Friday, April 29, 2022

Pollution - Pollution (1971 us, stunning blend of blues rock, experimental, funk, gospel, psychedelic soul)

This is Pollution's second effort, (they won the grammy contest for the best cover art) featuring the soul singer Dobie Gray, and Táta Vega (born Carmen Rosa Vega), Dobie and Tata both appeared in the L.A. Cast of Hair. 

The album is an infectious mix of blues rock, psychedelic soul, funk (close to Lydia Pense & Cold Blood). A musical discovery that is more than worth listening to. Highlights Ballad of a Well Known Gun (written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin), Dry Dream, Underdog (by Sly Stone) with the impressive vocals of singer Tata Vega and the song Lo and Behold (written by James Taylor).
1. Travelin' High (With The Lord) (Christiaan Mostert, John Sargent) - 3:21
2. This Feelin' Won't Last Long (James Quill Smith) - 3:49
3. Ballad Of A Well Known Gun (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) - 4:43
4. Do You Really Have A Heart (Paul Williams, Rodger Nichols) - 3:31
5. Dry Dream (Christiaan Mostert, James Quill Smith) - 3:45
6. Underdog (Sylvester Stewart) - 3:59
7. River (James Quill Smith) - 4:17
8. Lo And Behold (James Taylor) - 3:52
9. Mother Earth (Lewis Simpkin, Peter Chatman) - 7:04

*Táta Carmen-Rosa Vega - Lead Vocals, Choir Leader, Percussion
*Dobie Gray - Lead Vocals, Percussion
*James Quill Smith - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
*John Lambert - Bass, Backing Vocals
*Christiaan Mostert - Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
*Richard Lewis - Trumpet, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
*Dennis Kenmore - Percussion, Backing Vocals
*The Church Of What's Happening Now Choir - Choir