9/20/2009

MIKE WILHELM - Mike Wilhelm

MIKE WILHELM Mike Wilhelm lp 1983 Fan Club 320 kbps
Junko partner / Make me a pallet on your floor / Goin' to Canada / Styrofoam / Black mountain / Me and my uncle / Slow blues* / Dust my blues / Hear the people / Bad news / Phonograph blues.
Produced by R. Olsen & * recorded live on the air, July 25th 1971 KSAN-FM, San Francisco.
M. Wilhelm : lead guitar, vocals, harmonica / G. Rymer : drums / K. Streight : bass / Chris Wilson : rhythm guitar, vocals / Dennis Wilson : back up vocals / R. Kunstler : rhythm guitar , vocals + P. Mintun : piano / J. Bethards : trumpet, percussion, bass / S. Page : violin / D. Corso, R. Paden, C. Reynolds & J. Illy : vocals.
Mike Wilhelm was an important member of two San Francisco Bay Area groups, in two different decades. In the 1960s, he was a guitarist and songwriter for the Charlatans, often identified as one of the very first San Francisco psychedelic groups, although they were more appropriately described as mixers of blues, folk, jugband, and nineteenth century saloon music. In the late 1970s, he joined the Flamin' Groovies on guitar for a while. There is also some solo material by Wilhelm in which he comes across as a hippie Old West cowboy of sorts, just as he looks in those old Charlatans photos. His low scaly voice delivers tunes that wander across the blues, vaudeville, and folk landscape with some rock thrown in on his Michael Wilhelm album.

"... Anyhow, Fan Club (a division of New Rose Records) is nuts enough to to re-release this spellbound blues album (the bum groping king) . Listening to it , you discover an aristocratic red-neck , one of the saltiest guitar ever heard, a shootist. For the rest of it , the song remains the same. Always the same old story of honky tonks and Gents Roms graffitis. Wilhelm sings like an open fly and the guitar sounds like a three days hangover. Put a pinafore on before you play it. The intro of "Styrofoam" is gonna spit greasy stains on your tie. It's not genuine country music, it's not genuine blues. It's not country blues either. It's just another bottle smashed on your face, a corny crack & a splash of muddy poetry that sang lullabies to one another. Picture this ! You 've just wasted five bucks on that ! Serves you right." L. Chalumeau (Sleeve notes).
Cd artwork by MAX !

9 commentaires:

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

MIKE WILHELM "Mike Wilhelm" 320 kbps + cd covers by MAX !

Enjoy it & LEAVE COMMENTS !

Anonyme a dit…

found you just yesterday.
the kind of blog i was looking for months.
rockin'greetings from greece.
tom.

Anonyme a dit…

Merci pour cet album que j'avais acheté à l'époque et que malheureusement je n'ai plus. Il est bien sur introuvable et je ne pense pas qu'il ait été réédité en cd.
Doc Muller

Toxxy a dit…

Excellent Rambler! Thx very much for both releases with Backstabbers, great stuff!

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

Doc ,
L'album n'a jamais été réédité en tant que tel , seul en cd mais il existe chez Last Call records (ex New Rose) un cd "Junko partners, etc..." qui comprend cet album et le suivant "Mean old Frisco"( New Rose 70)sorti dans les 80's.
En 1993 New Rose sort
-Wood & wire
et Last Call Records :
- Live at the Cactus
Merci pour le commentaire ...

Anonyme a dit…

many thanks!



sipster77

jes a dit…

les titres de cet album existent aussi en CD New Rose couplé avec "Mean ol'Frisco" (# ROSE 70CD)

Gary a dit…

is this still available for d/l anywhere?

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

Gary just click on the title of the post when you are in the blog & you will get it !