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Monday, October 12, 2009

Blues Image - Open (1970)

Biography by William Ruhlmann:
The Blues Image was a one-hit wonder Latin-tinged pop/rock band,
that one hit being "Ride Captain Ride,
" which made the Top Ten and sold a million copies in 1970.
The group was formed in Tampa, FL, in 1966 by Michael Pinera
(b. September 29, 1948, Tampa, FL) (guitar, vocals), Manuel Bertematti
(b. 1946, Tampa, FL) (percussion), and Joe Lala (b. Tampa, FL) (drums).
Malcolm Jones (b. Cardiff, Wales) (bass) joined in 1966,
followed in 1968 by Frank "Skip" Konte (b. Canyon City, OK) (keyboards).
The band moved to New York City in 1968 and managed a club called the Image.
Then they moved to Los Angeles,
where they signed to Atlantic Records' Atco division in February 1969,
and released their self-titled debut album. This was followed by Open (1970),
which featured "Ride Captain Ride." But the Blues Image never followed their hit.
Pinera left, replaced by Kent Henry (guitar) and Dennis Correll (vocals).
Then the Blues Image broke up. A third album, Red White & Blues Image,
was compiled from outtakes. Skip Konte joined Three Dog Night,
while some other band members reformed as Manna.
Pinera later was a member of Iron Butterfly,
then Ramatam, and, with Bertematti, the New Cactus Band.
He also formed a band called Thee Image and worked as a solo artist.
Lala became a Los Angeles session player and worked with Joe Walsh and the
various manifestations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, among others.

**Blues Image's second album was their most successful,
in large part because of the inclusion of their huge hit single
"Ride Captain Ride." The rest of the record, however,
shows them to be a band in search of a more individual voice,
borrowing heavily as it does from Jimi Hendrix ("Love Is the Answer," "Pay My Dues"),
Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Running the Water"),
any number of average blues-rock bands ("Clean Love"),
and the Latin-rock fusion of Santana
("La Bamba," "Consuelate," and the instrumental "Wrath of Daisey").
Those familiar only with "Ride Captain Ride" might be surprised at the band's versatility,
which took in blues, Latin, and hard rock, though not in as even or striking a mixture as,
say, Santana. It's a pedestrian form of versatility, though,
with none of the other songs possessing the pop hooks of "Ride Captain Ride."
The 2004 CD reissue on Sundazed adds historical liner notes with quotes from
guitarist Mike Pinera and percussionist Joe Lala.

1. Love Is The Answer
2. Running The Water
3. Clean Love
4. La Bamba
5. Consuelate
6. Ride Captain Ride
7. Pay My Dues
8. Fugue U
9. Parchman Farm
10. Wrath Of Daisey
11. Take Me

Size: 69 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Artwork Included


At 10:26 PM, Blogger big_daddy_donn said...

i haven't heard this in years. The only problem is the download isn't blues image

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The link is wrong. Its result Daemon, "The Entrance To Hell". Please, repost correct.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Rochacrimson said...

Yes the link is wrong!

At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THEE IMAGE club was in MIAMI, not NYC.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger 7-Floor said...

The download link is ready.

Gr, 7-Floor

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Rochacrimson said...

:-) Thanks

At 6:46 PM, Blogger big_daddy_donn said...

thank you sir

At 1:54 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks. Great post. Great band. Congratulations.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger 7-Floor said...


Gr, 7-Floor

At 6:59 PM, Blogger ZARGOS1 said...

Super Blog! Thank You for Blues Image!

At 7:10 AM, Blogger DJ RuedA said...

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At 7:11 AM, Blogger DJ RuedA said...

please share link for download please

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Darren Demers said...

Then the Blues Image broke up. A third album, Red White & Blues Image, Afghani Bridal Ear Ring , Bell and Pearl Head Piece , jewelry box , multi colour scarf


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