Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Reason “The Age Of Reason” 1969 US Private Psych Rock


Reason  “The Age Of Reason”  1969 US Private Psych Rock
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Pressed in minute quantities by Arlington-based Georgetowne label, 1969’s “The Age of Reason” lay largely forgotten until it appeared in one of Austrian vinyl collector Hans Pokora’s books - 1001 Record Collectors Dreams. Like anything listed in one of Pokora’s books, the album’s subsequently become a high priced, in-demand release. 

This late-1960s release is also a pretty good example of hype and rarity taking precedence over quality. That’s not to imply the album’s bad, rather for the big bucks it commands, you could certainly find a couple of more enjoyable releases. 

The band apparently came together in 1967, featuring the talents of keyboardist Tommy Didly, former The Telstars bassist Terry Gorka, drummer Bill Manning, and lead guitarist Billy Windsor. 

Two years later they were apparently back in the Washington, D.C. area, releasing what may have been a vanity project on the small Arlington, Virginia-based Georgetowne label. Produced by drummer Manning, “The Age of Reason” offered up a mixture of late-1960s FM covers (Dylan, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Ike Turner) and band originals. The players were all pretty good with keyboardist Didly featured on most of the songs. 

Best of the lot was their opening Dylan cover. Showcasing a couple of band originals, side two was marginally better with Manning’s ‘The View From Tom Thompson’s Cell’ standing as one of the best performance. Elsewhere the biggest surprise was their cover of 'Temptations Bout To Get Me’. The result was a totally unexpected knockout slice of blue-eyed soul. Shame they didn’t record more in this vein. ….Bad-cat….~


Here we have a real gem of late 60’s heavy organ-driven rock!! From 1969, this Washington, D. C. based group of musicians took to the studio to record some really great organ-driven rock and roll. Featuring guest appearances on 2 tracks by the great Danny Gatton, this rare album features both originals and some great covers of the day….~


First ever vinyl reissue of this US’ 69 private album by this ad-hoc studio band project featuring ex-Telstars bass player Terry Gorka plus drummer Bill Manning, lead guitarist Billy Windsor and keyboard player Tommy Dildy. 

Heavy bluesy / soulish / R&B club jamming sound full of powerful Hammond organ, hard guitar and passionate vocals, not unlike early Vanilla Fudge. Devastating covers of The Band’s 'This wheel’s on fire’, Savoy Brown’s 'Stay with me baby’ and Sonny Bono’s (via Nancy Sinatra / Vanilla Fudge / Terry Reid) 'Bang Bang’ among others plus some choice originals. Starring guitar legend Danny Gatton on two tracks. …..~


The work of the Gear Fab people is totally amazing. To this day, they continue to find unknown oddities to be reissued on their record label. On this occasion we find this great band called Reason , and his album called The Age Of Reason . An absolute sonorous wonder, that little by little is going to find its place in that world of demanding and daring collectors. 
The fact is that little is known about this album and its origin, it seems that Reason was a resident group of Washington, Virginia. And they recorded this album in the Track studio of the same location. It is published in 1969 by record label Georgetowne Records , who only released a single album, this one. This is musical archeology and everything else is nonsense. It is known that one of the members of the group was in another formation called The Telstars , but even this is not 100% confirmed. The album was produced by one of the group’s own members, Bill Manning. So we can conclude that this was a private press, like so many others were doing at that time. It may be that little by little they are coming out data of provenance, as has happened previously with other reissues of this label. In collaboration with Gear Fab , a subsidiary of Guerssen , has released this album in vinyl format for the most gourmets. We are talking about Out-Sider . Soon after editing this piece of music, the group dissolved leaving us now with the intrigue, of all that story behind this recording. The album has the collaboration of one Danny Gatton, who would have some success since the late seventies as a guitarist. In fact one of the members of this formation ( Billy Windsor ), would come to play in his band, in the nineties. And it is not surprising that this musical group, was formed by session musicians who decided to try to make the jump on their own, but ended without any results. Bands like Banshee were formed like this, and would remain in absolute oblivion if it were not for this type of reissues. Now they are milestones on YouTube with tens of thousands of listeners, who would say it. All serve to accommodate groups, who put their grain of sand in a time of constant musical revolution. 
Forming Reason consisted of Tommy Dildy the organ and electric piano, J. Jenson / T. Gorka on bass, Billy Windsor on guitar and Bill Manning on drums. The voices would be divided between Dildy, Manning and Windsor. The fantastic and almost grotesque cover is drawn by Les Lockeman . Giving a very successful aura to the album, like a Gothic horror book. Although it does not sound close, it does have a certain poetic melancholy in its music close to bands like Gandalf or Vanilla Fudge . And that is the literary presence of writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Tolkien or Lovecraft was a constant in the music that psychedelic time. Powerful organ, good voices, abundant half time. Undoubtedly, Vanilla Fudge are very present in this artifact. The album begins with an interpretation of Bob Dylan’s own theme , “This Wheel’s On Fire” . A tremendous start with this melodic hard rock, where Windsor’s work on guitar is impeccable. They do another re-interpretation of a Savoy Brown song , “Stay With Me Baby”, making it clear that the influence of English blues was also present. Although the transformation is total, since the metamorphosis is towards a ballad of forceful intensity, where the organ is the absolute protagonist. The rhythm and blues also has room, with a danceable version of Ike And Tina Turner , “I’M Blue” . The sweetest moment is the ballad “Dont Try To See Through Me” , a wonderful piece to finish the first side of the album. Again the rock comes with the cut called “The View From Tim Thompson’s Cell” , this being the first piece, composed by Manning. In “Letter To Home” they turn to traditional country rock.“Bang Bang” makes another interpretation of a theme by Nancy Sinatra , the result is a magnificent rock theme with a certain theatricality and great vocal skills. Finish this unknown album with the melodic ballad “Temptations Bout To Get Me” , leaving us clear that behind the curtain there is still very good music to discover….by…..Germán Ramírez ……~


The first ever vinyl reissue of this US '69 private press album by an ad-hoc studio project featuring ex-Telstars bass player Terry Gorka, drummer Bill Manning, lead guitarist Billy Windsor and keyboard player Tommy Dildy. On offer is a heavy bluesy/soulish/R&B club jamming sound full of powerful Hammond organ, hard guitar and passionate vocals, not unlike early Vanilla Fudge. Expect devastating covers of Bob Dylan’s 'This Wheel’s On Fire’, Savoy Brown’s 'Stay With Me Baby’ and Sonny Bono’s 'Bang Bang’ among others, plus some choice originals starring guitar legend Danny Gatton on two tracks. This LP comes with remastered sound and includes an insert……~


Reason 
*Tommy Dildy - Keyboards, Vocals 
*Terry Gorka - Bass 
*Bill Manning - Drums, Vocals 
*Billy Windsor - Guitar, Vocals 
With 
*Danny Gatton - Guitar 

Tracklist 
This Wheel’s On Fire
Stay With Me Baby
I’m Blue
Don’t Try To See Through Me
The View From Tim Thompson’s Cell
Letter To Home
Bang Bang
Temptations About To Get Me 

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