Devil's Kitchen - s/t. 1968-69 USA

Devil's Kitchen - s/t. 1968-1969. Archival

LP issue: 2011 Lysergic Sound Distributors

No CD issue to date

Very fine discovery of live/studio recordings from legendary San Francisco band of the late 60s. Jamming psychedelic and blues are the main drivers here. Hard to avoid a Quicksilver Messenger Service reference here, though it's definitely the "West Coast" sound.

There's been talk of a CD issue (on the band's website) with 30 minutes of bonus tracks, but at this point it doesn't appear that will happen.

While this is a great discovery, I have to admit it falls short in the packaging and documentation aspects. I would expect more from a significant archival release such as this. The album is a regular single sleeve (like you would see in the 1980s), and besides one postcard bill insert, no other data has been provided. I say this not to be discouraging, but rather the opposite: It can only aid and encourage the collector to buy rather than be content with a copy on YouTube. My LP copy is 819/1000.

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