GoodThunder had an excellent name and a spectacular cover for their debut (and only) 1972 album. What’s heavier than a psychedelic lion on the rampage? Nothing, although there are many heavier things than GoodThunder.
The band were from Los Angeles, and they made a tiny little splash in town when Elektra records were desperately trying to find a new Doors. The band broke up before the rumble turned into a roar, however, and the fellas slinked off to session-player obscurity. Keyboardist Mike Walsh did sometime in the refurbed Steppenwolf, too.
But that is not our concern. We are here to sit back and let the organ-drenched, psyche-prog hard rock of GoodThunder wash over us. This track, For A Breath, has a solid stoner groove that flows nicely with the vocal harmonies, resulting in a moustache-stroking cross between Foghat and early Styx. While not particularly thunderous, it is pretty good.
James Cahoon Lindsay-Lead vocals/Percussion
Bill Rhodes-Bass Guitar
1. I Can´t Get Thru To You 3:18
2. For A Breath 5:38
3. Moonship 2:50
4. Home Again 6:51
5. Sentries 2:39
6. P.O.W. 6:53
7. Rollin Up My Mind 4:14
8. Barking At The Ants 6:39
This obscure American band produced only one album, which is a shame. If you like crunchy guitars, bottom heavy bass, cool Hammond organ rhythms, and good hard rock with progressive elements, then Good Thunder should float your boat. Highlights include "I Can't Get Through To You," along with "P.O.W.", "For A Breath" and "Barking At The Ants", although I don't hear a weak track on the album.
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)