Monday, 28 May 2018

Born Again “Born Again Pagan” 2011 (Recorded in 1969-1972) US Heavy Psych Blues Rock


Born Again “Born Again Pagan” 2011 (Recorded in 1969-1972) US Heavy Psych Blues Rock
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The group was formed in Marin County (Northern California) under the name “Red Mountain”. They went to Los Angeles in the hope of finding success there and glory. Local producer Roger Dollarhide took the guys under his wing and recorded with them several tracks in late 1969 and early 70s in “Sun West Studios” in Hollywood, which first appeared on the album “Born Again Pagan” in 2002. In addition, guitarist Larry Otis participated in the recording of the soundtrack for the film “The Velvet Vampire”, and these entries were also included in the collection. In 2005, it was reissued by the Shadoks Music company with the addition of seven bonus tracks….~


This release is primarily a mix of heavy blues/psych hard rock, with fuzz guitar, and some more conventional country rock and blues rock with psych influences, harmonica, and guitar. The major portion of this album (and best part, to my ears) was recorded between 1969~72. Five of the seven bonus tracks were recorded between 1999~2004 and are, for the most part, off the pace of the earlier tracks. Still, two of them: “Om Namah Shivaya” and “Milk & Honey”, are good. Of the other two, the alt. mix of “Sandcastle” is also good, but not so much as the released version. But it’s the ‘69~'72 stuff that really hits the spot, particularly “Boiling Point”, “Barnyard Blues”, “No Good reason”, and “Sandcastle”, all of which are superb. Also included is a nice 4 page booklet with lots of band history and some pics - unusual for a Shadoks release. But if your thinking about this for the bonus mat'l, you could do worse things with your money, but better things too….by…tymeshifter ….~


This once elusive CD, pressed in very finite units as it were, was a surprise for me to find at a reasonable price. As expected, and as described by the seller, this release by Pagan does not disappoint. That precious era of 1969-71, psych fading to progressive heavy rock, is represented here in their 1970-71 recording of this album. There may be one or two lesser tracks on the disc, but it is 90% heavy-blues psych, a satisfying mix of the two with plenty of fuzzy bass and guitar, similar to Blueberry Pancake (heavy fuzz-bass). Don’t hesitate to buy this gem, and recommend it to all collectors you know of the specified era….~


It seems to confuse, Born Again is the band name and Pagan (Born Again Pagan) is the album title. 7 bonus tracks were added to the analog board (released in 2002) from Rockadelic by the unexploded sound source of 69 to 70 years and it was made into a CD. 
Basically it is a heavyweight with keynote blues, but it can be said that it was a band that had a wealth of talent with a wide range of expressive power, from acoustic psychedelic tone to high acid value instincts, Marine County in California). There are vocals and guitars, and the songs themselves are glossy and sexy, so you can feel the majestic style. Especially Larry Otis’ expressive guitar work looks like Paul Kozov was improved….~


Personnel: 
Brice Sullivan — vocals, harmonica, keyboards 
Larry Otis — guitar 
Steve Avery — guitar 
Stuart Ramsay — bass 
Rod Moxie — bass, guitar 
Lloyd Wick — drums



Tracklist 
A1 Barnyard Blues
A2 Radio X
A3 No Good Reason
A4a Boiling Point
A4b Three Pipers
A5 Laurie Waltzing
B1 Sand Castle
B2 Good Blues
B3 She’s Gone
B4 Comin’ Back Strong
B5 Lie Me Down 

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