I culled this tasty gem from the personal collection of recording engineer Brock Fricker. While the overall approach maybe more straight ahead, fans of Frank Zappa will note a striking resemblence to the Mothers of Invention in the arrangements on this album.
With all that’s happening in the global economy at the moment, the theme of this album is more relevant than ever. The liner notes come from a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Richard Bedford Bennett on 14 May 1935:
"The very least your government should do under the existing circumstances, is to grant direct relief to these boys, and let them live their own lives. This I admit is no solution to the unemployment Question in its broader aspects, but it is at least more human than the herding of our youth into isolation and despair. It is not a question of food and clothing but rather a question of mental distress brought about by days and years of hope, which has become hopeless and unbearable. It must end quickly if we are to avoid the disaster, which is a natural outcome of intolerable conditions – a condition of suffering in the midst of abundance."
As to subversive organizations and the coercion of agitators I can only say that to me the so-called agitator is the salvation of any man’s country; he is the symbol of progress; without him our civilization would wither and fade.
It is high time that we forget about this communist bogey and tackle these questions from the stand point of their merit of leadership. We can no longer let a cause suffer because there happen to be a few individuals in the ranks who have been indiscrete in days gone by. The youth of the land have awakened to the injustice of their position all along the line, and the day of reckoning is close at hand.
visit Chris's website here: http://basementrug.com/
Les Clackett: vocals
Bruce Burron: guitar
Gary Hines: guitar
Alan Duffy: bass
Davis deLaunay: keyboards
Wayne Jackson: trumpet
Bill Bryans: drums
Music by Bruce Burron and Horn, except Goof the truth and The Buzz which was written by Gary Hynes; Lyrics: David deLaunay
Special thanks to Moses Znaimer
Recorded at Thunder Sound Studios, Toronto, Canada, between August and September 1972
Roach was recorded in October 1971
Special thanks to Jan Kudelka, George Taros, and Nancy Simmonds for added sounds
Family Plouffe of Toronto on Vibrations
Produced by Alan Duffy, Bill Bryans and Horn
Recording & Mix Engineer by Brock Fricker
Remixing by Alan Duffy, Bill Bryans & Brock Fricker
Album graphics & design by Jim McConnell
Road Crew by Paul Ritchie
Coordination by Bleakney McConnell
Often you’ve looked
and your past has appeared
on your present.
Imposing what you are
on what he/she is.
Often you’ve held yourself back
and you have appeared
between you and he/she.
Often you’ve stepped boldly forth
and allowed futures unknown
Let’s meet walking tall
on a musicattoed wall
from where we’ll
on real enemies,
Not those we hide
in each of us.