P-701 Get It On
Produced by Freddy DeMann & Frank Cook
Released on 1968
US CHART POSITION #159
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P-701 cover
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K ronomyth 1.0: LIVING ON BLUES POWER. This is the usual motley assortment of long-haired freaks gathered around an altar of Electric Blues, but with a belter in Allen who gives the band some much-needed magnetism. Get It On gets it mostly from other artists: Bobby Bland (“Cry, Cry. Cry”), Albert King (“The Hunter”), MC5 (Motor City’s Burning”). They also shine up a couple of old chestnuts like the spiritual “Wade in the Water” (recorded live in Los Angeles) and the James Cotton song “Jelly Jelly.” Those two tracks are probably the two best things about this album. The original stuff is nothing to get excited about except for the psychedelicized “Live Love” at the end. The band’s got energy, sure, but most of it is coming from Allen’s quarters. On the musical side of the house, guitarist Glenn Schwartz (who had the distinction of being replaced by Joe Walsh in The James Gang) gets in some nice work and the esteemed Joe Sample cameos on a couple of cuts. Otherwise, other rock bands were doing this sort of thing with more originality in 1968 than Pacific Gas & Electric. Get In On (and a spot in the Miami Pop Festival) was good enough to get them noticed by the majors, however, and Columbia signed the band for their next few albums. As an electric blues artifact from the 60s, Get It On will appeal to collectors and connoisseurs. It’s not a lost treasure, not a missing page from the Blues Rock Bible, just a solid band making good on their luck of landing an ace lead singer (Allen, who was originally hired as their drummer). If you really want to get the electric blues, take a ride with Johnny Winter, Electric Flag or Paul Butterfield Blues Band instead.

TRACK LISTING

  1. WADE IN THE WATER    (Arr. by Frank Cook/Freddy DeMann)    6:11
  2. CRY, CRY, CRY    (Deadric Malone)    5:25
  3. MOTOR CITY'S BURNING    (Al Smith)    6:45
  4. THE HUNTER    (Booker T. Jones/Carl Wells/Al Jackson Jr./Donald Dunn/Steve Cropper)    3:21
  5. LONG HANDLED SHOVEL    (Pacific Gas & Electric)    3:31
  6. JELLY JELLY    (James Cotton)    6:39
  7. STORMY TIMES    (Brent Block)    2:43
  8. LIVE LOVE    (Tom Marshal)    3:21

    The Kent Records Sessions bonus tracks
  9. MY SWEET BABY (TAKE 6)
  10. DIRTY MISTREATER (TAKE 2)
  11. WADE IN THE WATER (UNDUBBED VERSION)
  12. CRY, CRY, CRY (TAKE 2)
  13. STORMY TIMES (TAKE 9)
  14. LONG HANDLDED SHOVEL (TAKE 8)
  15. JELLY JELLY (TAKE 1)
  16. THE HUNTER (TAKE 1)
  17. BLUES CHANT (TAKE 2)

    All tunes in this album arranged by The PG&E

CREDITS

CHARLIE ALLEN -- vocals
BRENT BLOCK -- bass & fuzz-bass
FRANK COOK - drums
TOM MARSHALL -- rhythm guitar, back cover art
GLENN SCHWARTZ -- lead guitar
Joe Sample -- organ (3), piano (6)
Bill Halverson -- engineer
Bill Cooper -- engineer
Ben Talbert -- front cover art
Pete Senoff -- photographs

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1968 Power LP P-701 gatefold cover
CAN 1969 Quality LP SV-1825  
UK April 29, 2008 Big Beat CDX CDWIKD-272 repackaged as THE KENT RECORD SESSIONS
w. bonus tracks

 

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