Sunday, 1 November 2009

Bubble Puppy -A Gathering of Promises (1969) (Sound like a rockier version of Crosby Stills & Nash to me. Nice harmonies)

"Hurry Sundown" -The Bubble Puppy. Love the guitar work on this album!

The group was formed in 1966 in San Antonio, Texas by Rod Prince and Roy Cox. Looking to form a "top gun rock band" based on the concept of dual lead guitars, Prince and Cox recruited Todd Potter; a gymnast, saxophone player and guitarist.

With the addition of Danny Segovia, the original line up of Bubble Puppy was complete. The name "Bubble Puppy" was taken from "Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy", a fictitious children's game in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Bubble Puppy's live debut was as the opening act for The Who in San Antonio.

After several line-up changes, the final roster for Bubble Puppy settled at Rod Prince and Todd Potter on lead guitars, Roy Cox on bass guitar and David "Fuzzy" Fore on drums. In 1967, Bubble Puppy moved to Austin, Texas and signed a recording contract with Houston-based International Artists, home to the 13th Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola.Bubble Puppy scored a Top-20 U.S. hit in 1969 with their single, "Hot Smoke & Sassafras". The name was a misheard line lifted from an episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies". The single peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 100. The song was also covered internationally, by The Mooche in the UK.

In 1969, Bubble Puppy released their only full-length album, A Gathering of Promises. However, despite Bubble Puppy's early success with the "Hot Smoke & Sassafras" single, they experienced numerous conflicts with International Artists, and parted ways with the label in 1970.

Bubble Puppy to have been heavily influenced by West Coast contemporaries like Moby Grape, mixing three-part harmonies and solid songcraft with a tasty dash of fuzz-guitar frenzy and this was one of the first dual lead guitar bands in the history of rock (the other two that come to mind were The Yardbirds and Wishbone Ash.)

Many great Texas bands of the late 1960's and early 70's did not get quality recordings and this is one. But the music is so good it hardly matters. By the way, Bubble Puppy went to L. A. and recorded another lp under the name of Demian (wikipedia and others).

01.Hot Smoke & Sasafrass
02.Todd's Tune
03.I've Got to Reach You
05.Gathering of Promises, A
06.Hurry Sundown
08.It's Safe to Say
09.Road to St. Stephens
11.If I Had a Reason - (mono)
12.Thinkin' About Thinkin' - (mono)
13.What Do You See - (mono)

Bubble Puppy:
*Rod Prince - Lead Guitar / Vocals
*Roy Cox - Bass Guitar / Vocals
*Todd Potter - Lead Guitar / Vocals
*David Fore - Drummer / Vocals