August 15, 2011

Poobah: Let Me In

Something fucked-up happened to me as a kid- I totally missed the rock & roll days of the late 60's and 70's.  When I finally turned on the radio, disco was all the rage and I ate it up like Johnny Travolta Jr. Where I went to school in Ybor City, kids spent recess rehearsing dance moves as Parliament/Funkadelic, Bootsy, and Slave bumped from boomboxes.  Those slinky bass grooves shaped my music taste until the birth of MTV a few years later.  By then, I had missed the heydays of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy- all the stuff hazy 70's memories (or blackouts!) should have been made of.

Well the good Dr. Ripple has served up a dose of something special to help remedy such a tragedy: Let Me In was Poobah's debut album in 1972, an underground metal masterpiece now reissued on splattered or black wax. You can read the history here on Ripple's press release.

This is a double set: disc one is the original album, and disc two is stuffed with bonus never-heard-before outtakes and live tracks brought forth by Jim Gustafson himself, all remastered by my new metal hero Tony Reed of Stone Axe & Mos Generator.  The gatefold cover features the original drawing on the front; photos, songs and credits on the back, and making good use of the inner gate- more photos, thank-you's, and further credits/sources.  Also includes a download card so you can treat your iPod right!  The splatter vinyl is limited to the first pressing, the second pressing is on black vinyl, and is available from the Ripple Music store. Or you can pay big money for an original 1972 pressing on eBay.

Poobah & Jim Gustafson online.
On reverbnation.
On facebook.
Rolling Stone's David Fricke includes Poobah in his list of 6 Top Reissues for 2010.

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