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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Cosmic Travelers - Live at the Spring Crater Celebration Hawaii


The Cosmic Travelers were a group of veteran studio musicians from Los Angeles that decided to get together to join the seventh major festival that was held over a four-year period in the Diamond Head crater in Oahu, Hawaii. The band, which consisted of Drake Levin (guitar), Jimmy McGhee (guitar), Joel Christie (bass), and Dale "Mule" Layola (drums), cranked out some high-octane psychedelic blues. Live! At The Spring Crater Celebration was recorded originally on April 1st, 1972, during the advent of a major shift to heavy metal with groups like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. This ultra-rare album was originally released in very limited quantities on the Volcano Label.

This entire recording is live and uncut with the exception of two minutes when the tape was turned over at the original recording. What we would consider today as an archaic method of recording a live gig becomes quite good under the careful eyes and ears of experienced engineers and producers. With the help of technological advancements and Akarma Records' precise care with the remastering process, and the colorful informative packaging, what you get is history given a chance to become reborn and relived.

This was a good album when it was recorded, and it stands as an above average album now due to the previously mentioned enhancements. The last two songs "Soul" and "Soul Reprise" are real kickers. There are only six tracks, but keep in mind the first track "Farther Up The Road," a blues classic, runs for more than nine minutes and Dave Mason's "Look At You Look At Me" for more than ten minutes. So you get more than your share of quantity, quality and consistency on this release.

Year of Release: 1972
Label: Volcano
Genre: Psychedelic/Blues
Bitrate: 128kbps

Track List:
1. Farther Up The Road
2. Move Your Hands
3. Jungle Juice
4. Look At You Look At Me
5. Soul
6. Soul Reprise

Download: Cosmic Travelers - Live at the Spring Crater Celebration Hawaii
File Size: 39MB

Play: Cosmic Travelers - Soul

3 comments:

s o l e p o w e r said...

THIS BLOG IS FRIGGIN BEAUTIFUL !!!!

MORE PSYCHADELIC SOUL/FUNK PLEASE !!!

i AM LOVIN THE GROOVES

Glenn said...

Tried to download Cosmic Travellers. Link took me to site with nothing to download.

Zer0_II said...

Glenn: You just need to click the "request ticket" button and a download link will appear shortly after.