MOUZAKIS

MAGIC TUBE (SURVIVAL RESEARCH)

MOUZAKIS - MAGIC TUBE 136615
Format:
1 LP
Release:
11.10.2019
Label:
SURVIVAL RESEARCH
Genre:
Rock
Kat.-Nr.:
136615
Barcode:
0634438675822
Delaware-based power trio Mouzakis conjured an intriguing sound somewhere between traditional rhythm and blues and garage rock, with psychedelic and hard rock leanings.

The band occupied something of a unique space during their short reign during the early 1970s, and it was partly their non-standard outlook that kept the group a trio, since other potential musical recruits simply could not find a way through their multidirectional sound.

Drummer/lead singer Eddie Stevenson and bassist/keyboardist Fred Dawson had been playing together in the mid-1960s in The Fabulous Pharaohs, which issued sparse singles on short-lived labels such as Three Star and Reprise, issuing a mix of originals and non-standard cover tunes, before splitting off to form Mouzakis, with a number of guitarists failing to last long, before Sam Stipo stepped up to the plate.

Soon Mouzakis were carving out a solid reputation as an enthralling live act on the Delaware and Maryland live circuits, opening for all manner of acts, including soul group The Stylistics and smooth pop/rock act, Chicago.

Following the release of debut single "Don't Want You No More" for Philadelphia's British Main Records in May 1970, debut album /Magic Tube /was issued by British Main the following year.

The album certainly veers all over the map: "Party Ball" is straightforward rock 'n' roll, while "Lady" and romance bust-up saga "Both Do Fine" skate the fine line between garage rock and psychedelia.

In contrast, lengthy opener "Magic Tube" reminds of a less-polished Doors and the live cut of "Rock Around The Clock" has the benefit of unexpected organ.

Definitely a one-away release by a difficult to classify band.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. MAGIC TUBE
  • 1.2. ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
  • 1.3. WHITE HORSE (REV. 6-2)
  • 1.4. LOVE EVERYDAY
  • 1.5. LONG HAIRED BOMBARDIER
  • 1.6. PARTY BALL
  • 1.7. LADY
  • 1.8. BOTH DO FINE