Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Morgen - Morgen - (1969 us psychedelic hard rock - wave)


From New York, this short lived band evolved around the namesake guitarist Steve Morgen.
A foreboding bass riff and staccato drumming introduce ‘Welcome To The Void’, and for the next thirty-eight minutes one is hurled headlong into a vortex of dual-guitar overload, lyrically woven with romantic and Victorian imagery residing on a tab of microdot.
There are some cool passages here, like the sudden rush of Jimi Hendrix/the Who-hybrid notes in “Love” as a jungle beat throbs in the background, and the lasciviously fey vocal and sweetly fuzzy guitar sustains in “Of Dreams.” “Eternity in Between” does make it clear Morgen was a big Who fan, with its lifts of the chord sequence from “Underture” and the stuttering distortion of “My Generation”.

Credits
- Steve Morgen : vocals, guitar
- Rennie Genossa : bass
- Bob Maiman : drums
- Barry Stock : rhythm guitar

Tracklist:
01. Welcome To The Void – 4:47
02. Of Dreams – 5:37
03. Beggin Your Pardon (Miss Joan) – 4:49
04. Eternity In Between – 5:06
05. Purple – 4:11
06. She’s The Nitetime – 3:30
07. Love – 10:53


Here

5 comments:

CK said...

I love this album! Cool heavy guitar work on all tracks. The lyrics are laughable at times, the guy obviously wants to get laid, but goes about it with such pretentious pseudo-poetry.

I love you because I need
I want you to fill full my cavity
Please don't ever leave me
Till I grow tired of your...

It just makes me laugh.

adamus67 said...

Morgen - American group from Long Island New York City founded by guitarist and vocalist wild man Steve Morgen, but also included drummer Bob Maiman and guitarists Barry Stock and Rennie Genossa. Only one album originally released in 1969,by record label Probe (ABC) released the group’s sole offering playing music from the borderline heavy psychedelic rock filled with mostly sharp, sometimes even angry guitars, vocals and garage of up to is notably, heavy rhythms of drums and bass. Equally captivating as the music is also a black-and-white cover-plate, referring to the famous work painting monochromatic reproduction symbolist Norwegian painter Edvard Munch ' Scream'' The album’s, best known track is the classic “Welcome To The Void.” 40 years later this cut’s over the top acid guitar work and pounding drums still shred the best of speakers. Over the years 'Morgen' has been reissued by grey area CD bootleg Eva and Radioactive. Original label Probe (ABC) may set you back a few hundred dollars.

Steve Morgen’s sexually charged lyrics and over not the top vocals will irritate some listeners but that’s really a minor complaint as most of Morgen is full of great fuzz guitar solos and solid songs Morgen straight up brooding hard rock psych. "She's The Nitetime" is solid acid rock number - proof there's even some garage rock influence in their sound. The album ends '‘Love'’, a glorious magical journey into the 60′s epic psych tune that goes over 10 minutes - it's like White Rabbit minus Grace Slick and plus extended acid-soaked jam. Steve Morgen was a true psychedelic hero and this artifact proves it. It’s a trippy trip into the ’60s as you can imagine yourself wearing a tie, jumping on a camper and swaying heads to the blues as the joint is passed around. This is an album which will rock any hippy party...Mini gem of a record that will reward patient listeners who like a little lyrical intrigue and unpredictable twists with their furious guitars.

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Anonymous said...

There is an official release of this album from Sunbeam (UK) with involvement from Steve Morgen. It has bonus tracks, artwork and documentation. Morgen will actually get some money from it too.

David Eduardo Huerta Arias said...

Thanks, cheers from Chile