Thursday, March 05, 2009

THE NOVA LOCAL / NOVA 1

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1968 on Decca Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 kbps
ALBUM INFO:
Produced By: Elliot Mazer
Recorded At: N.A.

Engineers: Fred Catero, Glen Kolotkin
Cover Art: Hal Buksbaum
TRACK LISTING:
$5 A Ticket
If You Only Had The Time
Yascha Knew Deli Intimately
A Visit From It, The King
Tobacco Road
Hitch Hike
Morning Dew
Forgotten Man

Dear Jimi
And I Remember
John Knight's Body
All arrangements by Nova Local
THE PLAYERS:
Randy Winburn - Rhythm Guitar
Joe Mendyk - Lead Guitar

Cam Schinhan - Keyboards
Jim Opton - Bass
Bill LeVasseur - Drums

Phil Lambeth - Guitar
WEBSITE(S):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nova_Local
http://www.bkserv.net/GRR/SongPage.aspx?Song=Games-TheNovaLocal
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:9hpsa9igb230~T1
REVIEW:
Amazon Review
An extremely underrated album which originally appeared on Decca in the U.S. in 1967. The band were students at the university of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There break came when they opened for Chad & Jeremy at a campus charity concert. Nova 1 is classic late 60s light-psych with excellent vocals and harmonies, lots of organ and lots of fuzz guitar.
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By yours truly
This is another one of those albums if you heard for the first time today you might say, So What? but back in 1968 it was an awesome record and one that I still enjoy playing today. The first I heard of this album was on late night underground radio when one of the DJ's would play Tobacco Road every night. I was so impressed at the time with their version of this tired old song that I searched and searched until I found a copy of the album to make mine. To this day Nova Local's version of Tobacco Road is probably my favorite out of all the versions I've heard over the years.
Along with Tobacco Road they also do above average covers of Hitch Hike and Mountain Dew. The rest of the album consists of original tunes which are quite good also.
This is a classic piece of Psychedelica from the late 60's, a time that produced a lot of unique and timeless music. If you're a fan of that era then this album needs to be part of your collection. It's rife with great Hammond B-3 organ and above average vocals and harmonies.
Unfortunately they only put out this one Lp before breaking up and going their seperate ways.
CONTACT:
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Tom.
Hey I read your bio, we have a bit in common.. I too should be a photographer for National Geographic..
I would like to learn more about the Nova local

Carl Gorneault
cmphotog@comcast.net

Friday, March 6, 2009 at 1:55:00 AM EST  

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