Monday, 25 June 2018

Pacific Ocean "Purgatory" 1968 US Psych Rock


Pacific Ocean  "Purgatory" 1968 US Psych Rock
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Pacific Ocean was an American West-Coast Psychedelic band. Purgatory is the first and only album. The title appears on the label, but not on the outer cover. 

The album was released by the VMC label, known for releasing great Psychedelic albums. There isn’t much information about them, but Actor Edward James Olmos plays/sings lead on the album. Most of the songs are covers except for two of them. 
“ 16 Tons” is the first of the covers, originally by Merle Travis. Pacific Ocean gives a power to the song that it originally missed, that was the objective of this album probably, to give the power of rock music to old country tracks. “ Road To Hell” and “ My Shrink” are the only original songs, in “ Road To Hell” the vocals sound just like Iggy Pop and the accelerated pace of “ My Shrink” is really nice, and it has a great Guitar solo in the middle. unlike the previous songs where they sped up everything “ Subterranean Homesick Blues”, his much slower than the original, it has a much groovier sound. The Miracles where the first recorders of the hit-song “ Tracks Of My Tears” by the big label Motown. The beginning of the sound is great. “ I Can’t Stand It” best part are the vocals, principally the Back-Vocals, the growling Lead-Vocals is really cool too. “ 99 ½”   has an intensive use of the Organ. If i said that he screamed in the last songs this one is extravaganza, screaming all the time…..~


To be honest, I bought this album based on the psych-ish cover and the fact the Steven Vail’s VMC label released a couple of decent albums including a classic pop-psych set by The David. The fact there were almost no credits or liner notes should have given me caution, but I simply wasn’t paying much attention. I didn’t even take note of the fact most of the nine tracks were covers. 
As Eddie James and the Pacific Ocean, by 1967 namesake/singer/keyboardist James, guitarist Kent Henry and bassist Fred Rviera were beginning to attract some attention playing the mid-‘60s LA club scene. Unfortunately, by the time the band got around to signing a record deal Kent and Rivera had jumped ship joining Jac Ttanna in Genesis (not to be confused with the British progressive band). James (aka film star James Elmore Olmos) quickly hired Toney Carrubba and Tony Harris as replacements.
Whatever expectations I initially held were rudely shattered the first couple of times I played 1968’s self-produced “Purgatory” (the album title doesn’t appear on the album sleeve, rather on the inner label). Anyone expecting something similar to The David’s pop-psych moves was in for a rude awakening. Most of the collection featured pop and soul hits that were 'toughened up’ for a rock audience. Imagine Vanilla Fudge without the pretence, keyboard overkill and dirge tempos and you’d be in the right aural neighborhood. (Okay, okay their cover of Wilson Pickett’s '9 ½’ sounded like a Fudge track.) By all rights the results shouldn’t have been any better than most of the Fudge catalog, but that’s where the album got kind of strange. Whoever handled the lead vocals was actually quite good and backed by the band’s stabbing guitars and cool keyboards these guys turned in some first-rate covers. Hard to believe it, but their cover of The Miracles 'Tracks of My Tears’ was killer. Similarly covers of The Chambers Brothers’ 'I Can’t Stand It’, The Parliament’s 'I Wanna Testify’ and Major Lance’s 'Mickey’s Monkey’ were almost as good. Elsewhere, judging by the lone original 'My Shrink’, VMC missed out by not insisting the band record more original material. Certainly not life changing, but a pleasant surprise … 
The album was also tapped for an instantly obscure single:….Bad Cat….~


It’s a wonder they weren’t touring the whole world and playing on huge stages in front of thousands of fans. This 1968 album smashes in like a hot stone with that soulful drive otherwise only Steve Marriott and HUMBLE PIE could provide. A definite recommendation for fans of good old hard classic rock!…..~



Tracklist 
A1 16 Tons 3:15 
A2 Road To Hell 2:52 
A3 My Shrink 2:03 
A4 Subterrarrean Homesick Blues 2:44 
A5 Tracks Of My Tears 3:14 
B1 I Can’t Stand It 2:30 
B2 I Wanna Testify 3:09 
B3 99½ 4:10 
B4 Mickey’s Monkey 4:10 

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