Monday, May 30, 2016

Boot - s/t 1972

Hailing from Port Richie, Florida, bassist Dan Eliassen and drummer Jim O'Brock put their first band together in 1972. Originally known as the Kingsmen, they opted for a name change when the Washington based Kingsmen scored a hit with "Louie-Louie." Morphing into the Allusions. Eliassen, O'Brock and a changing cast of players continued to perform at school dances and teen centers.
By 1966, the lineup featured O'Brock, Eliassen, lead guitarist Bruce Knox, and rhythm guitarist Mike Mycz. They's also opted for another name change, The Split Ends, as well as moving away from performing largely cover songs to penning their own material.
Soon, signed by the local SPF Records, they also made their recording debut with a 1966 single: "Rich With Nothin'" b/w "Endless Sun" (CPF catalog: CPF 4)

The 45 proved a regional hit, and opening the door to wider exposure, including an opening slot on Dick Clarke's "Happening '68" television band contest.

youtube has a couple of interesting Split Ends clips:

In 1969, the band decided on another image and name change, this time adopting the moniker "Blues Of Our Time", quickly abbreviated to Boot. With a repertoire of largely original material, the band hit the road playing clubs and concerts nearly non-stop for the next four years.

Released by the Texas based Agape Records, the band debuted with 1972's cleverly titled "Boot." Co-produced by Mike Stone and Peter Thomason, the album was recorded in Nashville Tennessee at James Brown's Saturday/King Studio. With all four members contributing material the album featured a mixture of blues rock and blues rock, with the occasional stab at a more commercial tune. The band was blessed with three descent singers.
Not the most original blues/rock-boogie album you've ever heard, but the band performed with considerable energy, and Knox was a very talented lead guitar player.
The album did nothing commercially, and the band continued for roughly a year before calling it quits.

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