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Noah-Brain Suck-'72 US hard–psychedelic Rock-NEW 2LP

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Noah-Brain Suck-'72 US hard–psychedelic Rock-NEW 2LP

Noah (41) ‎– Brain Suck
Guerssen ‎– GUESS172, Galactic Archive ‎– none
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
14 May 2021
Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Garage Rock

Fabulous US hard–psychedelic album by NOAH, recorded in 1972 but never released at the time. Expanded to a double set including the SOUND BARRIER (pre–Noah) sought–after garage–psych 45s plus unreleased demos, ’67–71. Master tape sound and insert with rare photos and liner notes by Plastic Crimewave. RIYL: BLUE CHEER, SIR LORD BALTIMORE, FRACTION, IRON BUTTERFLY, STEPPENWOLF...

Formed in the late 60s in Salem, Ohio, out of the ashes of two garage bands, the Markees and the Sound Barrier (of the legendary "Hey, Hey" 45 on Zounds), Noah consisted of Mark Scheuring (guitar & lead vocals), Larry Davis (drums), Paul Hess (bass & backup vocals) and Danny Hall (keyboards & backup vocals). In 1972 the band recorded in just two days a concept album titled "Brain Suck" at Cleveland Recording studios with engineer/producer Ken Hamann (of Grand Funk Railroad and James Gang fame).

Noah’s music was dark and heavy, dominated by killer Hammond organ, hard guitar and powerful vocals. This is truly a major find for anyone into hard psychedelia. In the words of Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave): "it conjures the heavy, doomy vibe of Blue Cheer’s "Fruit and Icebergs" suite; the bluster of Sir Lord Baltimore (but maybe with Keith Emerson on keys); and a biker ferocity found on the Fraction Moonblood Lp. I’m also imagining Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, or Vanilla Fudge on some bad drugs with a Mothers–like malignance".

The LP sessions were never released properly (in fact a truncated vinyl edition with some songs missing and late Sound Barrier demos added was released in 1995 by Al Simones on his Head Records label, without the band’s knowledge) so this is the first time that the "Brain Suck" album is released as originally intended by the band.

*Double LP edition in gatefold sleeve.

*Disc 1 features the original "Brain Suck" album by Noah, as originally recorded in 1972.

*Disc 2 features late Sound Barrier (pre–Noah) demos from 1968 (which are KILLER, prime cut garage–psych with ripping fuzz and organ) plus the two Sound Barrier 45s from 1967/68 on Zounds / United Audio and a couple of cool previously unreleased Noah home demos from 1971.

*Colour insert with many rare photos and liner notes by Plastic Crimewave.

*Download card.


        The Original "BRAIN SUCK" Album (1972)
A1     –Noah (41)     Brainsuck     7:32
A2     –Noah (41)     Avocados Grumbled     5:18
A3     –Noah (41)     Goodbye Earth     7:25
B1     –Noah (41)     Wish I Knew My Name

    Lead Vocals – Paul Hess (4)

B2     –Noah (41)     Maybe You’ve Changed / Trouble / Still No Reason     14:35
        Singles & Unreleased Demos, 1967-1971
C1     –Sound Barrier*     Why Should I Care (Demo)     3:31
C2     –Sound Barrier*     We Wanna Be Free (Demo)     6:07
C3     –Noah (41)     Nature’s Lament (Demo)     4:43
D1     –Sound Barrier*     Hey, Hey

    Lead Guitar – Chuck Jackson (11)

D2     –Sound Barrier*     (My) Baby’s Gone

    Lead Guitar – Chuck Jackson (11)

D3     –Sound Barrier*     I Can’t Explain     2:28
D4     –Sound Barrier*     Greasy Heart

    Lead Vocals – Pat Pshsniak

D5     –Noah (41)     Black Mother Nature (Demo)     3:25
Companies, etc.

    Licensed From – Mark Scheuring
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Guerssen Records
    Copyright (c) – Guerssen Records
    Mastered At – Vacuum Mastering


    Bass, Backing Vocals [Backup Vocals], Lead Guitar – Paul Hess (4)
    Bass, Lead Vocals – Terry Davis (6)
    Drums – Larry Davis (2)
    Guitar, Lead Vocals – Mark Scheuring
    Keyboards, Backing Vocals [Backup Vocals] – Danny Hall (6), Mike Riffle
    Liner Notes – Steve Krakow
    Mastered By – Javier Roldón
    Written-By [All Songs Written By] – Danny Hall (6), Larry Davis (2), Mark Scheuring, Paul Hess (4)

Comes in a gatefold sleeve.
Includes a fold-out insert and a download card.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout: stamped): GUESS 172 A
    Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout: stamped): GUESS 172 B
    Matrix / Runout (Side C, runout: stamped): GUESS 172 C
    Matrix / Runout (Side D, runout: stamped): GUESS 172 D
    Barcode (Printed): 4 040824 090326
    Barcode (Scanned): 4040824090326

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