||Damnation of Adam Blessing CD (1969)
Damnation Of Adam Blessing music CDs The Damnation of Adam Blessing's debut LP was a fairly worthwhile, though inconsistent, record bridging the late psychedelic and early hard rock eras, with occasional strong traces of blues-rock, psychedelia, folk-rock, and pop. The group's strongest ace in standing out from what was, by 1969, a huge deck of new hard rock bands, was singer Adam Blessing, whose full-throated, husky vocals were -- unlike those in so many other similar outfits of the time -- powerful without being bombastic. The original material was often built around jagged riffs that were more blues-rock-influenced than bluesy. "Le Voyage" is a fairly good Midwestern spin on the kind of proto-psychedelic Yardbirds' songs that had haunting choruses and background vocals, and sort of like some of the best efforts in that regard by the likes of, say, the Amboy Dukes: "Hold On" is similar, though not as good. On "Dreams," though, they could almost be an entirely different band, sounding more like the Strawberry Alarm Clock than anyone besides the Strawberry Alarm Clock themselves. As another change of pace, the harpsichord-speckled "Strings and Things" is almost a hard rock-Baroque rock fusion. The covers were indicative of the group's lack of consistent direction, though, with a pretty well-done cover of "Morning Dew," joined by a routine run-through of the blues standard "You Don't Love Me," and an odd, heavy, funk-rock version of the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville." ~ Richie Unterberger
2006 digitally remastered edition of the group's 1969 debut album that was equal parts psychedelic rock, hard rock, garage and blues-folk. Fronted by vocalist Adam Blessing, his full, husky voice helped propel the band ahead of a pack of similar groups trying to claw their way to the top of the charts at the time.
Recording information: The Grande Ballroom, Cleveland, OH (1972).
Personnel: Adam Blessing (vocals, recorder); Bob Kalamasz (guitar, background vocals); Bill Schwark (drums); Jim Quinn (percussion, sound effects, background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Doug Sheppard.
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Damnation Of Adam Blessing discography Includes the full albums DAMNATION OF ADAM BLESSING (1969), SECOND DAMNATION (1970), and WHICH IS JUSTICE, WHICH IS THE THIEF (1971).
Damanation Of Adam Blessing includes: Adam Blessing (vocals); Jim Quinn, Bob Kalamasz, Ray Benick, Bill Schwark, Ken Constable.
Three CD box-set for American prog act, featuring their first three albums, 'The Damnation of Adam Blessing' (1969), 'Second ...