Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Endless Skies

I gotta thank Harry Cantwell of the band Slough Feg (the greatest active heavy metal band in America) for pointing me towards this obscure treasure. Ashbury's 1983 album, Endless Skies is a dusty relic of quality headband-wearing, custom-van rock that reminds me a bit of The Outlaws or Kansas. Lyrically you get a few wizards, prophets, riders on horseback and other such clichés, but I ain't complaining one bit. Definitely have that ceramic wizard bong close at hand for this one.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uhh...where is the Custom Van Rock scene cuz I need to embed myself there?

Anonymous said...

Who is the lead guitarist?

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of "Ween" for some reason,
Like of they did some power metal tracks this is what it would sound like.

Aesop said...

Ween, I could see that. I thought that perhaps this album was an influence on Tenacious D.

Anonymous said...

The last song has got Tenacious D all over it. Ive got to say that the band rules though. It almost makes me want to live in a shit town, read a lot, and go to the DQ for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...almost.

Harry said...

Alright! This album deserves all the attention it can get. As soon as I heard, "He appears to be a wizard or perhaps a magic man!" I was hooked. Directly after becoming hooked, I started to wonder what the difference actually is between a wizard and a magic man. If anyone wants to buy this thing it's in print, and you can get it at either rockadrome.com or shadowkingdomrecords.com

Aesop said...

Definitely worth picking up for the cool liners and booklet.

Stephen Teichgraeber said...

This is fantastic. In fact, the lyrical cliches are what make it so fantastic. The world needs more wizard prophets.

Anonymous said...

Endless Fucking Skies! That solo at the end is badass. I think Ill listen to that about ten more times today.

Anonymous said...

I hear alot of Jethro Tull meets Moody Blues, but minus the christian overtones and nary a flute. My mother had this on vinyl when I was young, and I never gave it a listen. Instead I traded it to an old er douche for a joint. Fuck, we all make mistakes. Here's the line up for this record
Randy Davis guitar
Rob Davis guitar, keys
Jerry van Dielen keys
Johnny Ray drums
John Watts percussion

Aesop said...

I hope that joint was worthwhile because I would kill to have an original vinyl of this.

El Scumador said...

oh man this rips. i was workin and then Vengeance came on. it sounds like ted nugent but who was into pentagle or something.
thanks

Jeff P said...

Amazing. I'm getting some glitchy tracks...especially the last one.