Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Gods - To Samuel A Son (uk 1970)

The Gods - To Samuel a Son (uk 1970)

Formed: 1965, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Disbanded: 1970 //

Members:
* Mick Taylor (guitar, 1965-67), (later with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones)
* Ken Hensley (organ, vocals, occasional guitar) (later with Uriah Heep)
* John Glascock (bass, vocals, 1965-67, 1968-70), (later with Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, Carmen, Jethro Tull)
* Brian Glascock (drums, 1965-70), (later with The Motels and with the Bee Gees)
* Paul Newton (bass, 1967), (later with Uriah Heep)
* Lee Kerslake (drums, 1967-70), (later with Uriah Heep)
* John Konas (guitar,vocals, 1967-70),
* Greg Lake (bass, 1967-68) (later with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
* Cliff Bennett (vocals).

Tracklist:
01. To Samuel A Son
02. Eight O'Clock In The Morning
03. He's Growing
04. Sticking Wings On Flies
05. Lady Lady 06. Penny dear
07. Long Time Sad Time Bad Time
08. Five To Three 09. Autumn
10. Yes I Cry
11. Groozy
12. Momma I Need
13. Candlelight
14. Lovely Anita
15. Maria

"The Gods" were an English group founded in 1965. The bandmembers included Mick Taylor (later with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones), Brian Glascock and John Glascock (later of Jethro Tull).They were schoolmates from Hatfield and had been playing together as The Juniors (or The Strangers), a band they formed in 1962.Also part of this band were Malcolm Collins and Alan Shacklock. They had a record deal with Columbia. Their first 7" single (Columbia DB7339) appeared in 1964 (There's a pretty girl/Pocket Size). In 1965 the line-up was changed. Mick Taylor continued to play guitar and teamed up with Ken Hensley (organ/vocals) (later guitarist with Uriah Heep). They also added Joe Konas (guitar/vocals) and changed their name to "The Gods".In 1966 The Gods opened for Cream at the Starlite Ballroom in Wembley, London. A single (Come On Down To My Boat Baby/Garage Man) was recorded in early 1967. At this point the line-up included Mick Taylor, Ken Hensley, John Glascock, Brian Glascock and Lee Kerslake.In May 1967 Mick Taylor got a call from John Mayall who was looking for a new guitarist. When Taylor joined the Bluesbreakers, he left behind a faltering bluesband. The band sought to revive their fortunes on the club/college circuit. They relocated to London and secured a residency at The Marquee. John Glascock (bass) was replaced by Greg Lake in June 1967. The problem was that Greg Lake was too talented for the background role the rest of the band had in mind for him and in the Summer of 1968 he split to join King Crimson. The band had to re-group again and John Glascock was asked to return.With John Glascock back in the fold they recorded a couple of interesting progressive rock albums and a few 45s. Of their 45s, "Hey! Bulldog", the Beatles track, is their best known, and both sides have been included on compilation CD "The Great British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 3". The band played an imaginative amalgam of psychedelia and progressivism. Tracks like "Towards The Skies" and "Time And Eternity" from their 1968 album Genesis are full of heavy ploughing Hammond organ and distorted guitar riffs and Ken Hensley's unique and rather dramatic vocals add a further dimension.Most of The Gods' material is pretty typical late sixties pop/rock, epitomised by songs like "Radio Show" and "Yes I Cry". The compilation album The Best Of The Gods offers a good way to get to know the band's music. There are shades of Vanilla Fudge on their cover of West Side Story extract "Maria". On a few tracks like "Candlelight" and "Real Love Guaranteed" there is an inkling of the heavier sound Hensley and Kerslake would propagate in their next venture, Uriah Heep.The Gods were the successors of the Rolling Stones at the famous Marquee Club in London. After recording two albums, Genesis (1968) and To Samuel a Son (1969), they signed with a new record company, recruited Rebel Rousers singer Cliff Bennett and changed their name to Toe Fat which also lasted two years and two albums.
~ from wikipedia.

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