Week of March 16, 2008

Rainbow (US)

Darrell Devlin - Drums
Bob Gay - Bass
W. David Mohr - Keyboards
Harry Vavela - Lead Guitar

After The Storm (GNP Crescendo GNPS 2049) 1968
CD: Lyrical Sound Device CW 5003; Fallout FOCD2078

A short-lived Los Angeles-based project. Their album has a great cover. The contents incorporate several different styles. All the music is written by W. David Mohr and much of it is heavy with lots of fuzz guitar reminiscent of Iron Butterfly. It ranges from heavy soul ("I Just Want To Make Love To You"); hippie pop ("Leaf Clover"); a sort of West Coast sound which seems in places distinctly similar to Fever Tree's "San Francisco Girls"; pretentious pop with lots of keyboards ("Midnight Candle"); gimmickry with lots of sound effects ("Does Your Head Need Straightening?") to the very pleasant "After The Storm", which has some delightful soothing piano.

Taken from: Fuzz, Acid & Flowers - American Garage, Psychedelic & Hippie Rock 1964-1975

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