Friday, April 18, 2014

Warren S. Richardson Jr. - Warren S. Richardson Jr. (1969 us, stunning hard psych, 2008 RDI remaster)

In 1967 Richardson-nee Spooner contributed lead guitar to Michael Condello's "Condello" LP (see separate review).  A couple of years later Condello apparently repaid the favor by producing 1969's cleverly-titled "Warren S. Richardson Jr.".  Recorded at Richardson-nee-Spooner was credited with penning all six tracks and material like 'Reputation'' and 'Shady Lady' offered up a pretty good set of fuzz-propelled hard rock.  

Spooner had a voice that was well suited to the genre and this was one of those rare albums that actually seemed to benefit from the addition of horns (courtesy of Owen Eugene Hale, Richard Lewis and Joseph Ray Trainer).  In case anyone cared, perhaps because it strayed a little bit from the predominantly hard rock formula, excluding the needless and seemingly endless drum solo, the psych-tinged 'Wind and Rain' struck me as the standout effort on the album.
1. Reputation (Traditional arr. by Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 6:38
2. Easy Rider (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 2:57
3. Shady Lady (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 6:54
4. Wind And Rain (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 10:27
5. Stella (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 3:18
6. Goin' Home (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 3:04

*David Birkett - Bass
*Mickey Mcgee - Drums
*Owen Eugene Hale - Sax
*Richard Lewis - Keyboards, Horns
*Warren S. Richardson Jr. (Aka Bill Spooner) - Vocals, Guitar
*Joseph Ray Trainer - Sax

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1968  Condello - Phase I

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1 comment:

  1. Mega-rare and very cool, improvised heavy guitar playing with swing rhythm section, organ Hammond and wind instruments in conjunction with … great vocals!…something between the plate Morgen – second album Whalefeathers.

    Warren S. Richardson Jr. (1969). The record, without any frills named for the performer, Warren Richardson, Jr.. Which, actually. on closer inspection turns out to be none other than Bill Spooner, founder of The Tubes…the case where the performer is written under a pseudonym, if the project is clearly a one-time, or with an unpredictable prospect. Not rarity and the absence of such records in the official discography, and even there are cases where musicians have refused to admit his participation in the records of those or other releases. But this record is not necessary to be ashamed of Spooner. A powerful heavy blues disc, with an aggressive, tough opener Reputation and decent work.

    This is an album of blues rock and psychedelic hard rock , which offers a good range of rock fuzz more interesting and fresh, well improvised and loudly , characteristic sound of the late 60s, at a time when Hendrix was not only an idol, but also a role model. At first it seemed to me that hard, but by the middle of the album, that became clear how everything flawlessly and perfectly executed. The structures do not operate largely revolve within a repetitive blues rock , but good voices, good performance of music and mind-blowing psychedelic improvisations you know highlight and give air to the disc as the big issue '' Wind And Rain .''