Sunday, December 4, 2016

Good Thunder - 1972 - Good Thunder

Good Thunder
1972
Good Thunder



01. I Can't Get Through To You (3:18)
02. For A Breath (5.35)
03. Moonship (2.46)
04. Home Again (6.48)
05. Sentries (2.36)
06. P.O.W (6.50)
07. Rollin' Up My Mind (4.11)
08. Barking At The Ants (6.39)

- James Cahoon Lindsay / lead vocals, percussion
- John Desautels / drums
- David Hanson / guitars, vocals
- Bill Rhodes / bass
- Wayne Cook / keyboards



Good Thunder were a young, heavy progressive five piece from Los Angeles, comprising of James Cahoon Lindsay (lead vocals, percussion), John Desautels (drums), David Hanson (guitars, vocals), Bill Rhodes (bass) & Wayne Cook (keyboards). Their short-lived existence produced only one album, 1972's 8 track, eponymous debut, released through Continental records, a sub division of Elektra.

Their album is now largely forgotten and certainly didn't attempt to break new ground within the field of Californian bands writing hard, guitar oriented art-rock with a progressive/ psychedelic edge, during the early 70's. That said, the musicianship behind the crunchy guitars, driving bass-lines and underpinning Hammond organ rhythms, demonstrate a more than competent level of proficiency. Indeed, the construction of their more progressive tracks (such as 'Barking At The Ants', the stand-out track of the album) leave one wondering what might have been, with a couple more albums under their belts.

This album would appeal to those who enjoy their traditional, heavy progressive rock with an overtly melodic, pre-AOR commercial feel in the vein of early Angel & White Witch, mixed with Deep Purple, High Tide & Uriah Heep classic rock, with the odd touch of Allman Brothers quirkiness.

GoodThunder is practically unkown, which is really a shame considering they released one of the best albums of 1972!
I Can't Get Thru to You - Is a short, but powerful, number loaded with heavy guitars and beautiful organ and piano use.

For a Breath - Starts with some wind-sounding effects, then the main guitar riff fades in. Great guitar solos follows not to long after the vocal parts. Other than the powerful guitars, you also get some nice keyboard work. Then the song changes to a nice and slower melodic piece, which only lasts less than 30 seconds before going back to the main riff and a short bass solo. Then the song picks up right where it started.

Moonship - is another short song, but one of my favorites. Opening up with organ and guitar. This song has haunting vocals and lyrics, the keyboards are the key piece to this haunting puzzle. Moonship pretty much describes GoodThunder in a nutshell.

Home Again - is about a man who is misses his home, family, and friends. This song starts out tame, but don't let that mislead you! For you will be treated with a nice lengthy guitar solo!

Sentries - The shortest song from this album. It opens with an oddly placed circus sounding intro...trust me this band wasn't without a great sense of humor! Sentries is a nice hard rock song that sounds like it was made to be the leading single from this album....which it was! As with the rest of the album, this song is full of great guitaring and keyboarding!

P.O.W. - is, in my opinion, their masterpiece (along with Barking at the Ants). Expert guitaring and keyboarding. Starts with a piano and acoustic intro which then opens to a nice guitar part. James Cahoon Lindsay gives his best vocals to this song. As I said before, this is simply a masterpiece. Not much else I can say. You definitely have to hear this.

Rollin' Up My Mind - possibly their heaviest song. Beautiful guitaring and lyrics, also one of my favorites from this amazing album.

Barking at the Ants - don't know what the song title means or is about, but it starts with a great guitar riff. As said above in parenthesis, this is their other masterpiece. The guys give the best vocal harmonies and instrumentation on Barking at the Ants. Lyrics are just suberb!

For a bands that's unknown, there sure as hell made on of the best heavy prog albums of the early 70s that effortlessly stands the test of time.

Oh and did I mention the best vocal harmonies of Heavy Prog? I did? Shame on me for being so redundant.

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