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The Amazing Charlatans [Import]

Charlatans (1960's)Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Big Beat UK
  • ASIN: B0000004EI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1. CODINE BLUES
2. ALABAMA BOUND
3. I ALWAYS WANTED A GIRL LIKE YOU
4. I SAW HER
5. HOW CAN I MISS YOU WHEN YOU WON'T GO AWAY
6. 32-20
7. WE'RE NOT ON THE SAME TRIP
8. WALKIN'
9. SWEET SUE, JUST YOU
10. EAST VIRGINIA
11. THE SHADOW KNOWS
12. I GOT MINE
13. STEPPIN' IN SOCIETY
14. DEVIL GOT MY MAN
15. BY HOOK OR BY CROOK
16. 'LONG COME A VIPER
17. SIDETRACK
18. ALABAMA BOUND
19. NUMBER ONE
20. BABY WON'T YOU TELL ME
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

After almost 30 years, there's finally a definitive document of one of the first San Francisco psychedelic groups -- or, at least, as definitive a document as surviving tapes allow. This compilation assembles 23 tracks from their demos for the Kama Sutra and Autumn labels, as well as a couple of later sessions recorded at San Francisco area studios. Much of this material has been bootlegged previously, on both vinyl and tape, but here it appears in its best fidelity to date by far. Those expecting psychedelic fireworks will be surprised. There's some acid-soaked folk-rock here (most notably "We're Not on the Same Trip" and "I Saw Her," the two best cuts), but on the whole it's much more of a travelog of roots music, with White blues, jugband, folk, country, and music hall influences much more to the fore. Sure the Charlatans never really got the opportunity to flex their muscles in the studio, but it's also true that they didn't possess either the songwriting or instrumental chops to rival the Jefferson Airplane or Moby Grape. If you gear your expectations to the appropriate level, there's plenty of good-time mid-to-late-'60s Bay Area rock to savor here. Big Beat's meticulous packaging and programming also ensures that an important chapter in psychedelic/San Francisco music has been properly presented for the first time. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE original San Francisco Sound February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you have any affection for the Psychedelic sounds of the 60s and want to get an idea of how it started, this is the Record to listen to: The Charlatans started it all, before the Jefferson Airplane, before Moby Grape and yes, before Grateful Dead. The group did release a record in 1969, but most of the original band members were gone by then and it is a rather mediocre affair. This colloction however brings together for the first time the songs that made them famous in the Bay area during their 1965 and 1966 heydays. Some of these songs may sound strange and not "psychedelic" at all, more like old fashioned good time music. But try to imagine their outfit, place yourself in the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco around 1966 and the music will fit perfectly. Listen to "Alabama Bound", their version of "Codeine" and "How Can I Miss You, When You Won't Go Away". I just wish there would be some live recordings salvaged from that time. But this collection is the only thing left and therefore the best there is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I Got Mine" and you can enjoy yours! June 4, 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.

The Charlatans (Please do not confuse them with the 80's band Charlatans U.K.) unfortunately share a few things in common with the Great Society (Grace Slick). Both bands didn't get the respect they deserved at the time and that is a rock and roll disgrace. These groups were helping to carve the incredible sounds that would make the San Francisco music scene legendary.

By the time the Charlatans released a record there were too many years past and the line-up had shifted. That is why you'll find "The Amazing Charlatans" an essential archival release.

This collection puts together the 23 demos they had shopped in the creative period. The old story is now a broken record when a band can perform folk, blues, country, rock, jug band, and psych the suits don't have the knowledge or the patience to formulate a marketing strategy.

There is plenty of strong material to sink your teeth into. Please understand before the CD starts to play the Charlatans niche at this time did not involve an entry into the improvisational zone. Excluding the energy charged "Alabama Bound" that clocks in over 6 minutes, the rest of the tunes fall into standard range. They pack a lot of wallop with standouts such as "Codine" sometimes called "Codine Blues", "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away", "Walkin", and "The Shadow Knows."

Herb Greene the legendary photographer from the San Francisco scene that supplied numerous pictures for my book (Jefferson Airplane and Great Society) had photographed the Charlatans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Charlatans July 29, 2010
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This is the most complete collection of original Charlatans tunes ever released. This album was released only a few years ago and was produced with the permission of all the surviving members of The Charlatans. Big Beat records released the album in 2004 from original recordings that were done in the mid 1960's. The original masters were recovered from two studios; Coast Recordings and Golden State Recordings. Erick Jacobson from Coast Recordings (where Lovin Spoonful had their studio) still had the tapes So Richard Olson got em from Eric. The entire band (the Charlatans) took a train from Virginia City to San Francisco in 1965 to record the tapes on 3 track reel to reel (state of the art at the time). The rest of the tracks came from Golden State recorders on Howard and 3rd in 1966-67, the tapes were held ransom by Leo DeCarkulka for back rent on storage fees. The band finally got the tapes from Leo and released the album with Big Beat. This is a MUST HAVE!! if you don't have it get it, it may not be around forever. A veritable piece of history never to be repeated. This album is the foundation of some of best music ever made from bands like The Grateful Dead, The Lovin Spoonful, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company, and dozens more from that era, not to mention so many of the bands since that have adopted the Wild West, Rock, Folk, Blues, Country, blend of what has become known as Psychidellic Rock. Check out "Rockin at the Red Dog" to learn more about this amazing phenomenon called The Charlatans.
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