The Serpent Power / Tina & David Meltzer

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The Serpent Power / Tina & David Meltzer

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Genre Folk/Rock | 1 cd | mp3 256 Kbps | incl Covers | 147 MB

Track listing

The Serpent Power - The serpent Power

1. Don't You Listen To Her
2. Gently, Gently
3. Open House
4. Flying Away
5. Nobody Blues
6. Up And Down
7. Sky Baby
8. Forget
9. Dope Again
10. Endless Tunnel

Tina & David Meltzer - Poet Songs

11. I'm The Early Morning Racer (Poem)
12. I'll Forget You
13. Bath (Poem)
14. I'm A Lover
15. Ravel Blues
16. Blackest Rose (Poem)
17. It Is For You
18. Lullaby
19. I'm So Willing
20. Lamentation For Hank Williams (Poem)
21. Hymn To Love
22. Confessin' (Poem)
23. Pure White Place
24. Poem For My Wife (Poem)
25. For Tina

Fronted by San Franciscan poet David Meltzer, the Serpent Power was a sunshiny folk-rock group, whose songs were musical translations of Meltzer's poetry. The Serpent Power was formed by Meltzer and his wife Tina (who sang both lead and harmony vocals), and also included Denny Ellis and David Stenson on lead guitar and bass, respectively, both of whom had gotten their start with San Francisco folksters the Grass Roots. The band became a full rock outfit with the inclusion of John Payne on organ and Clark Coolidge on drums. The album, also entitled The Serpent Power, received a somewhat limited pressing and, despite featuring some excellent examples of folk-rock, the band never got that big, known mostly within the San Francisco area. The album's last track was a raga-rock epic which included electric banjo player JP Pickens, who stayed on as a permanent member as the band entered its second incarnation. Ellis, Stenson, and Payne left shortly after The Serpent Power was recorded, replaced by Bob Cuff (who'd come over from folk-pop band the Mystery Trend), on lead guitar and Jim Mocoso on bass. Although they continued reaching in ever-more exploratory directions, the band didn't record another album, and disbanded in 1968. David and Tina Meltzer went on to record another album, Poet's Song, under their own names.

The Serpent Power / Tina & David Meltzer