Last Days (Rite  32700)  1972?









Charisma - Last Days

Last Days further intensified the group’s garage band sound while adding a few welcome progressive flourishes. Although I dearly love their debut and greatly miss Marijean’s presence here, I’d have to say this album is a huge step forward for the guys and should have much greater appeal to the “psych” collector. The album charges off from the start with the ten-minute groovin’ jam feast ‘Down At The Crossroads’ (not the Cream/Clapton cover) where electric guitar, piano, organ and flute all get their turn in the lead position, not to mention a lengthy varied percussion solo at the end from the drummer’s expansive kit. The title track is a creative mysterious apocalyptic piece with time/mood changes, spacey flute, heavy drum action and psychy electric guitar. ‘Jesus The Messiah’ is a similarly intriguing composition featuring dramatic vocals, echo and fuzz guitar effects, and a cool prog mid-section that has flashes of the sacred Vindication lp. A couple bluesy cuts: the upbeat boogieing ‘Nowhere Blues’ (with slide guitar and piano) and the slow moody ‘Blue Woman’. ‘Sixty First Psalm’, ‘New Song’ and ‘Without His Love’ are stirring melodic piano-led ballads that warmly recall their first lp. Real low-tech sound again, especially that organ, but it’s far from irritating – rather it gives the set a wonderful home-grown basement charm. One of my favorite records from the whole scene. Both these albums are big-time small-press rarities. Nice bell-bottoms fellas!    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

Charisma - Last (Bck 1)

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.  Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.




Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Down At The Crossroa10:39
1-2Sixty First Psalm3:13
1-3Last Days5:57
1-4Love Of The Lord2:28
2-1Nowhere Blues3:25
2-2Jesus The Messiah4:27
2-3Blue Woman4:36
2-4New Song5:07
2-5Without His Love3:43