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RUMPLESTILTSKIN – RUMPLESTILTSKIN – 1970
1970 was a historic and heavyweight year for Rock ‘n’ Roll; with many new releases by talented bands and releases by the icons who remain that way today.
Here’s a world-class Rock group that whenever 00individual would be thumbing through the “R” bins of his vinyl collection and would see it; it got played.
Rumplestiltskin is the classic example of a band that very few even knew existed. Another band whose record company’s handling of them was apparently tragic.
Shel Talmy, the producer of The Who and The Kinks (during their early successful years) whose heavy influence with The Who created a historic recording, “My Generation,” has this to say: “I produced a band called “Rumpelstiltskin”, which was a put-together band of very good session guys, and we almost made it with that one. We had a whole concept. We were going to do a comic strip and all kinds of stuff. It was really a fun thing. And good songs, great music, ’cause these guys really could play. That went on Bell Records, [who] just totally screwed the whole thing up.
It was really unfortunate. We made two albums that I was very pleased with; that I think should have made it.”
Remember that Led Zeppelin were quality session players that made it big – Rumplestiltskin were on the right path with the wrong record company.
As a Record Store Manager and a Record and Tape Rack Jobber 00individual admits that he had access to just about any recordings and when he saw the comic book cover he was certainly curious – and Shel Talmy’s name as producer sealed the deal.
One listen to this absolute gem of a record and he was hooked! Every cut is really, really great – big chunks of guitar with monster hooks, bass-lines that shake the ground and slabs of hot, hot Hammond organ with a commanding soulful voice soaring through it all unscathed. Really solid unique heavy meaty tracks! This album is seriously great!
Take the first track; “Make Me Make You” – classic hooks, transitions and totally hip and cool passages – at a little past six minutes it sounds as though Keith Emerson dropped-in for a bit. This track alone demands repeat listenings – plus – this is the “Gateway Drug” song for the rest of the album, if you like it you’ll love the rest.
Unfortunately, some archaic licensing deal results in the internet “take down’ of some, or most all of their songs and the elimination of others – 00individual tries to replace them with rebel you tubers’ postings as often as possible.
In any case get a hold of this great band and great album any way you can!
It is apparently available on line as a Limited Edition CD – REP 4208-WP.
– Info courtesy of BOB.
Rumpelstiltskin (Superb “Session” Band – remember, Led Zeppelin was a “session” band!!)
Alan Parker (The Axe Man) Guitar,
Herbie Flowers (The Master) Bass,
Clem Cattini (The Drum Lord) Drums,
Alan Hawkshaw (The Hammerin’ Hammond Honcho) keyboards
Peter Stirling (Sterling Silver Voice) – vocals
Unverified: Alan Parker, Herbie Flowers, and Alan Hawkshaw also worked as part of Blue Mink for several years, and Hawkshaw wrote music for various TV shows and films. Clem Cattini was in one of the variants of Colloseum for a while and wound up drumming for Humble Pie circa Smokin’ album and Peter Stirling took on the name of Daniel Boone and became a one hit wonder.
Like Frijid Pink and a few select bands, Rumplestiltskin got it right – from the start. They showed us how and why the the first half of the decade was going to be historically-regarded as the Pinnacle of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Due in part by the consistent high number of visits/views to this Rumplestiltskin post, there is definitely a very high – and highly deserved – current (over the past couple years) interest in this band. The vinyl album is available on auction sites.
There is also a Limited Edition CD that surfaces from time to time out in the internet ethers.
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