Ill Wind

IWframe2From:  Boston, Massachusetts

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The band was started in 1965 in Cambridge, MA, by two graduates – Ken Frankel (biophysics) and Carey Mann (math), who were joined by folk duo of Judy Bradbury and Norm Gan. Around 1965/66 the music scene drifted from the pure entertainment of R&R and beat towards rock and psychedelia, and “Ill Wind” perfectly fit in it with their unique mixture of psychedelia and acid-folk. By that time the original singer Judy Bradbury (who helped to shape the sound of the band) quit to be replaced by another ex-folky – Conny Devanney – a singer p a r e x c e l l e n c e with crystal clear voice.

The band went through hard times (they couldn’t get jobs because they played their own songs and refused to play covers, and they looked and dressed too “hippie” to be generally accepted). However, “Ill Wind” was gigging non-stop in the college circuit and built a solid following, finally becoming a resident act at the “Boston Tea Party” (which was New England’s response to the rock shrine of “Fillmore” in San Francisco). “Ill Wind” recorded a few demos for Capitol (before being dropped by the label) and ended up signed by ABC. In 1968 “Ill Wind” had played with the wide range of top musicians from Chuck Berry to The Who, thus there were many fans waiting for their debut album – which was properly delayed by label, misproduced, artwork ruined, and the label didn’t manufacture enough copies to satisfy the demands.

The original recordings of “Ill Wind” have been heavily counterfeited on both vinyl and CDs by Flash, Afterglow and Akarma. There is however an oustanding legitimate re-issue by “Sunbeam” on 2 CDs, featuring 9 original songs recorded in 1968 starting with bluegrass ballad “Walkin’ and Singin'” and erupting into psychedelic mini-symphony “People of the Night”. The second CD has 15 tracks recorded in 1966 and 1967, plus 5 songs recorded in 1968. The set comes with an excellent well-researched booklet and rare photos.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

Original LP:  Flashes 
Original LP/EP Label: ABC S 641 
Recorded: 1968

Ill Wind - Flashes

 

 

 

 

 

  • Full Cycle
  • Hung Up Chick
  • Little Man
  • People Of The Night
  • Sleep
  • Walkin’ And Singin’
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