CD Pagan (CD 1086861),
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  • 1. Barnyard Blues
    2. Radio X
    3. No Good Reason
    4. Boiling Point
    5. Three Pipers
    6. Laurie Waltzing
    7. Sand Castle
    8. Good Blues
    9. She's Gone
    10. Comin' Back Strong
    11. Lie Me Down
    12. Velvet Vampire Radio Spot 1971 - (Bonus Track)
    13. Laurie Waltzing (Again) - (Bonus Track)
    14. Sand Castle - (Alternate Mix, Bonus Track)
    15. Om Namah Shivaya - (Bonus Track)
    16. Milk & Honey - (Bonus Track)
    17. In That Day - (Bonus Track)
    18. You Let Yourself In - (Bonus Track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 073

  • Credits
    ProducerClark Faville; Clark Faville

    Born Again: Brice Sullivan (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Larry Otis, Steve Avery (guitar); Stuart Ramsay (bass instrument); Rod Moxie (bass guitar); Lloyd Wick.
    Personnel: Larry Otis, Steve Avery, Rod Moxie (guitar); Lloyd Wick (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Larry Otis.
    Recording information: Basement Studio, San Francisco, CA (1969-2004); Home (1969-2004); Roy Chinn Studio, San Francisco, CA (1969-2004); Sunwest, Los Angeles, CA (1969-2004).
    Some people will say there is just so much good music from the '60s you can reissue, although the small community of collectors just doesn't seem to care. And then, there are those gems that were recorded but never released at the time. These are the most cutthroat projects for a record label: no previous market, no "rarity" cult status, nothing but the sole strength of the music to carry the album. Well, in this case Shadoks can say "mission accomplished." It's hard to say what would have happened of Born Again, had Pagan been released in 1971. What is easy to state, though, is that singer Brice Sullivan and guitarist Larry Otis made quite an efficient songwriting team. Their brand of blues-rock shows the influence of West Coast psychedelic rock (Iron Butterfly, specifically), but also the rootsier leanings of Savoy Brown. Otis was not a guitar hero, but he had a good sound, strong chops, and a twist in his playing that would have made him recognizable after two or three LPs. That said, the band's strongest asset was Sullivan's strong voice, a soaring blues tenor with a lot of soul. The album proper (the 11 tracks recorded in Los Angeles in 1969-1971 that were first released as an LP by Rockadelic in 2001) deserves to be heard, if only for "Sand Castle," "Radio X," and "Boiling Point," all very good songs. The 2005 Shadoks reissue on CD adds seven bonus tracks that are less interesting, although the three home demos from 1972 show that the Otis/Sullivan partnership would have had more to offer, given the chance. ~ Franois Couture

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