VELVERT TURNER GROUP – ‘XCUSE ME, GENTLEMEN (The Fall of Atlantis) – 1972
from the album “Velvert Turner Group”
As a Record Store Manager and Record and Tape Rack Jobber, 00individual was a black hole of spontaneous absorption of any data that pertained to Pop Culture, music and the whole Rock ‘n’ Roll scene. Nary a release during the Best Years of Classic Album Releases; ’69, ’70 and ’71 escaped 00individual’s notice, this continued progressively more perverse during ’72 through ’75 . . 00individual became a fiend!
Nearly all Hendrix fans have their ears and minds open for any worthy Hendrix-esque groups or artists, as long as the talent is there.
The Velvert Turner Group album front and back cover and song titles provided enough curiosity to check-out the album.
Turner was raised in Brooklyn, NY, and befriended Hendrix during the mid-to-late ’60s and not only was he supposedly friends with Hendrix, but allegedly Hendrix took the guitarist under his wing and taught him quite a few tricks.
In any case, the album rocks and has many eerie Hendrix moments that combined seemed like a tribute album as well as an honest original effort.
Enjoy this chunky, funky psychedelic rockin’ classic Album Track Gem:
VELVERT TURNER GROUP
‘XCUSE ME, GENTLEMEN (The Fall of Atlantis)
Velvert Turner – guitar, lead vocals
Prescott Niles – bass (later of the Knack)
Tim McGovern – drums (later of the Motels)
Engineer – Phil Schier, Mixed By – Kerry McNabb, Keyboards – Christopher Robinson (2),
Organ – Bob Hogans, Artwork By – David Larkham, Producer – Velvert Turner,
Photography – Ed Caraeff
To continue the Hendrix theme of degrees of separation:
Ed Caraeff , photographer of the iconic “Hendrix at Monterey”, Velvert Turner’s album covers and many, many iconic album covers, Rolling Stone magazine covers and books, went to Westchester High / LAX and was possibly in the same grade as Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (Crossfires, Turtles, Flo and Eddie), as they were all a couple grades/years ahead of 00individual’s classic ’69 Westchester High Graduation.
That’s right Baby, 00individual graduated in ‘69!
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