Pure Food and Drug Act — Choice Cuts
(Acadia ACA 8033, 2002/1972, CD)
by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01Their extended version of "Eleanor Rigby" sounds uncannily like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" with a splash of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." Preferring jam over marmalade is totally up to you, it's all finger lickin' good. Present day and these cats would be toasting their bread and wandering around the states with Blues Traveller. The hippies of yesterday are the present and future day trustfundafarians — this is what they listened to then and still do now. Maybe I'm jaded because Phish broke up, or that Jerry died, and that the Allman Brothers just don't get 'round much anymore. This disc sounds like a professionally recorded live set from a decent show. Lo and behold, it mostly is just that: a document of a time and place where the illicit smoke was thick enough to make this group sound super, in your stupor. There is great sound quality and a fair bit of energy, it just lacks originality. They play well together here, but there are so many soundboard recordings that will blow this out of your deck. Granted, it's a good change of pace for people that normally did not play as a combo, at least not for long. In prog they call it wanking, here it is labeled "getting down." In any case, not bad, not great. If you dig Harvey Mandel, Sugarcane Harris, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Allman Brothers, hop on down to yer local corner store and grab one. "Tell 'em Cooter sent ya!"
Related artist(s): Pure Food and Drug Act
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more