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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Seeds : The Seeds 1966



The Seeds were an American rock band that is considered a prototype for mid-sixties garage punk rock. The group, whose repertoire spread between garage rock and acid rock, have been termed a freakbeat band.


The Seeds were formed in 1965 when lead singer Sky Saxon responded to an advertisement. Saxon, who had relocated to Los Angeles from Salt Lake City, had recorded a string of 45s under the name Richie Marsh. 

Sky Saxon (born Richard Marsh; vocals) and guitarist Jan Savage formed the Seeds with keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Andridge in Los Angles in 1965. By the end of 1966, they had secured a contract with GNP Crescendo, releasing "Pushin' Too Hard" as their first single.
The song climbed into the Top 40 early in 1967, and the group immediately released two sound-alike singles, "


Of the great garage punk bands of the 1960s, some were louder (the Sonics), some were angrier (the Music Machine), and some were trippier (the 13th Floor Elevators), but few seemed like a bad influence on so many levels as the Seeds. The Seeds had long hair, a gloriously lamentable fashion sense, an attitude that was at once petulant and lackadaisical, and music that sounded aimless, horny, agitated, and stoned all at once. Is it any wonder America's delinquent youth loved them? The Seeds' aural signature was as distinctive as any band of their era, and they got a bit fancier with their formula as they went along, but they never captured their essential seediness with more impressive concision than they did on their self-titled debut album from 1966.


The band secured regular gigs at the LA club Bido Lito's and quickly gained a local reputation for high energy live performances.Keyboardist Daryl Hooper was a major factor in the Seeds' sound; the band was one of the first to utilize keyboard bass.Guitarists Jan Savage and Jeremy Levine along with drummer Rick Andridge completed the original quintet, but Levine left shortly after the first recording sessions for personal reasons.
Mr. Farmer" and "Can't Seem to Make You Mine," in an attempt to replicate their success; the latter came the closest to being a hit, just missing the Top 40. While their singles were garage punk, the Seeds attempted to branch out into improvisational blues-rock and psychedelia on their first two albums, The Seeds (1966) and Web of Sound (1966). With their third album, Future (1967), the band attempted a psychedelic concept album in the vein of Sgt. Pepper's.

Best known for their rock & roll standard "Pushin' Too Hard," the Seeds combined the raw, Stonesy appeal of garage rock with a fondness for ragged, trashy psychedelia. And though they never quite matched the commercial peak of their first two singles, "Pushin' Too Hard" and "Can't Seem to Make You Mine," the band continued to record for the remainder of the '60s, eventually delving deep into post-Sgt. Pepper's psychedelia and art rock


Although Sky Saxon was usually credited as bass player, he did not play bass on any of the Seeds' recordings. This was handled by session musicians, usually one Harvey Sharpe. On stage, keyboardist Daryl Hooper would perform the bass parts via a separate bass keyboard, in the same manner as Ray Manzarek later did with The Doors. 


The release of Future in mid-1967 generally marked the commercial peak of the Seeds’ career, coinciding with a major national hit, raucous concerts, numerous live TV performances, as well as prominent guest appearances on the NBC sitcom The Mothers-in-Law and in the hippie/counterculture-themed cult film Psych-Out. 



The Seeds also recorded another album devoted specifically to the blues (with liner notes by Muddy Waters). A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues, bearing the artist moniker Sky Saxon Blues Band, was released in November 1967.

The Seeds remained dormant again until 2003, when Saxon reformed them with original guitarist Jan Savage and newcomers Rik Collins on bass, Mark Bellgraph on guitar, and Dave Klein on keyboards.
This new version of the Seeds went through several incarnations, with Savage departing midway through their 2003 European tour due to his health. Saxon remained the only original member of the Seeds, which continued to tour Europe and the United States.

Sky "Sunlight" Saxon (August 20, 1937 – June 25, 2009) was an American rock and roll musician, best known as the leader and singer of the 1960s Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock band The Seeds.




Saxon died on June 25, 2009 of heart and renal failure.
The Seeds' original drummer Rick Andridge died in 2011.


TRAXS 


1.  Can't Seem To Make You Mine    
2.  No Escape    
3.  Lose Your Mind    
4.  Evil Hoodoo    
5.  Girl I Want You    
6.  Pushin' Too Hard    
7.  Try To Understand    
8.  Nobody Spoil My Fun    
9.  It's A Hard Life    
10. You Can't Be Trusted    
11. Excuse, Excuse    
12. Fallin' In Love    
13. She's wrong   
14. Daisy Mae Take   
15. Dreaming Of Your Love   
16. Out Of Question ( Version 1 )   
17. Out Of Question ( Master )   
18. Pushin' Too Hard ( Take 1 )   
19. Girl I Want You To Take You ( Alternative Overdub )   
20. Evil Hoodoo ( Intercut Section )
21. It's A Hard Life ( take 1 )
22. Nobody Spoil My Fun ( Alternative Overdub ) 

MP3 @ 320 Size : 174 ΜΒ
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