A year ago I wrote about Black Pearl, this awesome ass kickin´ band from California in the late Sixties:
“In the primordial tar pits of 1968, early flurries of metal mutation appeared out of California. Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly and Black Pearl prophesied the world wide madness to come.” Lester Bangs (The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll)
Black Pearl was an early innovator of high energy, high volume, Rock and Roll now known as Heavy Metal. Based in Rhythm and Blues, Black Pearl with a 3 Guitar front, was unusual in that respect and stood alone with it’s R&B focus. Black Pearl disbanded in June 1969 shortly into it’s promotional tour with a sold out album to it’s credit totalling two charted albums.
“60’s band mentality was every gig was a Battle of the Bands. Our gang against yours. No Feed the World or Farm Aid shit. BP was an ass kickin band. A monster on the drums, the best guitar ever playing lead, a great rhythm section and BB who could get any crowd to its feet and women to remove their clothes. We were a gang and if you had a band we would kick your ass. And we did. Many times”.(Bruce Benson 2010)
A few days ago I got a “letter” fom Tom Mulcahy, the guitar player of Black Pearl (see comments). He wrote:
Hi, Thanks for the review of what became a rocket ride for a time with Black Pearl. Its as close to a real bio I have come across and most are looney. I was a fouding member () and have the website along with others from the band. Thanks again for the nice bio….We were nutty as fruitcakes and played as it came to us with no rehearsals but were skilled enough to pull it off. No one ever saw a dime. LOL
And this is their second and last album: A wild live recording and it´s my favorite Black Pearl Album: Hot & nasty, a funky performance with lot of Blues and Soul elements.
Black Pearl’s live album was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco in 1968. The record starts off with a soulful song called Uptown before hitting the Blues with I Get The Blues Most Every Night. The flipside is what you really need to listen to however. First there’s a cover of James Brown’s Cold Sweat. The tune is played a little more laid back with a much loser arrangement than the original, and it’s strung out to around 11 minutes. The drummer also drops a nice and long drum break in the middle. The album ends with another extended rendition of People Get Ready. (by bordeldorock.blogspot.de)
The record was made to be played loud !
Bruce Benson (guitar)
Jerry Causi (bass)
Bernie “B. B.” Fieldings (vocals)
Geoff Morris (guitar)
Tommy Mulcahy (guitar)
Oak O’Connor (drums)
01. Uptown (Mabry) 4.42
02. I Get The Blues Most Every Night (Traditional) 5.39
03. Hermit Freak Show () 4.10
04. Cold Sweat (Ellis/Brown) 0.57
05. People Get Ready (Mayfield) 8.03