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Blues Magoos - 1969-70 - Never Goin' Back To Georgia & Gulf Coast Bound
Blues Magoos - 1969 - Never Goin' Back To Georgia
The Blues Magoos was a rock music group from the Bronx, New York. They were at the forefront of the psychedelic music trend, beginning as early as 1966. The band was formed in 1964 as "The Trenchcoats". The original members were Emil "Peppy" Thielhelm aka Peppy Castro (vocals and guitar), Dennis LePore (lead guitar), Ralph Scala (organ and vocals), Ronnie Gilbert (bass) and John Finnegan (drums). The band made a name for itself in various clubs in Greenwich Village. By 1966 the band had changed its name to fit in with the psychedelic vibe of the times - they first changed their name to the Bloos Magoos, though they changed that to the more conventional Blues Magoos. They also made some line-up changes, bringing in Mike Esposito as lead guitarist, and Geoff Daking as drummer. After a good debut, either of the two albums released after Psychedelic Lollipop, Electric Comic Book and Basic Blues Magoos, had much success. By 1968, the band was discouraged and they split up. The group's management had other plans. The band was signed to ABC Records, but most of the members did not go along with this plan. Only Castro agreed and started up a revamped Blues Magoos, with Eric Kaz, Richie Dickon, John Leillo and Roger Eaton. In 1969, the Castro-led band completed Never Goin' Back To Georgia, but that release did not attract public attention either. Eaton left the band, and the other Blues Magoos used session musicians for the follow up Gulf Coast Bound. It did poorly as well and though the Magoos struggled for another two years, they eventually parted ways.
01 - Heartbreak Hotel 02 - Heart Attack 03 - The Hunter 04 - Feelin' Time 05 - Gettin' Off 06 - Never Goin' Back To Georgia 07 - Brokedown Piece Of Man 08 - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 09 - Georgia Breakdown
Gulf Coast Bound from 1970 is the final release of the band. In July 2008, the Blues Magoos with original members Ralph Scala, Castro and Geoff Daking reunited for the first time in years for two concerts, including one with The Zombies at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza in New York City. In December 2009 they traveled to Spain for the Purple Weekend festival.
01 - Gulf Coast Bound 02 - Slow Down Sundown 03 - Can't Get Enough Of You 04 - Magoos Blues 05 - Tonight The Skies About To Cry 06 - Sea Breeze Express