Friday, August 02, 2013
This is by far his best work (and indeed one of my favourite guitar-rock albums from the US) featuring some really raw, psychiatric and hard-assed guitarwork-- moreover, most songs are quite progressive and each its own uniquely bizarre way. The one thing about this album is the late year-- you'd think most of this material was written 5-8 years before, especially given the Led Zep-influence that seems to be omnipresent. Was Karlos perhaps in and out of jail throughout the seventies, as a quick glance at the photos on the back of the record might make one imagine? (lol)
Let's just have a listen to the first magnificent masterpiece track, "Me and my babe--" wherein Karlos stays at home with his babe gettin' it on, "we can't drive - with the price of gas, fuel oil running out fast - we keep warm under cover -- please don't tell my mother" (--showing he was a peak oil believer 25 years ahead of his time--) but then the song goes: "Costs too much to go nowhere-- I don't wear no underwear" showing he's truly an insane genius deserving of immortality.
As I said, each track has its own interesting twist: the spacey funk that starts side b, the fast instrumental riff that follows (called Stabb, sampled below), recalling perhaps the Frankenstein song by the Edgar Winter Group, the lament for being stranded in New York City, the "I hate disco" song that sounds so beautifully quaint today, esp. with the utter dominance of 'dance music' in today's world... again note his wonderfully original guitar-playing style, often using chunky chords punctuated by fast riffs to interconnect phrases.
And of course I ask you all again, Where is Debbie Miller? she was last seen in the South Illinois area sometime in the early seventies, anyone, please have any info on her whereabouts? maybe we should start a facebook page about it, that seems to be successful in a lot of these cases…….
Or perhaps we should be asking, Where is Karlos P. Steinblast?
It can't be too late to make him famous, as famous as he deserves on the basis of this wonderful music. And I can tell you this is one record I will never give up until the day I die.
Me and my babe:
at 3:17 PM Posted by Tristan Stefan