martes, 2 de junio de 2009

Jerry Corbitt - Corbitt


Jerry Corbitt (Corbitt) LP Polydor 24 4003 - 1969

Originalmente un cantante de folk de Georgia, Jerry Corbitt emigró a mediados de los 60 hacia el norte, en donde se unió a Jesse Colin Young para formar The Youngbloods.

En 1968 los deja durante la grabación del tercer disco del grupo para iniciar sus aventuras en solitario. Una de ellas fué producir el primer LP de los legendarios Mad River. El batería del grupo, Greg Dewey, se apuntaría muy poco después al primer disco en solitario de Jerry, que no tardó en grabarse, y que es el que aquí tenemos.

Producido por su amigo Charlie Daniels, quien ya se había ocupado anteriormente de The Youngbloods, es un disco un tanto bizarro. Toca varios géneros sin adentrarse claramente en ninguno. Potente rock con efluvios de costa oeste en "Let The Music Come Inside", "Delight In Your Love" y "Banned In Boston", con unas multicolores guitarras cortantes a cargo, en su mayoría, de Rick Turner (guitarrista de la ilustre banda psicodélica Autosalvage).

Un toque desgarrado y más dramático en "Out Of The Question" (con el moog del experimentalista Bernie Krause) o en "The Kahuna Song" que cierra el disco. En "I Love You All", extraída como single, nos las vemos con una especie mutante de rock soul sureño con sección de viento incluída. "The Rain Song" ya había sido publicada por The Youngbloods en su tercero, "Elephant Mountain", aunque aqui aparece en una versión mucho más ácida. Y también hay algunos ejercicios de country folk clásico. Clásico, si no fuera por la nota dominante en el disco: esa desgarradora voz, demasiado quebrada, aguardentosa y urgente para ser country.

En fin, un disco que, si hubiera sido editado por un anónimo grupo de algún lugar perdido, en una edición privada y con un extraño sello, a buen seguro traería de calle a los coleccionistas de medio mundo y parte del otro, y se pagarían fortunas por él. Pero se trataba de un artista relativamente conocido en su día, grabando en New York y editando en una multinacional. Así pues, el album no encontró su público, y Jerry Corbitt nunca haría otro disco igual, adentrandose en territorios mucho más convencionales para su segundo LP en 1970.

A partir de ahi, fué espaciando sus propias grabaciones y dedicandose a producir y tocar con otra gente (Don McLean, Janis Ian, Country Joe McDonald, Buffy St. Marie...) y a trabajar para algunas películas y anuncios. El año pasado, Jerry Corbitt publicó en su propio sello, Desert Wind, un nuevo disco, "Along For The Ride". Aunque, me temo que poco tiene que ver con este estrafalario artefacto, producto de aquellos benditos excesos de juventud. Qué dificil es envejecer decentemente.



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Originally a folk singer from Georgia, Jerry Corbitt migrated north in the mid 60s and joined Jesse Colin Young to form The Youngbloods.

In 1968, and during the recordings of their third album, he left the band to start his solo adventures. One of them was producing the first LP of the legendary Mad River. The drummer of this band, Greg Dewey, would soon be enlisted for Jerry's first solo album, which would be recorded a bit later, and which is the one we're having here now.

Produced by his friend Charlie Daniels, who had already been in charge of The Youngbloods, it's a rather bizarre album. It gets close to several different genres without clearly staying very long in any of them. Powerful rock with some west coast flavour in "Let The Music Come Inside", "Delight In Your Love" and "Banned In Boston", with some hard edged and colourful guitars, mostly played by Rick Turner (main axeman of distinguished psychedelic band Autosalvage).
A broken and more dramatic touch in "Out Of The Question" (with the moog of experimentalist Bernie Krause) or in "The Kahuna Song" which is closing the LP. In "I Love You All", lifted as a single, we're finding some kind of mutant southern rock soul including horns. "The Rain Song" had already been released by The Youngbloods in their third, "Elephant Mountain", though here's in a quite more acid version. And there's also some classic country folk exercises. Classic, if it wasn't for the dominant fact of the whole record: that tearing voice, too broken, harsh and urgent for being country.

Well, a record that, if it had been released by some anonymous band from a lost place, in a private pressing with some strange label, quite surelly would be driving mad collectors from half of the world and part of the other half, and big money would be paid for it. But it was by a rather popular artist in his time, recording in New York and releasing through a big multinational company. So, the album didn't find in fact its audience, and Jerry Corbitt would never make such a record again, entering safer and more conventional territories for his second LP in 1970.

From there on, he slowed down his own recordings and got into producing and playing for other people (Don McLean, Janis Ian, Country Joe McDonald, Buffy St. Marie...) and also working for some movies and adverts. Last year, Jerry Corbitt released a new album, "Along For The Ride", on his own label, Desert Wind. Though I'm afraid it has very little in common with this eccentric artifact we have here, surelly a product of those blessed youth excesses. How difficult it is to get old in a decent way.




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3 comentarios:

frumious bandersnatch dijo...

Impressive blog ! I especially like that these are pretty rare albums not seen anywhere else, and that you take the time to scan covers & write interesting reviews.
Splendid work, really ! thanks a lot !

Sebastián Paredes dijo...

Thanks to you. It's always refreshing to see that, among so many silent takers, there's also some that care to show some interest and gratitude. You make it all worthwhile and in a certain way you're redeeming the others.

Enjoy!

:-)

ge dijo...

this is a good album, especially like those scritchy elec. guitar stylings [by Daniels?]