Better known for their great Heavy Psych single Speed Freak/Walls of My Mind, Indiana’s The Ritual returned in ’72 with this absolute scorcher of a single. Any previous Iron Butterfly leanings are blown away by 2 sides of TOTAL Energy Heavy Rock ‘n’ Roll. It crunches, it buzzes, it fuzzes and fully delivers on all levels. The hilarious intro to Granny Goodbox (Granny’s was a club in Muncie), leads into a driving rocker where tight and super trebly guitars (sounding like highly strung Dan Electros), raspy vocals and frenetic drumming rule the roost. The B side Unseen Destination is barely less wild and rocks out in fine Stones/Faces fashion until the surprising break in the middle where it nearly goes into Journey To The Center of The Mind territory for a few seconds… Not sure how this single ended up on Ohio’s Jewel label, but thank god it did. I just can’t praise this single enough.
Hear a full version of Granny Goodbox
Hear a full version of Unseen Destination