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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

Spoiler - 3:24
The Children Of Heaven - 3:00
Bruce's Twist - 2:38
Auburn Queen - 8:55
Sticky Finger - 5:10
Ode To The Silken Men - 8:55
(Tell Me A Story)
(What Would Happen)
Riverland - 3:36

Total Time: 33:38

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Line-up / Musicians

Bass- Mark Polott
Drums- Mark Babani
Guitar- Mark Harrison Mayo
Keyboards- Lloyd Landesman
Producer- Shadow Morton
Vocals- Bruce Scott

Releases information

LP - 1970 - Polydor
CD - Remastered 2005 - Audio Archives

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2.54
(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
57%
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14%
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2 stars During the summer of 1970, a pre-Woodstock music festival was planned to be held in Connecticut. But the Power Ridge Rock Festival, facing a legal injunction, was doomed to failure and high strangeness after being canceled only to have 30,000 people show-up in quiet Middlefield, Conn., expecting three days of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll including bands as Jethro Tull, The Allmans, Janis, Fleetwood Mac, and Zeppelin. It became one of the great non-events in rock history.

One of the smaller groups scheduled was Haystacks Balboa, a hornet's nest of a progressive hard-rock quintet that, though rooted in the Sabbaths, Creams, and Mountains of their day, was just as comfortable with the deep trance avant-garde cabarets of Jim Morrison as they were with Keith Emerson's knack for classicus deconstructus. Not to mention the tongue-in-cheek satanic lyrics. Without doubt they were a fun band, and talented, too. Rousing 'Spoiler' has the tasty mix of heavy blues and progressive rhythm they were so good at, Bruce Scott's eager and perfectly off vocals working against the riffage; Lloyd Landesman's warm Hammond carries somewhat abrasive 'The Children of Heaven'; Playful bluesrock 'Bruce's Twist'; And 9-minute love story 'Auburn Queen' takes from Emerson's days with The Nice (e.g. Bernstein's 'America') complete with numerous hallucinogenic explorations and a melodious ending. Leslie West's bro, Larry, helped pen 'Sticky Finger' layered with Hendrix attitude and imagery but the light acoustic psych in 'Ode to the Silken Man' returns to the more familiar Mountainous sounds, and simple Simon & Garfunkel pastorals of sweet 'Riverland' closes.

This is one of those albums I would never seriously recommend to, well, anyone. Not in good conscience. It's just too big a gamble. But Haystacks Balboa were a legitimate if unruly heavy prog band that, in the context of the time, held their own among the scoundrels.

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