Jamul (1970)

Killer late '60s US heavy hippy rock album issued in 1970 with a down-and-wasted vibe. Great guitar throughout with a superb version of "Tobacco Road", plus loads of originals. The band were involved with Steppenwolf's management and the sound is similar to the early years of that band as well as other heavy acid rock bands such as Yesterday's Children and Frantic. Great album and worth checking out. (BUY IT @ Freak Emporium)

The album, though being issued on the small Lizard label, may be not so obscure, but the band surely is. Named after a small town somewhere out in the back country near San Diego, there is almost no information available on this outfit. They are: Steve Williams, Bob Desnoyers, Ron Armstrong and John Fergus. Their music is mostly heavy blues rock with extremely powerful vocals. Best songs are "Tobacco Road" with a strong guitar solo and thundering blues harp, "Ramblin Man" (not the Allman Brothers' song) and the apocalyptic "Valley Thunder". Their cover of the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash' is a bit lame, although it has a good progressive Guitar solo. There are 2 or 3 other songs, that seem to be mere fillers. But still - this is better than some of the 100-dollar-records you see for sale. - Originally came with a set of stamps depicting the musicians. (via seifke @ rate your music.com)

Dirty, hairy rockers whose music is every bit as grungy as the album cover would lead you to believe. Gravel-voiced no-nonsense singing and dirty-sounding rhythm guitars add to the appeal. They do cover three well-known songs here, but change them around (different tempos, rhythms, etc.) The best songs are the upbeat originals, but all of it is good. This is in many ways what a hard rock album should be — honest, rough and slightly pissed off. (via Acid Archives)


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Jamul - Tobacco Road


Crotchbat said...

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Anonymous said...

Jamul is worth a try!
Thanks Crotchbat!

Trustar said...

Nice share Crotchbat.
Glad I made the stop today. I have a sister-in-law who is from Jamul.

Keep up the good work.

Trustar Vibrations

Anonymous said...

very cool. thanks!

Corinne Cascioppo said...

You're right about their best tracks off this album being their originals. Movin' to the Country, Nickel Thimble & Hold the Line being my favorite tracks off this album. By far one of my favorite vinyls I own.