Thursday, 7 June 2018

Chaplin Harness “Chaplin Harness” 1970 + “II” 2010 recorded 1969 US Psych Rock


Chaplin Harness  “Chaplin Harness”  1970  + “II”  2010 recorded  1969  US Psych Rock
full two albums on vk

Chaplin Harness on M.O.D. Sounds, dated 1970. Monstrously rare psych rock lp recorded by this Philadelphia band in 1969. Only 50 test pressing copies saw the light of day…~


Regretfully, very little little is known about this band (at least to me). I got it first as a gift on a cassette labeled “Chaplain”, and for many years I’ve been looking for their album - lot of good it did to me. 
Who they were, where did they came from? Anyway, in 1969 (?) they recorded this album in Mod Sound Studios on Federal Street of Camden, New Jersey. The music is amazing - it is high-class acid (or psychedelic), strongly hooked on blues, soul-inspired and strongly built on distorted guitars and powerful organ. Heartbreaking vocals of Raymond Bozarth sound like the lost soul screaming in the hell of urban jungle, moving towards gospel singing. Perhaps one of the most impressive voices I’ve ever heard. 
Apart from R.Bozarth, on the first album the band had exceptional guitarist Rick Iannaconne (who later played with the top names of jazz), Edward Monroe on guitar, Joseph Mingori on keyboards and unbelievable drummer William Vespe. 
A follow-up to this album - II - sometimes titled “From The Nest”, and dating back to the same 1969, is also released by Gear Fab, and features incredible female vocalist Geri Mingori. It is strongly advisable to buy both albums as they are elements of the same concept, but also proves the evolution of the band. 
Needless to say that Chaplin Harness (perhaps named so after the sound engineer?) failed to chart, and went to obscurity - until this re-issue by Gear Fab. 
Somehow it reminds the first multi-racial record of Pacific Gas & Electric Get It On, or another underrated gem - Sleepy John. Definitely, it is stronger than “Free”. 
It seems that the CD was converted directly from the vinyl, and might displease the addicts of digital sound, but to my modest opinion it has this nostalgic warm feeling of on LP, which just adds to the charm of the album….by….Golovanov Alexey….~


“The great New Jersey band who recorded their self-titled album in 1969. At Mod Sound Studios. Great late ‘60s psychedelic music with distorted guitars and heavy organ.” “Originally released as a 50 copy test press way back in 1969, the band was from Philadelphia. This is a 600 press with glossy color psychedelic cover and photos of the band on the back. The album contains all original songs and is mostly psychedelic with a couple progressive instrumental cuts, 11 songs in all. The band features a great singer and future guitar legend Rick Iannaconne, who later made a big name for himself in the world of jazz, playing with Coltrane, Miles Davis etc. The recording came from the bands’ original tapes and sounds very good. Songs include 'High on a Happy’, 'Walk on Mister’, and the classic 'Dit Dewey Man’, which is psychy, funky and flat out cool. The original test presses have been a coveted collectors item for a long time fetching hundreds of dollars making this reissue an instant classic. The album also features an insert and the 45 release of 'Dit Dewey Man’ as a bonus cut.” …..~


Originally released as a 50 copy test press way back in 1969, the band was from Philadelphia. The album contains all original songs and is mostly psychedelic with a couple progressive instrumental cuts, 11 songs in all. The band features a great singer and future guitar legend Rick Iannaconne, who later made a big name for himself in the world of jazz, playing with Coltrane, Miles Davis etc. The recording came from the bands’ original tapes and sounds very good. Songs include 'High on a Happy’, 'Walk on Mister’, and the classic 'Dit Dewey Man’, which is psychy, funky and flat out cool! The original test presses have been a coveted collectors item for a long time fetching hundreds of dollars making this reissue an instant classic. The CD features a nice booklet and the 45 release of 'Dit Dewey Man’ as a bonus cut…..~


