Friday, November 24, 2023

Smokey John Bull - Smokey John Bull (1971 us, fine spiritual blues psych rock)

Smokey John Bull were a communal gospelblues group from the Hartford Connecticut area. The album was produced by Lewis Merenstein, producer of Van Morrisons Astral Weeks and is a mix of gospel, rock, blues, and funk. The album features two Bob Dylan covers, He Was A Friend Of Mine and The Mighty Quinn plus Tom Cosgroves Hitchin To Memphis. Also included is the albums highlight, Jeff Gordons E-Z Rider Jack Dominilla.
1. He Was A Friend Of Mine / Worried Man Blues / Shorty George (Bob Dylan / Woody Guthrie / Traditional) - 2:58
2. The Mighty Quinn (Bob Dylan) - 3:10
3. Looking For America (Mark Lipson, Ben Mochan) - 3:35
4. Gotta Get Away Man (Mark Lipson, Ben Mochan) - 3:31
5. E-Z Rider (Jeff Gordon) - 7:20
6. The Gospel Song (Mark Lipson, Ben Mochan) - 4:24
7. I'll Try To Make It Up To You (Mark Lipson, Ben Mochan) - 3:36 
8. Georgia Home (Mark Lipson, Steve Loeb, Ben Mochan) - 3:05
9. Chances Are Better (Steve Loeb) - 2:50
10.Hitchin' To Memphis (Tom Cosgrove) - 2:39

Smokey John Bull
*Shelly Rosen - Bass
*Gary Linke - Drums, Percussion
*Bob Mintzer - Flute, Saxophone
*Lenny Nelson - Lead Guitar, Bass
*Alex Brierly - Lead Vocals
*Bob King - Lead Vocals
*Steve Loeb - Piano, Organ, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Electric Piano
*Barry Buxbaum - Vocals
*Debbie Gray - Vocals
*Pat Thomason - Vocals
*Ben Mochan - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Autoharp, Percussion
*Mark Lipson - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion