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  • The Inner Mystique (Awaiting Repress) The Inner Mystique (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Inner Mystique (Awaiting Repress)

    Sundazed is totally stoked to announce the reissue of the first two albums by the Chocolate Watch Band, high on everyones list as one of the most exciting garage bands ever. Hailing from San Jose, California, the Watch Bandfeaturing the pouting, Mick Jagger-influenced lead vocals of Dave Aguilar, the thrilling guitars of Sean Tolby and Mark Loomis, the solid bass of Bill Flores and the thumping drums of Gary Andrijasevichmade all the right scenes in San Jose, including appearances with South Bay chart-toppers the Syndicate of Sound and Count Five.


    The Inner Mystique, the Watch Bands follow-up LP, puts you in the middle of a hippie ballroom with legendary producer Ed Cobbs instrumental Voyage of the Trieste and In the Past, which use enough psychedelic guitar, electric sitar and exotic shakers and rattles to grow your hair at least two inches overnight. Ray Davies Im Not Like Everybody Else sounds like it was written just for the Watch Band, and Dylans Its All Over Now, Baby Blue is a jingle-jangle masterpiece.

    1. Voyage of the Trieste
    2. In the Past
    3. Inner Mystique
    4. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
    5. Medication
    6. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go
    7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    8. I Ain't No Miracle Worker
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    No Way Out (On Sale)

    Sundazed is totally stoked to announce the reissue of the first two albums by the Chocolate Watch Band, high on everyones list as one of the most exciting garage bands ever. Hailing from San Jose, California, the Watch Bandfeaturing the pouting, Mick Jagger-influenced lead vocals of Dave Aguilar, the thrilling guitars of Sean Tolby and Mark Loomis, the solid bass of Bill Flores and the thumping drums of Gary Andrijasevichmade all the right scenes in San Jose, including appearances with South Bay chart-toppers the Syndicate of Sound and Count Five.


    No Way Out kicks things off with an eye-opening nugget, Lets Talk About Girls. Its a song that perfectly blends a stomping Chuck Berry rhythm track with the happening boss sound, the psychedelic guitar. Come On, an early Stones single, is given the perfect Jagger paint job, while Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In) captures the new tribal hippie culture in a nutshell.

    1. Let's Talk About Girls
    2. Midnight Hour
    3. Come On
    4. Dark Side of the Mushroom
    5. Hot Dusty Road
    6. Are You Gonna be There (At the Love-In)
    7. Gone and Passes By
    8. No Way Out
    9. Expo 2000
    10. Gossamer Wings
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    One Step Beyond

    The third and final of the original studio albums by the Chocolate Watchband, One Step Beyond is a bit misleading and contradictory. On the one hand, it's as close as any performing group called the Chocolate Watchband ever got to making a finished album of their own, which is reflected in the fact that all but one song here was an original by the bandmembers; but on the other hand, this is a different Watchband lineup, assembled by Sean Tolby and Bill Flores, including guitarist Mark Loomis and drummer Gary Andrijasevich (both of whom had left in 1967 to join the Tingle Guild), and original, Foothill College-era Chocolate Watchband member Danny Phay (who'd also been in the Tingle Guild). Missing is David Aguilar, the band's one-time lead singer and most visible songwriter up to that time -- and the result is an album that has almost none of the influence of the Rolling Stones, and, instead, shows the greatest folk-rock influence in their history. The overall sound is brittle but melodic, reminiscent in some ways of the Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Charlatans, Moby Grape, and the Jefferson Airplane. Danny Phay isn't nearly as charismatic a singer as Aguilar, but he's not bad, either, and there are lots of interesting shared vocals. There's also quite a bit more guitar noodling here than on any previous Watchband recording -- that's not necessarily a bad thing, though it does dilute some of the impact of the punkier moments. Devil's Motorcycle is also of special interest to fans of Moby Grape, as it features the Grape's Jerry Miller subbing for Loomis on lead guitar. They shined on Ashford & Simpson's I Don't Need No Doctor as well as the Loomis/Andrijasevich original Uncle Morris, and Flowers was a beautiful piece of folk-based psychedelia, while Sean Tolby's Fireface recaptured some of the original band's thicker rock textures. Original Foothill College-era member Ned Torney was also present on the sessions playing keyboards, but his work was left out of the final mix of the album, which meant the guitars got even greater exposure than intended. The overall album, which clocks in at well under 25 minutes, is an interesting and well-played coda to the band's history, but is also a long way from the sound of the group's earlier releases.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Uncle Morris
    2. How Ya Been
    3. Devil's Motorcycle
    4. I Don't Need No Doctor
    5. Flowers
    6. Fireface
    7. And She's Lonely
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  • One Step Beyond One Step Beyond Quick View

