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RUMPLESTILTSKIN – RUMPLESTILTSKIN – 1970 – Bell 6047
With over 6,000 hits over a four year period, the eponymous debut album, RUMPLESTILTSKIN ranks third among 00individual’s 379 posts. This is extremely impressive when reviews of concerts, albums and events with the likes of The Stones, The Who, The Doors, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Hendrix even, trail behind.
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. But it took more than talent, for one reason or another there were a few select bands whose potential was evident, yet the Rock Gods did not shine upon them. This divine action deprived the band and Rockers the satisfaction of more of a good thing.
RUMPLESTILTSKIN were a world-class Rock group and the classic example of a band that very few even knew existed. Another band whose record company’s handling of them was apparently tragic. Whenever 00individual would be thumbing through the “R” bins of his vinyl collection – it got played.
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.
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.” 00individual. agrees.
Remember that Led Zeppelin were quality session players that made it big – Rumplestiltskin were on the right path with the wrong record company.
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 unique soulful voice soaring and roaring through it all unscathed. Really solid unique soulful heavy meaty tracks! This album is seriously great!
Unfortunately, the internet “takes down” most all of their songs – which only makes
RUMPLESTILTSKIN that much more mysterious.
Take the first track; “Make Me Make You” this track seriously rivals the best of the aforemetioned bands – 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.
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 the original Rumplestiltskin post, there is definitely a very high – and highly deserved – current (over the past four years) interest in this band. The vinyl album is available on auction sites. There is also a Limited Edition CD in the net ethers.
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This is a revised and updated re-post from October 2012.
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