Euclid – Heavy Equipment (1970)

OriginalFrontCover1Euclid’s “Heavy Equipment”(“Flying Dutchman Amsterdam” AMS-12005) is perhaps the best example of the merging of the 60’s Psychedelic with Hard-Rock.

“The Euclid” ‘s musicians themselves were of an excellent caliber and very experienced; “Ralph Mazzota” who plays guitar coming from “Lazy Smoke” and the other members, “Gary Leavitt” (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), “Jay Leavitt” (drums, vocals) coming from “The Cobras” and “Maris Neibergers” (bass guitar).

This Maine – based group contained the Leavitt brothers who had previously led the Cobras and Ralph Mazzota from Lazy Smoke. Pedigree aside, this is a powerful and inventive psychedelic heavy rock album(!) that stands on its own as a great work. With its backwards bits and oddly-effected vocals, the album, which was produced by Bobby Hearne, stands with one foot in the 1960s and one in the 1970s – leaning into the tracks with a heavy – handed metallic attitude. The album is recommended. Gary Leavitt was killed in 1975, which effectively ended the band – a popular live attraction in the Northeast through 1974. Jay Leavitt still performs with his group Bluesberry Jam in the Maine area.

“Jay and Gary Leavitt, along with Bobby Herne, made their first musical rumblings in 1966 as the Cobras, releasing the New England garage classic ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’/’Instant Heartache.’ Fast-forward to 1970 and the brothers, joined by Ralph Mazotta (ex-Lazy Smoke) and Harold Perino Jr. (aka ‘Maris’), transformed into the hard psychedelic aggro Euclid, signed to Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman subsidiary Amsterdam and were one of the few (only?) ‘rock’ releases on either label (a notable exception being the rare Minx soundtrack by The Cyrkle). Herne, manning the producer’s chair (a role he would later repeat for The Shaggs’ Philosophy Of The World LP), created a ‘bad trip’ spiked with backwards tape effects, darkly-phrased vocals, all instruments set to ‘pummel’ and an album title certainly eligible for the ‘truth in advertising’ award! Tread carefully dear listener, as Gary, Bobby, Maris and Bob have all passed on due to various circumstances over the years…” (by ChrisGoesRock)

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A real heavy rarity from this period of Rock Music !

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Personnel:
Jay Leavitt (drums, vocals)
Gary Leavitt (guitar, vocals)
Ralph Mazzota (vocals, guitar)
Maris Neibergers (bass)

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Tracklist:
01.1. Shadows Of Life (G.Leavitt) 3.02
01.2.On The Way (Mazotta) 4.37
01.3. Bye Bye Baby (G.Leavitt) 4.38
02. Gimme Some Lovin’ (Davis/Winwood) 3.43
03. First Time Last Time (G.Leavitt) 2.56
04. Lazy Livin (G.Leavitt) 6.02
05. 97 Days  3.15
06. She’s Gone (G.Leavitt) 2.53
07. It’s All Over Now  (B.Womack/S,Womack) 3.24

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