Friday, 20 October 2017

Sweet Pain ‎ “Sweet Pain” 1970 US Psych Country Blues Rock


Sweet Pain ‎ “Sweet Pain” 1970 US Psych Country Blues Rock
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What a pleasant surprise to discover that this little unknown gem made it to Cd somewhere. Not sure how I was first introduced to this group and their debut. Around the time of its release, I would scour the used record stores in San Francisco for anything that appeal to me. 
A lot of my random shopping was reserved for my being a bonafide Motown head. This would have not fallen into that category. I also could have bought it from one of the record clubs. 
Once I gave it a spin, I fell in love with “Upside Down, Inside Out Woman”, “Berkeley Lady” and “Start Off With You”. David Riordan was the mastermind. Since I was an alumni of Riordan High School in San Francisco, could that have been the attraction? Not certain. 
But I did have a penchant for 70s rock and this one filled the bill. The singer wasn’t particularly distinctive. But he had a special quality to his phrasing. 
A record like this would have probably not made it today (not that this broke any records with this release). But I am overjoyed to finally hear this fine album again……..By L. Boki…


This “Sweet Pain” is not a prog-rock, has nothing in common with Kiss-tribute band or Texan metal act - it is very interesting act from California dating back to the 60s, which managed to get signed by United Artists and recorded their debut album in 1970. They played rather typical free-wheeling psychedelia with interesting vocal harmonies and tasteful solos, often combined with the pieces proper for “foot-stomping - hands clapping” band). The opening for the first song (“Upside Down…”) sounds not unlike “Creedence”, “Pine Canyon Stream” is an excellent acoustic ballad lead by 12-string guitar, “By Myself” is another beautiful romantic masterpiece featuring pleasant singing, while lengthy “Joy” was the main attraction of the show. “Start Off With You” is an excellent track - an intro sounds like acoustic ballad by “Deep Purple”, and then evolves into “Santana” (circa “Abraxas” - Abraxas) improvisations and polyphonic singing. 
“Sweet Pain” featured Bob Spalding on lead guitar (he played with Chuck Berry), Carl Johnson (guitar), Dave Riordan (rhythm, vocals), Frank Demme (bass, vocals), Marty Foltz (drums & percussion), J.C.Phillips (maracas,marimba,bonker, vocals). As far as I know the second album exists too, although I haven’t seen myself. 
Please keep in mind, that although the musicians look like Wild Bunch, the music is not hard'n heavy. Plus: the CD might be re-issued on Retro Dics International S.A. (Spain), which has different titles for songs on the CD intself - follow the correct names in the leaflet. 
Maybe not first league, but solid and pleasant album…………By Golovanov Alexey……


The group "Sweet Pain" ("Sweet Pain") was created in California in the late 1960s. It was signed by the label "United Artists". In 1970, the debut release of the same name was released. The album is a vivid example of West Coast Hippie Rock with rather complicated vocal and instrumental harmonies, as well as interesting guitar solos and a periodic melancholic 12-string guitar. In 1973, the band released their second album "Sweet Pain Too Featuring David Riordan And Rob Moitoza". Then the musicians went their separate ways. Guitarist Bob Spalding became a session musician and played with Chuck Berry, Gabor Szabo and Doug Kershaw. The drummer Marty Foltz played with Tim Weisberg, and then in 1974 with Carl Johnson and Frank Demme formed the band "Rock Rose", which recorded one album on CBS. There were several bands called "Sweet Pain" - English, Dutch....~ 


Sweet Pain consisted of Carl Johnson (guitar), Dave Riordan (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bob Spalding (guitar), Frank Demme (bass, vocals), Marty Foltz (drums, percussion), J.C. Phillips (marimba, vocals). The album is a nice example of West Coast rock with fairly sophisticated vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements. 

Sweet Pain formed in California in the late 1960s and were signed to United Artists by record executive Billy Roberts after the group was close to signing with Liberty Records. Guitarist Bob Spaulding was also a session musician, playing back-up guitar for Chuck Berry and Gabor Szabo and bass for Doug Kershaw. In 1974 drummer Marty Foltz drummed for Tim Weisberg, while Carl Johnson and Frank Demme formed the group Rock Rose in the late seventies. (Prairie Prince Minsky)…










Personnel: 

- Dave Riordan - rhythm guitar, vocals 
- J.C. Phillips - maracas, bonker, vocals 
- Bob Spalding - lead guitar, special effects 
- Carl Johnson - lead guitar 
- Frank Demme - bass, vocals 
- Marty Foltz - drums, percussion 

- Mel Tax - flute 
- Joe Julian - double bass, organ


Tracklist 

Upside-Down, Inside Out Woman
Chain Up The Devil
Pine Canyon Stream
By Myself
Joy
Berkeley Lady
Start Off With You
Richard And Me
Got To Get Your Hands On It
The Lover 

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