domenica 26 luglio 2015

Dragonwyck - Dragonwyck (2004 World in Sound) 1970

Biography : Cleveland psychedelic quintet Dragonwyck was formed in 1969 by singer Bill Pettijohn, guitarist Tommy Brame, keyboardist Kenneth Staab, bassist Michael Gerchak and drummer Jack Boessneck. Profoundly influenced by the Doors, the group released no official recordings during its lifetime, although copies of an album-length acetate from 1971 remain highly prized by collectors. Two years later, Dragonwyck recorded a second acetate, this one clearly inspired by the Moody Blues; favoring a boogie-rock approach in their final months, the group dissolved in 1975, with Pettijohn going on to helm the long-running Doors tribute band Moonlight Drive. Review  by Jason Ankeny
The group from Cleveland was one of the most promising bands in that area, opened shows for bands as Foghat, Golden Earring, Edgar Winter Group etc. The mood of the music is dark, mystic and strong influenced of the times' spirit, the hippie age -- anything goes. Dragonwyck, began 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio. The original members were Mike Gerchak, Jack Boessneck, Tom Brehm, Bill Pettijohn and Kenneth Staab. During 1970,Dragonwyck recorded a 7 song demonstration record at Landon Magnetic Sound in Garfield Heights, Ohio and Audio Recording in Cleveland, Ohio. On September 14th, 1970, 85 copies of the 12 inch vinyl record were pressed at Pama Records in Cleveland. In 1990, 400 copies of the vinyl album were re-released by Rockadelic Records, Texas. Kenneth Staab died in Florida in 1973.

This band is a milestone for all heavy/psychedelic music collectors. Jim Morrison and The Doors brought main inspiration to Dragonwyck?s music, with the small difference; the songs are heavier and more progressive; the sound is not just dominated by great vocals, there are lots of freaked out heavy guitar solos and swirling Hammond B3 organ, which brings the individual note to the music.

Dragonwyck was a full time working band they rehearsed nightly and continued to write new material. Summer of 1971,keyboardist John Hall joined the group. With John in the group,the bands sound became more orchestrated. The band re-vamped arrangements of their first album, and added new original material to their set list. New instrumentation was added with Boessneck playing flute, Brehm on 12-string guitar and electric violin, Hall on Mellotron and Moog, and Gerchak on a multiple of bass guitars. Dragonwyck also added large amounts of equipment. Along with new instruments,Dragonwyck featured a matching backline of 300 and 600 watt Canadian built “Traynor” amplifiers. This was going to be a very LOUD band. With new songs and equipment, Dragonwyck set out to find a venue to showcase their orchestrated sound. They found one; The Viking Saloon at Chester Ave, Cleveland (now demolished) Review by my friend adamus67

Tracklist:
01.My Future Waits  5:41
02.Ideas within You 1:01
03.Fire Climbs 9:04
04.Run To The Devil 3:57
05.God´s Dream 4:43
06.Ancient Child 4:59
07.The Vision 2:34
Bonus Tracks:
08.Fire Climbs (Sunrise Recordings 1968) 4:30
09.Flowers Grow Free (Sunrise Recordings 1968) 3:14
10.The Vision (Sunrise Recordings 1968) 7:05
11.Anything I´d Give (Sunrise Recordings 1968) 3:14
12.Ancient Child (Sunrise Recordings 1968) 4:52

Line-up:
Bill Pettijohn - vocals
Tom Brehm - guitar
Skip Foster - keyboards
Pat Osines - bass
Jeff Richards - bass

4 commenti:

Solidboy ha detto...

flac cue log scans

adamus67 ha detto...

