Sunday, July 6, 2008

Charmer - Your Presence Requested (1977)

This mysterious act sprang from FL in the early 70's, essentially as a studio project led by keyboardist Duane Hitchings (ex-Cactus) and his cohort, Mike Pinera (ex-Blues Image). It's believed that this album, comprised of recordings were never intended for release, but Pinera had other plans. The recordings surfaced under the guise of "Charmer" and issued in 1977 on the infamous Illusion Records, a label which was later found to be a cloak for illegal tax activities.

Sporting a sound that blends elements of hard rock and soul, "Your Presence Is Requested" is a fairly decent collection of material, though there's an overabundance of monotonous instrumental jamming sprinkled throughout. If you can get past that, you'll find plenty to enjoy here. Obscurity seekers are encouraged to find their follow up LP, "Do It To It". For now, enjoy the one and only, Charmer.

7 comments:

"orchman" said...

Kewl to see you back in the game again J.

Anonymous said...

Another super-rarity !
Much thanks !
Once these guys get past their fear of singing on the first 2 tracks , its a great rock record !
- Brother Sean

J Richter said...

Orchman! Glad to see you popping in here again :) Feel free to jet me an email if you feel you have anything you wish to share here. Always a pleasure hearing from you good sir!

antony said...

The $27 Snap On Face - Heterodyne State Hospital (1977)please you reupload?

Anonymous said...

Thanks again, excellent post. Keep these rarities coming.

Peter from the UK

micksguitar said...

great post.glad to have you back/thanx.

thelegendthatis said...

J's back, this is great news...made my day mate