Oct 21, 2012

Re-post: Neil Merryweather - Kryptonite (1975) + Neil Merryweather, John Richardson And Boers (1970) as bonus tracks

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1. Kryptonite
2. Star Rider
3. Always Be You
4. Give It Everything We Got
5. The Groove
6. Real Life Love
7. You Know Where I'd Rather Be
8. Let Us Be The Dawn
Bonus tracks:
9. Aren't You Glad That You Know
10. City Boy
11. Dust My Blues
12. Flat Black
13. You Must Live It
14. Your Real Good Thing
15. Local 149 / Are You Ready

Neil Merryweather - vocals, bass
Michael "Jeep" Willis - guitars
James Herndon - synthesizers, guitars, slide guitar
Tim McGovern - drums, guitar 



Laurent said...

I have the both albums on LP. "Kriptonite" is great, Merryweather, Richardson & boers excellent too (anyway all merrryweather's albums are great), but mix this two completely different albums on one cd is very weird for me. The first one is a real hard rock album, the second is psychedelic blues rock.
Anyway this is a fine post. Thanks for the sharing, hanalex.
PS: Space Rangers (previous to Kriptonite) is a also a very recommendable album, in my memory more "space rock".

adamus67 said...

Between 1968 and 1975, Neil Merryweather created, produced and masterminded a large number of projects, released on historical Often Family Productions label. Several of Them Were Recorded with Lynn Carey (Mama Lion, Vacuum Cleaner and Heavy Cruiser), The Others Including Sleepy Hollow, Velvert Turner and Peter Anders.

Produced by Neil Merryweather and Morey Alexander
Engineers – Richard Moore, Brian Bruderlin
(Recorded in Paramount Studios.)
Album Cover Design – Neil Merryweather
Photography – Ergo

Neil Merryweather – vocals and bass
John Richardson – guitar
Robin Boers – drums
J.J. Velker – organ

The five albums released under own name historical in nature are bluesy, Being With The first ones the best, Notably Merryweather, Richardson And Boers. Group Merryweather secured a one-off album deal with Kent Records and rounded up some Canadian friends from the Toronto music scene to help pull an album together in L.A. The guitarist was John Richardson, formerly a member of The Lords of London and Nucleus, while the drummer, Robin Boers, was from the Ugly Ducklings. Keyboard player J J Velker meanwhile was a brief member of Calgary group The 49th Parallel and was working in Los Angeles at the time.

The “Merryweather, Richardson & Boers” album was recorded for Kent Records as a one-off deal to raise money to support the band, with the advance being used to rent a house to live and rehearse in. The LP was recorded in one night at Paramount Studios. Neil wrote the songs on the fly, they did a couple of cover songs, and it was done in about four hours. It was quickly mixed at Village Recorders.

“Merryweather, Richardson & Boers” added Neil’s girlfriend, Lynn Carey, to the band for some more recordings at Kent Studios. They did covers of “Shop Around” and “Lucille” with Neil and Lynn singing a two-part harmony. Kent Records put the songs out as a single by “Mama & Papa Rock ‘n’ Family”.

The album is a real gun, and a dark gem of psychedelia, in this case more towards hard and bluesy sounds.
Who does not know the album do not hesitate to download it because material of this caliber should not miss.
“Merryweather, Richardson & Boers” never played a live date.
Very few copies of the album appeared to have been pressed and soon afterwards, Merryweather abandoned the project to look for new musical partners.

adamus67 said...

Produced by Neil Merryweather
Engineers – Rick Heenan, Zac Zenor, Nat Jeffrey, Ken Klinger, and Tim Kramer
Album Design – Neil Merryweather
Album Front Cover – Don Rico (Captain America comic artist)
Photography – Herbert Worthington III

Neil Merryweather – bass and vocals
Michael Willis – lead guitar
James Herndon – chamberlain, synthesizer, guitar, and slide guitar (on “Real Life Love”)
Tim McGovern – drums (guitar on “Kryptonite”)
Neil’s manager, Jim Taylor, played piano on “The Groove”

In a nutshell:
After three years with Mama Lion, Neil was ready to take the reigns of a new project. He ran an ad in the “Music Connection” magazine seeking a guitarist, deciding on Timo Lane, and recruited drummer Tim McGovern. Neil wrote a song called “Hollywood Boulevard” and decided to demo it with Laine and McGovern. Laine brought Bob Silvert to the session equipped with a chamberlain. After the recording, Neil decided that this was his new band. Neil called Maury Lathauwer at Capitol Records and got a night of time at Capitol’s studios. The band recorded a handful of Neil’s songs and a few cover tunes. Neil supported the band financially, paying for rehearsal studios, meals and on occasion, band members’ rent. The band lasted a few months before Silvert, without notice, sold the chamberlain and other equipment and left town. Timo soon bowed out and disappeared.

Six months later, Robbie Randall, Neil’s road manager from the Mama Lion days, played the tape for Skip Taylor (“Canned Heat” producer). Skip’s brother, Jim Taylor, signed Neil to a management deal, took the tape to Mercury Records, and Neil was signed.

Neil called Tim McGovern and recruited two new members – Michael Willis (guitar), and James Herndon (keyboards and guitar), and the Space Rangers were re-born.

They opened at “The Whiskey” to great reviews. The record went to #5 in the country on FM radio airplay within two weeks after its release.

The band played KSHE radio’s birthday party at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis with “T-Rex”, “Pure Prairie League”, and “KISS”. The Rangers were the hit of the show.

The record was hailed by critics and fans as a success, yet again, the label did nothing to help the band achieve the recognition it deserved.

Thx Alex!