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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".....................

Mega-rare and very cool, improvised heavy guitar playing with swing rhythm section, organ Hammond and wind instruments in conjunction with … great vocals!…something between the plate Morgen – second album Whalefeathers. 
Warren S. Richardson Jr. (1969). The record, without any frills named for the performer, Warren Richardson, Jr.. Which, actually. on closer inspection turns out to be none other than Bill Spooner, founder of The Tubes…the case where the performer is written under a pseudonym, if the project is clearly a one-time, or with an unpredictable prospect. Not rarity and the absence of such records in the official discography, and even there are cases where musicians have refused to admit his participation in the records of those or other releases. 
But this record is not necessary to be ashamed of Spooner. A powerful heavy blues disc, with an aggressive, tough opener Reputation, worthy and decent work. 
It is a typical drive to the end of the sixties, at a time when Hendrix was not only an idol, but also a role model. 
At first it seemed to me that hard, but by the middle of the album, it became clear how everything flawlessly and perfectly

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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