Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stained Glass - 1968 - Crazy Horse Roads

Stained Glass
Crazy Horse Roads

01. Sing Your Song - 2:05
02. Finger Painting - 2:11
03. Soap and Turkey - 2:39
04. Twiddle My Thumbs - 2:40
05. Fahrenheit - 3:43
06. Nightcap - 2:55
07. Horse On Me - 2:18
08. Two Make One - 3:10
09. Light Down Below - 3:22
10.Piggy Back Ride and the Camel- 2:10
11.Doomsday - 4:23
12. If I Needed Someone (non-LP A-side, Bonus Track)
13. How Do You Expect Me To Trust You? (non-LP B-side, Bonus Track)
14. My Buddy Sin (non-LP A-side, Bonus Track)
15. Vanity Fair (non-LP B-side, Bonus Track)
16. We Got A Long Way To Go (non-LP A-side, Bonus Track)
17. Corduroy Joy (non-LP B-side, Bonus Track)
18. A Scene In Between (non-LP A-side, Bonus Track)
19. Mediocre Me (non-LP B-side, Bonus Track)
20. Lady In Lace (non-LP A-side, Bonus Track)

Stained Glass
*Jim McPherson - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
*Dennis Carriasco - Drums
*Bob Rominger -- Lead Guitar (1966-68)
*Tom Bryant - Lead Guitar (replaced Bob Rominger)

Produced by John Gross and Max Hoch, 1968's "Crazy Horse Roads" is absolutely wonderful. Largely written by McPherson, at least to my ears, material such as 'Sing Your Song', 'Finger Painting' and 'Soap and Turkey' offers up a near perfect blend of instantly memorable melodies with great group harmonies and a wicked mix of blazing fuzz guitars and psych touches.

The material's highly commercial, but with more than enough muscle to appeal to folks who shun top-40 with a passion. The heavily orchestrated 'Twiddle My Thumbs' and ' 'Nightcap' were among the few missteps. The two songs were certainly pretty, but McPherson's atypical quivering falsetto delivery makes them sound like Bee Gees outtake (though both could've been hits had the latter released them).

Personal favorites - the blazing fuzz rocker 'Light Down Below' and the disconcerting last track 'Doomsday'. Elsewhere Capitol tapped the rocker 'Fahrenheit' b/w 'Twiddle My Thumbs' as a single (Capitol catalog number 2372). Well worth the investment if you can find a copy and the LP's rapidly gaining a following in collecting circles.

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