First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection [Bonus Tracks]

First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection [Bonus Tracks]

by Pentagram


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First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection [Bonus Tracks]

Ever wonder how it felt for blues historians to uncover the lost 78s containing Robert Johnson's timeless Depression-era recordings? Well, if there's a heavy metal equivalent to this experience, then First Daze Here may well be it. Yet another Pentagram collection gradually unearthing this once amazingly obscure band's rare singles and even rarer studio recordings, it's not the most comprehensive, nor is it definitive, but it boasts the best selection and certainly the best sound quality. Most of these tracks were recorded between 1973 and 1974 at various low-budget sessions in the Washington, D.C., area by the group's original lineup, and digital remastering has done wonders to resurrect their original power and appeal. What most people don't know is that Pentagram's early work was hardly dominated by the Sabbath-heavy proto-metal which would characterize their mid-'80s releases. Rather, while this was certainly a core component of the band's sound (see "When the Screams Come" and "Review Your Choices"), their love for the '60s-based psychedelic hard rock of Blue Cheer was just as pronounced, especially on offerings like "Lazylady," "Hurricane," and "Last Days Here." Barnstorming opener "Forever My Queen" is probably their best-known early single, and with reason, as it remains a career high watermark; but it's long-forgotten gems like "Living in a Ram's Head" and the awesome "Be Forewarned" (later given a more traditionally metallic treatment in the early '90s) which will prove especially thrilling to fans of the '70s' sonic aesthetic. For them, as well as most serious metal historians, this is an essential purchase. [First Daze Here was released in 2016 with two bonus tracks: the original Macabre 7" mixes of "Be Forewarned" and "Lazy Lady."]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2016
Label: Relapse
UPC: 0781676731121
catalogNumber: 7673112
Rank: 75711

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Performance Credits

Pentagram   Primary Artist
Bobby Liebling   Vocals
Vince McAllister   Guitar
Greg Mayne   Bass
Geof O'Keefe   Drums
Randy Palmer   Rhythm Guitar
Marty Iverson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill McElroy   Engineer
Pentagram   Producer
Skip Groff   Producer
Bobby Liebling   Composer
Greg Mayne   Composer
Geof O'Keefe   Composer,Liner Notes
Brad Boatright   Reissue Remastering
Randy Palmer   Composer
Philip Knudsen   Producer
Mitch Corday   Engineer
Steve Lorber   Producer
Tim Howell   Engineer
Gordon Fletcher   Producer
Peter D'antonio   Engineer

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