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King of the Black Sunrise


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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kismet (UK) (For409)
  • ASIN: B004LV3240
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Lace and Strange
2. I Love a Woman
3. Country Life
4. Red House
5. Moon Child
6. Dear Dream Maker
7. King of the Black Sunrise
8. Open Up Your Eyes

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack B. Nimble on August 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Originally released on United Artists in 1969. Here we have the creative songwriting prowess and the hard blues-rock guitar talent of San Franciscan Chris Bond, meet with the heavy driving rhythm section of Philly born George Emme & Tom Schaffer. Christopher Bond moved from the land of Blue Cheer, where he honed his skills, to the East coast. It was in Philly where he hooked up with these 2 cats and formed the finest hard rock group, next to The Nazz, that Philly ever saw. This was the sound that Black Sabbath was looking for, but I know for a fact, Thunder And Roses had it first! It was outstanding performances at The Electric Factory and smaller psychedelic clubs like The Trauma, that made this group one of the best groups around. Unfortunately, "I Love A Woman" or "White Lace And Strange" did not hit the charts like they should have, and a second album never happened no matter how much "King Of The Black Sunrise" had a lot of people foaming at the mouth for a follow up. The bluesy riffing on this album is top notch and the tone is to die for. With songs like, "I Love A Woman", "Red House", "Dear Dream Maker" & "Open Up Your Eyes", I can see the colours emanating all around from a Fender Stratocaster and a Fender Jazz bass. Don't know what happened to George or Tom, but Chris Bond became a producer and arranger for Philly's own Hall & Oats back in the mid-70's. I want you guys to know what an amazing album you left us with!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Audiologicist on December 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Very impressive 3 piece Philadelphia band's only album. Originally from 1969 on vinyl from United Artists, the band cover a good range of heavy blues based psych rock, mellow psych rock, and even a country influenced song. Excellent drumming throughout, and a guitarist who was (and still is) way under-appreciated. The lead off track "White Lace and Strange", probably the best and heaviest on the album, was later covered by Nirvana in a radio broadcast that is included on their box set "With The Lights Out". Also there's a great cover of Red House.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Manney on November 4, 2011
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It is great to have this lost L.P. on CD finally.
Another blast from the Philly archives out on CD.
Guitarist Chris Bond went on to produce records for
Philly duo, Hall & Oates and later co-produced
Jeff Beck with Sir George Martin!
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Thunder and Roses' only album is really underrated in my opinion, and except for the country rock track (inexplicably released as their single), I enjoy this one from start to finish. 'White Lace And Strange' is certainly the best track, and should be better known as a rock classic. But what also impresses about the band is that the lead singer/guitarist is of a far higher calibre than your average psych rock guitarist in 1969, covering with fuzz and wah what they might lack in ability. On the contrary, the soul of Hendrix (though still alive at this point) poors out the man's fingers, and I can only assume he had made a serious study of Hendrix's Are You Experienced? and Axis Bold As Love. Anyone who knows those albums will hear dozens of licks and rhythmic devices which Hendrix used, this is not often just the simple strumming and riffing of the average guitarist. Like an early version of Stevie Ray Vaughan, he does a great cover of Hendrix's Red House, which again shows a lot of influence from the original. He is certainly the earliest player I've heard that shows such blatant influence, and until Frank Marino emerged the following ýear, this guy was probably the best on record. I'd like to know what happened to him and if he recorded more, and why he gave up playing after reaching such a level. For on the basis of his playing here, he sounded like one of the up and coming rock guitar gods of the 70s, which obviously he didn't become.
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