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#1 of 52 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted April 01 2007 - 01:53 AM

While contemplating this post I Googled “The Masked Marauders” and was amazed at the amount of material available. You’ve never heard of them, right? In October of 1969 a review of the forthcoming album appeared in Rolling Stone. The album's recordings were the combined efforts from a one-off session by John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. The Masked Marauders was a hoax by Rolling Stone editor Greil Marcus. Under the pseudonym T.M. Christian (a reference to Terry Southern’s novel The Magic Christian), the review was intended to parody the “supergroup” trend then taking place (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Blind Faith and Led Zeppelin) and was also inspired by Great White Wonder, a double album of unreleased Dylan recordings often credited as the first bootleg. Turns out, not everyone got the humor. There was such a demand for the disc that a band was put together to record a version of the previously nonexistent record. Which I bought and liked. I never knew anyone else with a copy but I do recall constantly spotting the discs in cutout bins for years. Here’s a track list: · I Can't get No Nookie (The Masked Marauders) · Duke of Ealr (Williams, Edwards, Dixon) · Cow Pie (The Masked Marauders) · I Am the Japanese Sandman (Rang Tang Ding Dong) (A.Williams) · The Book Of LOve (W.Davis, C.Patrick, G.Malone) · Later (W.Davis, C.Patrick, G.Malone) · More or Less Hudson's Bay Again (The Masked Marauders) · Season of the Witch (Donovan Leich) · Saturday Night at the Cow Place (The Masked Marauders) Apparently upwards of 100,000 copies sold. Less obscure than I thought. In 2003, Rhino Records, under its Handmade label, remastered the album, releasing a numbered edition of 2,000 copies under the title The Masked Marauders - The Complete Deity Recordings. They’re sold out!
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Posted April 06 2007 - 03:41 PM

good topic, have to thi k about it. who was actually on the released MM record.
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Posted April 06 2007 - 10:16 PM

The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band were a Berkeley based, acid influenced, skiffle band. The were formed, possibly, in Berkeley sometime around 1967. They released one LP in 1968. In 1969 the members of the group were co-opted to record the spoof Masked Marauders LP
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Posted April 07 2007 - 02:26 PM

i think my favorite obscure or forgotten lp (now known as cd's) is

the friends of mr. cairo.
jon anderson and vangelis
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i remember the first time i heard that was o a local philly fm station that had a show on sunday nights hosted by ed sciaky (http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Ed_Sciaky).

it was called the "sunday night alternative".
it was a kinds of stuff like the jon and vangelis record.
and it was my favorite thing to listen to.
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#5 of 52 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted April 07 2007 - 06:26 PM

I'm sure this isn't the first time this topic has come up, but what the heck. Posted Image

Easy choice: Compendium, by Mr. So & So.

TonyD, I have that Jon/ Vangelis disc (on CD, not LP) too. Not bad. Posted Image
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Posted April 08 2007 - 12:58 AM

Mabe not as obscure, but I have been wanting to hear In the Court of the Crimson King.




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Posted April 08 2007 - 04:16 AM

yeah thats not obscure, might be their most known album. i have the mr cairo on vinyl and cd
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Posted April 08 2007 - 04:32 AM

Heck even I have a copy of In The Court Of The Crimson King. That automatically makes it non-obscure. Posted Image
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Posted April 08 2007 - 07:49 AM

Don't have the Mr Cairo album, but I do have the first Jon and Vangelis "Short Stories" LP which was OK, but not much else. One of my favorite LP's "Matrix IX" by a band of the same name which honestly has one of the most beautiful jazz fusion compositions I've ever heard from anybody name 'Clea.' The group has reformed several times since the 70's and hopefully someday there old stuff will get released because my LP is a bit worn. Probably my all time favorite LP wasn't so obscure, but I do think very underrated album from Rick Wakeman called Criminal Record. Loved Six Wives and King Arthur, but the number of hours I listened to CR is College and Grad School was almost sad.

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Posted April 08 2007 - 09:29 AM


I used to have the LP, but I haven't heard it in over 15 years! I tried Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted April 09 2007 - 06:30 AM

I have two favorite obscure albums: 'Land of Opportunity' by E*I*E*I*O 'Mud, Lies and Shame' by 'The Wild Seeds' Both groups specialize in 'rootsy' (Americana) rock 'n roll.

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Posted April 09 2007 - 06:45 AM

Thanks for re-starting this topic! It gave me the whim to look up Mr. So & So on Wikipedia, and I discovered that they're back together (they split up in 2000) and have a new album in the works! Posted Image
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Posted April 09 2007 - 09:51 AM

Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond.

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Posted April 09 2007 - 10:32 AM

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#15 of 52 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted April 09 2007 - 10:56 AM

I'm pretty sure when I got that LP in '72 that it had a 3D cover.
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Posted April 09 2007 - 12:23 PM

Most definitely not obscure! It was a very popular album in the southeast back in he 70's. Their other album, Sufficently Breathless, was quite popular too. My obscure album is Gene Parsons, one time Byrd drummer, Kindling. It's a hippie bluegrass album. It was recorded on the cheap. Clarence White and Gene played all the instruments. It features the song Sonic Bummer about Gene's high sierra cabin getting buzzed by jets from the Torrence, Kalifornie air force base. The song was a novelty on FM radio for a month or two back in the 70's. Now, Gene, the song, and the album have slipped into obscurity. I don't think it's ever been on CD.
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Posted April 10 2007 - 01:06 AM

I'll throw my 2 favorites in the mix:

Gear Daddies: Billy's Live Bait
Klaatu: Hope
 

 


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Posted April 10 2007 - 04:33 AM

Fred Frith-Speechless.Don`t know how obscure,but I`m the only one I know that owns it.http://en.wikipedia....echless_(album) also, regarding King Crimson,I think that "Starless and Bible Black" is a much better album,and a little more obscure.

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Posted April 10 2007 - 04:33 AM

Captain Beyond is ABSOLUTELY an obscure record. I defy you to poll random people in any city in the US and find more than a couple who've heard of it. (Limit it to people under 40 and you probably won't find too many outside this thread.) Just because it was moderately popular in your area 30 years ago doesn't make it unobscure. Posted Image

Excellent album, though.
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#20 of 52 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted April 10 2007 - 06:04 AM



Sorry Aaron, I disagree. Captain Beyond are not obscure just because the masses in 2007 don't know them.
We're vinyl junkies. This is what we do.

I could poll random people and find that most of them could not name the vice president. Posted Image
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