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                        Mad River - Jersey Sloo 12" Vinyl EP with 36 page book
 SHAGRAT RECORDS is pleased to announce the release of ‘Jersey Sloo’ by legendary late 60s West Coast band, Mad River.

The release includes a soft-cover book and 12” 5-track EP pressed on 180gsm vinyl, featuring previously-unissued music by the band in a limited edition run of 500 copies.

Mad River formed at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1965 and inspired by what was happening in San Francisco moved to Berkeley in early 1967 just in time for the Summer of Love. During their brief time together they released a now highly-sought-after 7” EP and two albums for Capitol Records. The Shagrat release is a substantial addition to their catalogue.

Housed in the same sleeve as the vinyl 12”, the 12” x 12” 36pp, full colour, mini-coffee table book features a 26,000 word history of the band written by
Ugly Things journalist David Biasotti, revealing many unknown stories and details about this legendary, Berkeley-based quintet. The book is profusely illustrated with many photos and other memorabilia which have never been seen before, and tells the band’s remarkable history, how they were involved in the emergent long hair counter culture and the movement against the Vietnam War (then at its' height), their relationship with the Diggers and the Hells Angels, the Beat Poets and most interesting of all their friendship and collaboration with the late writer Richard Brautigan.

The band played all the infamous psychedelic ballrooms such as the Avalon, the Fillmore and the Straight Theater, sharing the bill with the likes of Santana, Country Joe & the Fish, Phil Ochs, and the Vanilla Fudge. Both their albums are now rightfully regarded as classics of the era – their eponymous, intense debut album showcases the songwriting prowess of leader/bassist Lawrence Hammond and the glistening twin guitar attack of David Robinson and Rick Bockner. Their sophomore set Paradise Bar & Grill was more relaxed and showed the band’s country and folk roots poking through creating the kind of bucolic, rootsy feel that the Grateful Dead would capitalise on a year later on American Beauty.

Acting as a kind of soundtrack to the book, the 12” record contains five cuts that have never been official released before including the four numbers the band cut in Dayton Ohio in early 1967 as a demo before they re-located to California. These show that whilst the band was strongly influenced by the likes of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Country Joe & the Fish (whom drummer Greg Dewey eventually joined and played Woodstock with) and their friends the Youngbloods, they were also pretty fully formed before they set off for the West Coast as the embryonic ‘Windchimes’ included here testifies.

It was former Youngblood Jerry Corbitt who produced the other long-lost gem from ’69, ‘Jersey Sloo’ in this set – showing that away from the long flowing acid rock numbers, the band could also write concise, accessible, two-minute rockers (even if the lyrics were completely whacked out!).

Destined to be a coveted collectors' item, this extremely Limited Edition 12” vinyl EP is now available here for £25 + Shipping
UK:£4.90, Europe:£7.90, USA:£12
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