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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Fresh Air “A Breath Of Fresh Air” 1969 US Psych Rock


Fresh Air “A Breath Of Fresh Air” 1969 US Psych Rock
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“Never reissued on vinyl until now, Fresh Air’s rare and only album has always been considered as the best and rarest reference in MGM’s subsidiary Amaret Records, mostly known for having released some fantastic garage-psych singles. Released in 1970, the album delivers a really strong organ-led hard psychedelic sound that reaches unexpected quality from such an obscure release. Recorded in the same Studio as the famous Lyd album, Sunwest Studios in Hollywood, the band drop ten tracks full of heavy psychedelic guitars, swirling organ and dual guitar work, and reaches at points a strong resemblance to the Doors’ best moments.”…~


This one’s surprisingly hard to find, let alone in good condition. Similarly, finding information on the band is a challenge. 
Based in Southern California (Ventura County), the line up consisted of Allen Carey, non-performing song-writer Louie Caridi, Mick Jones, lead vocalist Marc Piscitelli, drummer Peter Plumeri, and bassist Tim Whitcanack. Originally known as California Grassfield, they started out playing local clubs and talent contests before being signed by the Minnesota-based Amaret label. Recorded in Hollywood’s Sunset Studios, 1969’s “Fresh Air” teamed the group with producer Clancy B. Grass. Showcasing a largely original set (most written by Caridi), the album wasn’t exactly the year’s most creative offering. That said, the mix of pop, hard rock, and occasional psych moves was actually quite good. Piscitelli had a great voice that was versatile enough to handle everything from blue-eyed soul to straight ahead rock, while the rest of the band played with a nice sense of enthusiasm. Ironically, the album opened with one of the band’s worst selections - a horrid speed-of-sound cover of The Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’ … From there on things improved markedly. Highlights included the taunt rockers 'Faces In The Fire’, 'Get Away Car Car’, 'Sleeping On Sunshine’, and the psych-ish ballad 'December’.  …by….RDTEN1 ….~


There are some elements in this that I do not usually go for - Soul Rock - especially in the croony harmonised vocals, and quite a smooth, commercial over-all sound. But, that said, this is surprisingly listenable. It’s the quality song-writing and good playing skills that make it. Above average for what you’d expect from one of these obscure commercially-aimed US bands. The songs are brief and to the point, too. Combine all this with a few welcome hard-ish cuts and you’ve got an album worth checking out….by…r0b0c0p ….~


Fresh Air’s A Breath Of Fresh Air, recorded in 1969 at Sunwest Studios in Hollywood, is the rarest album to appear on the Amaret label, better known as the home of Minneapolis blues-rock outfit Crow. A highly-sought after album by collectors, A Breath Of Fresh Air is a fine mix of pop and hard Psych, featuring some driving, heavy guitar and lots of swirling organ. Radioactive. 2004….~
An oustanding psychedelic outfit from Los Angeles which started its life as California Grassfield and recorded only one album at Sunset Studios of Hollywood (1969, I suppose). According to Vernon Joynson it was originally released on Amaret label. Unusually creative blending of lengthy mesmerizing psychedelia with heavy guitars and organ, beautiful melodies and vocal harmonies… 
The voice of Marc Piscitelli easily goes from hysterical fury on Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” to mellow and sad abandon in original songs written by Louie Caridi. 
Next to Piscitelli the line-up consisted of Peter Plumeri, Allen Carey, Tim Whitcanack and Mike Jones….by… Golovanov Alexey….~


“Never reissued on vinyl until now, Fresh Air’s rare and only album has always been considered as the best and rarest reference in MGM’s subsidiary Amaret Records, mostly known for having released some fantastic garage-psych singles. Released in 1970, the album delivers a really strong organ-led hard psychedelic sound that reaches unexpected quality from such an obscure release. Recorded in the same Studio as the famous Lyd album, Sunwest Studios in Hollywood, the band drop ten tracks full of heavy psychedelic guitars, swirling organ and dual guitar work, and reaches at points a strong resemblance to the Doors’ best moments.”…~


Marc Piscitelli - vocals 
Mike Jones - guitars 
Allen Carey - keyboards 
Tim Whitcanack - bass, keyboards 
Peter Plumeri - drums 


Tracklist
A1 For What It’s Worth 2:40 
A2 Faces In The Fire 3:50 
A3 December 4:50 
A4 Somewhere A Mountain Is Moving 2:30 
A5 Get Away Car Car 2:39 
B1 I’ve Lost My Faith 3:10 
B2 Baby Lady 3:20 
B3 Sleeping In Sunshine 3:20 
B4 Sailor Man 2:30 
B5 I Finally Found A Friend 2:45





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