Remastered from the Original 1969 Tapes / Liner Notes by Dough Shepphard of Ugly Things Magazine
Damnation Of Adam Blessing left us two entire quintessential albums capturing that magic moment when psychedelia was morphing into the sort of hard rock that eventually became termed "classic." This music was a fresh step ahead loaded with cultural implications and it's excitement endures through time so well because the exploratory primal youthful energy it emits is universal.
In 1969 their stunning psychedelic anthem "Cookbook" became a big hit on local AM radio in Louisville, Kentucky...It sounded dangerous. Songs with blatant messages concerning the adventure and enlightenment possible through drugs and mind expansion were still a relatively scarce thing on mainstream pop radio. "Cookbook" not only suggested taking the psychedelic journey, it dared you to do it. You can hear it in the singer's attitude. You can hear it in the first guitar break which rips in right after the first verse, they just couldn't wait to smoke you. That dare stands. "Cookbook" is a dose with no expiration date. It is the opening track on the band's first album and it sets the scene. Once you hear it you need more. Hooked.
With the official reissues of the first two Damnation Of Adam Blessing LPs a sizable piece in the puzzle of early underground hard rock has been put in place. The sound and atmosphere of these albums are ageless, even though they are vividly of their own time and place. That is because what they represent is more than pop music, it is a way of life that can still be lived today. It was a wonderful time when the underground flirted with the mass market. Genuine freak bands were scooped up by the music industry. The first two Damnation Of Adam Blessing LPs are solid from beginning to end, they have the goods.
These first ever exact vinyl reissues taken from the original master tapes guarantee the full trip. You get to see inside the earliest days of hard rock, when the more optimistic psychedelic trends had largely run their course, reality and rock music both taking a turn towards a darker and heavier mood. Still somewhat psychedelic but much less interested in being pretty, cosmic and reflective. Turn up the guitars and go on offense. Feed your mind. Liner notes by Doug Shepphard of Ugly Things Magazine.