Listen/Download -Esko Affair – Morning Dull Fires
How’s about something freaky to twist your head while the rest of you gets warmed by the springtime sun?
Last year I was out digging at one of the Asbury Lanes Garage Sales, and I’m sad to say that the 45s were slim pickings.
Fortunately for all concerned I did manage to find one seller with a couple of boxes of heat, and walked away with a couple of real winners, including a nice Northern Soul 45, and the record you see (and hear) before you today.
If memory serves I picked up ‘Morning Dull Fires’ by the Esko Affair because it looked interesting. I’d never heard of it, and didn’t recognize any of the info on the label. When I got it home and dropped the needle on the record I think it’s safe to say that I was good and truly blown away.
Emanating from the grooves of this unassuming white label promo 45 was a genuinely mind blowing mixture of late period US freak scene and UK psyche prog sounds that were alternately hard edged and trippy.
Released in 1969, and apparently based in Philadelphia, the Esko Affair was centered around two brothers named Edward and Jeffery Esko who had previously recorded as the Liberation News Service (also quite trippy, check it out on Youtube).
To say that ‘Morning Dull Fires’ would fit nicely alongside anything on the British Psychedelic Trip would be an understatement, as would be saying that the flipside of this 45, ‘Salt and Pepper’ couldn’t possibly sound more like a completely different band. It’s a weird bit of pop soul that sounds like it was designed exclusively for the AM radio. With a more aggressive vocal (and less insipid lyrics) ‘Salt and Pepper’ might even pass for fairly decent Philly soul.
As significant differences in quality between A and B sides of a 45 go, it’s one of the greatest I’ve ever heard.
‘Morning Dull Fires’ was comped on ‘Psychedelic Unknowns’ and is apparently worth a little more than the dollar I paid for it.
That said, I think you’ll be giving this one repeat plays.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.