Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sugar Bear "Sugar Bear" 1970 US Private Psych Country Rock


Sugar Bear  "Sugar Bear" 1970 US Private Psych  Country Rock
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Here we have a mix of rural flavored boogie rock and swamp rock featuring some solid guitar and generous use of wah-wah, which was prevalent in that section of the country. There are also some mild psych elements via some echo on selected tracks. Side one is pensive at best, with the standout there being A3 - good, but as of this listening just lacking that certain something to lift it to the next level. Side two is clearly more substantive, and features more convincing material. They have been compared to The Dead, but I’m not really hearing it all that much. They surely don’t go in for the long noodling jams found on many Dead cuts. This is a fine quality pressing considering, and you shouldn’t fear going after an original, if the price alone doesn’t scare you. It’s solid, but I wouldn’t call it essential….by….tymeshifter ….~


Another private pressing from the 70s, this time a charming chunk of rural rock from the sunshine state. Originally released on No Label Recordings, this four-piece from Florida (named after the hip American 70s singin'n'guitar-playin’ cartoon character, Sugar Bear) have managed to produce an album of high originality which defies categorization. 

In terms of musical styles, the “rural rock” probably covers just about everything, from rock'n'roll to the blues and plain ol’ country rock in the style of The Outlaws or Pure Prairie League, of course there are some psychedelic touches, think a cross line betwwen Jefferson Airplain and Byrds with drops of Santana. 

Today’s “Sugarbear” consists of Ivan Bailey on bass, John McLaughlin on lead guitar, and Eric Chick on drums. Ivan and John have been together about 44 years. Started out in Miami as “The Goldtones”, later changed to “The Roustabouts”. Moved to the Ocala area and became “The Merger” and in 1972 changed the name to “Sugarbear”.


Sugar Bear 
*John McLaughlin - Vocals, Lead, Rhythm, 12 String Guitars, Harmonica 
*Ivan Bailey - Vocals, Fender Bass, Harmonica 
*H.C. Perryman - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica 
*Trent Slemmer - Drums, Percussion

Tracks 
1. Playing Music (John McLaughlin) - 2:14 
2. Honey Love (Ivan Bailey) - 4:34 
3. Moccasin Mona (H.C. Perryman) - 5:03 
4. Sweetest One Around (H.C. Perryman) - 3:31 
5. Play Me a Song (John McLaughlin) - 3:18 
6. Let It Roll (John McLaughlin) - 3:12 
7. Seasons for Love (John McLaughlin) - 4:39 
8. Garden (John McLaughlin) - 3:19 
9. Move out in the Country (John McLaughlin) - 4:06 
10. Hip! Hip! Hooray for Today (John McLaughlin) - 1:58 

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