Jan 22, 2013

Chirco - Visitation (1972)

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 1972 US psychedelic progressive rock release from a band previously known as Sassafrass. Barry Tashian of The Remains assisted in the recording of this mystical album which has some excellent West Coast guitar and keyboard work backed up with complex vocal harmonies and effects.
1. Sound Of The Cross
2. 33 Years
3. Cause I Love You
4. Golden Image
5. Dear Friends
6. Mr. Sunshine
7. Minutes
8. Child Of Peace

Tony Chirco - electronic vibes, drums, percussion.
Anvil Roth - lead vocal
John Nayior - guitar, vocals
Bruce Taylor - bass, vocals
Ted MacKenzie - drums
S.H. Foote - keyboards
Piston Bugles - horns
Bill Wich - horns
Lou Sulkazi - guitars
Billy Chanaca - guitars
Lee Rickards - drums
Pete Esposito - drums
John Kaye - congas



Val said...

Cool 2 found it in lossless , that's the kind of prog i love my friend, a big thanks to share it with us! ;)

mufty said...

Really a wonderful track. Never have heard about this band. Thanks a lot, hanalex!

Jamie (tacobueno) said...

Another new band to me - and very much appreciated!

adamus67 said...

A quick glance at the album cover and you probably think this is one of those rural country rock albums with psych influences that collectors can't seem to get enough of.

Chirco was actually originally a studio project hailed from suburban New York City, before heading to Denver, Colorado led by percussionist Tony(Joe) Chirco and producer Michael Cuscuna and the band Sassafras (keyboardist S. H. Footer, drummer Ted MacKenzie, guitarist John Naylor, singer Anvil Roth - real name was Bobby Lindsay and bassist Bruce Taylor) and a variety of session musicians.

There's a lot of fuzz and vibes on their fine album, which Barry Tashian of The Remains helped the band record. Every track's a winner in what is for the most part a stunning blend of guitar and keyboards. The finest moment is probably the final track 'Child of Peace',but propelled by vocalist Anvil Roth's AOR-styled pipes and delivery, these guys have more in common with 1970s hard rockers like early Journey's first three albums or Styx than most psych outfits. Nothing wrong with that, just don't spend a ton of money on this album if you're under the impression its a psych classic.

They construct a swinging rhythmic underpinning that propels the music upward and forward, a match for the subtle spirituality of the lyrics. The album contains some of the hallmarks of progressive rock, especially the highly structured, conceptual songs that wear their pretensions on their sleeves, but although the usual rock instrumentation (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards) is present, Cuscuna also had the vision to variously incorporate horns and percussion, and the ubiquitous presence of electronic vibes helps Chirco create something that transcends progressive rock. The band's playing often approaches the texture and intricacy of jazz, with passages ranging from breezy to boldly powerful to grooving, the album is both dated and marred by the vocals, which are firmly planted in the '70s pedestrian hard-rock mold that emphasised histrionic wailing over expressiveness or genuine edge. With more idiosyncratic vocals, Visitation might well have had the right to claim itself a lost treasure from the progressive-psyche era.

While 1972's "Visitation" was recorded in New York and Connecticut, the Colorado released Crested Butte Records (CB 701 598) somehow obtained distribution rights. Produced by Cuscuna and John Forster, given it was released by a small independent label, sonically the album's surprisingly impressive and sounds particularly good with a quality set of headphones. As mentioned earlier, the set really wasn't really psychedelic, rather offered up a nice mix of 1970s hard rock and Styx-styled progressive moods. Thematically and musically the set was divided into two suites - 'Older Than Ancient' and 'Younger Than New'. In spite of the fact many of the eight selections sported a vague new age-styled spiritualistic message, most of the songs sported interesting arrangements and a couple actually rocked out. To my ears, highlights include the '33 Years', 'Golden Image' (the one song with a slight psych tinge), and 'Dear Friends'. The songs were also interesting for their unexpected twists and turns. The album was also interesting for it's link to The Remains' Barry Tashian. Tashian apparently helped record at least one track and the album included a cover of his 'Mister Sunshine'.

The album's been reissued twice; once by the Italian Akarma label (catalog number AK 071) and in CD format by Gear Fab (catalog GF-130).

Thx Alex!

Rogerio M. Schirach said...

Very good band, and very good album, too!!Thanks for this post.

Anonymous said...

knew chirco . good album. good vibe player.