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A Gathering of Promises Special Edition

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Combining hard rock with fresh vocal harmonies, Bubble Puppy's first single reached No. 14 on the US charts in 1969, making them International Artists' most successful act after the 13th Floor Elevators. The band later joined Steppenwolf's label ABC/Dunhill and in 1979 released another album as Demian. Digitally remastered and limited to 1500 copies. Gatefold paper sleeve. Sunspots label. 2002.


1. Hot Smoke And Sasafrass
2. Todd's Tune
3. I've Got To Reach You
4. Lonely
5. A Gathering Of Promises
6. Hurry Sundown
7. Elizabeth
8. It's Safe To Say
9. Road To St. Stephen's
10. Beginning

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Sunspots
  • ASIN: B00007KVNX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By highway_star on June 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bubble Puppy had a smash hit in 1969 with "Hot Smoke And Sassafras" which was a rock track loaded with smokin' guitars and excellent harmonizing. This album (rather cd), re-issued again on cd (originally released on Collector's Choice) on Fuel 2000 Records is remastered and includes eight bonus tracks. The songs are a combination of melodic rockers such as the above mentioned hit "Hot Smoke And Sassatras", "I've Got To Reach You", "Todd's Tune", "Lonely", "Elizabeth" and "Beginnings". But the album also highlight's Bubble Puppy's ability to write some well crafted slower songs such as the title track "A Gathering Of Promises", and "It's safe To Say". The bonus tracks are mono versions of "Hot Smoke And Sassafras" , "Lonely", "If I Had A Reason", "Beginning", "Days Of Our Time", "Thinkin' About Thinkin'", "What Do You See" and "Hurry Sundown". A great cd for those who enjoy listening to late sixties rock such as "Quicksilver Messenger Service", "Mountain", "The Nazz" and "Crow", etc.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By jrichmon@ucla.edu on May 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the first dual lead guitar bands in the history of rock. (The other two that come to mind were The Yardbirds and Wishbone Ash.) Rod Prince had a more raw and slightly processed sound and Todd Potter who had a more cleaner approach. Todd's Tune is a personal anthem of the musican's love of his music and is really a piece that should not be overlooked. Starting as a ballad and then growing more intense as if the realization of his musical conviction has been absolutely affirmed. Bubble Puppy was very versatile and is one of the early Austin based bands that put that city on America's Musical Map. (Others were Johnny Winter, Shivas Headband, playing at clubs along the Colorado River, downtown and at Armadillo World Headquarters). David Fore on drums was a fierce drummer on stage and Roy Cox on bass and vocals were a solid backbone to the vast variety of musical styles they were so capable of playing. "Gathering of Promises","Hurry Sundown" & "It's Safe To Say" are slow ballads with a carefully handled folk-country influence. "I've Got To Reach You" begins that way but builds into raw energy in a instrumental flury. "Elizabeth" you can hear Prince's Persian sounding guitar riff. "Lonely" and the nationwide hit, "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass just plain cook. Many great Texas bands of the late 1960's and early 70's did not get quality recordings and this is one. But the music is so good it hardly matters. By the way, Bubble Puppy went to L. A. and recorded another lp under the name of Demian. And about 1990 they got together again and released another one but you might have to go to Antone's Record Shop in Austin to get it.Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fenton on June 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various recordings from the 60's and 70's.

"A Gathering of Promises" the 1969 release from Bubble Puppy should have been what the titled inferred. The band had tremendous potential and when the opening track on the LP called, "Hot Smoke And Sassafras" hit the American singles charts (Top 20) their popularity outside of Texas should have taken a major foothold.

International Artists Records their label may not have had the distribution or the resources to promote the band to maximum lengths. The 13th Floor Elevators were part of the psychedelic/rock inventory of the Texas label as well.

While many have not had the pleasure to experience the sounds of Bubble Puppy excluding the single with the addition of the bonus tracks it has never been a better time to explore the band. Make sure if you purchase the CD it is the eighteen track edition with the eight mono single mixes.

"Hot Smoke And Sassafras" is always thought of as a powerhouse track with solid guitar. It most definitely is. Overlooked is the terrific vocal that blends with the instrumentation. One of those rare breeds that can satisfy the consumer that buys hit singles and the collector of albums.

"I've Got To Reach You" takes a bit of the Beatles, adds the flavor of the Bee Gees and incorporates the solid vocals of Bubble Puppy.

"Lonely" is a hybrid psychedelic and straight in your face rock and roll number. It is considered one of the strongest cuts available from the band.

"Hurry Sundown" has vocal images of the Moody Blues. Bubble Puppy can enter any musical sandbox and play well together.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on April 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In the sixties, I had a tendency to pick up albums based on the photo of the band, not what I thought I knew about their music. I pretty much hated pop music so looked for the underground bands. The longer the hair, the uglier, the weirdest dressed, that was my incentive. The Bubble Puppy were dressed weird. Not particularly ugly, their costumes were enough to fork over my hard earned dollar something for their album.
I heard Hot Smoke and Sassafras on the radio without realizing who they were until I bought the album. The song that really blew me away though, was Lonely. That guitar solo was the most awesome guitar prowess I had ever heard up to that time. It inspired me to play better guitar, but today I still cannot play it! I have a lot of respect for Rod Prince on that one. The influences on the album are plenty from hard rock to psychedelic, to tinges of country. It is a weird combination that makes them groundbreaking from my perspective. It disgusts me that they are not ever mentioned in the typical history of rock and roll books. Of course, to me most of the other really good bands never were either.
There is not a dud song on the whole album. The intricate guitar interplay between Rod Prince and Todd Potter adds little details that make the music interesting and very listenable. These guys were the best and never saw the credit they deserved. It is another one of my classic albums that I have worn out. I was really excited to finally find the CD. Though the CD is adequate, it is poorly done and on one song, they seem to have lost the speed regulator on the tape machine. Yet, the essence of the album, the songs, are still there. Boy were they good! What really rubs this whole thing wrong is that the band has probably not seen a dime from the CD.
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