Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Thirteenth Trip
Release date: 31/10/2021
Running time: 35 minutes
Review by: Alun Jones
Back in early 1970, I was in LA working for Jim Morrison, singer of the Doors. Morrison was a pretentious, drunken bore – but we did have a few old laughs. This one time, Jimbo was mid-liaison with a young lady in her upstairs apartment, and I had to pick him up in his new car before the pair were interrupted by her husband. Parked in a gleaming white Dodge Challenger under the first-floor window, there was no fire escape and Jim had to jump out of the window onto the roof of his car. It was a hard top, not a cabriolet, and Jim’s fat arse flattened it like an egg box when he hit it. He wasn’t in the best shape at that point. Wrecked that beautiful car, too. Luckily, I could still see out of the window, and drove off in hysterics, while chubby Jim tried to squeeze into his tiny leather trousers.
Great days, indeed. And the memories of that time always come flooding back when I spin one of these Brown Acid compilations from RidingEasy Records. Yet again, the guys have dug out some long-lost treasures of the early hard rock and proto metal variety, to return phoenix like from the netherworld.
Things get underway splendidly with “Run Run” by Max, a funky riff rocker that will light up your lava lamp straight away. It’s probably my favourite on another strong collection. Next is “Dark Street” by Ralph Williams and the Wright Brothers – fuzzy guitars and great vocal melodies with a faint air of menace. Geyda provide “Third Side”, another pacey rocker, reminiscent of the MC5.
Following that, there’s Gary Del Vecchio, who’s apparently “Buzzin’”. But then, who wasn’t in those days?! It’s party time blues rock in the vein of early Zep. John Kitko is suffering from “Indecision”, as proven by the psychedelic jam of the start contrasting with the speedy, aggressive main body of the song – with Alice Cooper-like vocals.
“Hope” by Bacchus reminded me of old Jimbo’s band doing “Roadhouse Blues”. Master Danse are up next with a very heavy blues number, “Feelin’ Dead”. It’s a slow, ponderous song with a melancholy vibe – which I’ll swear was stolen by The Cult for their obscure B-side “Wolf Child’s Blues”.
Orchid offer up the weakest track on the album, “Go Big Red”, a fairly unexceptional garage rock number. It’s fun and still has some charm, though. Then you’ve got Dry Ice and “Don’t Munkey with the Funky Skunky”, a crazy fast paced number that’s like The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix jamming a Eurovision novelty song. On drugs. Finally, a strong final track from Good Humore, “Detroit” – a catchy tribute with a sprinkling of MC5 at their most rock’n’roll.
And there we have it: another fine collection of rock fossils unearthed and displayed for our enjoyment, never to be forgotten again. It may be “the Thirteenth Trip”, but this ain’t unlucky for some – it’s gold all the way.
This review was presented to you by Platinum Al in association with Ever Metal.