Sunday, 23 January 2011

Bo Grumpus - Before the War (1968 US "Bosstown Sound" band)

This is a long lost gem from 1968 by a little known, somewhat psychedelic group called Bo Grumpus. Originally issued on Atco Records. 180 gram vinyl. Bo Grumpus was formed in Boston in 1967 and are not to be confused with the group using the name in the 1990s-2000s. N.D. Smart andim Colegrove traveled from Ohio to team up with guitarists, Eddie Mottau and Joe Hutchinson. Eddie and Joe had performed as a duo in the mid-sixties called Two Guys From Boston. They had done some recording with Noel "Paul" Stookey as their producer but had only one single released on the Scepter label. N.D. had met the Two Guys when they performed in Dayton, Ohio at the local folk club, The Lemon Tree. N.D. then both recorded and performed with them. When they asked him to join them to make a band he was prompt to say yes. N.D. asked Jim Colegrove to join them on bass.The group first performed at The Loft on Charles Street in Boston using the name The Bait Shop. It wasn't long before Eddie and Joe called their friend Felix Pappalardi in New York to come to Boston to hear the group play. Felix had played bass with The Two Guys on their recordings. At the time, Felix had already produced The Youngbloods records for RCA and was in the midst of recording Cream for their upcoming Disraeli Gears LP. Felix came to Boston and heard the group. He and his partner, Bud Prager, liked the band and set about to secure a recording/ publishing deal for them. The Bait Shop moved to New York City inune, 1967 and prepared to record.

01 -Sparrow Tune -2.59
02 -Think Twice -2.22
03 -Yesterday´s Street -4.14
04 -The Breath o´ Love -3.06
05 -A Knowing Young Touch -2.46
06 -Ragtimely Love -2.10
07 -Travelin´ In the Dark -2.43
08 -Brooklyn -2.44
09 -The Moon Will Rise -5.26
10 -If I Came To You -2.58

Before The War


zappahead said...

Thanks for this...excellent stuff along with your superb blog....please keep it going as its much appreciated....cheers.

psychelatte said...

Thankyou very much, Zappahead! Sometimes i go off the boil but i do try to eventually get round to listening to and uploading more stuff! I try to only post what i consider above average stuff! :)