How Blue Cow” 1969 Texas Psych Fuzz Blues Rock

The Triangle “Now How Blue Cow” 1969 Texas Psych Fuzz Blues Rock

 60s rock trio, originally formed in El Paso, Texas, but later relocated to Los Angeles where they made the rounds of the Sunsest Strip clubs with their brand of heavyish rock with influences of blues, fuzz guitar psych, and a lick or two of Texas country twang. This was their only album which was issued simultaneously with Crow’s first album on the tiny Amaret label. All but four tracks are originals composed by drummer Ty Grimes who later played in Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band and later still played drums with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band (Unconditionally Guaranteed &Bluejeans and Moonbeams). The bass player, Howard J. Steele, went on to engineer/produce many hits including Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Leo Sayer hits. The Triangle album was also co-produced and engineered by Chris Huston, an Englishman, who would later work on album sessions for Led Zeppelin.......

I’d like to say this is one of the rarest Sixties psych albums on a major label, but can we really call the Amaret label a major ? I mean, when your biggest act is Crow ( four friggin’ albums on the strength of one minor hit single? Geez! ), you’re not exactly stealing new acts away from Capitol and Elektra, now are you? Still, for every godawful Crow and Mrs. Miller album released by Amaret, they accidentally let loose a few great ones – like Fresh Air, Randy Johnson and this 1969 album by Triangle – and then decided that actually going out and promoting the good stuff just took time away from promoting Crow , which is what they really wanted to do. Even when How Now Blue Cow got a rare five star review in the June 1969 issue of Rolling Stone . The same month Neil Young got four and a half (for Everybody Knows This Is Now , I hope). And the Kinks got even less for Village Green Preservation Society . And yet today, which of the three records draws blank stares from even the most hardened of record collectors? Yup. This one. Of course, no one – not even the band members themselves – remembers Crow, so maybe that helps ease the pain a bit.
Granted, I ain’t saying that How Now Blue Cow should be ranked up t with Everybody Knows This Is Now or Village Green Preservation Society (it musta been a month w no one could keep an album title under two paragraphs long), but at least give the darn thing a proper reissue already. Especially when this thing is MUCH harder to find than a dozen copies of any Mainstream label album, or the Common People or Gandalf on Capitol, or the Fallen Angels second album, or heck, a good Jethro Tull album even. I’ve been searching for rare psych albums for decades, and lemme tell you, I’ve seen private label albums with runs of a few hundred at best pop up more often than this one. Amaret didn’t just ignore this record. They must’ve gone out and buried ‘em.
So is it any good , you ask? Could the Triangle, on a good day, take on even the mighty Crow at some hash-fueled Battle of the Bands outside the Amaret offices on a rainy June weeknight in 1969? Abso-freakin-lutely . I can hear ‘em now blowing out speakers on the bluesy ballroom guitar psych of “Short Stuff,” practically an homage to English hard rock with its Cream-like sound and shrieking Deep Purple heavy metal thunder vocals. Or blowing out windows and car alarms with the driving psych rock of “Magic Touch.” Or blowing heads and minds with the heavy distorto blooz panning speaker synapse-fryer “Try Harder,” whose big lizard on crack guitar riff could squash the feeble “Evil Woman” hook like little fauns under the blood-stained feet of your favorite Toho Studios baddie. They even cover some real blues oldies – 99 And A Half, Lucille and Rolling Stone (mebbe that’s why they gave ‘em FIVE stars!) – something the beloved Crow kids never even thought to do. But then again, how could they even find the time – what with all that promotion going on?
I can’t put all the blame on Amaret, though. On one of the six websites that even acknowledge this rare album, Triangle’s original singer and guitarist writes in to do a little “promotion” of his own for How Now Blue Cow . He writes that the drummer went on to play with Ricky Nelson, and that the bass player went on to engineer and produce other artists’ songs, “including “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Leo Sayer hits (emphasis mine).” Hmmm. This promotion stuff is a tricky art. Maybe you oughta just let the music speak for itself.
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The Triangle were originally from El Paso , Texas, then moved to LA and recorded this one lp on the small Hollywood label AMARET. Contains great FUZZ - PSYCH version of the Northern Soul Classic “The Magic Touch”! A hard one to find!.......

The Triangle were a self described "Western Blues" trio from El Paso, Texas who moved to L.A. in the late sixties and found gigs playing the Sunset Strip clubs before released their first album in 1969. The music is Texas psych with an undercurrent of soul dominated by blazing fuzz and slide guitars......

The Triangle came together in El Paso, Texas and fused a good sound. Good enough to take to LA so they brought it with them when they came. They brought it to the Galaxy on the Sunset Stnp.

I was the guitar player/vocalist on the Triangle album and it was a remarkable outing. It got a five star rating in Billboard in June 1969 (Neil Young got four and a half), but was never supported with quantities or promotion.

I spelled my name at the time Carelli for simplicity. The drummer, Ty Grimes went on to play for Ricky Nelson and left the group right before the plane crash that killed all members.

The bass player went on to engineer/produce many hits including "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Leo Sayer hits. The Triangle album was also co-produced by Chris Huston, an Englishman who produced some Led Zeppelin albums."
by Michael Carelli ......

The Triangle
*Michael “Chick” Carelli – Vocals, Guitar
*Ty Grimes - Drums
*Howard J. Steel II - Bass

1. Music Music (T. Grimes) - 2:48
2. 99 1/2 (Picket, Cropper, Flody) - 2:54
3. Torn Down (T. Grimes) - 3:41
4. Now She's Gone (Daniels, Fuller) - 2:24
5. Short Stuff (T. Grimes) - 1:59
6. Stop Leading Me On (T. Grimes) - 3:18
7. Magic Touch (T. Daryll) - 3:01
8. Lucille (Penniman, Colllins) - 2:22
9. Love Me Thru The Night (T. Grimes) - 4.48
10.Try Harder (T. Grimes) - 2:34
11.Rolling Stone (T. Grimes) - 2:51

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