Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Food - Forever Is A Dream (us 1969)

Food - Forever Is a Dream (us 1969)

Formed: Chicago, IL, United States

*Ted Ashford (keybords),
*Erick Scott Filipowitz (bass),
*Barry Mraz (drums),
*Steve White (vocals),
*Bill Wukovich (guitar).

side 1
01. Forever Is a Dream (Ted Ashford - Steve White - Bill Wukovich) - 4:05
02. Native Prayers (Bill Wukovich) - 6:25
03. No (Ted Ashfrod) - 2:46
04. Lady Miss Ann (Steve White - Bill Wukovich) - 3:09
05. Fountains of My Mind (Ted Ashford - Steve White) - 3:09
06. Coming Back (Steve White - Bill Wukovich) - 3:03
side 2
01. What It Seems To Be (Steve White) - 6:03
02. Inside the Mirror (Bill Wukovich) - 2:22
03. Marbled Wings (Bill Wukovich) - 3:19
04. Traveling Light (Ted Ashford - Steve White - Bill Wukovich) - 2:42
05. Leaves (Ted Ashford - Steve White) - 3:38
06. Here We Go Again (Steve White) - 3:23

This one's always been somewhat of a mystery to us. First off, there doesn't seem to be a great deal of biographical info on these guys. They certainly didn't leave behind an extensive catalog. Besides, how come the cover shows four guys, while the liner notes and the back cover photo show the band to be a five piece ... who's missing on the cover? Chicago-based Food sported a line up consisting of keyboardist Ted Ashford, bassist Eric Scott Flipowitz, drummer Barry Mraz, singer Steve Whiteand guitarist Bill Wukovich. If you subscribe to the popular story they were discovered by the same outfit that found Grand Funk Railroad. Along with Grand Funk, they were signed by Capitol, but with Grand Funk generating strong sales, Capitol lost all interest in Food. Produced by Ashford "Forever Is a Dream" is pretty darned impressive. True, it may not be the year's most original offering, but with three of the five members contributing material, material such as the extended title track, "What It Seems To Be" and "Marbled Wings" is literally drenched in a dense and dreamy aura. It's all wrapped up in a series of attractive melodies, intriguing lyrics, coupled with plenty of fuzz guitar, whacked out drumming and interesting bits of orchestration, including some surprisingly nice horn charts ("No"). Elsewhere, on material such as "Native Prayers" and "Fountains of My Mind" vocalist White sounds like he's been partying pretty hard. Great headphone album !!!
Supposedly a couple of these songs were used in the soundtrack for the porn flick 'The Babysitters'.
~ by RDTEN1 (RYM).
"Mysterious, wondrous masterpiece that most collectors dismiss as the little brother to the other Capitol monsters (Gandalf and Common People) when it's actually the best of the three. Intensely emotional and dramatic; these guys had a vision and multiple listens begin to reveal its depth. String-laden ballads hold hands with fleeting blasts of power chords. Bits and pieces that seem to have no purpose blend together to create a surprisingly coherent whole. It's hard to know if they even intended this to be a 'concept album,' but it's definitely a case of the whole being more then the sum of the pieces, good as the pieces are."
~ by Acid Archives.

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