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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Raik`s Progress “Sewer Rat Love Chant" 1966- 2003 Sundazed Music ‎ vinyl LP Compilation US Acid Psych Garage Rock


Raik`s Progress “Sewer Rat Love Chant"2003  Sundazed Music ‎ vinyl LP Compilation US Acid  Psych Garage Rock
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Although the Raik’s Progress only released one single in their brief career (both sides of which are included here), Sundazed magically conjured the Sewer Rat Love Chant album out of their legacy by tacking on ten songs from a live 1966 performance at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno. It’s the studio single, though, that’s the highlight of this disc, as "Sewer Rat Love Chant” is an above average piece of early minor-keyed raga-rock (and not as lyrically weird as its title indicates), with its flip side, “Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?,” showing a more pronounced Byrds influence, particularly in the vocal harmonies. The live material actually boasts pretty good sound quality for a 1966 concert recording, and is comprised mostly of original material that’s more in the standard raw garage mold than their sole 45. Although the performances and vocals are a mite unrefined, most of the tunes aren’t bad at all. “Don’t Need You” is soaked in the morose Farfisa organ swirl common to much 1966 garage, punctuated by what sounds like clanks of a rusty anvil, and several of the other group originals are overheated, semi-incoherent punk blues. There are also live versions of both songs from the single, as well as covers of songs by Them, the Byrds, and the Animals that testify to their good taste, though enjoyment of the version of the Byrds’ “It’s No Use” is compromised by the group’s apparent unfamiliarity with all of the words and chord changes. On the other hand, there must have been few other American groups indeed who covered the non-LP Animals B-side “I’m Going to Change the World,” done here with considerable guts….by Richie Unterberger…..~


Who would have thought a freaky combo like Raik’s Progress could be lurking in the sunbaked grape fields of Fresno, Calif? Drawing on wild and woolly influences as diverse as Capt. Beefheart, Them and the Animals, these San Joaquin Valley boys—helmed by Steven Krikorian, later to reinvent himself as hitmaking artist Tonio K—cut an album’s worth of material best described as jawdropping! Cryptically titled gems like “Sewer Rat Love Chant” and “Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?” have been gathering dust ever since…until SUNDAZED connected the dots and unearthed this brilliant ‘60s album!….~


Can’t believe that no one else has reviewed this stunning lp that Sundazed managed to unearth, master and give a legit / proper release. Another over-looked - obscure garage / psychedelic band from the late ‘60’s. Raik’s Progress (you have to wonder how they got that name) initially put out just one 7" vinyl single - as both sides of that 45 show up on this Sundazed title + ten of the Fresno band’s unreleased songs. I’m guessing this is the entire repertoire of this short-lived ensemble. Tunes here I couldn’t get enough of (at first) are “Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?”, the catchy “'F’ In 'A’”, the somewhat sappy “Don’t Need You”, the Seeds-like “Call My Name”, the out-of-sight “Prisoner Of Chillon”, the title cut “Sewer Rat Love Chant” and the wailing “I’m Going To Change The World”. Personnel: Nick Van Maarth - guitar & vocals, Duane Scott - keyboards & vocals, Steve Olson - bass and Alan Shapazian - drums. Highly recommended for fans of the Outsiders (the U.S. band), Gonn, Music Machine and Fever Tree…by Mike Reed…~



Tracklist
A1 Sewer Rat Love Chant
A2 Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?
A3 “F” In “A”
A4 Baby, Please Don’t Go
A5 Don’t Need You
A6 It’s No Use
B1 Call My Name 3:41 
B2 All Night Long 5:09 
B3 Prisoner Of Chillon 2:42 
B4 Sewer Rat Love Chant (Live) 2:26 
B5 Why Did You Rob Us, Tank? (Live) 2:28 
B6 I’m Gonna Change The World 4:25 

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