lunedì 15 giugno 2015

Damnation - Which Is the Justice, Which Is the Thief 1971

Biography : Though this was the first album they issued as Damnation, Second Damnation does, in fact, feature the same band that played on the earlier two albums credited to the Damnation of Adam Blessing. It's the source of some controversy among both Damnation and their fans, due to the addition of string and horn arrangements by members of the Cleveland Orchestra into which the group had no input. While it's unfortunate they didn't have creative control of this part of the production, to be honest, the orchestration makes it more interesting, and certainly more haunting, than many similar early-'70s records by okay-but-not-great hard rock bands. Damnation (or the Damnation of Adam Blessing, if you prefer) always did have a lighter touch than most other early-'70s hard rock groups, and made better use of background vocal harmonies than most such acts, so the collaboration isn't as incongruous as it might seem on paper. The original material with added orchestration included some of their best songs, such as the riddling lyric of "Fingers on a Windmill," and the Gregorian chant-tinged instrumental "Turned to Stone." Listeners who like the band because of their hard rock will find the curtain-closing "Sweet Dream Lady" excessive, but actually it's a quite tuneful farewell ballad that avoids over-sentimentality. Some of the tracks without orchestration are pretty respectable too, particularly the tough, mildly funky hard rock of "We Don't Need It." The highlight, though, has to be "Sometimes I Feel Like I Just Can't Go On," a down-and-out blues on which Blessing's vocals are a match for the best anguished blue-eyed soul belters, à la Lonnie Mack or Roy Head. Blessing's performance on this track is the best aspect of anything the group recorded, though unfortunately it wasn't a path they explored elsewhere. Review by Richie Unterberger

Tracklist:
01.Fingers on a Windmill 3:18
02.We Don't Need It 3:00
03.Easy Come, Easy Go 3:47
04.Running Away 4:47
05.Turned to Stone 3:03
06.Please Stay Mine 2:44
07.Sometimes I Feel Like I Just Can't Go on 4:04
08.Leaving It Up to You 3:49
09.Sweet Dream Lady 5:39

Damnation:
Adam Blessing (Bill Constable) - lead vocals
Bob Kalamasz - lead guitar, backing vocals
Jim Quinn - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Ray Benich - bass guitar
Bill Schwark - drums
Kenny Constable - lead vocals, backing vocals

2 commenti:

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adamus67 ha detto...

Yep like such local celebrities as Raspberries, James Gang, Damnation of Adam Blessing were true representatives of the rock scene Cleveland, OH . In fact, many fans may argue that they were a cut above other local peers, not to mention the many out of state. Their music was quite in the spirit of hard rock of the era, but the arrangements were much more advanced. While the symptoms of other members of hard rock were shouting and screaming vocalists, Damnation experimented with transition from ringing in the low range, to heavy, but the remaining melodic vocals. Damnation of Adam Blessing well combined the hard rock and rich, full and smooth vocal Their excellent songs features distinctive, powerful voice vocalist.
Marco,good job :)

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