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The Second - CD

5117237

1968—The follow-up to their enormously successful first release. This classic contains, among other highlights, the full-length version of “Magic Carpet Ride,” everybody's favorite, “Don't Step On The Grass Sam,” and John Kay's original blues suite. Other songs: Faster Than The Speed Of Life, Tighten Up Your Wig, None Of Your Doing, Spiritual Fantasy, 28, Disappointment Number (Unknown), Lost and Found By Trial And Error, Hodge Podge Strained Through A Leslie, Resurrection, Reflections.

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"The Second" was a record full of experimentation. It was started a few short months after the first album was released. At that time we were contractually obligated to record two albums a year. That pressure, along with our greatly increased touring schedule, TV show appearances, etc, quickly had us behind schedule. We had a number of songs that had not made their way on the first album, plus some new tunes I had written or co-written with Gabriel Mekler. Mars Bonfire, who had contributed “Born To Be Wild” to the first album brought us “Faster Than The Speed of Life”, which Jerry Edmonton (our drummer) sang. Since Mars was at the studio to show us his new song, he wound up playing rhythm guitar on “Magic Carpet Ride”. Among the things that stand out the most about these sessions were that “Don’t Step On The Grass Sam”, was a whole lot of fun to record and of course “Magic Carpet Ride” with all it’s experimentation in the instrumental section of the tune. Other favorites of mine are “None of Your Doing” and the blues suite on side two, “Disappointment Number Unknown” which comprised most of side two of the original vinyl release. Recording of this project took longer than the first album. One reason was American Recordings improved it's recording capabilities by upgrading from an 8 to a 16 track system, which meant we could add additional instruments, sound effects, etc. All in all, it took about 6 weeks to record, which by today’s standards, is still pretty good time.

Track List

  1. FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIFE (M. Bonfire)
  2. TIGHTEN UP YOUR WIG (J. Kay)
  3. NONE OF YOUR DOING (G. Mekler / J. Kay)
  4. SPIRITUAL FANTASY (J.Kay)
  5. DON'T STEP ON THE GRASS SAM (J.Kay)
  6. 28 (G. Mekler)
  7. MAGIC CARPET RIDE (J. Kay / R. Moreve)
  8. DISAPPOINTMENT NUMBER (Unknown) (J.Kay)
  9. LOST AND FOUND BY TRIAL AND ERROR (J.Kay)
  10. HODGE PODGE STRAINED THROUGH A LESLIE (J.Kay)
  11. RESURRECTION (J.Kay)
  12. REFLECTIONS (G. Mekler / J. Kay)
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