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8 May 2017

AJ “Last Song First Side” 1973 US Private Psych Rock






AJ “Last Song First Side” 1973 US Private Psych Rock
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Mostly guitar driven, semi-commercial, boogie rock; good, even very good, at times, but never outstanding. Pretty short on play time as well, check the track list. I graded the two medleys as one complete track each - 1 B+, 2 B's, and a C- (Didn't care for "How Long" much at all). Not yet a major rarity, but tough to find in original vinyl. I'm pretty sure I've seen a reissue somewhere, though it's not listed here yet......by........tymeshifter ..........

Here's one of those mystery acts nobody seems to know much about ...

A trio featuring the talents of bassist Lance Gessler, guitarist (and uncredited vocalist) Andrew Jay Goulart (we're guessing the band name came from his initals), and drummer Tom Arnold, its hard to know what to make of this effort. Released in miniscule quantities by the small Black Walnut label, 1973's "Last Song First Side" was apparently a self-financed ego project. With Goulart writing and producing all ten tracks (the liner notes actually listed four songs, though two of the titles consisted of multipart medleys), material such as "Feeling Down" and "Strange" proved surprisingly accomplished. Unfortunately, as lead singer Goulart wasn't quite as impressive. Burdened with a thin and fragile voice, his performances were seldom more than passable. That's not to say his voice was unattractive; rather it just wasn't very distinguished (though he occasionally bore a passing resemblance to a lightweight Neil Young (check out the ballad "How Long"). (No idea why they thought anyone would care, but the liner notes point out the album was recorded on Halloween night.) .....by..RDTEN1 .........

AJ were a 3 piece from way out in the desert of Nevada. This was recorded Haloween night 1973 while they were tripping on acid or so the story goes. The album is comprised of two short tracks and two long medley’s. The lp shifts a lot from frantic tempo’s to jangly melodic stuff. The track “morning chill” is excellent, with lyrics like “feeling mellow in the morning time” you get the gist of what these guys are onto. The album closer “how long” is a perfect way to end things with the slow strum and mellow vibe that sounds similar to Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Huge thank you to Rich for selling me this one....Waxidermy.........

Rare 1974 underground psych rock private press on the Black Walnut label. Primitive recording with fuzzy acid guitar and dark basement feel.A trio featuring the talents of bassist Lance Gessler, guitarist (and uncredited vocalist) Andrew Jay Goulart (we're guessing the band name came from his initals), and drummer Tom Arnold, its hard to know what to make of this effort. Released in miniscule quantities by the small Black Walnut label, 1973's "Last Song First Side" was apparently a self-financed ego project. With Goulart writing and producing all ten tracks (the liner notes actually listed four songs, though two of the titles consisted of multipart medleys), material such as "Feeling Down" and "Strange" proved surprisingly accomplished....Mutant Sounds.......

Andrew Jay Goulart - lead rhythm guitar, vocals
Lance Gessler - bass
Tom Arnold - drums
Mike Smith - guitar
Ben Morales - drums

Tracklist
A1 Feeling Down 4:04
Medley (8:25)
A2.1 Morning Chill
A2.2 Thoughtless
A2.3 Strange
Medley (9:45)
B1.1 Quietness
B1.2 Pardon Me
B1.3 Beautiful Day
B2 How Long 3:43

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