Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fresh Air - A Breath Of Fresh Air (1969)


"Fresh Air's A Breath Of Fresh Air, recorded in 1969 at Sunwest Studios in Hollywood, is the rarest album to appear on the Amaret label. A highly-sought after album by collectors, A Breath Of Fresh Air is a fine mix of pop and hard psych, featuring some driving, heavy guitar and lots of swirling organ. 


Fresh Air, a tight quintet of superb musicians led by lead vocalist Marc Piscitelli's, performs 10 well recorded and beautifully delivered tracks. Piscitelli's haunting vocal style shines throughout this excellent album, and it is hardly surprising that the singer went on to enjoy a career as an engineer and a backing vocalist for such luminaries as Glen Campbell, Juice Newton, Spirit and John Travolta. A Breath Of Fresh Air is another undiscovered gem, reissued for the first time by Radioactive Records." 

Recorded in 1969 in Hollywood and originally released on the Amaret label.The album is a fine mix of pop and hard psychedelic rock featuring some driving heavy guiitars and swirling keybords. Includes a fast paced cover of "For What It's Worth".


Copies of Fresh Air's only album, 1970's A Breath of Fresh Air -- one of the very first albums released on the Amaret label, who issued recordings by the Minneapolis blues-rock quintet Crow -- are highly sought-after and treasured by collectors. Featuring dramatic organ flourishes and flamboyant guitar leads throughout, A Breath of Fresh Air is similar to other organ-driven hard pop groups of the era, including Sugarloaf, Blues Image, and Three Dog Night. The highlight here is the leadoff track, a fast-paced, histrionic discotheque take on Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" -- by then already a few years old -- which features heavy distorted guitar and Marc Piscitelli's intense lead vocals. Six of the remaining tracks were written by the group's "sixth member," Louie Caridi, including "Somewhere a Mountain Is Moving" (taking its title from a line in the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina"). Incidentally, this was a different Fresh Air from the group of the same name that featured keyboardist Don Randi (they recorded a self-titled Fresh Air album around the same time, but for Columbia Records). Piscitelli later became an engineer and backing vocalist, working with a varied group of artists during his career, including Glen Campbell, Juice Newton, Spirit, and John Travolta.
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