My first memory of the Chaplin Harness legend was from about ten years ago. I had a collector friend from overseas ask me if it was possible to obtain a copy of the test pressing. Not aware of what it was, I was intrigued. He explained to me that it was a “local” band who had made a psychy, funky album in 1969 that was never released except in a few test pressings. 
Word spreads fast in the vinyl collector world! I checked with a few friends and they had heard of it but no one had a copy. Time passed and I forgot about it until two years ago when another friend Dan told me about the band and sent me a CD. On my first listen, I knew I had to release this on the Void label. I loved the LP! It was psychy, funky, bluesy, and even a bit progressive as well. 
Dan also put me in touch with the main man in the band, Phillyjazz legend Rick lannaconne. Rick has played all over the world with some of the legends of the genre. While he was with Chaplin Harness in the late 60’s, the band played frequently with all of Todd Rundgren’s Philly area bands- Woody’s Truckstop, The Nazz as well as opening for many big bands as they passed through town. 
Musically, the album has a wide range of delights to offer. I have to say that I love Ray Bozarth’s vocals, bluesy and powerful. Sadly, Ray left this world about 30 years ago. The big song on the album “Dit Dewey Man”, also released as a 45, has a great funky feel to it. The band had a gift for the hook and the riff for sure. …..from CD Liner Notes…..~


Chaplin Harness was a band from Philadelphia formed in 1969 and had in its ranks with a great singer Raymond Bozarth and an exceptional guitarist Rick Iannaconne who would even play alongside figures such as Coltrane or Miles Davis.
The group was completed by Edward Monroe (guitar), William Vespe (drums), Joseph Mingori (keyboards) and Nicolás Fanelli (bass). In 1970 they entered the Mod Sound Studios to record what would be their only legacy. Only 50 copies would be published, fortunately in 2005 it would be rescued and later in 2010, more of the band’s songs would be edited.
Chaplin Harness offer us an excellent work loaded with psychedelia, soul and something progressive. His first song “Chances” is full of psychedelic sounds. “Dit Dewey Man” shows us the great work of his singer Raymond Bozarth and with the rhythmic base of a powerful bass guitar dialogue begins a dialogue-keyboards mixing jazz-soul-blues. The third “Withoot” proposal relaxes us with the sound of a magnificent Hammond by Joseph Mingori. “Stich” contains experimental sounds that come close to progressive free jazz. 
We return to the earthly with “Walk on Mister” and his psychedelic soul. We arrived at the best theme of the recording, “¾ Plaything”, an instrumental of more than eleven minutes where the Hammond is again the protagonist accompanied by subtle jazz touches by the guitar and topped by an excellent rhythm section. “High on a happy” nice with a piano solo more than remarkable and a very fine guitar solo. We continue with “Sheila”, an instrumental with the only piano intervention with progressive sonorities. In “Peat Moss” the protagonist is again the keyboardist Mingori. The album closes with “Sure Am Sorry” and its psychedelic soulful atmosphere…..~


Chaplin Harness “Chaplin Harness” 1970

Tracklist 
Chances 4:02 
Dit Dewey Man 8:52 
Without You 3:44 
Stitch 4:12 
Walk On Mister 3:21 
¾ Plaything 11:19 
High On A Happy 3:05 
Sheila/Peat Moss 6:21 
Sure Am Sorry 3:17 
Dit Dewey Man (45 Version) 3:14 





Chaplin Harness  "II" 2010 recorded 1969

The second studio album was recorded in late 1969, but was never released until 2010. The group has changed, adding new musicians - John Tiberi and Greg Hayes (keyboards), Phil Argentina (bass guitar) and singer Geri Mingori….~


Raymond Bozarth — vocals 
Rick Iannaconne — guitar 
Edward Monroe — guitar 
Nicholas Fanelli — bass 
Phil Argentina — bass 
Joseph Mingori — keyboards 
John Tiberi — keyboards 
Greg Hayes — keyboards 
Geri Mingori — female vocals 
William Vespe — drums

Tracks: 
01. Magic Is Everywhere - 4:52 
02. Old Man - 2:53 
03. Tears - 2:13 
04. In My Dream - 05:07 
05. Jack - 12:22 
06. Dit Dewey Man - 2: 54 
07. Baby I Know - 4:06 
08. Lay In My Bed - 2:15 
09. Time - 2:40 
10. Tears - 1:56 
11. Harness - 1:14 
12. George - 0:45 



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