Sir Lord Baltimore are a pioneering American heavy metal band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 1968 by lead vocalist/drummer John Garner, guitarist Louis Dambra, and bass player Gary Justin. They are most notable for the fact that a 1971 review of their debut record, Kingdom Come, contained the first documented use of the term "heavy metal" to refer to a style of music. Additionally, Sir Lord Baltimore featured a drumming lead singer, traditionally a rarity in rock and metal music.
Their first studio release, Kingdom Come, was recorded at Vantone Studios in West Orange, New Jersey, with Jim Cretecos serving as Appel's co-producer. More notably, there were a number of overdubs also additional tracks that were mixed at New York, New York's Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studios by legendary engineer Eddie Kramer, better known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, KISS, and many others. According to Appel, British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd had the opportunity to hear Sir Lord Baltimore during these sessions, and were reportedly impressed.
Released on Mercury Records in 1970, the resulting album featured very fast-paced rock 'n' roll with high levels of distortion in the guitar and, in some cases, the bass, and extensive multi-tracking to further enhance the guitar sound. Though this style of rock 'n' roll would become popular in later years, it was considerably different from the majority of that era's contemporary rock music.
On February 19-20, 1971, Sir Lord Baltimore played consecutive nights at New York's Fillmore East as the opening act on a bill that included The J. Geils Band and Black Sabbath, as part of the latter's Paranoid tour. (Sir Lord Baltimore played additional dates on this tour, as well.) A photo of the band used in the Fillmore East's programs was later used as the cover of their 2006 reunion album, Sir Lord Baltimore III Raw.
In May 1971, Mike Saunders (of later Angry Samoans fame) wrote a favorable review of Kingdom Come for Creem magazine. Of historical note was Saunders' assertation that "...Sir Lord Baltimore seems to have down pat most all the best heavy metal tricks in the book." To date, this appears to have been the first printed use of the term "heavy metal" to reference a musical genre.
Issued the same year, and again on Mercury, Sir Lord Baltimore marked a change in direction, with Kingdom Come's frenetic pace giving way to slower-tempoed songs more reminiscent of music produced by the band's hard rock peers. Sir Lord Baltimore expanded to a four-piece for this album, with Louis Dambra's brother, Joey Dambra, joining as a second guitarist. Furthermore, Sir Lord Baltimore contains the band's only officially released live recording, "Where Are We Going."
Their career started to fade after Sir Lord Baltimore's release, and Mercury dropped them shortly thereafter. The band publicly blamed drugs on the band's initial downfall, and low record sales were also a factor. It is believed, just 480,000 know copies for both albums combine. However, the band did start work in the mid-1970s for an unreleased third album originally scheduled for 1976, and music written for that project was eventually used on Sir Lord Baltimore III Raw.
John Garner - lead vocals/drums
Louis Dambra - guitar
Joey Dambra - guitar
Gary Justin - bass
"Kingdom Come" – 6:35
"I Got A Woman" – 3:03
"Hell Hound" – 3:20
"Helium Head (I Got A Love)" – 4:02
"Ain't Got Hung On You" – 2:24
"Master Heartache" – 4:37
"Hard Rain Fallin'" – 2:56
"Lady Of Fire" – 2:53
"Lake Isle Of Innersfree" – 4:03
"Pumped Up" – 4:07
"Chicago Lives" – 3:49
"Loe And Behold" – 3:46
"Woman Tamer" – 5:12
"Caesar LXXI" – 5:22
"Man From Manhattan" – 10:34
"Where Are We Going" [Live] – 3:19
Hard Rock fans, if you want to know who were the real pioneers of 60´s - 70´s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal you must listen this album. Sir Lord Baltimore is, surely, the most underated band of Hard Rock history. They are much, much better musicians, composers and innovators artist than Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath or Deep Purple. Songs like "Chicago Lives" are the Holly Grial of future Heavy Metal. This song will remind you at a bunch of 80´s and 90´s heavy Metal bands. Perhaps Zeppelin or Black Sabbath give the sound at the early 70´s Hard Rock, but Sir Lord Baltimore went far beyond, they gave the sound at Heavy Metal of the future. Their influence in Heavy metal history is clear and awesome. "Sir Lord Baltimore" is a really Masterwork: fresh, innovator, wild, fierce, four musicians with ideas far ahead of their own time. A must have album !!!!!.
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