The Charlatans (US) – San Francisco 1969

Reissue of trailblazing Haight-Ashbury band's official but very belated debut

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The original Charlatans pretty much mapped out the psychedelic ballroom scene with their 1965 residency in Virginia City, Nevada, but never capitalised on their innovation, left behind in the dust of the Deads and Airplanes they inspired. Dan Hicks quit and original members Mike Ferguson and George Hunter had been ousted by the time of this flat effort. The version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” is limp and indifferent, and the band’s trad staple “Alabama Bound” is way better on Ace’s ’96 comp The Amazing Charlatans.


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