Four-hour 3CD set charting the birth and early development of American hard rock.
Hit singles, key album tracks, and huge rarities from a genre that became a dominant force in US music.
In the late 60s, the parallel emergence of psychedelia and the blues-based power trio format saw pop evolve into rock. In America, bands became harder, heavier, rawer, and louder to a back drop of the Vietnam War, street drugs, and increasingly powerful amps. Commercially successful acts like Vanilla Fudge, Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer, and Iron Butterfly spearheaded a new wave of bands whose sound would later be codified as heavy metal. Over three CDs and four hours of music, ‘We’re An American Band’ charts hard rock’s evolution during the late 60s and early 70s, culminating in Grand Funk’s game-changing, chart-topping late 1973 single of the same name. In addition to the aforementioned bands, we feature the likes of Alice Cooper, The Stooges, ZZTop, MC5, and Love, hard rock dilettantes (Todd Rundgren, Kim Fowley, even Muddy Waters), and such pioneers as Kurt Cobain-endorsed satanic rockers Coven and early metal heads Sir Lord Baltimore. We include tracks from some of the most valuable vinyl LPs on the planet (Bolder Damn, Brigade), ultra-rare local singles (The Mass Confusion Rock Band, Wildwood), and vital music that went unreleased at the time (B. F. Trike, Cold Sun, etc). Housed in a clamshell box with an accompanying 48-page booklet, ‘We’re An American Band is a fascinating window on American rock’s epic journey from the bowels of the late 60s underground counterculture to mainstream mid-70s acceptance.
DISC ONE 1 TICKET TO RIDE – Vanilla Fudge 2 IRON BUTTERFLY THEME – Iron Butterfly 3 SUMMERTIME BLUES – Blue Cheer 4 THE OSTRICH (album version) – Steppenwolf 5 REMLAP’S CAVE PART II – The Savage Resurrection 6 MAN WHO PAINTS THE PICTURES – Fever Tree 7 WHY SHOULD I CARE – The Sound Barrier 8 PRIDE OF MAN – Quicksilver Messenger Service 9 MY OWN LIFE – Easy Chair 10 CHICKEN WIRE LADY – Blues Magoos 11 APRIL 15TH – The Human Beinz 12 PLASTIC PEOPLE – Wildwood 13 THE WAR RAGES ON – Mass Confusion Rock Band 14 BLACK SHEEP – SRC 15 LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER – Muddy Waters 16 CRAZY WOMAN – Dragonfly 17 HOT SMOKE AND SASAFRASS–The Bubble Puppy 18 GOOD MORNING DAY – Omnibus 19 MISTERGENIE MAN – Society’s Children 20 BLOW MY MIND – Darius 21 NIGHTRIDER– Kim Fowley
DISC TWO 1 KICK OUT THE JAMS – MC5 2 TIME SELLER – Stack 3 UNDER THE ICE – Nazz 4 FIELDS OF REGRET – Alice Cooper 5 OCEANS INSIDE ME – Stone Garden 6 I WANNA BE YOUR DOG – The Stooges 7 DARK-EYED WOMAN – Spirit 8 JOURNEYS – The Litter 9 ROBERT MONTGOMERY – Love 10 DONOVAN’S MONKEY – Stalk-Forrest Group 11 WICKED WOMAN – Coven 12 WELCOME TO THE VOID – Morgen 13 BABYLON – Conception 14 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN–Frijid Pink 15 SAD DAY – Fuse 16 MISSISSIPPI QUEEN – Mountain 17 NO PARKING(live) – Gold 18 DARK ROAD – Christopher 19 SELF-MADEGOLD – Brigade 20 DEATH OF A VIRGIN–Damnation Of Adam Blessing
DISC THREE 1 NEIGHBOR, NEIGHBOR – ZZTop 2 TWISTED FLOWER – Cold Sun 3 STARS IN THE SKY – Wildfire 4 HELIUM HEAD (I GOT A LOVE) – Sir Lord Baltimore 5 TIME AND CHANGES – B.F. Trike 6 FACE THE CROWD – Demian 7 ROAD RUNNER– Head Over Heels 8 MONTREAL JAIL – Boomerang 9 EVIL – Cactus 10 B.R.T.C.D. – Bolder Damn 11 NEVER COMING DOWN – Estes Brothers 12 TRANSMANIACON MC- Blue Öyster Cult 13 YOU CAN–Earthen Vessel 14 THE QUEEN – Bang 15 MY TIME IS OVER–Sudden Death 16 IT SWALLOWED THE SUN – The Flow 17 SUICIDE – Dust 18 LOVE JUMPED THROUGH MY WINDOW – Arthur Lee 19 IS IT MY NAME–Todd Rundgren 20 YOU KNOW– Stray Dog 21 WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND–Grand Funk