Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Index - Index (1967-70 us, psychedelic rock, 2010 edition, with unreleased material plus 32 page booklet artwork - MP3 320k and FLAC)

Two holy grails of psychedelia (from 1967-68), coupled with a disc of recently discovered unreleased material, all from the original tapes! In the mid 1960s, Detroit Michigan was a thriving industrial city. It was at the edge of a cliff, however.

The great ethnic diversity in the inner city was a brewing powder keg of civil unrest. This, coupled with a disillusioned population struggling to make some sense of a questionable war in the rice paddies of Viet Nam, set an uneasy and troubling tempo for the future. Still, there were pockets of communities in the Detroit area where things were good and economic life was vibrant. The Grosse Pointes were such communities.

It was on the outskirts of this political and racially tense era, in the affluent suburbs just outside of the city of Detroit, that INDEX was formed. The music of Index has been lauded by music heads for decades, and with good reason: it is bizarre, atmospheric, and "home-made" (in the best of all possible ways); the band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud rhythms. Hidden amongst the echoing canyons of sound there’s some snotty post-punk attitude wrapped up in that trippy velvet fuzz; a wonderful bleak sound, both droning and murky—the atonal side of late 1960s rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk and indie rock artists like Joy Division or the Fall.

Includes a 32-page booklet, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with photos and lyrics; printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy.

Index were formed in early 1966 in Grosse Point, Michigan. In ‘66 drummer Jim Valice (17 years old) met Gary Francis. Jim played in a garage band, and Gary played another band. One day they had a jam session with one more cool guitarist John B. Ford.

Their first jam was exciting, the sound was full and powerful with John’s technical guitar playing.
In early ’67 the band played “Johnny B. Good” and “Mustang Sally”. At the time Gary didn’t have his own bass. Jim and John bought a violin shaped bass for Gary as present. They became a party band, playing at a pool,and in the living room, in the summer. They covered Chuck Berry, Animals, and played their original songs.

At the time the band was called “Chicken Every Sunday”. One afternoon after a session, they decided to change the name. John went over to a book shelf, and said taking a book” "Let’s make the name from what ever page falls open!"”. He tossed the book to the floor.

The band changed their name to the INDEX. best of hideout
The Underdogs, The Rationals, unique girl band Pleasure Seekers(including Hideout clerk girl, Suzi Quatro) Fugitives(SRC) and more garage bands played at teenage nightclubs like Hideout and The Undercroft.

The Black Album
1. Eight Miles High (J. McGuinn, D, Crosby, G. Clark) - 3:33
2. Israeli Blues (John B. Ford) - 4:05
3. John Riley (Bob Gibson R. Neff) - 4:00
4. Turquoise Feline (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 3:30
5. Rainy, Starless Nights (John B. Ford) - 2:25
6. Fire Eyes (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:08
7. Shock Wave (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 3:20
8. You Keep Me Hanging On (B. Holland, L. Dozier, E. Holland) - 3:00
9. Feedback (John B. Ford) - 4:50
The Red Album
10.Turquoise Feline (John B. Ford, Jim Valice, Tom Ballew) - 3:50
11.I Can't See Nobody (Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb) - 3:00
12.Spoonful (W. Dixon) - 4:50
13.Eight Miles High (J. McGuinn, D, Crosby, G. Clark) - 3:33
14.New York Mining Disaster (Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb) - 3:20
15.Paradise Beach (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 3:30
16.Break Out (John B. Ford, Jim Valice, Tom Ballew) - 2:45
17.I Love You (John B. Ford) - 3.40
18.Rainy, Starless Nights (John B. Ford) - 3:10

Yesterday and Today
1. Jill (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:37
2. Long Tall Shorty (R. Davies) 3:38
3. Mustang Sally (Sir Mack Rice) - 2:42
4. You Like Me Too Much (G. Harrison) - 2:10
5. Yesterday and Today (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:19
6. It's All In Your Mind (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:08
7.1 Got You (I Feel Good) (J. Brown) - 2.39
8. Dear Friend (P. McCartney) - 3:03
9. Yesterday and Today (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:09
10.I Met a Man (David Crosby) - 3:04
11.Morning Dew (B. Dobson) - 3:14
12.I Used to Be a King (G. Nash) - 2.53
13.431 Lakeshore Drive (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:47
14.Don't You Know (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:43
15.Sunny Skies (James Taylor) - 4:14
16.Kick It Out (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:58
17.Helplessly Hoping (S. Stills) 2:38

*Jim Valice - Drums, Backing Vocals
*Gary Francis - Guitars. Bass, 12-String Guitar
*John B. Ford - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
*Tom Ballew - Bass (only on the "Red" album)

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