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1968

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    • Full color, 24-page LP booklet (32 page in CD) with essay by Mike Stax (Ugly Things Magazine) and contributions by surviving members and close associates of the band.
    • Cover and artwork by legendary underground comic book artist Larry Welz
    • LP includes download card with 5 bonus tracks exclusive to vinyl edition
    • First pressing of LP in limited numbered edition of 2000
    • Remastered from the original tapes – LP pressed at RTI

    LP Tracklist

    STUDIO SIDE
    1 Down The Line (Demo)
    2 Titanic (Demo)
    3 Close The Door Lightly (Demo)
    4 Duncan And Brady (Demo)
    5 Ninety Seven Men (Demo)
    6 Whips And Leathers (EP)
    7 Down The Line (EP)

    LIVE SIDE (Live At The Matrix)
    1. 97 Men
    2. Gloryland
    3. I Know You Rider
    4. Titanic
    5. The Whisper Song
    6. Have A Drink On Me
    7. Good Night Ladies

    LP-ONLY BONUS D/L TRACKS
    1. Buddy Bolden’s Place (Live)
    2. Fixin’ To Die (Live)
    3. Down The Line (Live)
    4. Duncan And Brady (EP)
    5. Ninety Seven Men (EP)

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Includes 19 tracks, some exclusive to CD. Also includes 32-page full color booklet with archival photos, essay by Mike Stax (Ugly Things Magazine), and contributions by surviving members and close associates of the band.

    CD Tracklist

    1. Down The Line (Demo)
    2. Titanic (Demo)
    3. Close The Door Lightly (Demo)
    4. Duncan And Brady (Demo)
    5. 97 Men (Demo)
    6. Whips And Leathers (EP)
    7. Down The Line (EP)
    8. Larry Welz Dedication
    9. Gloryland (Live)
    10. I Know You Rider (Live)
    11. Baltimore Oriole (Live)
    12. Titanic (Live)
    13. Richland Woman Blues (Live)
    14. Duncan And Brady (Live)
    15. The Whisper Song (Live)
    16. Ananias (Live)
    17. 97 Men (Live)
    18. Have A Drink On Me (Live)
    19. Good Night Ladies (Live)

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“8/10 One of the era’s most overlooked treasures. A boldly eclectic mix of vintage Americana and primitive rock’n’roll, rinsed in the vibrant psychedelia of the times. How they never made it is something of a mystery judging by the power of this belated compilation.” – UNCUT

Phenomenal anthology of late-60s, electric-folk/garage-psych alchemists Marvin Gardens. Comprised of unheard Warner Bros. audition demos, a self-released EP, and an inspired live performance from the legendary Matrix club in S.F., 1968 captures virtually all recorded evidence of a dynamic and mesmerizing band that existed for only a couple years at the tail end of the 60s.

Lead singer Carol Duke was a wisecracking lesbian from Lubbock, Texas, with a deep knowledge of folk music, the vocal power and conviction of Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, and a spine-tingling pop-melodic purity. The young and fearless band jumped right into her large repertoire of folk, blues and standards – often without ever hearing the originals – and intuitively crafted sonically adventurous and emotionally compelling versions that completely stand on their own. Marvin Gardens had elements of molten Quicksilver, the Dead’s cosmic blues, Big Brother’s grand gestures and the city’s open-hearted folkie past, as well as heaps of grit and humor, with shadings of the Velvet Underground and The Charlatans.. High Moon Records has created the ultimate document of a group that should have been a bigger deal and still very much deserves to be heard..

“Had the Charlatans been joined by Country Joe’s keyboard player and fronted by an earthy female singer, they might’ve sounded like Marvin Gardens...” —Mike Stax, Ugly Things Magazine

• Remastered from the original source tapes by multi-Grammy nominee Dan Hersch
• Liner notes include an insightful essay by Ugly Things’ writer Mike Stax, reflections from band members and associates, and archival photos
• Original cover and back art by legendary underground cartoonist Larry Welz

credits

released November 11, 2016

CAROL DUKEL: Vocals & Guitars
FRED WAXLER: Guitars & Clarinet
TIM HAZEN: Farfisa Organ, Hammond Organ, Piano, Guitars, Vocal & Mandolin
DAVE RAY COSTUROS: Drums, Vocal & Trumpet
MICHAEL LINDNER: Bass Guitar

PRODUCED FOR RELEASE BY J.D. 'MIDNIGHT' MARTIGNON & GEORGE BAER WALLACE
WARNER BROTHERS DEMO SESSIONS RECORDED AT WESTERN RECORDERS LOS ANGELES, CA, JUNE 1968
FOUR TRACK EP RECORDED AT PACIfIC RECORDERS SAN MATEO, CA & PACIFIC HIGH RECORDERS SAN FRANCISCO, CA, LATE 1968
LIVE TRACKS RECORDED BY PETER ABRAM AT THE MATRIX, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: J.D. 'MIDNIGHT' MARTIGNON
PROJECT COORDINATION: PATRICK WHALEN & LUCAS VAN LENTEN COVER ART: LARRY WELZ
LINER NOTES: MIKE STAX, UGLY THINGS MAGAZINE
ESSAYS: LARRY WELZ, VICKI PRATT & MICHAEL LINDNER
WARNER SESSIONS PRODUCER: MICHAEL LINDNER
WARNER SESSIONS MIXING: MICHAEL LINDNER AT ALLEYONEMUSIC MASTERED: DAN HERSCH AT d2 MASTERING PHOTOGRAPHY: IAN A.W. BONNER
ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: PATRICK WHALEN & J.D. 'MIDNIGHT' MARTIGNON ARCHIVAL MATERIALS: MARVIN GARDENS
THANKS TO LARRY WELZ, VICKI PRATT & DONNIS TOPEL
SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKE SOMAVILLA

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