Thursday, 15 February 2018

Foreday Riders Blues Band "Foreday Riders Blues Band" 1969 mega rare Private Australia Blues,Blues Rock limited to 200 copies on the MUFF Record Label


Foreday Riders Blues Band  "Foreday Riders Blues Band"  1969 mega rare Private Australia Blues,Blues Rock  limited to 200 copies on the MUFF Record Label
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Increadibly rare, one of the only true privately pressed DIY rock lps out of Australia, and it is a killer… female and some male vocal led heavy psych blues in a similar vein to the UK blues influenced bands of the time…~.
From 1969 comes this blues rock lp housed in screenprinted front sleeve. From what I understand, there were only about 50 copies ever sold of this lp, max, making it one of the more difficult Australian lp’s from the psych prog era to locate. …~
Super rare privately pressed OZ Blues from 1969. Recorded at Natec Studios in Sydney over 1968 and 1969. The cover is a unique screen printed diy job. Finger blotches of the paint are present on the back cover!. The original roneod insert sheet is included. This legendary LP is almost impossible to find these days. …~
The Foreday Riders would probably be 2nd only to Chain as far as Australia’s legendary blues bands go & here is the first album that started it all.
Released in 1969 as a limited edition independent release, a rarity in those days, this Self Titled release show the King Bros (Ron: Harmonica & Vocals) & Jeff (Guitar/Slide Guitar) had their blooz chops down pat from the start. 
They were also keen spotters of talent as this album includes the debut recordings of 2 genuine Oz legends of song in Broderick Smith (1 song) & Jeannie (or Jean as she’s credited) Lewis (2 songs). In fact Jeannie’s 1st track is Cocaine Blues, a song she would later revisit on her own 2nd solo album, again with the Foredays backing her. Like the Foredays, the formidable vocal talents of both is evident even at this early stage of their careers.
Apart from Ron, the other vocalist on these recordings is, or was, unknown to me until I heard the album last year. Her name is Jill Drury & she’s a real lost talent, with a voice not unlike an early Janis Joplin in her folk/blues years & before she joined Big Brother. So not the full on roar that Janis developed but a good strong bluesy howl nonetheless.
This was ripped from a remastered bootleg CD but despite that, the sound is’t great perhaps because the original production wasn’t up to much. It still sounds OK tho ….~

The Foreday Riders, led by Ron and Jeff King, are still playing great blues after 40+ years. As for your comment about Jill Drury, Micko, you’re right about her talent but she’s not lost. Jill’s married name is Tweedie and, after having a family, has been singing on/off with the Riders and the King Brothers for many years. She also currently performs with female trio on the NSW central coast called Hip Sister.

Most recently, Jill and The Riders played at the Echuca Blues Festival on August 1st and then a 42nd Anniversary reunion gig at Windsor in Sydney on August 15th when members from across the years got together and played from 08.30pm until 1.15am….a big night! Jill tells me that the gig went well and was filmed but it is uncertain what will be done with it. “Mystery Train” is on Youtube and it is possible more may follow. 
As for this 1969 album, Broderick Smith and Jeannie Lewis were “special guests”. If my memory serves me correctly, Brod was on leave in Sydney during his National Service when he recorded “Got To Get To My Baby” with Jill, who was 17 at the time. ….~


Personnel: 
Jill Drury — vocals 
Broderick Smith — vocals 
Jeannie Lewis — vocals 
Ron King — vocals, harmonica 
Jeff King — guitar, slide guitar 
Clive Disbery — guitar 
John Murphy — rhythm & electric bass 
Dave Drury — bass 
Rolly Utzinger — piano 
Richard Lock — drums


Tracks: 
01. When I Die — 3:22 
02. Dreaming Rent — 4:10 
03. Wind Blues — 3:27 
04. Cocaine Blues — 4:47 
05. Survival Blues — 2:17 
06. Can’t Trust Nobody — 2:10 
07. I’ve Got To Get To My Baby — 4:38 
08. Here And Now — 7:38 
09. Tomorrow — 7:37 
10. Thunderstorm — 11:16 

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