понедельник, 15 августа 2011 г.

Pacific Gas & Electric PG&E 1971

Band: Pacific Gas & Electric
Album: PG&E
Label: Legacy Recordings
Country: U.S.A. 
Photographer: Jim McCrary.
Arranger: George Tipton.
Year: 1971
Genre: Rock, R&B, Blues, Soul
Format: MP3, 320kbps
Total Time: 00:38:40

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Предпоследний альбом группы. Чарли Аллен - чернокожий лидер с голосом в духе Таж Махала, с ним еще 8 человек и дамы на подпевках. Мощный и красивый блюз-соул-фанк-госпел-рок с классными музыкантами и аранжировками.

Pacific Gas & Electric - многорасовая блюз-роковая группа из Лос-Анджелеса, активная в 1967-1973 годах (5 альбомов). В первоначальный состав 1967 года вошли: лидер-гитарист Tom Marshall, басист Brent Block, гитарист Glenn Schwartz (еx-The James Gang, был там совсем немного) и ударник Charlie Allen (ex-Bluesberry Jam). После проверки голосовых данных стало ясно, что Чарли Оллен - лучший вокалист (в группе), и он отдал барабанные палочки Frank Cook (ex-Canned Heat). Сначала группа называлась Pacific Gas and Electric Blues Band, но после "приписки" к Kent Records группа сократила название и выпустила альбом Get It On (в начале 1968). Запись успеха не имела, но после удачного участия в Miami Pop Festival (май 1968) группа заключила контракт с Columbia Records и выпустила этот одноимённый с названием группы второй лонгплей (1969 год). Альбом получился ярким и насыщенным всем тем хорошим, что можно было почерпнуть из чёрной музыки тех времён - из блюза, соула и фанка, приправленных капелькой психодела и набирающим обороты джаз-роком. 

The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1967, by guitarist Tom Marshall, bassist Brent Block, second guitarist Glenn Schwartz (previously of The James Gang) and drummer Charlie Allen, who had previously played in the band Bluesberry Jam. When it became clear that Allen was the best singer in the new group, he became the front man, and Frank Cook, previously of Canned Heat, came into the band on drums. Originally known as the Pacific Gas and Electric Blues Band, they shortened their name when they signed to Kent Records, releasing the album Get It On in early 1968. The record was not a success, but following the band's performance at the Miami Pop Festival in May 1968 they were signed by Columbia Records.

Their first album for Columbia, Pacific Gas and Electric, was issued in 1969, but they achieved greater success with their next album, Are You Ready in 1970. The title track reached # 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the album was recorded, Cook was injured in a car accident and was replaced on drums by Ron Woods, Cook staying on as manager. Marshall and Schwartz left, and were replaced by Frank Petricca (bass) and Ken Utterback (guitar), with Brent Block moving to rhythm guitar before leaving later in 1970. Unusually for the time, the band contained both black and white musicians, which led to rioting and gunfire on one occasion when the band, who toured widely, performed in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In 1971, the band changed their name to PG&E, following pressure from the utility company of the same name. The band also expanded, Allen, Woods, Petricca and Utterback being joined by Jerry Aiello (keyboards), Stanley Abernathy (trumpet), Alfred Galagos and Virgil Gonsalves (saxophones), and Joe Lala (percussion). They recorded the album PG&E, and also appeared in and provided music for the Otto Preminger film Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon starring Liza Minnelli. The band then split up. A final album using the name, Pacific Gas & Electric Starring Charlie Allen, was recorded by Allen with studio musicians and released on the Dunhill label in 1973. For a time the group also included Rick Durrett formerly of the band The Coven on keyboards.


       1. Rock and Roller's Lament - 3:16
       2. Recall - 3:35
       3. One More River To Cross - 2:44
       4. Death Row #172     - 5:34
       5. Short Dogs and Englishmen - 6:30
       6. See the Monkey Run - 2:35
       7. Time Has Come, The (To Make Your Peace) - 3:16
       8. Thank God for You Baby -     6:44
       9. When The Sun Shines - 4:10  


         • Charlie Allen - vocals
         • Frank Cook - Drums 
         • Ken Utterback - guitar
         • Tom Marshall - rhythm guitar 
         • Brent Block - Bass guitar
         • Glenn Schwartz - lead guitar

         • John Hill - keyboards, arranger, producer
          Wilton Felder - tenor saxophone
          Wayne Henderson - trombone
          A.D.Brisbois, Freddy Hill - trumpet 


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