Erica Pomerance is a Canadian documentary film maker, poet and singer songwriter. In December, 1968, she assembled a diverse group of musicians to record her debut album, with engineering by Onno Scholtze. The late Trevor Koehler played alto sax. Gail Pollard, now also deceased, played flute. Dion Grody, Lanny Brooks and Craig Justen, of Octopus fame, assisted. Billy Mitchel, the legendary guitar virtuoso, Don Coopersmith, Ron Price on lead guitar, Richie Heissler on rhythm guitar, and Tom Moore on flute, an eclectic mix of classical, improvisational, folk and rock musicians.
"Pomerance shook things up, taking what she wanted, dissecting the past and reconstructing her own tightly woven original folk blast. Groovy flutes, buzzing sitar, minimalist piano, bongos, sax squawk, and tambourines create a vision-drenched psychedelic stew -- with Pomerance's voice wavering over the surface like a skipping stone."
-Cary Loren (Blastitude)
"You Used To Think is one of those rarities of pure inspiration that rates up there with first platters by the MC5, Stooges, Fugs, Velvet Underground, Silver Apples, Godz, Pearls Before Swine, etc... a classic '68 underground album: a collage of fucked-up eastern ragas, jazz, and atonal folk rock, delivered in a beautiful, raspy, feverish, drug-induced howl, featuring the poetry and singular voice of Erica Pomerance. ESP produced more than its share of outsider visions and here was an album more like a situation, that peeked inside and outside the bullcrap of the music world and the various genres it endlessly pumps out."
Erica Pomerance: vocals, rhythm guitar, hand-drums
Ron Price: lead guitar
Don Coopersmith: guitar
Billy Mitchel: second lead guitar
Dion Grody: lead guitar
Trevor Koehler: alto saxophone (tracks A5 to B4)
Richard Heissler: rhythm guitar, chanting
Lanny Brooks: bass
D. Cooper Smith: percussion
Craig Justen: percussion
Gail Pollard: sitar, chanting, flute
Tom Moore: flute
Michael Ephraim: piano
Produced by Tom Willis
Engineered by Onno Scholtze
Recorded in December, 1968
Digitally remastered by Douglas McGregor
All lyrics by Erica Pomerance except 'Burn Bay Burn' by Lee N. Bridges
Cover artwork by David Syversen
Back photo by Tetsu Okuhara
Back cover graphics by Michael Behn
Production Manager: Tom Abbs
Design & layout by Miles Bachman & Fumi Tomita
Merci: Sonny Greenwich, Alan Silva, Becky Friend, pour la première REVOLUTION
"It is what it is not."
-Richard S. Heisler