The group from Cleveland was one of the most promising bands in that area, opened shows for bands as Foghat, Golden Earring, Edgar Winter Group etc. The mood of the music is dark, mystic and strong influenced of the times' spirit, the hippie age -- anything goes. Dragonwyck, began 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio. The original members were Mike Gerchak, Jack Boessneck, Tom Brehm, Bill Pettijohn and Kenneth Staab. During 1970,Dragonwyck recorded a 7 song demonstration record at Landon Magnetic Sound in Garfield Heights, Ohio and Audio Recording in Cleveland, Ohio. On September 14th, 1970, 85 copies of the 12 inch vinyl record were pressed at Pama Records in Cleveland. In 1990, 400 copies of the vinyl album were re-released by Rockadelic Records, Texas. Kenneth Staab died in Florida in 1973.

This band is a milestone for all heavy/psychedelic music collectors. Jim Morrison and The Doors brought main inspiration to Dragonwyck?s music, with the small difference; the songs are heavier and more progressive; the sound is not just dominated by great vocals, there are lots of freaked out heavy guitar solos and swirling Hammond B3 organ, which brings the individual note to the music.

Dragonwyck was a full time working band they rehearsed nightly and continued to write new material. Summer of 1971,keyboardist John Hall joined the group. With John in the group,the bands sound became more orchestrated. The band re-vamped arrangements of their first album, and added new original material to their set list. New instrumentation was added with Boessneck playing flute, Brehm on 12-string guitar and electric violin, Hall on Mellotron and Moog, and Gerchak on a multiple of bass guitars. Dragonwyck also added large amounts of equipment. Along with new instruments,Dragonwyck featured a matching backline of 300 and 600 watt Canadian built “Traynor” amplifiers. This was going to be a very LOUD band. With new songs and equipment, Dragonwyck set out to find a venue to showcase their orchestrated sound. They found one; The Viking Saloon at Chester Ave, Cleveland (now demolished)

adamus67 ha detto...

In 1972, Dragonwyck became the Saturday night house band at The Viking. The Viking Saloon was a loud, packed, smoke filled rock club that featured live entertainment, hard liquor and a rowdy crowd six nights a week. It was THE place to get drunk,get high and listen to loud bands. Dragonwyck’s popularity at The Viking led to engagements at other Cleveland clubs (Otto’s Site, Tom Jones Backroom, The Crazy Horse, The Spectrum, The Avon and Amherst Jail Night Clubs, The Cove at Geneva on the Lake) and a series of High School and College concerts.

After 8 months of performing their new sound live, Dragonwyck set out to record a new album. As copies of the Dragonwyck II album began to circulate in early 1973, the interest of the press, audiences and agencies became much greater. As people began to realize the talents of the band,they began playing better venues and drawing larger crowds.,they performed at the Cleveland Agora (the premier venue in the area), with “Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks” and opened for the newly formed English band, “FOGHAT”.

With Dragonwycks’ unusual musical arrangements and lead singer Bill Petijohn’s stage theatrics, the bands live concerts were drawing more and more attention. By 1974,they moved to much larger clubs, added weeknight shows sponsored by Budweiser Beer at Cleveland’s House of Bud.

Concert dates supporting THE EDGAR WINTER GROUP and GOLDEN EARING added to Dragonwyck’s offers to tour nationally. However, John Hall had a promising career as a design engineer and had no desire to travel outside of the Northern Ohio area. Not wanting Dragonwyck to miss opportunities that were being presented to them, he asked to be replaced..Having found Hall’s replacement in keyboardist, Jerry Moran,whose playing was harder and more rock orientated than that of Hall’s orchestrated approach. Dragonwyck recorded a single,“Lovin’ The Boys” b/w “The Music” in 1974. Shortly after this release the band broke up. - When World In Sound Records,released in 2004 the music of Dragonwyck, Tom Brehm felt like doing it again. In 2006 he set up his 1968 original Dragonwyck guitar, a Gibson 335, and with other World In Sound musicians,the right line-up is found to return back on stage with the music written between 1968-73.
Dragonwyck personnel 2006: Tom Brehm - Guitar, Vocals; Steff
Bollack - Drums; Karsten Kullinna - Bass; Josh Maccoy - Vocals;
Winfried Rimbach-Sator - Keyboards

Solidboy ha detto...

thank you adam I used this review for the second album of Dragonwyck, Chapter 2.

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