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First Daze Here Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Forever My Queen
  2. When The Screams Come
  3. Walk In The Blue Light
  4. Starlady
  5. Lazylady
  6. Review Your Choices
  7. Hurricane
  8. Livin' In A Ram's Head
  9. Earth Flight
  10. 20 Buck Spin
  11. Be Forewarned
  12. Last Days Here


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B00005UO69
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By L Salisbury on February 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Not too many people about Pentagram's 70s roots but they were the best Maryland/DC band of the period. This lineup almost hit the big time twice (possible deals with Columbia and Casablanca were struck but never went anywhere)) but never recorded a full album. Until now the only way to hear these incredible songs was to know people who know the band. Most of these songs were released on the two 72-79" comps on Peace records but "last daze" (which recalls a Stones/Stooges ballad) is totally new. Other great moments: "walk in the blue light", "star lady" (which KISS wanted to record!), "earth flight", "hurricane" and others that sound like Sabbath meets Blue Cheer meets BOC. The only drawback is the annoying remixing of "be forwarned" and "lazy lady" but if you haven't heard the original versions then you won't mind these. Other great moments from these sessions not included here: "wheel of fortune", "smokescreen", "much too young to know", "teaser", the original version of "run my course" and their cover of "under my thumb".
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This is an exceptional vintage style album. Concurrent with Sabbath (1970-1975), this band was way ahead of the curve. They even beat Van Halen to the punch on some of these songs. Every song is classic. Well-written well-composed, soulful, sorrowful, sardonic, sad, powerful, pissed, proud. Vocals like the Stooges, songs like Rainbow and Sabbath and Deep Purple. All the highs and Low low low's of a seasoned doom band. Lyrics about love, vixens, depression, dying, psychadelia, the horned bad-guy below, and the man upstairs, too. Purportedly, this band's deal with the devil got hung up in the contracts department. It's so puzzling that they never made it big. My favorite album release of 2002, and that's across a host of genres. Best songs are "Starlady" and "Last Dayz," but you will love every song.
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The original version of Pentagram was an amazing band. I grew up with these guys and shot the photographs that were used for this disc. The first version of Pentagram had it all - Geof's powerhouse drumming, Vincent's amazing lead playing (work that was every bit the equal of German Wonderboy Michael Scheneker.) Greg's solid keep-it-steady bass and Bobby's disturbing view of the world. Randy and Marty filled in as second guitars in two different phases of the band plus Randy wrote the amazing "Star Lady." They came so close to hitting it big - twice! This disc contains some great songs and hopefully more Pentagram jewels will see the light of day. In the meantime, Geof, Randy and Mike Matthews are proceeding with the Bedemon project and will record new material later this month. ( Bedemon is a side project of Pentagram formed by Randy that featured Geof on drums and guitars, Bobby on vocals and Mike on bass - that material was bootlegged and circulated for quite a while) ...Pentagram was formed by Geof and Bobby - for many years the world only knew of Pentagram as an eighties to ninties metal band. The first version of the band was incredibly talented - Awesome playing and songwriting. The mix have been cleaned up and the songs sound ten-thousand percent better than the bootlegged cassette to CD "releases." This is the real thing - the first "real" Pentagram disc from the original band. If you love early metal - this is a must have disc.
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You'd be hanging out with your friends,in someone's parents basement. Trying to sort out something to do. Without a doubt, these lads would've been on the turntable (remember those?)waiting their turn to add to the gloom,in company with such uberworks as Deep Purple In Rock or Fireball, Sabbath's first and/or Master of Reality. If only I'd known of Pentagram back then. Sadly, I never heard of them, although heavily into this type music.
Now I've heard them (several times already this week, in fact).This disc is an excellent collection. For anyone who was in high school in the early 70s or if you are just interested in a brief taste of the above mentioned atmosphere, get this one today;I'm certain you'll enjoy it thoroughly.After all, a lot's changed in 30 years, but Seattle still has "rain gloomy afternoons".
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Pentagram is one of those obscure bands that you will probably never hear about on a mainstream level. This band's cds, particularly the two compilations: "First Daze Here," and "First Daze Here Two," probably can't and won't be found at your local Best Buy or Tower Records. You'll probably have to go to your local independent record store like I did (Bionic Records in Fullerton) and purchase the album from a guy who is addicted to ganja and the 4 foot long bong hidden somewhere in his closet. But once you do purchase these two early years comps., you'll be glad you did. You will feel like you stumbled onto an obscure band that you can introduce all of your geezar friends, uncles, older cousins, and even your father (and other balding, or grey-haired middle-aged men who grew up listening to early "heavy" bands like Steppenwolf, The Hendrix Experience, Mountain, Blue Cheer, the mighty Black Sabbath, UFO, Budgie, early Scorpions [Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth-era], and The Stooges)to, as well as some of your cohorts who are disciples of the aforementioned early heavy/stoner rock bands. And all of these people shall be quite impressed.

The best way to sum up the sound of Pentagram is--think along the lines of the music of Ozzy-era Sabbath meets the vocal sound of Ian Gillian. Please don't incorporate the Ian Gillian-era Sabbath reference here as that was a completely different sounding era. The guitarist, Vincent McAllister sounds like a direct apprentice of Tony Iommi, riffs, vibrato, solos and all--and what are the odds, he played a Gibson SG during this period? I wouldn't be surprised if he was using a Laney amp with a Big Muff distortion either! Plus, the lyrics are humorous and very much directed towards men.
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