Listen – The Free – Decision for Lost Soul Blue – MP3
Important programming note: Before we get started, I should tell you that I just posted a major update to the post on the Knight Riders. Band member Jay Mierly has sent me a few rare photos of the band, which I’ve added to the post. More info added as it becomes available.
I hope that the end of the week finds you well, unless of course you’re here in New Jersey where it’s suddenly akin to a South American rain forest. Nearing 90 and dreadfully humid, I half expect to go out on the deck and have to chase a spider monkey out of my trash cans.
That said, this is written from the refuge of an air conditioned environment, so I’m safe (for now…).
Today’s selection was harvested at a recent record show, and proof once again that a record that is at first glance intriguing may hold even more surprises when played.
The record in question – ‘Decision for Lost Soul Blue’ by the Free – caught my eye in a box full of 45s, first by its label (Marquee, a local Michigan imprint on which I already have a soul 45 by the Buena Vistas) and then (of course) by the word “soul” in the title (natch).
I pulled it from the crate and put it on the “to-be-previewed” stack and continued about my business. When I finally opened up the portable (cheers to the good folks at Numark who created the fine specimen that replaced my late lamented Columbia GP3) and started checking out the 45s, I was surprised (pleasantly) when the grooves yielded not soul or funk but psyched out fuzz guitar.
I haven’t been able to locate any hard info on The Free, other than my assumption that they were in fact a Michigan band, and that this 45 was later picked up and reissued on ATCO as ‘(A Day Of) Decision for Lost Soul Blue’.
The tune is one of those perfect examples of American 67/68 psychedelia, clearly rooted in burgeoning hippie-isms yet still possessed of a rougher, garagey edge that would shortly explode all over the place in an unruly mess in the sounds of bands like Blue Cheer. A similar example would be the excellent ‘The Shaman’ by the Human Beinz (check it out in Iron Leg Digital Trip #3).
I dig the vocals on this track, and the guitar, with the wah-wah and the fuzzbox is a treat.
I hope you dig it and I’ll see you all on Monday.