Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat 2 x vinyl lps (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)

SKU 05-RGM 722LP
Bruce Hampton (vocals, trumpet)
Glenn Phillips (guitar, saxophone)
Harold Kelling (guitar, vocals)
Mike Holbrook (bass)
Jerry Fields (percussion, vocals)

The Hampton Grease band are legends of weirdo American music and performed a wild, energetic and tight music featuring wild dual guitar work and a solid rhythm section plus a wild-card vocalist. Comparable in some ways to the Magic Band, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, but with a wild/freak-out streak, basically they were totally a product of the American South and of the 60s.
Somehow they managed to get signed to Columbia, where they recorded an album, which the ‘powers that be’ heard and sent them back into the studio to record more stuff, in the hopes it would be more commercial, but they emerged with a second disc that was even weirder. It was released as their one and only album in 1971, which combined both sessions on a double lp and Columbia washed their hands of them. A simply wonderful, wild classic filled with great, inventive playing and exciting moments. A must-own of creative American rock music.

"Why would we reissue a record that is reputed to be the second worst-selling release in the history of Columbia Records? (Legend has it that it was undersold only by a yoga instructional album.) Well, because in the 47-some years since its release, the Hampton Grease Band's Music To Eat has steadily ascended the list of Greatest Cult Records of All Time so that now it resides at the tippety-top. Indeed, modern-day jam bands genuflect at the sight of the trippy cover art alone (Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit was an early '90s fixture in the movement), as the jazz/prog/psych guitar licks of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling give such famous duos as Betts/Allman, Verlaine/Lloyd, and Bloomfield/Bishop a run for their money. Add a generous dollop of Pop Art surrealism delivered by Hampton's Dada-ist, Beefheart-ian roar and you're left with an album that inhabits a rarefied realm somewhere between Trout Mask Replica, Anthem of the Sun, Hot Rats, Happy Trails, and maybe The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (particularly because the Hampton Grease Band was also from the South but far, far stranger). But what makes this record even more special is the way it points the way forward as well as back. Yes, you can hear echoes of their more famous, improvisationally-minded contemporaries, but the offhand guitar riffs, frenzied instrumental passages, stylistic about-faces, and deadpan vocals bring to mind nothing other than a psychedelicized Minutemen (and David Thomas of Pere Ubu sounds a lot like Col. Bruce). Also, the HGB wasn't afraid to antagonize audiences, as they barely escaped with their lives after opening for Three Dog Night and Alice Cooper. In short, this isn't your dad's psychedelic rock album, nor is it your son's jam band record. This is music that stands apart from time and style, a true example of Weird America.”
  • LabelReal Gone Music
  • UPC848064007227
Your Price $45.00

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