Smokin' Bats at Compton's
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Smokin' Bats At Camptons - Remastered
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Originally a private and limited vinyl release in 1974, Smokin' Bats At Compton's stands as a fine example of '70s hard rock. The overall sound is bluesy hard rock, very much in the style of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, although in recent years they have also appealed to psychedelic collectors. Highlights include the opening track 'Leavin', 'Progress' and the now legendary 'Hey Lover'. 8 total tracks. Radioactive. 2006.
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Reminds me a bit of Steppenwolf with a bit heavier riffs. I think if you like Steppenwolf and Capain Beyond's first album you'll like these guys.
Primevil were a short-lived American rock group of the 1970s. Their lone release, Smokin' Bats at Campton's,that was produced and recorded at Moe Whittemore's legendary 700 West Studio located in New Palestine Indiana has been described as "a bona fide stoner rock touchstone" and was later reissued in 2006. In 2007, the group was mentioned in an article in Classic Rock magazine titled "The Lost Pioneers of Heavy Metal".
Highlights of the Primevil bands' escapades were opening for such legends as ZZ Top, Climax Blues Band, Muddy Waters, Renaissance, Billy Cobham, Roy Buchanan, Kansas and more!"
Dave Campton...Lead Vocals, Harp, Percussion, Electric Chair
Larry Lucas...Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mark Sipe...Bass Guitar
Jay Wilfong...Electric Guitar, Screams
I hear Captain Beyond, Mountain, NMA(vocals at times), Black Crowes(vocals at times), Cactus, Black Oak Arkansas, Clutch(drum style), Baker Gurvitz Army(Adrian's guitar style especially on "Fantasies"), Grand Funk. This is a great 70's album.
These guys are a bluesy rock outfit that should have made it big. Another classic band from the 70's that just didn't catch a break.
The music is smooth, the fretwork is tight, I can listen to this one all night.
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Although the album was released back in 1974, it was long unavailable on cd until Radioactive records decided to release it once more in 2006. Despite its hard to find status, the record is hugely loved by those in the know and is often cited as one of the most important albums in the development of the Stoner Rock and Metal genres. One phrase that always seems connected to the album is "A Touchstone of Stoner Rock."
If you are unfamiliar with the band, imagine if Clutch had have released an album in 1974 and you will have a good idea of what to expect for about half of the tracks. There are touches of the best moments of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin in there too sure, but it is also more in keeping with early Captain Beyond or The James Gang in areas too. The mix is intoxicating; with a lot of musical complexity, frequent guitar solos over funky drums and rumbling fuzzy bass and great attitude filled vocals that sound way ahead of their time.
There is also some variety on the album, such as the instrumental semi-ballad `Fantasies,' which starts off soft but soon employs a whole bunch of great guitar solos to get things going again and the album closer `Your Blues,' is a slow blues track with lots of harmonica. Occasionally things can even take on a progressive, almost King Crimson sound, such as on certain riffs on the normal otherwise `Hey Lover,' and `Progressive,' and overall there is a lot of ground covered in the album's eight-track duration.
In Summary; It may not live up entirely to the hype surrounding it, but Smokin' Bats At Campton's is a very good album that everyone who likes both Classic Rock and Stoner Rock and Stoner Metal should check out without hesitation. This is an album of large historical interest that also stands up on its own merits, especially in terms of lead guitar and more than worthy of a place in your collection.
This cd started and finished and i liked it right away. I have listened to it 5 or 6 time's since i got it.Very good guitar playing since this is what i usually like i noticed it right away but after listening to it some more i realized the whole band rock's and stand out on there own as the cd keep's going. I don't like to compare group's but if you like 70's rock i believe you will like this. I have been trying new music from that time as i have a lot of the mainstreame stuff and so far i have purchased 3 cd's from the radioactive label so far and i have enjoyed all 3 i will keep trying this label it has been good so far the only problem if you can call it one is there is no information on the band which is unfortunate because it would be nice to know what happened to them after this cd. Thank's for reading.