Παρασκευή, 23 Μαΐου 2008

Fever Tree - Creation (Uni 73067,1969 US TX..Psychedelic mind dream!)

...perhaps , from the best 60's albums made ever!

Dennis Keller - Vocals
Michael Knust - Lead Guitar
Rob Landes - Keyboards
E.E. Wolfe - Bass
John Tuttle - Drums
The Fever Tree - Creation (1970) -

A lot less imaginative record than the previous two, this is still a fairly strong effort. Less San Francisco influenced than before, the band belted out a collection of pre-progressive rock tunes. This album also featured a guest appearance from guitarist Billy Gibbons, later of ZZ Top fame. Although commercially it failed miserably, it's still a decent album, with a few great tunes among some rather mediocre ones.
Bioagrphy
A minor, if reasonably interesting, late-'60s psychedelic group, Houston's Fever Tree is most famous for their single "San Francisco Girls," with its dramatic melody, utopian lyrics, and searing fuzz guitar. Most of their best material, ironically, was written by their over-30 husband-wife production team, Scott and Vivian Holtzman, who had previously written material for Tex Ritter and the Mary Poppins soundtrack. These odd bedfellows produced some fairly distinctive material with more classical/Baroque influences and orchestral string arrangements than were usually found in psychedelic groups. Their pretty, wistful ballads (enhanced on their first album by arranger David Angel, who had also worked on Love's classic Forever Changes) endure better than their dirge-like fuzz grinders, which epitomize some of the more generic aspects of heavy psychedelia. Releasing four albums (the third of which, Creation, included guest guitar by future ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons), their records grew weaker and more meandering with time, and the group disbanded in 1970. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide


Although a Texas, USA-based act, Fever Tree made its mark with a tribute to the Summer of Love's host city with their 1968 anthem "San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)". Comprising Rob Landes (keyboards), Dennis Keller (vocals), E.E. Wolfe (bass), John Tuttle (drums) and Michael Knust (guitar), the psychedelic band formed in Houston, Texas, in the mid-60s as Bostwick Vine. The name change came in 1967 and the band subsequently signed with the Chicago-based Mainstream Records. Two unsuccessful singles were recorded, and the unit then signed to Uni Records, and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1968. "San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)" was penned by Vivian Holtzman, one of the band's producers. Although only a minor chart hit, it received much airplay on the new USA FM rock stations and on John Peel's Top Gear radio programme in the UK. Fever Tree recorded four albums, three of which charted in the USA, before splitting up in 1970. Interest in the band was renewed in the mid-80s psychedelic revival, and compilation albums were issued in both the USA and UK.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. .
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