Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sarofeen & Smoke - Sarofeen & Smoke (us 1970)

Sarofeen and Smoke - Sarofeen and Smoke (us 1970)

Sarofeen's vocal style has been compared to Janis Joplin, Ellen McIllwaine, & the Shocking Blue's (recently deceased) Mariska Veres, and if you like those vocalists you should give her a chance. Even if you don't like that heavy, bluesy 60's female vocal style you should still give it a try. Sarofeen & John Martin (especially the latter) wrote some excellent material for the album and the band (listed below) is strong:

Members:
Dave Arliss - bass
John "Zilch" Martin - keyboards, harmonica, guitar
Anne Sarofeen - vocals
Ed "Duke" Shanahan - lead guitar
Jim Watts - drums, pecussion
Anonymous - horns

Tracklist:
Side 1
01. Susan Jane (John Martin) - 2:23
02. Cream of Nowhere (Dave Arliss - Anne Sarofeen) - 2:10
03. It's Love (John Martin) - 3:58
04. Lady Tragedy (John Martin - Anne Sarofeen) - 3:35
05. Swamp Man (Martha Velez - Bellinger) -2:15
Side 2
06. You Make It So Hard (John Martin - Anne Sarofeen) - 2:40
07. Witch (John Martin) - 2:48
08. Tomorrow ( Anne Sarofeen) - 4:03
09. Rocky Mountain Blues (F. Haywood - M. Tucker) - 4:40

Anne Sarofeen also performed on broadway in A Hard Job Being God and later recorded a second album (sans Smoke) entitled Love In A Woman's Heart, which I didn't find as good as this release. Smoke (& Sarofeen presumably) were originally from Auburn, NY, and at least one member of the band, guitarist Ed "Duke" Shanahan continues to perform in that area. He also recordedd with the band Siddhartha (for RCA) in the year before this release and has performed with blues and r&b legends like Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Bobby Comstock, & Bo Diddley.

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