Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Amboy Dukes - The Amboy Dukes (1967)

The Amboy Dukes - The Amboy Dukes (1967)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side A
1. "Baby, Please Don't Go"   5:35
2. "I Feel Free"   3:42
3. "Young Love"   2:45
4. "Psalms of Aftermath"   3:19
5. "Colors"   3:20

Side B
6. "Let's Go Get Stoned"   4:24
7. "Down on Philips Escalator"   3:00
8. "The Lovely Lady"   2:58
9. "Night Time"   3:11
10. "It's Not True"   2:42
11. "Gimme Love"   2:43

CD bonus track
12. "J.B. Special" (mono version)   2:22

The Amboy Dukes Band Members / Musicians
John (J.B.) Drake – vocals
Ted Nugent – guitar
Steve Farmer – guitar
Rick Lober – piano, organ
Dave Palmer – drums
Bill White – bass
Bob Shad – producer
John Cue – engineer
Maxine Epstein – album coordinator
Jack Lonshein – cover design

The Amboy Dukes is the 1st studio album released by The Amboy Dukes. It was released in November 1967 on Mainstream Records (stereo S/6104, mono 56104). The Amboy Dukes interested a record label that primarily produced jazz albums. Ted Nugent assembled a new band of local Detroit players to secure a recording contract with them. He immediately brought in the soulful baritone voice of John (J.B.) Drake as lead vocalist. He had a long history with Drake in a local band called The Lourds. Nugent and Drake then recruited the remaining players. Steve Farmer was known as a rhythm guitarist, lyricist, composer and vocalist and was a natural fit with Nugent. He came from a local group called The Gang. Dave Palmer was a drummer and percussionist with experience in two local bands, The Galaxy Five and The Citations. Bill White played bass guitar and Rick Lober was an eclectic keyboardist rounding out the new group.

The Amboy Dukes were an American rock band formed in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, and later based in Detroit, Michigan. They are known for their one hit single "Journey to the Center of the Mind". The band's name comes from the title of a novel by Irving Shulman. In the UK, the group's records were released under the name of The American Amboy Dukes, because of the existence of a British group with the same name. The band went through a number of personnel changes during its active years, the only constant being lead guitarist and composer Ted Nugent. The band transitioned to being Nugent's backing band before he discontinued the name in 1975.

The Amboy Dukes' primary genres were psychedelic rock, acid rock, and hard rock. The band is also considered to be proto-punk.

The Amboy Dukes Discography Full
1967 The Amboy Dukes
1968 Journey to the Center of the Mind
1969 Migration Mainstream
1970 Marriage on the Rocks/Rock Bottom
1971 Survival of the Fittest Live
1973 Call of the Wild
1974 Tooth Fang & Claw

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