Rare track from the Florida Hendrix worshipper who released the acid drenched guitar blow outs of 1973’s Translucent World and 1976’s Raw Power. This is a total in the red, psychedelic guitar blast in the category of Japanese masters like Les Rallizes Desnudes, Keiji Haino (Fushitsusha, in particular), and High Rise. Completely over the top and outta control. Ripped from a 1987 12″ on Florida Rock, Inc.
Apparently the shock I experienced after finding out that Ray Sharpe was black, was, in fact, a common reaction. According to wikipedia, one of Sharpe’s producers declared Sharpe, “the greatest white-sounding black dude ever”. Prior to the proliferation of promotional pictures and videos, there were numerous examples of particularly soulful white performers that were assumed to be black, but this is a rare case of the reverse, due both to his vocal style and the fact that some of his output was Rockabilly. In fact, legend has it that Sharpe and fellow Texan and teen Rockabilly legend, Ronnie Dawson, had designs on forming a band called, with tongue firmly in cheek, The Oreo Cookies, and, years later, Sharpe would record with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix. All that being said, there is no mistaking that Sharpe was a soulful performer, and one adept at many styles (listen to Bermuda, posted below, for further evidence).
The classic, original, Linda Lu, produced by Lee Hazlewood and featuring the ubiquitous Al Casey on guitar.
Hear the unreleased Rolling Stones take from the 1979, Compass Point sessions.
Thanks to Mike Stax for posting this to the internet, in the light of Kim’s passing. Even if you think you have no interest in him, this interview is an engrossing and hilarious read. With Kim going a mile a minute, the interview format is largely moot. Every story is merely a touching off point for Kim’s vast experiences. Names aren’t so much dropped, as bombed, and these are BIG names. Additionally, interviewer Mike Stax is able to wrest out some info on Kim’s lesser known productions, for the true Fowleyphile.
and how did I forget this gem in my previous post?
In addition to his incendiary guitar work with The Attack, The Nice and UK Glam Rock combo Jet, O’List is the original guitarist for Roxy Music! Let me say that again, the original guitarist for Roxy Music!!!
In 1971, O’List, having left The Nice, was looking to start his own act, when Bryan Ferry responded to his ad in a trade paper. The current version of Roxy had been turned down when seeking record deals, but with a proven name like O’List in the fold, a contract would be inevitable. At first hesitant to sign on with a rejected group of unknowns, O’List was taken with the band’s set up, particularly Eno’s synths, which having just parted ways with synth pioneer Keith Emerson, and the instrument being a rarity at that time, O’List gravitated towards. Once in the band, O’List set about writing new intros, leads, bridges, harmonies, basically retooling the group and making them into a rock machine and marketable commodity.
By the time of their 1972 self-titled debut, O’List had been replaced by Phil Manzanera, and received no writing credits whatsoever. They did however, perform a BBC session in January of 1972 on which O’List can be heard. His contribution to Roxy has gone largely unrecognized but just one listen to that session will give you the proof of his legacy. While this tape seems to run a bit fast, you get the idea. http://www.bigozine8.com/TRKS8/ROXYbbc/ROXYbbc04.mp3
A few years after his departure from Roxy, O’List joined up with former members of Sparks and John’s Children to form the amazing, though short lived, Jet.
In addition, O’List once substituted in Pink Floyd, for Syd Barrett(!), when he failed to turn up for a gig on The Nice’s tour with Floyd and Hendrix! Other acts to employ his services include The Misunderstood, John Cale and Jethro Tull.
Back to his first band, The Attack.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVY!