Dead Moon: Unknown Passage (LP) 1989

Dead Moon
Unknown Passage 
Tombstone T-25
Rating:***** (Good Shit)
When the dust of the decades settle, Portland’s contribution to rock-and-roll will be limited to one or two people, but this outfit from Clackamas should live on forever as a reminder of what rock-and-roll is all about.  This album is from the late 80s, but they go back to Cole’s 60s roots for inspiration, delivering an acid-rock garage sound, stripped down rock ‘n roll, the core of it all exposed like a bare wire, crackling and smoking like a fuse, focused and furious, covering the twenty-year-old “Time Has Come Today” as if it was written for them, the other cuts Cole originals.

While Moon’s excellent debut was a hard act to follow, this second set is even better.
— winch
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)

Eater: the Album (1978)

The Album
The Label (001)
Rating: **** (Recommended)
Released January 1978
The only album by this no-talent UK punk outfit, a few weaker cuts, but plenty of great ones, mostly originals but some sped up V.U. and a transformation of “Eighteen” (Alice Cooper Group), this version called “15,” which maybe points out the age of these punks.  This band helped remind London what rock ‘n roll was supposed to be about in the first place, kids doing the best they can with little talent and a lot of heart, crappy guitars and a few chords.  

Great stuff, worthwhile grab for fans of punk.
— winch
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)

Les McCann & the Jazz Crusaders: Jazz Waltz (1963) LP

Les McCann 
& the Jazz Crusaders

Jazz Waltz

Pacific Jazz (81) 


Rating: ****(Recommended)
McCann teams up with the newly formed Jazz Crusaders for this set.  While the group provides a bigger sound than on some of McCann’s offerings, there’s an intimate small-combo feel to it.  The horn players get some room to show their stuff, but all the cuts are served up short order, all clocking in at under five minutes. McCann and Sample alternate between piano and organ, and the churning Hammond really helps fatten up the sound.  With the band cooking, the set sizzles.  Worthwhile grab for fans of soul jazz.
— winch
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)

Les McCann: Spanish Onions (LP) 1964

Les McCann 
Spanish Onions
Pacific Jazz (ST-20097)


Rating: ****(Recommended)
Solid soul-jazz outing recorded live “after hours,” bass, drums, McCann on piano, the trio going through a variety of tempos and moods, the moody title track the centerpiece in my opinion (and it’s about food like so many soul jazz classics).  Other than a Cole Porter number, all originals by McCann.
— winch
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)