Monday, December 24, 2012

Glory - Damnation Of Adam Blessing (1973 heavy psych and hard rock - Akarma cd edition - Wave)


Cleveland acid rock combo the Damnation of Adam Blessing was formed in 1968 from the ashes of a pair of local garage bands, the Society and Dust; led by frontman Adam Blessing (Bill Constable), the group also included guitarists Jim Quinn and Bob Kalamasz, bassist Ray Benich, and drummer Bill Schwark. After months of relentless local gigging -- often as the opener for hometown heroes the James Gang -- the Damnation of Adam Blessing signed to United Artists and issued their self-titled debut LP in 1969, followed by a tour in support of the Faces. Second Damnation followed a year later, generating the minor hit "Back to the River"; with their third album, 1971's Which Is Justice, Which Is the Thief, Schwark was replaced by Blessing's drummer brother Ken Constable. In 1973, the group renamed itself Glory, releasing a self-titled LP on the UA subsidiary Avalanche before disbanding. The Italian reissue imprint Akarma re-released all of the Damnation of Adam Blessing's albums in the early to mid-2000s as either straight-up re-releases or with additional bonus tracks. The label even released a reissue of the obscure Glory album and offered deluxe vinyl pressings of most of the CDs as well.
  Glory is Damnation's final album, recorded in 1973. The Damnation Of Adam Blessing - Glory released their final album in 1973, but not under the same name. There were some changes in the group’s direction prior to the release of this album. After being dropped by United Artist, the group broke up and then resurfaced as Glory. Ironically the label Avalanche released the album - they were a subsidiary of UA. Adam Blessing reverted back to his given name Bill Constable, and brother Ken also joined the group on vocals and guitar. Ken had a higher voice than Bill, so this made for a splendid give and take between the two brothers, and some soaring sweet harmonies were the product of that sibling vocal tandem.(Jason Ankeny)

Tracklist:
01 - Sunny Days
02 - Find Out Lover
03 - I Got A Feeling
04 - Mrs. Walker
05 - You Can Believe
06 - Hot Momma
07 - Get Up
08 - Nightmare
09 - Dan



Credits
Bill Constable (Adam Blessing) - Lead Vocals
Ken Constable - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Bob Kalamasz - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Jim Quinn - Guitar, Vocals, Percussions
Ray Benick - Bass 
Bill Schwark - Drums
Phil Giallombardo - Keyboards

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3 comments:

Sadness said...

nightmare and you can believe being the standout tracks on this album.. great post silver

DanP said...

I haven't this edition, I just have this in a twofer with Second Damnation from Progressive Line. This Akarma edition is a very welcome addition. Thanks and Merry Christmas!!!

adamus67 said...

Like such local celebrities as Raspberries, James Gang, Damnation of Adam Blessing were true representatives of the rock scene Cleveland, OH . In fact, many fans may argue that they were a cut above other local peers, not to mention the many out of state. Their music was quite in the spirit of hard rock of the era, but the arrangements were much more advanced. While the symptoms of other members of hard rock were shouting and screaming vocalists, Damnation experimented with transition from ringing in the low range, to heavy, but the remaining melodic vocals. Damnation of Adam Blessing well combined the hard rock and rich, full and smooth vocal Their excellent song features distinctive, powerful voice vocalist.

The Damnation Of Adam Blessing - GLORY released their final album in 1973, but not under the same name. There were some changes in the group’s direction prior to the release of this album. After being dropped by United Artist, the group broke up and then resurfaced as Glory. Ironically the label Avalanche released the album - they were a subsidiary of UA. Adam Blessing reverted back to his given name Bill Constable, and brother Ken also joined the group on vocals and guitar. Ken had a higher voice than Bill, so this made for a splendid give and take between the two brothers, and some soaring sweet harmonies were the product of that sibling vocal tandem. Glory is now released as a remastered CD and LP by Akarma Records. This is a good album. You can see with each album how this group developed. This recording shows how they became more polished, funky, and a harder rocking band than they ever were before. Not only was the musicianship an all around triumph, the vocals were absolutely amazing. Bill and Ken Constable just steal the show. Bill was the backbone of the group and brother Ken added his golden throat to the already stand up vocals. With Bill Schwark (drums), Jim Quinn (rhythm guitar), Ray Benich (bass), and Bob Kalamasz (lead guitar) all present, the entire lineup was intact. They are possessed on this album; they really smoke it from start to finish. Most notable was Kalamasz on lead guitar; he really was coming into his own. “You Can Believe” is an inspirational rocker with incredible harmonies, and “Nightmare” is a totally kick ass rock and roll number. They really bring down the house on that one. You will find a similarity with Styx in their sound when you hear all the high parts in the vocal harmonies. Just remember that they came around long before Styx ever did. Maybe this is one of the groups the great Styx was influenced by? Chicago is not too far away from Cleveland you know. Then the jumpin‘ “Get Up” really kicks out the jams and gets you all funked up. The rhythmic rocking funky sound of the group at this stage in their career is entirely impressive. If only they had continued with more albums like this. Alas, fate had different plans. They disappeared after the Glory in 1973.

@Silverado:Thx Good job!