SOMETHING TO TAKE UP TIME (US, 1971)
(rare US bluesy prog).
This one is not for the Jazzers but should please the Prog Heads / psychedelic blues freaks. As you may have noted I have pretty catholic tastes. This album was for a long time a mystery to me. I remember hearing one track on the radio, probably on José Arthur’s Pop Club. I enquired around, in specialised record shops and among friends but nobody had heard of the band. A few years later I thought I had found it but it was a completely different Dr Feelgood, the UK pub rock band, very enjoyable but nothing to do with the music of “my” Doctor Feelgood”.
I would define the music as blues-based prog rock with mild jazz influences. It has vocal parts and lot of sax or flute-driven instrumental parts. It sounds at time like a UK prog / Canterbury-influenced band, an unusual sound for an American band. Think to early Jethro Tull or Gravy Train. If you like bands like Delivery or Backdoor (UK), or the Colwell-Winfield Blues Band (US), you may give this one a try.
It seems that the original album released in 1971 is pretty rare indeed. A bit of research on the net yielded some scarce info on the band. It hailed from Massachusetts. Members came from at least two local pop/ garage rock bands (Teddy and the Pandas and The Sensations).
… Bill Corelle's further disenchantment with the direction the group (i.e. The Pandas) was heading led in 1969 to him forming his own blues and jazz band. ... Sharing Corelle's views, Paul Rivers decided to join him and, too, left the Pandas. Hooking up with Dick Winters and Ralph Cooper - both original members of the Sensations but at this time playing together in the Warlocks - the quartet then formed Dr. Feelgood. Dr. Feelgood later recorded an LP, titled 'Something To Take Up Time', on the Number One label.
(source: http://www.spectropop.com/Teddy/index.htm )
The album was released on the Number One label (their own?) with no number on the label, but dead-wax number DFCR-1.
01. Number ten (2:47)
02. The roach did it (3:03)
03. Smoke dream (8:49)
04. Mr. Bojangles (2:32)
05. Medicine man (4:04)
06. Nasal greens and toe jam (3:10)
07. Hey gyp (5:17)
08. 5 x r.v.w. (6:10)
09. Something to take up time (7:41)
10. Junk (5:28)
Dick Winters: flute, tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones, maracas
Ralph Cooper: drums, conga, maracas
Bill Corelle: bass, cow bell
Paul Rivers: guitars
The album was reissued on CD a few years ago, I got my copy from the now defunct Freak Emporium. It’s OOP again but if you search the web, you’ll still find it. Buy it !