Proof - Proof

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Akarma
Catalog Number: AK-236
Format: LP
Total Time: 38:02:00

With a name like Proof (as in 90% whiskey?) it does not leave too much to the imagination where this band got their name considering they were a blues based rock band. They were a better than average band, but unfortunately these live recordings do not do them justice. Both recordings (side one and side two) were culled from Anchorage, Alaska dates and only 300 copies were pressed, making this a sought after blues rarity.

The first side was recorded at a Jefferson Airplane concert in 1970. The sound is very crude and there is no separation whatsoever in the instruments and the vocals sound muffled and overbearing, it actually sounds like someone had a cassette player in the audience and they turned it on to document their evening. Side two, recorded at a Rick Nelson concert in the same year, is much better but still lacking in quality.

Although all of these songs are great, most of them are well-worn standards, which make it even less desirable because there are few original arrangements by the band. This is for collectors only; it really has no other value except for diehard followers of the band and a document of their recorded works.

Side One: Jefferson Airplane Concert May 30, 1970, recorded by Bill Iverson and Gary Sloan: Highway 61 Revisited (5.10) / Snatch It Back (5:30) / Why (4.55) / Ridin' On The L + N (5.05)

Side Two: Rick Nelson Concert August 8th 1970 recorded by Michael Jennings, Zut Sound and Gary Sloan: Loves Made A Fool Of You (3.27) / She Don't Come Here Anymore (4.40) / Ain't Got You (?) / Baby, Please Don't Go (10.05)

Spike - bass
Ted Luther - drums & background vocals
Curt Cunningham - guitar
Rufus Reid - background vocals, lead guitar
Mark Thompson - lead vocals
Gary Sloan - lead vocals, harmonica

Proof (1971/2003)
Fifth Anniversary Phonograph Record (?/2003)

Genre: Rock

Origin US

Added: June 15th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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