As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various recordings from the 60's and 70's.
The Charlatans (please do not confuse them with the 80's band Charlatans U.K.) unfortunately share a few things in common with the Great Society (Grace Slick).
Both bands didn't get the respect they deserved at the time and that is a rock and roll disgrace.
These groups were helping to carve the incredible sounds that would make the San Francisco music scene legendary.
By the time the Charlatans released a record there were too many years past and the line-up had shifted.
That is why you'll find "The Amazing Charlatans" an essential archival release.
This collection puts together the 23 demos they had shopped in the creative period.
The old story is now a broken record when a band can perform folk, blues, country, rock, jug band, and psych the suits don't have the knowledge or the patience to formulate a marketing strategy.
There is plenty of strong material to sink your teeth into.
Please understand before the CD starts to play the Charlatans niche at this time did not involve an entry into the improvisational zone.
Excluding the energy charged "Alabama Bound" that clocks in over 6 minutes, the rest of the tunes fall into standard range.
They pack a lot of wallop with standouts such as "Codine" sometimes called "Codine Blues", "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away", "Walkin", and "The Shadow Knows".
Herb Greene the legendary photographer from the San Francisco scene that supplied numerous pictures for my book (Jefferson Airplane and Great Society) had photographed the Charlatans.
If Herb took your picture there was something in your music that yelled out "Timeless".
If you want some Hot Licks from Mr. Dan Hicks it is part of the package.
Enjoy the music and be well,
Author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent"
03.I Always Wanted A Girl Like You
04.I Saw Her
05.How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go...
07.We're Not On The Same Trip
09.Sweet Sue,Just You
11.The Shadow Knows
12.I Got Mine
13.Steppin' In Society
14.Devil Got My Man
15.By Hook Or By Crook
16.Long Come A Viper
20.Baby Won't You Tell Me
21.Jack Of Diamonds
22.The Blues Ain't Nothin'
23.Groom N' Clean Ad
[ Rip and scans by COR ... many thanks mate ]
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