Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Fever Tree/Another Time Another Place
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Way Before their time....
Randal Greenwood | Hugoton, KS USA | 03/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fever Tree, a group that was based out of Houston in the late 60's and early 70's was far ahead of their time. They took electric guitars and mixed it with pop lyrics with a very heavy classical influence that resulted in a unique sound that was very experimental yet very sophisticated. Their music has stood the test of time and is still superior to much of what has followed in the music scene since. It is really a shame they never got the air play they deserved and therefore the public was robbed of hearing unique rock music. At the time anything too different was bypassed and like now if you don't have the support of a major label you are not going to get heard or truly discovered by the public. This CD covers their two best albums. What music is offered here stands alone in a class of its own. They have remained a hidden gem lost in the turmoil of the sixties, except for a few lucky individuals such as I who by chance bought their album based on San Franciso Girls way back when first released! They used a lot of fuzz and distortion and mixed it with great lyrics and complex combination of instrumental sounds. The lead guitarist is very talented, and the singers gifted. A mix of rockers and ballads. At the time the music fell under the pyschodelic banner, but there is no references to drugs or the drug culture to its credit. I beleive their sound was as ground breaking as early Deep Purple, the Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, and Spooky Tooth because they found a sound of their own never duplicated! Try listening to San Francisco Girls, and the softer The Sun Also Rises for two excellent examples. The Man who paints the pictures is also a dandy! Really the whole CD holds up well even on the occasional cover of others music. If You have never heard Fever Tree I don't know how you found this listing, but get your hands on a copy. They are unique and the music is worth the price. A shame we didn't get more from them!It should be in every ones collection of great music!Makes me wonder how many otrher undiscovered gems are out there missed by the general public."
They'll Give You Fever!!!
chris meesey Food Czar | The Colony, TX United States | 11/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here are the first two albums from Fever Tree, the great lost band from the sixties, available for one astonishingly low price. Since I covered many of the songs in my review of San Francisco Girls: The Best of Fever Tree, I'll spend time now discussing the other ones, because believe me, there is not a bad song in this collection. Most fans of the band know about their psychedelic trippiness, but listen to "99 1/2 (Won't Do)" and you'll discover that singer Dennis Keller can be as soulful as Wilson Pickett. Righteous!! There are two parts to the fabulous "Man Who Paints the Pictures": the first one played at ninety miles a minute, with excellent guitar by Michael Knust; the second played Vanilla-Fudge style, ultra slow and dramatic, featuring fabulous keyboard work by the great Rob Landes. Wow!! "Filagree and Shadow" features yet another brilliant performance by Dennis (all right, you might be tired of me saying that, but it's true!), and glorious use of strings climaxing with a touch of Ravel's Bolero! Killer!!! (I can't believe that no discussions of this band have touched on their groundbreaking use of strings and horns in rock or their obvious classical influences. Shame!) Again, understated is better as the band works through that old chestnut "Fever," while "Jokes Are For Sad People" is an absolutely heartbreaking instrumental featuring poignant flute. Finally, go back and listen again to the "Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out" Beatles medley: could there be snippets of OTHER SONGS lurking within this performance, like, say, "Norwegian Wood" and "Eleanor Rigby?" Too, too far out for words!!! So, get this CD today and get turned on once again to the magical sounds of Fever Tree! Trust me, they'll give you fever!!!"
Lyrics I will always remember!
Christopher Clements | Santa Fe, New Mexico United States | 06/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a longtime friend of Scott and Vivian Holtzman, who wrote all the lyrics for Fever Tree (with the obvious exception of "Day Tripper") and managed the group, it is great to read the input of listeners who hear their music this much later, and still enjoy it. I was sitting poolside with Vivian, in Bellaire Texas, as the lyrics for " The God Game" were being written, and am still moved by the content of the song. Houston was an amazing place to be at that time, with Roky and the 13th Floor Elevators, Bubble Puppy, the Moving Sidewalks, Fever Tree and the Red Crayola, all playing at places like the Catacombs, Ma Maison, and Love Street Light Circus. Michael Knusts' guitar work is still haunting after all these years. Of all their recordings, "Nowadays Cancy Can't Even Sing" (Neil Young) is still my favorite, although "San Francisco Girls" will always have a special place in my heart. To those of you who have never heard the "Fever Tree", all I can say is, buy it, you're in for a treat! Sincerely, Christopher Clements"