Monday, June 29, 2015

The Sound Of San Diego In The 70's

Some really interesting tracks from the few Home Grown comps I've found while out digging in Southern California.

For about a decade - beginning in 1973 - San Diego radio station KGB-FM 101 released an annual compilation LP of local bands and musicians performing original tracks about San Diego and surrounding areas.

The comps were called Home Grown, and profits from sales of the albums were donated to The United Way.

These records are not necessarily rare, but they do possess a certain "real people" quality to the music that in my opinion makes them special.

According to the liner notes, the roster of artists included "are a mix of young and younger, skilled professional and talented amateur..."  They range from shoe salesmen, college students, and auto parts drivers, to working bar bands, music producers, and rock journalism critics.

Home Grown III (1975) even claims to have invented the punk genre of popular music by including "San Diego (You're My Home)" by the conveniently-named band "Punk" (who in my opinion sound more like butt rock and/or cock rock).

Other notable inclusions in the series are two synth-based tracks: "The City In Motion" by Rick Telli sounds like the lost theme to a bad sci-fi film, and "Zoo Song" by Horsefeathers is so outsider-sounding that it lives perfectly somewhere between genius & insanity.

Residing in the "wow, this is actually pretty good instrumentation and vocal delivery" files of Home Grown, are the tracks "Earthquake" by Blue Wind, "Forever Flying" by Mojave, and "Mission Bay" by Mutt.

And, lest we forget these comps came out in the mid-70's, let's have a taste of one of the handful of disco-flavored numbers that were included, in the form of "San Diego, Dance" by People Movers.

There's a really extensive website on all the Home Grown comps here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Overtones Get Freaky Funky

I'm really getting into looking for obscure gospel records at thrift stores and mining them for any remotely interesting tracks.

This release from a group calling themselves The Overtones contains said interesting track in the form of "I Wish You'd All Believe."

Free Music - Upload Audio - I Wish You'd All Believe

Clocking in at just over four minutes, this ominous Judgement Day jam is chock-full of break beats, funky horns, haunting group vocals, and end time Biblical lyrical content.

According to the liner notes The Overtones were a "college-career choir and music department of the First Baptist Church of Pomona, California."

Found: Goodwill Pasadena, CA