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    One Step Beyond

    The third and final of the original studio albums by the Chocolate Watchband, One Step Beyond is a bit misleading and contradictory. On the one hand, it's as close as any performing group called the Chocolate Watchband ever got to making a finished album of their own, which is reflected in the fact that all but one song here was an original by the bandmembers; but on the other hand, this is a different Watchband lineup, assembled by Sean Tolby and Bill Flores, including guitarist Mark Loomis and drummer Gary Andrijasevich (both of whom had left in 1967 to join the Tingle Guild), and original, Foothill College-era Chocolate Watchband member Danny Phay (who'd also been in the Tingle Guild). Missing is David Aguilar, the band's one-time lead singer and most visible songwriter up to that time -- and the result is an album that has almost none of the influence of the Rolling Stones, and, instead, shows the greatest folk-rock influence in their history. The overall sound is brittle but melodic, reminiscent in some ways of the Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Charlatans, Moby Grape, and the Jefferson Airplane. Danny Phay isn't nearly as charismatic a singer as Aguilar, but he's not bad, either, and there are lots of interesting shared vocals. There's also quite a bit more guitar noodling here than on any previous Watchband recording -- that's not necessarily a bad thing, though it does dilute some of the impact of the punkier moments. Devil's Motorcycle is also of special interest to fans of Moby Grape, as it features the Grape's Jerry Miller subbing for Loomis on lead guitar. They shined on Ashford & Simpson's I Don't Need No Doctor as well as the Loomis/Andrijasevich original Uncle Morris, and Flowers was a beautiful piece of folk-based psychedelia, while Sean Tolby's Fireface recaptured some of the original band's thicker rock textures. Original Foothill College-era member Ned Torney was also present on the sessions playing keyboards, but his work was left out of the final mix of the album, which meant the guitars got even greater exposure than intended. The overall album, which clocks in at well under 25 minutes, is an interesting and well-played coda to the band's history, but is also a long way from the sound of the group's earlier releases.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Uncle Morris
    2. How Ya Been
    3. Devil's Motorcycle
    4. I Don't Need No Doctor
    5. Flowers
    6. Fireface
    7. And She's Lonely
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    Tomorrow Is My Turn

    Rhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out on Nonesuch Records. (The vinyl will follow on March 3.) The album was produced by T Bone Burnett.


    Burnett first worked with Giddens when she performed last fall at a concert he curated at New York City's Town Hall that was later broadcast on Showtime: Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis." Backstage, Burnett was immediately moved to ask if he could produce a record with her. "It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that include Marian Anderson, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Rosetta Tharpe," Burnett says. "We need that person in our culture."


    For her first solo disc, Giddens chose a broad range of songs from genres as diverse as gospel, jazz, blues, and country. In addition to the traditional "Black Is the Color," tracks include Hank Cochran's "She's Got You," made famous by Patsy Cline; Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind"; "O Love Is Teasin'," popularized by the Kentucky-reared "mother of folk" Jean Ritchie; and Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree."


    "I had already started putting together a list of songs that didn't really fit into the Chocolate Drops world," Giddens explains. "At the top was 'Tomorrow Is My Turn' [immortalized by Nina Simone]. Seeing Nina do it on YouTube was revelatory. I knew she'd gone through a lot of hard times, as so many people did in that time period. Watching her sing this song, with the words 'tomorrow is my turn,' I began to think about the struggle of her and women like her." The significance of this song led Giddens to make it the title of the album as well. "Other songs started getting on my list and they were all by women or interpreted by women," she says.


    Tomorrow Is My Turn was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players whom Burnett assembled. Among them are fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; legendary backup singer Tata Vega; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.


    Tomorrow Is My Turn follows Giddens' work with Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album also produced by Burnett that was released in November 2014. Her contribution was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the "showstopper evoking antebellum blues with a magnificent voice that interrogates the myths stirred up at Big Pink." The New York Times agreed, saying "On lead vocals she's the album's revelation, singing melodies that hark back to Celtic modes with a decisive presence and a haunting grace."

    1. Last Kind Words
    2. Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
    3. Waterboy
    4. She's Got You
    5. Up Above My Head
    6. Tomorrow is My Turn
    7. Black Is the Color
    8. Round About the Mountain
    9. Shake Sugaree
    10. O Love Is Teasin'
    11. Angel City
    Rhiannon Giddens
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