The Flow - The Flow's Greatest Hits (1972)

"This is an awesome slab of seventies fuzz guitar rock and roll. Lots of crunchy riffs, but also wailing lead guitar, and sort of jazzy Santana-ish breakdowns. Think Blue Cheer, Toad, Bang or Buffalo. If those names mean anything to you you're gonna need this. Greatest Hits starts out with the truly monstrous track, "It Swallowed The Sun", which begins like a Black Sabbath track, huge peals of thunder, ominous minor key fingerpicked guitars between crashing distorted chords. The rest of the record is not nearly so heavy, with lots of acoustic-y Led Zeppelin 3 moments amidst all the fuzzy wailing. But pretty fucking great. Plus, one of the best cover photos ever, with the band wearing togas, mic stands in trash cans, playing amidst clouds of smoke. So awesome!"

"In those rebellious and psychedelic times we barely earned enough to pay for food at times, while developing our musical horizons. I am amazed we survived those days. Eventually, we became a 3 piece band - The Flow. We rented a room in NYC -- also renting a room was Wicked Lester, a band later to be known as KISS. We used the space for our own explorations. With our limited funds, we could only complete half of the project so we released the record with one blank side and later on, added more material." (Pete Fine)

"Very rare album by The Flow with Pete Fine on guitars/vocals, Monte Farber on bass/vocals, Steve Starer on drums, compositions by Pete Fine and Monte Farber. This is a guitar burner total. If you´re into Blue Cheer and extra heavy Fuzz guitar is your thing, you´ll love this album. Great songs, a mindblower. Finally it came out on CD with 3 bonus tracks and poster-booklet." (BUY IT, FATHEAD!)



Anonymous said...

sounds great can't wait to give it a try.thanks

ajf said...

This sounds necessary, thanks for the continued excellent posts!

Anonymous said...

Never heard The Flow, but it sounds interesting. Thanks.

Mars said...

Yep, I love that sound!
Thanks yet again!

goinsidemyhead said...

...hey this is pretty amazing...these guys obviously practice...and tune their instruments too(always a good start)...some of this is quite dark and mythologically inclined...some leans towards a stylized prog/pop-jazz fusion which reminds me a bit of Blood Sweat and Tears first lp...some really engaging music here...some weird stuff too(Things We Said Today)..some of the vocals are quite theatrical...talented trio no doubt about it...nice post.

Stu Shea said...

Just bought the Shadoks LP of this. Looking forward to hearing it.