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Topic: Salem Mass (American heavy prog or electic prog)
Posted By: ozzy_tom
Subject: Salem Mass (American heavy prog or electic prog)
Date Posted: May 05 2010 at 03:04
Salem Mass was a short-lived American progressive rock band who played mix of heavy prog rock a la DP or UH with space rock/psychedelic influences in plenty of Moog synthesizer solos and leads (one of the first band which used this fantastic instrument :-). However the most similar band to Salem Mass is surely Black Widow (also lyrically).
 
line-up:
 
Jim Klahr (keyboards), Mike Snead (guitar, vocals), Steve Towery (drums, vocals), Matt Wilson (bass, vocals)
 
They've recorded only one album called " http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/salem_mass/witch_burning/ - Witch Burning " in 1971 with great 10-minutes title track full of Moog soloing. This record also features plenty of goog Hammonds of course...
 
audio clips:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-MWpXQ-rhw&feature=related - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-MWpXQ-rhw&feature=related
 
http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Burning-Salem-Mass/dp/B000009PTX - http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Burning-Salem-Mass/dp/B000009PTX
 
full review:
 
http://www.progressiveworld.net/salemmass.html - http://www.progressiveworld.net/salemmass.html
 
other review from http://www.magnaphonemagazine.com - http://www.magnaphonemagazine.com :
 
"In 1971 four buddies entered their favorite bar in Sun Valley, Idaho and recorded a piece of low-fi progressive nostalgia. Possessing all the starry-eyed wonder of Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but without the Major Label and state of the art studio, they recorded a very unique but of history. Progressive rock does not lend itself to the same lo-fi conditions that garage rock and metal do. It's just a fact. Yet I am ecstatic these guys tried it. Why? Because somehow in the midst of this confused (albeit entertaining) record they pulled out a bona-fide lost classic: "The Drifter", the last song on side two. It's a great prog rave-up worthy of Deep Purple or Uriah Heep and reason enough this should be in your collection. -"
 
more info:
 
http://www.recordheaven.net/body.cfm?x=browsetoplist&ID=&iID=51421&sc=&ob=&so=ASC&pp=20&pn=1&sl=true - http://www.recordheaven.net/body.cfm?x=browsetoplist&ID=&iID=51421&sc=&ob=&so=ASC&pp=20&pn=1&sl=true
 
http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/salem_mass - http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/salem_mass
 
http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1209463/a/Witch+Burning.htm - http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1209463/a/Witch+Burning.htm


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Posted By: harmonium.ro
Date Posted: May 05 2010 at 05:40
A couple more YouTube samples:





The synth sounds on "Bare Tree" are interesting indeed but the rest is not very convincing.


Posted By: ANDREW
Date Posted: May 05 2010 at 18:17
I have this album and i like it very much!!!


Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: May 05 2010 at 19:16
tough sell though I do hear some prog in there somewhere, we'll see, thanks




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