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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Bare Sole - "Flash" [1969]


Clockwise from left - Rich Foster (lead gtr)
Dave George (gtr, vocals), Brian Harrison (bass)
Ron Newlove (drums)

In a new semi-regular section for The Day After The Sabbath, here is the first feature on an official archival release of some truly lost and obscure psychedelic rock n' roll. The UK's Bare Sole first came to my attention in a bootleg compilation called "Do What Thou Wilt". I was impressed by the song "Flash" with it's groovy heavy blues riff and rough n' roll attitude.

The majority of the seven tracks included in the first ever official Bare Sole release are more laid back or pop-centric than that track, save for "Let's Communicate", which has a nice dragging pace which makes it heavy in a druggy, fuzzed-out way. The rest of the CD is a variety of garage R&B/Merseybeat, which, while endearing and enthusiastically-played, has a raw improvised feel and basic production. Aside from a couple of the more concise tracks, it has more of a jam session sound than a structured album.

Worthy of investigation, the Sommor label (distributed through Guerssen Records) has over-seen a decent remastering job on the tapes, which sounds better than any Bare Sole bootlegs that you might come across elsewhere, and there is a ten page booklet with an exclusive band biography and liner notes written by The British Music Archive's Greg Smith.

Retail link: http://www.guerssen.com/catalogue.php?lang=en&ide=20011

Tracklist:

01. Let’s Communicate
02. Flash
03. Woman- A- Come
04. Ain’t Nobody Here
05. Jungle Beat
06. Sole Blues
07. Woman- A- Come (Version 2)



The following is taken from Guerssen.com :-

The loudest band from Hull in the '60s, Bare Soul played raw, in-your-face psychedelic hard rock and heavy blues.

Bare Sole's brief existence at the tail end of the 1960s reflected the realistic trappings of their geographical situation. Musical icons Mick Ronson and Robert Palmer would eventually rise to fame outside of their native Hull, but Bare Sole sadly only managed a hand full of out of town gigs and a tour of US air bases in Germany. As it was, their entire existence fitted inside just over a year, but at least their inspired musical legacy has survived, thanks to a 1969 recording session held at Fairview studios.

Assisted by writer and producer Keith Herd and galvanised by an enthusiastic local poultry farmer, Bare Sole captured their primitive garage mannerisms inside of one fiery recording session. Aside from Decca's rejection of their demo tape, Bare Sole continued playing along-side acts such as Family, Status Quo, The Move and The Small Faces, but the inevitable decision to quit came in 1970 and their story came to an end.

Presenting Bare Sole's entire recorded history, taken from the master tapes of their 1969 recording session. Their seductive garage rock boasts explosive doses of fuzz, wah wah and Farfisa organ, a sound that recalled an earlier and more primitive sound, but a sound that also may have unwittingly sealed their fate.

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