Friday, March 09, 2012

Mushroom –Where I Belong/Crying For You



Mushroom –(I’m Going Back To) Where I Belong/ Crying For You –HELP ZH 50164 (1971 Italian issue)


With a title like Crying For You, you might expect a soppy boring number, but be prepared for the explosive performance ahead. Bombastic toms introduce this stupendous Bonehead Hard Rocker, it all ends up like a wilder and more primitive Led Zep. The guitars are complete killer and I love the use of slide under the cutting lead breaks. Phew…The A side is not quite at the same level; but Where I Belong is a catchy hash-smoking number featuring more fine guitar interplay
Mushroom were from Amsterdam and this was their only release. The line-up: Ed van Steijn (voc, org) Joop van Waveren (gtr) Ton ten Hage (flt) André Koning (b) and Cocky Akkerman (dr). In 1970 Koning was replaced by Wilbert de Gooyer. Steijn and de Gooyer later played in Rembrandt (nothing released). Cocky also played on his brother's first solo LP Talent For Sale, but we won’t hold that against him.

Hear a full version of Cry For You



Hear a full version of Where I Belong

16 comments:

Rich said...

I'm glad you dig this one, and thanks for making the MP3 available!!!!

Cheers, Rich.
Aftersabbath.blogspot.com

Popville said...

wow. blown mind and all that. cocky's (heh, heh, heh-heh, heh-heh heh-heh) drumming on crying for you is awesome but appears speeded up. maybe it's just the crank.

Anonymous said...

"Where I belong" link does not work. Sadly

Robin Wills said...

er...try again, the player works fine

Onno said...

I'm sure it is Jan Akkerman who is playing the guitarsolo's. It's definitely his signature-sound in that period. Ik hope that somebody can confirm this.

Robin Wills said...

I think that's unlikely, but I wasn't there. Is that cousin Onno by any chance?

Leo from Amsterdam said...

yes, no doubt is Jan Akkerman, the fastest gun in town... I played with one of these guys (long time ago)

Leo from Amsterdam said...

and btw, have you got your woody back?

Leo from Amsterdam said...

and btw2, I was in a group called Bag and had a single out out called Tripdream, it's on youtube, maybe you like it...

Robin Wills said...

Hi Leo
The Bag single is most impressive. I didn't know it, OK obvious PF influence, but more earthy. I see it's been reissued, but I will try and track down an original

Leo from Amsterdam said...

Thank you Robin, of course it did not sell at all when it was issued in 1971, (not '69)It is hard to find now, but has been offered a few times on a Dutch site named marktplaats.nl good luck!
And btw3 Jan Akkerman was one of my examples to learn from just by watching him. He is so hard to beat (if ever)I gave up on that....

Leo from Amsterdam said...

interesting interview with drummer/producer Bobby Graham who mentions Jan Akkerman as one of his main contributants on recording sessions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRDlTZvNEN8

Leo from Amsterdam said...

here is an example of Jan Akkerman as a hired-studio-hand:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk8KBhgSuLA

Robin Wills said...

Perhaps my favourite Jan Akkerman track is "Strange Things Are Happening" by The Hunters. A great tasteful pop/psych track

Robin Wills said...

correction, that's "Strange Things Appear"

Onno said...

Hello Leo, Thanks for confirming the fact that Jan Akkerman is playing the guitarsolos on the Musroomsingle.
There's a new release of Brainbox. Called Brainbox Mythology ( 3 c.d.'s) on Elektra records.There are beside the well-known singles and album-songs also demo's and never used tracks. Among them there's a demo of Dark Rose withe the same intro and guitar parts as Crying for you from Mushroom. But this is from 1969.
This might interest you.
Onno