Monday, April 16, 2007
Bob Ray - Initiation of a Mystic (1968)
By request, another fine slice of late-60's pop-psych pie, this time from Bob Ray, onetime bass player for Donovan (that's him on Season of the Witch) and later a member of the pop trio Thorinshield. This release doesn't have the sunshine vibe of that band but is certainly as good or better in its own somewhat darker way.
The core band on this one (see below) featured some fine LA session players and the record was produced by Johnny Rivers.
HAL BLAINE drms
JIM GORDON drms
JIM HORN flute, sax
LARRY KNECHTEL bs, keyb'ds
JOE OSBORNE bs
BOB RAY vcls
There's also some strings (as in orchestral) but I don't know who played them.
Here's a track list since the files aren't numbered:
(Girl With the) Cameo Ring (3:55)
Live Today (3:32)
City of Toys (3:33)
Green Green (Big Big River) (3:16)
Smog Song (5:20)
Money Tree (3:40)
Personal Movie (2:58)
Woman of the Highlands (4:15)
Right Relations (3:30)
Islands (Poem) (2:10)
This one is not my rip (props to Dancing Gods). It is ripped at 320kps.
Here's the music.
Note: Since I had another record planned for posting this week I think I'll get a 2nd post this weekend, so stop back.