Thought to be from Amherst or Lorain Ohio, this outfit's over-hyped album ranges from ballads to harder rock. It does feature some good guitar jams on tracks like Gary's Thought. Good, but not worth the hefty price-tag - pick up the reissue instead! Bill Marren was formerly in The Unknown Kind, who were based in Amherst.
Apparently from Ohio, this early 1970's quartet's been the subject to quite a bit of hype over the years. As mentioned above, their exceedingly rare 1971 album "Transitions" routinely sells for $1,000+. While the album's frequently labeled as being psychedelic, most of the seven extended tracks are guitar-propelled rockers. Singer/keyboardist Bill Marren's responsible for most of the set, though brothers Joe and John Estes and bassist Don Smith each contribute a track. The sound quality is surprisingly good with Joe Estes' drums and John Estes' lead guitar seemingly getting special attention in the mix. That said, nothing here is likely to change your world, though bluesy hard rock tracks such as the extended jam 'This Morning', 'Do What Is Real' and 'Gary's Thought' are good enough to stand up to many of their better known compatriots. So will someone explain to me why the original goes for so much money ...
JOE ESTES drms, vcls
JOHN ESTES ld gtr
BILL MARREN piano, vcls
DON SMITH bs
1. Never Coming Down 3:34
2. This Morning 9:22
3. Wooden Thoughts 4:54
4. Do What Is Real 5:19
5. Let Me Live My Own Life 6:10
6. Gary's Thought 6:02
7. Tomorrow's Sunlight (single Version) 2:14
8. On Thw Wings Of A Butterfly 3:45
9. Love Is All I Need
10. Tomorrow's Sunlight 2:46
11. Wooden Thoughts 4:54
12. All Along The Watchtower 6:39
13. Blue Skies 4:54
14. Woman 6:22
An original of this obscurity (supposedly 100 were pressed) will easily set you back four digits so I'll never have a chance to comment on an original pressing. Thankfully I stumbled across a copy of Rich Haupt's 1995 Rockadelic reissue (which is itself quite rare with a 500 copy pressing).
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)