Friday, 29 June 2018

Fifty Foot Hose "Live and Unreleased" 1997 US Psych Rock Experimental


Fifty Foot Hose  "Live and Unreleased" 1997 US Psych Rock Experimental
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Live reunion performance from ‘95 in SF by this legendary group whose debut album from 1967 is one of the all time great strange psychedelic experiences. Founding member Cork Marcheschi (Echolette Audio Generators, microphones, fishphone, squeaky stick, Theremin, Spark Gap, saw blades, bow-wow yo-yo, amplifier, digital delay) grouped together a new band and performed that material for the first time in 27 years. Like just about every other reunion album from the last 15 years, I’d rather not comment, but this could be worse. “They never changed their sound & spirits! Good quality sound.” ….~
Years later and the '60s San Francisco psych band 50 Foot Hose get together again for a one off live performace in SF. The result is amazing. Its as if the band never split up… killer West Coast acid rock with primitive electronic effects, female vocals etc..etc..This lot were like Jefferson Airplane meets Hawkwind and they still lift into the air with ease whilst both of the latter have nose dived for years…..~


It’s one of those rare and precious things - the “reformation” that turns out to be so good it could almost have been the same band! But in this case it’s not the same band at all. Only Cork Marcheschi remains from the old band. He was the electronics and special effects guy. But this goes to show that he was much more than what most such people are in a band. He was key to the sound although not a key composer. 
Even more a rarity for such a reformation, this has both excellent renditions of old album material and excellent new works, hinting at the little-known but also brilliant “Sing Like Scaffold” studio album that was to follow. Lots of improv stuff here, wicked grooves and tons of twisted electronics, etc. Somewhere in the realms of Melodic Energy Comission, Brainticket and Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come. 
The only downpoint to this disc is that someone made an error in the mastering, and there are a few clipping snaps in the recording, which are slightly irritating - but easy to repair if someone does a new reissue. I’m surprised someone like Sunbeam, Esoteric or Cleopatra hasn’t done so! 
***** music, *** recording…..by…ultimathulerecords…~


Fifty Foot Hose is a psychedelic rock band that formed in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and reformed in the 1990s. They were one of the first bands to fuse rock and experimental music. Like a few other acts of the time (most notably the United States of America), they consciously tried to combine the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas. 
The original group comprised three core members: founder and bassist Louis “Cork” Marcheschi, guitarist David Blossom, and his wife, vocalist Nancy Blossom, augmented by Kim Kimsey (drums) and Larry Evans (guitar).Cork Marcheschi (born 1945) grew up in Burlingame, California. In his teens, he performed with the Ethix, who played R&B music in clubs around San Francisco and in Las Vegas, and released one experimental and wildly atonal single, “Bad Trip”, in 1967, with the intention that the record could be played at any speed. Interested in the ideas of experimental composers like Edgard Varèse, John Cage, Terry Riley, and George Antheil, he constructed his own custom-made electronic instrument from a combination of elements like theremins, fuzzboxes, a cardboard tube, and a speaker from a World War II bomber.
David and Nancy Blossom brought both psychedelic and jazz influences to the band. Together, the trio recorded a demo which led to a deal with Limelight Records, a subsidiary of Mercury Records. They released one album, Cauldron, in December 1967. It contained eleven songs, including “Fantasy”, “Red the Sign Post” and “God Bless the Child”, a Billie Holiday cover. It was an intriguing mix of jazzy psychedelic rock tunes with fierce and advanced electronic sound effects. “I don’t know if they are immature or premature”, said critic Ralph J. Gleason. 

The record sold few copies at the time, although the group had a small but intense following in San Francisco and also toured with other acts including Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry and Fairport Convention, when the band was augmented by Robert Goldbeck (bass). They broke up in late 1969 when most of its members joined the musical Hair, Nancy Blossom becoming the lead in the San Francisco production and later singing in Godspell. Larry Evans returned to his hometown of Muncie, Indiana where he fronted several club groups until his death in 2008…..~


Line-up / Musicians 
- Cork Marcheschi / electronics, theremin 
- Walter Funk III / electronics 
- Reid Johnston / guitube, guitar, tools, horns, harmonium 
- Lenny Bove / bass, electronics, vocals 
- Elizabeth Perry / vocals 
- Dean Cook / drums 
- David Blossom / guitar, piano 
- Larry Evans / guitar, vocals 
- Kim Kimsey / drums, percussion 
- Terry Hansley / bass 
- Nancy Blossom / vocals



Tracklist 
1 If Not This Time 6:47 
2 The Rose 6:18 
3 Lenny's Tune 5:44 
4 Roll Out The Larvae 4:07 
5 God Bless The Child 2:43 
6 Cauldron 7:44 
7 Red The Sign Post 3:45 
8 Come Home Its Time For Dinner 7:07 




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Fifty Foot Hose “Cauldron” 1967 US Psych Experimental masterpiece

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Fifty Foot Hose "Ingredients" 1966 Pre-“Cauldron” Recordings De Val 1997 US Psych,Avant Garde,Experimental

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