Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Finchley Boys - Everlasting Tributes (1967-72 us, remarkable psych blues rock, 2016 double disc remaster and expanded)

Chicago, the capital of the state and of the Urban Blues. It is with the greatest ease that in January 1968, Garrett Oostdyk (guitars), George Faber (vocals, harmonica), Tabe (eight string bass) and J. Michael Powers (percussions), four local youngsters share their bluesman apprentice's talent and form the Finchley Boys. But in 1968, psychedelic fever has spread in all the recesses of the American territory sprinkling madness in the most proven structures, making them explode accompanied by a great many fuzz, distortion and various other rummage about The Finchley Boys were not spared the epidemic and will transfigure their basic blues to a furious lyrical epic et transfigureront leur blues basique en une furieuse epopee lyrique under the impulse of a remarkable guitarist-producer, Garrett Oostdyk. For this last task, he finds the help of Genevra Shirley, also featuring in the backing vocals. 

Their album "Everlasting  Tributes  unique concrete trace of their existence, is released in 1972 on Golden Throat Records, a Californian label (?) and is already presented as a posthumous work. It gathers together recordings carried out in specific places, the Chess studios (in Chicago) and the Golden Voice studios (in California ?) at various periods : the first in September 1968 ("Hooked"), the second in February 1969 ("Outcast") and the last in May ("Who's Been Talkin'" "I'm Not Like Everybody Else") and June 1969 ("Swelling Waters", "Once I Was A Boy", "It All Ends". "Restrictions"). We also assume that (at least for the first ones), these tracks were actually demo tapes destined to get the attention of the major companies s managers, up to that moment not much inclined to hang around in the lost clubs of the Middlewest in order to discover talents yet unknown. 

Despite this unexpected and cahotic gestation, unlike most compilations "Everlasting Tributes" bears a unity in the tone, a great attraction force and a puzzling ensemble sound. Garrett Oostdyk's guitar in particuliar does wonders here and astonishes us in solos staggering with virtuosity and feeling not only in classic blues songs like "Who's Been Talkin'", signed Chester  Howlin' Wolf  Burnett but also in great covers such as the Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" (a fetish song for a great number a Amercian psychedelic bands)or in wonderful psychedelic original compositions such as "Swelling Waters", "Hooked", Vnce I Was A Boy" et le great "It All Ends". I hope that the release of this compact disc will also give you the opportunity to share my enthousiasm for a formation that remained anonymous for a long time and for an album that has become very hard to find. 

A few years ago, EVA Records released "Practice Sessions" which offered four tracks of the existing album qui proposait quatre litres de I'album existent plus cinq autres (among which the famous "Finchley Boys Blues") taken from an unreleased tape probably dating from the same periods (from September 1968 to June 1969). The avantage (the only one ?) of this cold and technological object which is th C.D. resides in a great capacity of absorption and a better quality of playing than the LP. That way, Eva records can offer us on the same medium the entire Finchley Boys' recordings and even if the previously unrealeased tracks may not be of the most irreproachable quality of sound and of in inspiration topping pieces like "It All Ends", we will listen to them with interest and with the rares pleasure of discovery only bitterly regretting that Garrett Oostdyk did not carry out the carreer that his talent deserved.
by P. Thieyre
Auteur du  Rock Psychedelique American! 1966/1973, Editions Librairie Parallels 1991/1993
Disc 1 
1. Who's Been Talkin' (Chester Burnett) - 4:30
2. Swelling Waters - 3:56 
3. Outcast (Eddie Campbell, Ernie Johnson) - 2:37
4. I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Ray Davies) - 4:46 
5. Hooked - 4:14
6. Once I Was A Boy - 4:33
7. It All Ends - 4:00
8. Restrictions - 3:39
Music written by George Faber, Garret Oostdyk, J. Michael Powers, Tabe, Lyrics Larry Tabeling, George Faber except where indicated
All songs from "Everlasting Tributes" 0riginally released by Golden Throat Records 1972, except Tracks 1,4 recorded 1969 Golden Voice Studios Pekin, Illinois.
Disc 2
1.  Outcast (Eddie Campbell, Ernie Johnson) - 2:39
2.  Hooked - 3:56
3.  Suffering Servant - 3:50
4.  Jack Rabbit Jump - 4:18
5.  Who Goes There? - 9:02
6.  Hell Fire And Brimstone - 5:14
7.  Sweathog Blues - 6:13
8.  Cry Cry Cry - 5:19
9.  On A Better Day - 3:00
10.Only Me (Let Your Mind Be Free)  (Mark Warwick) - 4:56
Music written by George Faber, Garret Oostdyk, J. Michael Powers, Tabe, Lyrics Larry Tabeling, George Faber except where noted
Track 1 was recorded at Chess Studio in Chicago, Illinois, 1969.
Tracks 2,3,9 were recorded at Golden Voice Studios, 1968-1969 
Track 4 was recorded in San Francisco, 1971
Tracks 5,6,7,8 were recorded live at In Stiches in Champaign, Illinois, June 1971
Track 10 was recorded live at the University of Illinois' Illini Union, Urbana, Illinois, January 1967

Finchley Boys
Disc 1
*George Faber - Vocal, Harp
*Garret Oostdyk - Guitar
*J. Michael Powers - Drums, Percussion
*Tabe - 8 String Bass, Vocals
*Genevra Shirley - Vocals (Tracks 6, 8)

Disc 2
*Garrett Oostdyk - Guitars (Tracks 1-9), Backing Vocals (Tracks 2 , 4)
*George Faber - Vocals, Harp
*Tabe - 8-String Bass (Tracks 1-3, 9), 4-String Bass (Tracks 4-8, 10), Backing Vocal (Tracks 2, 4)
*J. Michael Powers - Percussion (Tracks 1-3, 9)
*Billy Shaw - Percussion (Tracks 4-8)
*Genevra Shirley - Backing Vocal (Track 4)
*Jim Cole - Guitar, Backing Vocals (Track 10)
*Mark Warwick - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals (Track 10)
*Glen Cronkite - Percussion (Track 10)

1 comment:

  1. Amazing band!!! A real treat!
    Thanks a lot Marios for sharing.