The Exkursions (no label 811G-2984) 1971?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High-octane power rock trio of Mike Johnson, Fyl Jonnzen and Leon Wilson, their custom album absolutely blitzing through eight tunes of heavy blues-influenced material in the vein of Hendrix and Cream. No muffled sounds here – the production is top-notch and the guitars shine forth loud and mean, heavily imbrued with ‘60s psych effects. Singer/lead guitarist Johnson gives an exceptional performance; he contributed a number of fine solo albums in the ‘70s, but none of them cook with near the intensity of this baby. ‘Third Eye’ is a good example: after starting with some bizarre psycho-babble, the piece breaks into a fierce minute-and-a-half electric guitar jam (recalling Stu Heiss’ opening solo in Rez Band’s ‘White Noise’). ‘Dry Ground’ is another stand-out, its fast-driving Hendrix groove outfitted with a killer searing guitar lead. ‘Baby You Lied’, a love-gone-bad slow blues rocker sounds like one of those lengthy Derek & the Dominoes tracks, with wild stereo separation that I’m sure made many a hippie smile back then. Dual rhythm guitar and leads gives the band a fuller sound than most trios. Wah-wah and fuzz effects abound, sometimes together as on the opening CCR-ish ‘Picture Woman’. Good solid drum work throughout, too, including a solo opportunity at the beginning of the heavily fuzzed ‘I’ve Been Set Down’. The intensity doesn’t let up until the closing ‘Would You Believe’, a smooth piece of soft jazz that Mike also included on his Velvet Prince album. Great psychedelic cover an to match. Says on the back they formed in Chicago in 1968, their sound “spawned out of Chicago’s own particular blend of jazz, blues and roc  This one delivers the mustard Re—issued on CD.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Picture Woman 5:25
1-2Dry Ground 3:49
1-3Baby You Lied 6:03
1-4What Happened To Me 2:37
2-1Third Eye 4:50
2-2You & Me 2:37
2-3It’s Been Set Down 4:47
2-4Would You Believe 4:17

 

 

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