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Artist: DARROW MOSLEY BAND, THE
Title: Desert Rain
Format: 10"
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Shagrat Records is delighted to announce the release of a 3-track 10" EP by the short-lived Darrow Mosley Band, cut in 1973. The band was a vehicle for the prodigious talents of Bob Mosley (lead vocals, bass guitar) and Chris Darrow (lead vocals, guitar) -- Mosley had been an integral member of Moby Grape, one of the greatest California bands of the late 60s. Darrow had been a founding member of Kaleidoscope, the hugely talented Clairemont-based quintet that subsequently has been recognised as one of the first rock groups to play world music. In 1973 both Chris and Bob decided they wanted to be in a band again and their mutual manager Michael OConnor suggested they form a group together - drawing on the energy and style of vintage Stones and Faces and adding more than a dash of the prevalent SoCal country rock scene to the mix, Bob and Chris were joined by lead guitarist Frank Reckard (subsequently in Emmy Lou Harriss Band for 14 years), keyboard player Lroen Newkirk and drummer Johnny Craviott (Ry Cooder, Arlo Guthrie, Buffy St Marie) -- they cut 3 songs to try and get Warner Bros interested -- sadly Warners passed on the demos and they have remained unheard till now -- the A-side is a rocker featuring Darrow on lead vocals and was originally recorded on his eponymous second album done for UA. The flipside has Bob Mosley as lead vocalist -- a treat for all those who already know what a masterful singer this Norse god can be - first up is a soulful, smouldering version of the Temptations I Wish It Would Rain that also boasts some dexterous picking from Reckard. The EP closes with a new version of Bobs exquisite Beautiful Day originally done for the Grapes 69 record. The band split soon after but these recordings are an integral link in the chain that binds Moby Grape with Fine Wine and the Ducks (Neil Youngs legendary summer of 77 Santa Cruz bar band). Packaged in a beautifully mind-blowing sleeve by legendary British psychedelic designer John Hurford (IT, OZ, Dandelion Records etc) and featuring sleeve notes by Chris Darrow, this EP is an absolute must for fans of Kaleidoscope and Moby Grape everywhere. Strictly limited edition of 499 copies." - Shagrat.
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