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26 Feb 2017

Warren S. Richardson Jr. “Warren S. Richardson Jr.” 1969 US Heavy Psych Blues

Warren S. Richardson Jr. “Warren S. Richardson Jr.” 1969 US rare Heavy Psych Blues

In 1967 Richardson-nee Spooner contributed lead guitar to Michael Condello's "Condello" LP (see separate review). A couple of years later Condello apparently repaid the favor by producing 1969's cleverly-titled "Warren S. Richardson Jr.". Recorded at Richardson-nee-Spooner was credited with penning all six tracks and material like 'Reputation'' and 'Shady Lady' offered up a pretty good set of fuzz-propelled hard rock.

Spooner had a voice that was well suited to the genre and this was one of those rare albums that actually seemed to benefit from the addition of horns (courtesy of Owen Eugene Hale, Richard Lewis and Joseph Ray Trainer). In case anyone cared, perhaps because it strayed a little bit from the predominantly hard rock formula, excluding the needless and seemingly endless drum solo, the psych-tinged 'Wind and Rain' struck me as the standout effort on the album.

Zeitgeist present Warren S. Richardson Jr. (1969). Warren S. Richardson Jr. was in fact a pseudonym for the young Bill Spooner, later to achieve cult legend status with the Tubes. The sole album he released under that name is a raunchy set of fuzz-propelled blues-rock, which sank without trace upon its original release in August 1969. It makes its long overdue return to CD here. Includes background notes..............

Warren S Richardson Jr may not be the most catchy name for a rocker, but the record really knocks it out of the park from the very first note of fuzz – thanks to an all-out, super-ballsy sound! The set's one of those that might have been called "blues rock" at the time, but is hardly a blues record at all – as it's already taken those core influences and fused them into something harder and heavier – ala James Gang or maybe Johnny Winter, with lots of funky drums at the bottom, and plenty of super-wicked guitar! Richardson handles both that lead instrument and the vocals – and is actually Bill Spooner, of later Tubes fame – working here with Joseph Ray Trainer and Otis Eugene Hale on tenor saxes, and Richard Lewis on organ and trumpet. Mickey McGee handles the heavy drums – and titles include "Shady Lady", "Easy Rider", "Reputation", "Goin Home", "Stella", and "Wind & Rain".....................

Bass – David Birkett
Design – Warren Dayton
Drums – Mickey McGee
Organ, Trumpet – Richard Lewis (11)
Photography By – Gilbert Brown
Producer – Micheal Condello*
Tenor Saxophone – Joseph Ray Trainer
Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Otis Eugene Hale*
Vocals, Guitar – Warren S. Richardson, Jr.*
Written-By – Warren S. Richardson, Jr.* (tracks: A3 to B3)

A1 Reputation
Arranged By, Adapted By – Warren S. Richardson, Jr.*
Written-By – Traditional
A2 Easy Rider
Arranged By, Adapted By – Warren S. Richardson, Jr.*
Written-By – Traditional
A3 Shady Lady 6:50
B1 Wind And Rain 10:00
B2 Stella 3:22
B3 Goin' Home 3:12 

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