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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Firebirds - Light My Fire (1969)

An intriguing mystery outfit whose albums have become sought-after for their over-top heavy psych-blues-rock mayhem that owes much to Hendrix, Iron Butterfly and Blue Cheer's Vincebus Eruptum. The best place to start is Erik Lindgren's superb 1997 CD compilation, An Overdose Of Heavy Psych which contains six primordial chunks.

The Dance Party Time LP is lighter instrumental fare that sounds just like The Animated Egg but without the fuzz. Some tracks have a haunting quality because they've been recycled: Out Of Town is Dark by The Animated Egg; and Doors Time turns out to be a pedestrian version of the backing track to The Id's Boil The Kettle Mother.

The Associated Soul Group Contessa album below is listed purely as conjecture in the hope that someone may establish a connection other than that it shares the same cover as the Electric Firebirds and is on another exploitation California label. Who WERE these Godfathers of grunge?

(info from: internet)

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At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dance Party Time is same exact LP as A Go Go Guitars with songs re-titled. Yes, those tracks you refer to are the same songs reworked from Animated Egg and Id....all of these are studio guitarist Jerry Cole recycling riffs. He recorded a lot of LPs credited to non-exsistent bands. See my liner notes on Sundazed Records release of Animated Egg and Ace Records "Hot Rod Twangin" - all Jerry Cole.

However - The Electric Firebirds, "Light My Fire" is not Jerry Cole and sounds like a real 60's garage band, not studio musicians. I have not heard The Associated Soul Group but will put $$ on that it is another Jerry Cole LP.

Mike Vernon
Austin, Texas

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Jean said...

Excellent Album ! Thank you again.


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