Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Firebirds - 1969 - Light My Fire

The Firebirds
Light My Fire

01. Warm Up - 2:30
02. Reflections - 4:23
03. By Baby - 5:29
04. Free Bass - 2:38
05. Free Drum - 4:31
06. Free Fuzz/Gypsy Fire - 2:39
07. No Tomorrows - 5:02
08. Light My Fire - 4:18

*Unknown session musicians

An intriguing mystery outfit whose albums have become sought-after for their over-top heavy
psych-blues-rock mayhem that owes much to Hendrix, Iron Butterfly and Blue Cheer's Vincebus
Eruptum. The best place to start is Erik Lindgren's superb 1997 CD compilation, An Overdose Of
Heavy Psych which contains six primordial chunks.

The Dance Party Time LP is lighter instrumental fare that sounds just like The Animated Egg but
 without the fuzz. Some tracks have a haunting quality because they've been recycled: Out Of
Town is Dark by The Animated Egg; and Doors Time turns out to be a pedestrian version of the
backing track to The Id's Boil The Kettle Mother.

The Associated Soul Group Contessa album below is listed purely as conjecture in the hope that
someone may establish a connection other than that it shares the same cover as the Electric
Firebirds and is on another exploitation California label. Who WERE these Godfathers of grunge?