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After The Flood: The 13 Favourite Albums Of Howe Gelb, Aged 12-16
Stewart Smith , June 11th, 2012 08:21

In a neat twist on our 13 favourite albums feature, Giant Sand's Howe Gelb talks Stewart Smith through his formative records from his teenage years in Pennsylvania

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Uriah Heep – Demons and Wizards

Then it might be Uriah Heep, Demons and Wizards. I didn't have an older brother at all, let alone one in college to turn me on to cool records. I stumbled my way through and absorbed certain records I probably had no business in buying, and just lived with them and eventually something about them would settle in. Some of then didn't stick but I remember playing that one quite a bit.

Who was the keyboard player? Ken Hensley, right. Yeah, the way he was putting the songs together I found intriguing, 'Cos y'see at that point I didn't play guitar, and I was trying to figure out what to do with the piano and how to make it make sense in rock & roll. I was intrigued by bands that had a lot of keyboard action. I didn't really care what the music was about.

Then I find this Uriah Heep band and this one guy is playing all these kinds of keyboards, not quite Rick Wakeman, but that kind of thing that was going on with a lot of bands at the time where they had a bunch of different keyboards, and he's in this little corral on stage playing these different keyboards. I thought 'What's going on there, that's interesting, that guy is applying some kind of piano thing to rock & roll', so that's why I stopped at Uriah Heep for a little while.


Rabbit Fighter
Jun 11, 2012 3:23pm

Now that's a goddamn list! Compare to the utterly lazy and inane offering from Butch Vig recently...

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Grimm
Jun 11, 2012 5:51pm

coolest thing this summer would be a dozen by El-P. or Greg Sage. and that Cactus record is beinhart. thank you

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Jun 11, 2012 7:23pm

For a kid in Bumfuck, Pennsyltucky... right on! More dueling keyboards!

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Jun 11, 2012 7:46pm

Boy, Howe sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn't he? The list might be good but it's hardly insightful stuff, is it?

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Rooksby
Jun 14, 2012 6:40pm

In reply to Stavros P. Leibowitz:

...Or perhaps he prefers to keep his mouth shut when he has nothing to say, unlike most of the whimpering gobshites on here? Anyway, his anecdote about Bowie's space capsule is fab, & I'm going to track that Cactus LP down IMMEDIATELY on the basis on the hilarious sleeve... OK duck?

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