Monday, June 19, 2017

H.Y. Sledge - Bootleg Music (1971 us, fine hard rock, psych, and gentle ballads, 2015 edition)

Calling Valparaiso, Florida home, H.Y. Sledge featured the talents of singer/keyboardist Michael Ewbank, multi-instrumentalist Billy Jones, former Wilkinson Tri-Cycle guitarist Richard "Dickie Porter, bassist Jan Pulver, and drummer Monte Yoho.  Pulver had previously been a member of Those Five, while Jones and Yoho had been members of the Tampa-based Dave Graham Band.  Interestingly, only credit Ewbank, Porter, and Pulver were credited on the album liner notes, which also fail to provide any writing credits.

Signing a recording contract with Shelby Sumpter Singleton Jr.'s SSS International label, the group made their debut with 1971's "Bootleg Music". Co-produced by Ewbank and Porter, the album wasn't  the most original collection you've ever heard.  The band were certainly talented with a couple of decent singers and an excellent bassist.

Their sole album was originally issued in the summer of 1971.
1. Citation On Liberty - 5:21
2. Such An Easy Day - 3:01
3. Canadian Exodus - 7:39
4. Cellophane Lady / Nowhere To Go - 3:54
5. Ride The Waves - 4:06
6. I'm Your Brother  - 3:28
7. Tamara - 2:18
8. Day Of Realization - 2:06
9. It's In The Air  - 4:46
10.Finding It - 2:28
All songs by Michael Ewbank, Richard Porter, Jan Pulver

The H.Y. Sledge
*Michael Ewbank - Vocals, Keyboards
*Billy Jones - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
*Richard "Dickie Porter - Vocals, Lead  Guitar, Keyboards
*Jan Pulver - Vocals, Bass, Percussion
*Monte Yoho - Drums, Percussion

1969  Wilkinson TriCycle - Wilkinson TriCycle (2007 reissue) 
1973  Outlaws – Anthology / Live 'n' Rare (2012 four disc set) 

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