Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bridge - Bridge (Can 1971)

Bridge [CAN] - Bridge (1971)

Members:
* Francis Webster (Guitar),
* John Webster (bass),
* Tony Lecallion (drums).

Tracks:
01. I had It But I Lost It (Sing-a-long) 2:33
02. It�s My Life (Slow Groove Rock) 3:07
03. Ain�t My Day (Country) 3:18
04. Simple Blues Form (Happy Blues) 3:18
05. Running Away (Country) 2:28
06. Brand New Day (Jazz Shuffle) 4:48
07. You�re My Girl (Ego Trip) 9:45
08. Born To The Country (Country) 4:12
09. Barnyard (Blues Shuffle Inst.) 3:56

Bridge answer the question, for anyone who wishes to know, what happened to the Canadian band David after their lone record on Sound Canada in the late 60s.
Guitarist Francis Webster, bassist John Webster, and drummer Tony Lecallion from David make up Bridge who recorded this ultra obscure and rare record at the same Sound Canada studios in 1971.
Next to each song is a brief description of the musical genre of each ranging from "Ego Trip" to "Country" to "jazz shuffle." What this album is differs drastically from what you'd expect from David.
The best way to describe Bridge's album would be "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" on tons of acid!
There is no fuzz guitar, but a clean westcoast shimmering tone on all tracks, bizarre vocal effects on the tripped out "It's My Life" and plenty of weirdness present for the whole album.
The tracks that are labeled "Country" all have a strange bent to them despite being early back-to-the-roots country rock influenced by Graham Parsons and "real" country artists like Hank Williams. The long "Ego Trip" version of Little Richard's "You're My Girl" is great fun and the only good version I've heard of one of his songs. There is something here very enjoyable for anyone looking for a bizarre twisted record of fun music, especially "Brand New Day" with echoes of Spirit and a bit of Freeborne. Very rare and a good one.
 ~ Ben Blake Mitchner (Acid Archives).

It's pretty nice rare album released on Vintage Records and re-released by Erebus Records on cd.

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