Charlee - s/t. 1972 Canada

Charlee - s/t. 1972 RCA

LP reissue: 1976 Mind Dust (USA)

CD reissue: none

It's been often said that Frank Marino, at the dawn of his career, heavily copied Jimi Hendrix. More than likely, though, he was more influenced by fellow Montreal resident Walter Rossi and his band Charlee. Listen to the first 3 Mahogany Rush albums and compare to Charlee, which was recorded only a year earlier. Many parallels can be found. Frank eventually forged his own style and became one of the all-time great hard rock guitarists. No telling what Rossi could have achieved had he not chosen a career as a session musician. Excellent hard psych rock album.

This album remained "in production" for a few years in Canada, and there are multiple "first presses". The label shown is what Discogs considers the original. My personal copy is with a tan label. There was also a second press released in the USA circa 1976 on the Mind Dust label, with a different cover (3rd scan). No idea what the story behind that is. There are a few pirates since of this album, but nothing legit as of today. Based on the high volume of original sales, I would think a legit CD reissue could do quite well even in these sparse times.

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