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Lightning-Rod Man
     

Lightning-Rod Man

by Lowell George & The Factory
 
Before emerging as a cult star in the 1970s, Lowell George was a presence on the L.A. folk-rock/psychedelic scene in the 1960s. With his group the Factory, he only managed to release one single during this time. Lightning-Rod Man rescues 15 tunes cut by this unit, including the single and over a dozen outtakes and demos. Almost exclusively original material,

Overview

Before emerging as a cult star in the 1970s, Lowell George was a presence on the L.A. folk-rock/psychedelic scene in the 1960s. With his group the Factory, he only managed to release one single during this time. Lightning-Rod Man rescues 15 tunes cut by this unit, including the single and over a dozen outtakes and demos. Almost exclusively original material, most of these tracks were recorded in 1966 and 1967. They show the group pursuing a slightly eccentric folk-rock vision that neither bears much similarity to George's more famous work nor matches the best work done in this genre by their L.A. peers. At times they echo Kaleidoscope in their vaguely spacy, good-natured folkish rock; just as often, they take cues from Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa in their skewed blues-rock and obtuse songwriting. In fact, Zappa himself produced and played on a couple of the demos, and one-time Mothers of Invention members Elliot Ingber and Roy Estrada show up on a few others. A few songs cut toward the end of the decade feature a heavier, bluesier sound that show George edging in a different direction. An enjoyable vault find, but not a major revelation.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1993
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227156329
catalogNumber:
71563

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Performance Credits

Lowell George & The Factory   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Lowell George   Dulcimer,Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Piccolo,Triangle,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Woodwind,Track Performer
Roy Estrada   Bass
Frank Zappa   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Prepared Piano
Richie Hayward   Drums,Background Vocals,Tuning Forks
Elliot Ingber   Guitar
Martin Kibbee   Bass
Warren Klein   Guitar
Marshall Lieb   Chimes
Mike Melvoin   Piano,Wurlitzer
Earl Palmer   Drums
Bill Payne   Organ,Piano
Emil Richards   Percussion,Water Chimes
Ian Underwood   Saxophone
Cary Slavin   Drums

Technical Credits

Lowell George   Producer
Frank Zappa   Producer
Ami Hadani   Engineer
Martin Kibbee   Liner Notes
Warren Klein   Reverb
Marshall Lieb   Producer
Lisa M. Sutton   Art Direction

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