Friday, 8 June 2018

CA Quintet “Live Trips” 1971- 1984 Private reissued 2017 US Psych Rock


CA Quintet “Live Trips” 1971- 1984 Private reissued 2017 US Psych Rock
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Their 1969 album “Trip thru hell” is one of the holy grails of the late 60s heavy psych rock and certainly deserves to be rated this way by fans and collectors of that heavy rocking sounds. Due to the internet. What awaits you here got recorded live, two years later than their cult debut. The record starts with a unusual BEATLES cover “And your bird can sing”, originally from “Revolver” in 1966. You do not even realize it. The CA Quintet turned it into a groovy, smoking hot organ driven power rocker with a melodic edge. With the second covertune “Badge” originally performed by CREAM they stay closer to the original but play it with an increased powerlevel. Next “Bayou jam”, a lengthy heavy rock song with psychedelic organ sounds that remind of IRON BUTTERFLY. BLUE CHEER in your prime you will get an idea. There is even a killer drum solo section in the middle of the song. Who said “In a gada da vida”? Well, you definitely get to know where they got their inspiration from. “4 am NYC” is another mid paced stomping heavy groover with a wickedly pounding approach and simmering guitars while the organs roar as a back up to the furiously distorted guitar. The vocals on the other hand are fresh and exciting in the mix. “Wild child” comes from a sleazy acid blues rocker and takes you a few years back. CREAM, JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE and MOUNTAIN. “Country boy” has a southern rock flavor and sticks out. The colorful jammy middle section and the hard driving bass and guitar interplay make this a kick ass anthem for its time. “Fresh garbage jam”. More than ten minutes in length this is the heavy and fuzzed out psychedelic jam rock at best with the furious guitars and a relaxed atmosphere. Makes me see the whole crowd of hippies in colorful garments. you can read more about that in the linernotes on the backsleeve. The sound is great, as clear as it can be, powerful and vivid, better than some of the studio records. What more do you want? If you love the underground side of US hardrock like JOSEFUS, FRESH BLUEBERRY PANCAKE, STONEWALL, etc. then this is the thing for you! …. ~.


Legendary for its über-cult LP ‘Trip Thru Hell’, originally issued by the Candy Floss imprint in 1968, The CA Quintet was a truly psychedelic rock outfit based in Minnesota. The Cream-classic 'Badge’ and The Beatles’ 'And You Bird Can Sing’, there’s a long-stretched, mind blowing, fuzzed-out jam, and much more. Of course, the loyal devotees of the band need this album. But 'Live Trips 1971’ is also recommended to the fans of The Doors, Hendrix, Cream, Mountain, Iron Butterfly, aso ….. ~


This live set was released in the wake of the unexpected. Supposedly only 500 copies were pressed.
First the good news. Given the primitive conditions under which this album was recorded, the sound is surprisingly good. According to Ken Ervin’s liner notes, 'This recording was made simply by laying down two microphones on the floor in front of the group. They just happened to be in the best location for the circumstances. Now the bad news. Capturing the band at the Lake Pepin High School, “CA Quintet Live 1971” sounds like a band drawing its last creative gasps. Original singer / bassist Jim Ervin had quit the band leaving brother Jim to switch over to bass. Drummer Rick Patton was also gone, leaving Donnie Chapin to step in
So what’s this thing sound like? Well 'Bayou Jam’ is a needless side of a long list of popular rock snapshots of CCR’s’ Down On the Bayou 'and The Stones’’ Satisfaction ’. It’s listenable, but nothing you could hear on any Friday evening at your local brewpub. Best thing I can say about it. The Ken Ervin original 'Country Boy’ is actually pretty good, though the country-rock sound is a little bit unexpected. Judging by this track, these guys were not bad in a live setting. Tom Pohling a chance to stretch out. Certainly not essential, but I’ve heard far worse…..BadCat……~


Ken “The Captain” Erwin (trumpet, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) 
Jim Erwin (bass, vocals) 
Tom “Polock” Pohling (lead guitar) 
Doug “Beaver” Reynolds (keyboards, vocals) 
Rick “Johnsman” Johnson (drums )

Tracklist 
A1 And Your Bird Can Sing 5:16 
A2 Badge 3:53 
A3 Bayou Jam 14:45 
B1 4am In New York 4:59 
B2 Wild Child 5:53 
B3 Country Boy 4:35 
B4 Fresh Garbage Jam 10:19

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