Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mint Tattoo - Mint Tattoo (1969 us rock with ex Blue Cheer) + 6 Tracks live Santa Monica 1968-01-12 - Flac)


The Mint Tattoo was born as an offshoot of the legendary 60's proto punk acid band Blue Cheer. Bruce Stephens and Ralph (Burns) Kellogg had played together in Blue Cheer on band's self titled album in 1969, but after that one album, Stevens left the band to pursue other interests. Kellogg stayed on with Blue Cheer until the demise of the band in 1971, but during his tenure with Blue Cheer he reunited with Stevens along with drummer Gregg Thomas to form the band Mint Tattoo. Produced by James William Guercio (Chicago) and engineered by Phil Ramone in New York.

An interesting oddity from 1968. Primarily blues based rock of above average quality, this group has almost progressive ambitions at times. While they don't always measure up, they do go in some fascinating directions. Unusual song structures and lyrical ideas share space with hard rockin' blues. It's no where near the quality of Jeff Beck's Truth, but this album grows on me a little more with each listen (I have an old vinyl copy I picked up second hand). The band obviously needed a little more time to grow, but they fell apart before they really had a chance to establish their sound and direction.
Bruce Stephens' raspy vocals fit the rockers, but can wear thin on some of the other numbers. He's certainly no Steve Marriot. He and keyboardist Burns Kellog show up in Blue Cheer a year later to finish out the New! Improved!! album. Kellog would hang in for a few years and albums, but Stephens would depart before finishing B.C.'s self titled album of late '69, going on to form Pilot. I suppose the songs he did with B.C. can give you a hint at what this disc sounds like, and if you enjoy those you'll probably like this.I like this album, but it falls short of its potential. Interesting artwork and ideas.(By Aron D. Rush)


Mint Tattoo:
Bruce Stephens - Lead vocals, Guitar 
Gregg Thomas - Drums, Percussion
Ralph Kellog - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Tracks Listing
01- Sister Bleu
02- Leper's Epitaph
03- Policeman's Ball
04- Littal Lieu Lieu's Revenge
05- Faces of Roses
06- I'm Talking About You
07- Wrong Way Girl
08- Scorpio Woman
09- Mark Of The Beast
10- Moanin'
11- With Love
12- I Hear the Spirits

Live Santa Monica Ca - 1968-01-12 (Very Good Audience)
01. You're Gonna Need Someone 4:06 
02. Desire 4:20
03. Policeman's Ball 4:21
04. Walk On By 5:17
05. What Will You Do 4:18
06. Mark Of The Beast (cut) 1:55



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adamus67 said...

The only one album of this formation very nice, definitely guitar heavy album with a big dose of improvised music!
Primarily blues based rock of above average quality, this group has almost progressive ambitions at times. While they don't always measure up, they do go in some fascinating directions. Unusual song structures and lyrical ideas share space with hard rockin' blues. It's no where near the quality of Jeff Beck's Truth, but this album grows on me a little more with each listen (I have an old vinyl copy I picked up second hand). The band obviously needed a little more time to grow, but they fell apart before they really had a chance to establish their sound and direction. Mint Tattoo is a mixture of blues styled original songs, a cover of classic a blues numbers and some rather uninspired, typical for the era hard rock tunes. Not an overly exciting album, compared to the early Blue Cheer material, but none the less a period piece and better than most material that was being released in the early 70's,originally appeared LP Record Label Dot Records DLP25918 in 1969

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