Mystic Number National Bank - same (1969, US, raw bluesyrockpsych, Probe vinyl rip, single flac + cue + splitter, DR13, artwork)
*** Reviewed by great fellow Adamus67 ***Released in 1969 for Probe label, album American formation of elements blues and a pinch of psychedelic , jazz. A fun and very well produced album that you listen to with pleasure.
In spite of the psychedelic title, The Mystic Number National Band were one of Kansas City's contributions to late-1960s blues rock ... Formed in 1967, the band featured the talents of bassist Russ Booth, guitarists Dave Lorenz and Bob Sebbo, and singer/drummer Glenn Walters.
Very raw blues compared to most of the music that was popular at that time. This album has two dogs on it.."Umbrellas" and Big Boy". ...the rest is solid hard blues.
Their version of St. James Infirmary is one of the best. Other stand out cuts are Beautician Blues, Good Love and Blues So Bad. A true forgotten blues gem.
Thank you so much Adam for that effort
This was a Kansas City-based quartet who were signed to ABC Records newly formed Probe subsidiary. Probe was supposed to concentrate on psychedelic acts, but Mystic Number National Bank only released one song for the label that could be termed psychedelic (the drowsy “Umbrellas”). Mystic Number National Bank was much more at home with electric blues. Unfortunately, this record is one more example of what’s on the outside (the clever fold-open, die-cut cover) being better than what’s on the inside.
The LP begins with an instrumental, and includes a second instrumental as track four. That’s not exactly a good way to convince people that it’s worth their time to listen. However, by the time we get to “It Will Break Your Heart”, the listener can be forgiven for wishing that this was an instrumental piece as well. Lead vocalist/drummer Glenn Walters’ powerful voice is ill-suited to ballads, both in terms of intonation and phrasing. The song indeed breaks your heart, for all the wrong reasons! By the time you’ve suffered through eight interminable minutes of “St. James Infirmary”, you’re wondering which ABC label executive was blackmailed for this group to get signed.
As if on hilariously ironic cue, the second side of the album begins with a ferocious blues shouter. “Beautician Blues” is two minutes of raw, hellacious energy that any band would kill to imitate. ABC, not being as foolish as we had previously surmised, wisely chose this track for the single. It stiffed on the charts, but at least it proved that somebody at the label was paying attention.
An enjoyable cover of Geoff Muldaur’s “Ginger Man”, the aforementioned “Umbrellas”, another ill-advised ballad (“Big Boy”), and a good, if somewhat ordinary original (“Blues So Bad”) round out the set. The group had talent, but it’s hard to believe that the album’s producer couldn’t come up with a better showcase for them than this. Not having the heart for struggling to come up with a follow-up album as good as this one, the group dissolved. Walters later joined the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, and has also cut some recent solo discs.
(~redtelephone66) ochsfan RYM
A1. Blues Jam
A2. Good Love
A3. It Will Break Your Heart
A5. St. James Infirmary
B1. Beautician Blues
B3. Ginger Man
B4. Big Boy
B5. Blues So Bad
Mystic Number National Bank:
Russ Booth - Bass
Glenn Walters - Drums, Lead Vocals
Bob Sebbo - Lead Guitar
Dave Lorenz - Rhythm Guitar
Mystic Number National Bank - Blues So Bad/Beautician Blues 1969@by gledix
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