Saturday, July 16, 2011
HELP - Help & Second Coming ( 2 Lps in 1 Cd ) [1970-71 us heavy & hard psychedelic acid rock, 2000 reissue - MP3 320K and FLAC]
Help's first album hasn't attracted as much attention as their collector-friendly second, but it's by far the superior record.
It's a solid mix of rural rock, folk rock and pop, and rocks really hard despite there not being any distortion on the guitars.
There appear to be no instrumental overdubs, just a trio of guitar, bass and drums, yet the excellent musicianship (especially the rock-solid rhythm section) makes the sound full and rich.
Side one is full of energy, melodic songwriting, and excellent vocals, and is solid all the way through. Side two is somewhat less inspired, but still pretty good, and the album is definitely recommended.
This much heavier second album is the one that most collectors know, due to lots of fuzz and wah wah on the guitars.
The sparse trio format is the same as on the first album, except that the clean guitar is replaced by distortion and effects. Strangely enough, that makes the sound less full than on the debut.
There's some fine lead guitar work on both of these albums which are well worth a listen. The second album is particularly spectacular with awesome guitar work and amazing drumming.
Chet is a former member and contributing songwriter of the legendary Doobie Brothers. He is amongst the most respected drummers in his field. As a member of the Doobies, Chet's song "South Bay Strut" was nominated for a Grammy ("One Step Closer" CD).
Currently, Chet, a recording studio owner, is a recording engineer who is also mixing and mastering records. His studio work can be heard on the Country Music Charts by Country Star "Billy Pierson" with his hit song "Don't Get No Sand in It" (Oak Records).
The music being produced out of Chet's studio represents powerful recordings and consistent quality.
Chet has been involved with numerous musical projects featuring many of the music industry's great musicians; Stevie Nicks, Rita Coolidge, Hank Williams, Jr., Tommy Tutone, Joe Walsh, Michael McDonald, Tyler Hilton, Tom Sheehan, Pat Boone and so many more.
You'll hear Chet's drum playing on country hits by "Tony Brantley" (A Flower Picked Me) and "Christie B." (Working Girl), as well as Rock artist "Al Polito” and Pop artist "Michael Penfield" on Freakydoodle Records.
McCracken's "Custom Killer Drum Tracks™" (available through the Internet) has given sincere songwriters a chance to have a world-class drummer compliment their songs — raising the bar of quality to the top!
Help - Dear Lord:
01- Do You Understand the Words (03':35")
02- All Day (03':00")
03- Good Time Music (03':30)
04- Hold On Child (03':58")
05- T.C.A. (07':10")
06- Dear Lord (09'55")
07- Oh My (04':25")
08- Power (06':10)
09- For Sale (04':40")
10- Open Up The Door (02':50")
11- I Tried Too Hard (01':43")
12- Easy to Be Free (03':08")
13- Run Away (07':07")
14- Keep In Touch (04':25")
15- Take A Look At Yourself (04':48")
16- Commit Yourself (03':00")
17- Help Me, Help You, Help Me (04':10")
18- Tenessee Waltz (04':02")
*Jack Merril - guitar,piano,vocal
*Rob Rochan - acoustic guitar,bass,vocal.
*Chet McCracken - drums,percussion,vocal
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