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Sky Farmer - Amazing Grace (1971) (2002) Lossless

Artist: Sky Farmer
Title: Amazing Grace
Year Of Release: 1971/2002
Label: Gear Fab [191]
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Folk, Blues, Jazz-Rock
Quality: FLAC (image + cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 01:04:14
Total Size: 397mb(+5%)
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You were either on the Mountain Bus, or you were not. Those who did like Gear Fab's 1998 reissue of the Chicago band's sole album -- and perhaps even some of those who did not -- should find the even more satisfying Amazing Grace, which collects the various recordings made by the post-Mountain Bus communal band Sky Farmer, to be a welcome treat. From the time the original band was litigated out of existence until its reshuffling and re-emergence with the music found on this archival release, the members of Sky Farmer discovered an even more liberating range of stylistic eclecticism (Mountain Bus certainly started them on the road in that regard) and a more pronounced sense of self-deprecation (for all the moments of aw-shucks insouciance on Sundance, there were corresponding stretches of solemn jamming during which the band took itself quite seriously indeed). Amazing Grace has some of the same attributes and characteristics as Sundance, but in other ways it is a whole new gumbo of coalescing musical impulses. The early rock & roll piano that opens up "Okooch Farewell," for instance, abruptly gives way during the chorus to a variety of swinging, laid-back hippie funk only endemic to the weird and uncategorizable post-Woodstock '70s. Much of the rest of the album is saturated by this brand of loose rock & soul groove ("Torch Poem"), with Annie Hat's voice at times recalling Maria Muldaur or the blue-eyed wail of Bonnie Bramlett. But there are also traces of blues ("Out of Hand"), R&B, and particularly jazz, especially during the extended cosmic jams, as well as festive Latin rhythms and nods to zydeco ("Señorita") and even some country licks ("Playboy After Dark"). And it is not a little bit -- say, psychedelic? -- hearing a bunch of longhairs covering a Merle Haggard song. Good songs (mostly), often excellent playing, it's worth the rediscovery..

Tracks:
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01. Okcoch Farewell (Demo 1974) (Delman) - 4:23
02. Torch Poem (Live at Ruby Gulch, Champaign IL 10/31/74) (Cuomo) - 4:08
03. No Babe (Live at Amazing Grace, Evanston IL 1/6/75) (Delman) - 7:47
04. One Good Man (Live at Amazing Grace 1/6/75) (Delman) - 4:11
05. Playboy After Dark (Live at Amazing Grace 1/6/75) (Kees) - 19:23
06. Senortta (Live at Amazing Grace 1/6/75) (Delman) - 6:47
07. Out of Hand (Demo 1973) (Mansfield) - 3:11
08. Nobody's Wife (Demo 1973) (Mansfield) - 5:02
09. Mountain Bus (45' released 1973) (Kees, Delman) - 4:12
10. Working Man's Blues (Live at Minstrels, Chicago 1973) (M. Haggard) - 2:42
11. Band Introductions by Elliot. 2:22

Personnel:
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Annie Hat - Lead vocals (except 9, 10)
Bill Kees - Lead Guitar
Elliott Delman - Rhythm Guitar
Craig Takehara - Bass Guitar
Ernest Mansfield - Ftute, Saxophones, Keyboards
Woody Sims - Drums
Lee Buch - Vocals (tracks 7-9)
Arm Linguist - Vocals (track 9)
Guest Musicians:
Rocko Jans - Piano
Joe Habao Texidor - Percussion

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