Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fu Manchu : Return To Earth 1998

Fu Manchu originally formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band called Virulence. Their primary influences were the bands Black Flag and Bl'ast. The line up was vocalist Ken Pucci, guitarist Scott Hill, bassist Mark Abshire, and drummer Ruben Romano. In 1989 Abshire left the band and was replaced by Greg McCaughey. They released their debut LP If This Isn't a Dream... on Alchemy Records that year. In 1990, Pucci left the band and was replaced by vocalist Glenn Chivens, and they changed their name to Fu Manchu. Soon after they released the "Kept Between Trees" 7 inch single on Slap A Ham Records. On this early recording, Fu Manchu still exhibited much of the hardcore sound established by Virulence. However, the band soon began to drift away from hardcore and towards a more 1970s hard rock style. McCaughey was not pleased with this, as he regarded this move to be following a trend; the Seattle grunge phenomenon was breaking out of the underground at this time, and many of these bands were regarded as having a similar 1970s "classic rock" influenced sound. McCaughey was replaced by Mark Abshire. Chivens also left the band around this time for unknown reasons. Rather than search for a new vocalist, Scott Hill added lead vocalist to his guitar duties. To compensate, Scott Votaw was recruited as lead guitarist. In 1992, Fu Manchu released three 7 inch singles: "Senioritis," "Pick Up Summer," and "Don't Bother Knockin' (If This Vans Rockin')". In 1993, Votaw left the band and was replaced by guitarist Eddie Glass, who had previously drummed in Olivelawn.

Return to Earth 91-93 is a compilation album from Californian stoner rockers Fu Manchu on Elastic Records, featuring drummer Ruben Romano (Nebula) and lead guitarist Scott Votaw, Mark Absire on bass and Scott Hill on guitar and vocal duties. This album is a collection of three earlier singles released in 1992 and two additional songs. Fu Manchu's first vocalist, Glen Chivens, wrote some of the songs with current vocalist Scott Hill. The album has more of a gritty and punk edge to it than their later albums.

Track listing

1. Don't Bother Knockin' (If This Van's Rockin') - 3:55
2. Senioritis - 2:42
3. Pick-Up Summer - 2:33
4. El Don - 2:23
5. Ojo Rojo - 3:44
6. Simco - 3:08
7. Space Sucker - 3:05
8. Pinbuster - 2:14
9. Vankhana (Rollin' Rooms) - 4:16

Size 65 MB
Format : Vinyl LP
Label : Elastic
Made in : USA
Year : 1998
Recorded : 1991 - 1993
Bitrate 320

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