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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Druids Of Stonehenge : Creation 1968


The group formed as the Druids in New York City in 1965.
The Druids of Stonehenge were a garage rock and psychedelic band from New York City who were active in the 1960s. They began as an R&B-based rock combo in the vein of the early Rolling Stones called the Druids, but later moved to the West Coast and changed their name to the Druids of Stonehenge, evolving their sound to fit the burgeoning psychedelic rock coming to the fore. In 1968 they recorded the album, Creation, for Uni Records. They broke up in 1969, but have made occasional reunion appearances, such as a performance in New York in 2008.



The album was recorded at two sets of sessions: most of it at TTG Studios in Los Angeles, and the remainder at Nola in New York. The band a television appearance on the Joe Franklin Show at the time of the album's release, performing their rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" However, the band did not record any subsequent material and broke up in 1969.


Their original lineup consisted of Dave Budge on lead vocals, Carl Hauser and Billy Tracy on guitars, Tim Workman on bass, and Steve Tindall on drums. Initially the band's repertoire was made up of largely covers done and was stylistically similar to the early Rolling Stones with a strong R&B orientation.The Druids would eventually change their name to the Druids of Stonehenge as their sound began to reflect the influence of psychedelia.


In 1968, the newly renamed and psychedelically realigned Druids of Stonehenge relocated to the West Coast and, signing to the Uni label, cut the single "A Garden Where Nothing Grows" and the album Creation. Notable for further stylized covers,
Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and Love's "Signed D.C." among them, together with a fiery retread of "I Put a Spell on You," the album was recorded in two sets of sessions, the bulk at TTG in L.A., the remainder back at Nola in New York. For many years best known only for the two songs later culled for the Baubles,Vol. 1 compilation, "Six Feet Down" and "Pale Dream," Creation has also since been reissued by Sundazed.


The band a television appearance on the Joe Franklin Show at the time of the album's release, performing their rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black."However, the band did not record any subsequent material and broke up in 1969.


In the intervening years since their breakup, the band as come the attention of garage rock and psychedelic collectors and enthusiasts and their work has been featured on various compilations. Their early recordings (as the Druids) have been re-issued on a mini-disc put out by Sundazed, but titled in keeping with their later moniker, The Druids of Stonehenge.
Some of their songs have been included on the Baubles, Vol. 1. compilation. The entire Creation album has been reissued by Sundazed.


TRACKS

01. Six Feet Down  3:00
02. Earthless     2:44
03. I Put A Spell On You   2:40
04. Speed   2:54
05. Bring It On Home (Can't Get By Alone)   6:44
06. Painted Woman   3:23
07. Pale Dream     2:33
08. Signed D. C.   3:20
09. Forgot To Be Begot      2:32
10. A Garden Where Nothing Grows   2:57
11. It's All Over Now Baby Blue   5:05

Genre: Rock, Blues
Style: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rhythm & Blues
Year: 1968

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