Gold

Album: Mission Rock(US 1971)
CD / Cat. No. WIS-1014

GOLD -"Mission Rock" was recorded live in San Francisco 1971 (stereo-sound). Their influences are early Quicksilver/ Santana/ Big Brother & The Holding Company style - 68 mins of unreleased material! Gold in 1971 was one of the hottest bands in S.F. still without an LP. Bill Graham was booking the band to open shows for Ten Years After, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Mike Bloomfield....

Now finally after 32 years here is the album Graham would have liked to hear. Country Joe McDonald took a personal interest in the band and worked with them on a number of projects – on this CD he wrote 2 of the 13 songs, The spectacular guitar-duo Joe Bajza and Ed Scott were often compared to a combination of John Cipollina and Jeff Beck. Gold´s vocalist on "Mission Rock", Robin Sinclair was of the same cut of female singer style as Janis Joplin –a well experienced hippie blues voice.

By 1968 had recorded two LP’s on Cadet Records with a group called "Saloom-Sinclair and the Mother Bear". These recordings are a treasure and reflect intensely the passionate S.F. live music scene from the late 60´s, excessive guitar driven original stuff, with a powerful groovin´ latin-rhythm section and strong vocals. The 12 p. colour-booklet contains an interesting bio great photos and nice artwork. A must for all fans of the hippie S.F. Sound!


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Album: San Francisco Origins(US 1971)
CD / Cat. No. WIS-1018
LP + 7" / Cat. No. RFR-019
(180 g vinyl / handmade heavy gatefold cardboard sleeve / poster / ltd. edition)

The CD contains 2 parts S.F. underground history with the first Gold line-up feat. lead singer Richard Coco. Their 45 record “NO PARKING” was already reissued on LP by Rockadelic and issued on the CD compilation “Nuggets from the Golden State”.

Part 1 (only on CD) are the Studio Sessions of Leo Kulka´s Golden State Recorders, 9 heavy guitar cuts (same as Rockadelic LP) with great congas and bizarre Rock´n Roll vocals and the previously unreissued 45-rpm flipside a 4:45 minute sensitive but totally unexpected version of Gershwin's “SUMMERTIME” produced by Country Joe McDonald.

Part 2 of the CD is here the vinyl release, a live set at the Fillmore-West Audition, a qualification gig for Bill Grahams club circuit, which was successfully passed - gigs at Winterland, Fillmore-West followed. These 42 minutes reach the highest level of power and a unique kind of heavy acid rock sound (especially the 6 min. killer version of “NO PARKING”) - Ed Scott´s hypnotic rhythm guitar, a mind blowing bass and drums create an outstanding and surrounding flow, Joe Bajza´s soaring solo guitar played in a kind of aggressive Cipollina / Jeff Beck style is brilliantly intense and brings true Sixties S.F. Hell´s Angels party feeling to your home. Very detailed 12 page color booklet - 78 minutes of hot music reflect the “golden sprit” of the late60's early 70's in San Francisco....15 years later bands like Metallica, Slayer, Exodus…..continued these powerful Bay Area guitar excesses…highly recommended…these are the roots!


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