Hard Rock / Heavy Psych • United States
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While still in his teens, guitarist Jim Gustafson was bitten by the recording bug, when he made his first pro recording 45 RPM record at age 15, with a band called Daze Endz.This was Jim's first song he had written, called "What Can I Do?"He also sang lead vocal on this record. Soon after this band broke up, Jim started Biggy Rat with Scott Hunter on bass, Gary Dipasquale on drums, and bluesy singer Shirliann Shank .This lineup recorded a 45 RPM record, also called "Look Inside Yourself", another Jim Gustafson original, with an old blues song on the back. Soon after,drummer Gary lost interest, and was replaced by Steve Rohrbaugh, and they added keyboard player Frank Amedia. They spent the next few years traveling around doing shows, and recorded an album in Memphis, Tenn., with Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox producing. They had signed a contract read more...
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POOBAH Let Me In album cover 4.07 | 3 ratings
Let Me In
Heavy Psych 1972
POOBAH US Rock album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
US Rock
Hard Rock 1976
POOBAH Steamroller album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Hard Rock 1979
POOBAH Switch On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Switch On
Hard Rock 1989
POOBAH Wizard Of Psych album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wizard Of Psych
Heavy Psych 1998
POOBAH Furious Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Furious Love
Hard Rock 2004
POOBAH Underground album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock 2006
POOBAH No Control album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Control
Hard Rock 2007
POOBAH Peace Farmers album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Peace Farmers
Hard Rock 2010
POOBAH Cosmic Rock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cosmic Rock
Hard Rock 2014
POOBAH Blue album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 2018

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POOBAH Live At The Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame
Hard Rock 2004

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POOBAH Rock Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Collection
Hard Rock 1994
POOBAH US Rock / Let Me In album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
US Rock / Let Me In
Hard Rock 1998
POOBAH After And Before album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
After And Before
Hard Rock 2007

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Rock City / Bowleen
Hard Rock 1973
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Through These Eyes / Watch Me
Hard Rock 1976

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Album · 1972 · Heavy Psych
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The debut from Youngstown, Ohio rockers Poobah introduced listeners to the power trio's hard and heavy approach to rock & roll along with a certain degree of silliness employed that helped distinguish Poobah from the many no-nonsense American heavy rock bands of the time. The opening track "Mr. Destroyer" begins with a dialogue between an adult and a supposed eight-year-old boy (obviously and intentionally poorly mimicked by an adult) about the boy's birthday present, a gun. In his haste to show how to use it, he stumbled on the word "bullets" saying "billets" first and then proceeds to demonstrate the weapon saying "Watch" in the kid's voice but abruptly switching to a sinister adult voice for "this". There's an echoing gun shot and the heavy chords of "Mr. Destroyer" begin. The song certainly has a doomy feel to it, heavy and serious, and the vocals are gruff and shouted. This song is often selected for proto-metal playlists on YouTube.

Next up is the slow and clean hippy-ish "Enjoy What You Have", a decent enough number. And then that's it for the light songs. "Live to Work" is a short hard rock number which wrapped up the original side one of the album. "Bowleen" features an eastern drumming pattern and eastern sounding chords (the root chord and then a semi-tone up remind me of eastern scales). You might get a kick out of the Donald Duck voice introducing the song. Bizarrely, the track concludes with a flushing toilet!

"Rock N Roll" is the first classic blues-based rock sounding song. It's short and punchy and though not my favourite, I can't help but think Poobah must have been fun to see live. The album concludes with another heavy guitar rock song, the title track, that includes a drum solo.

The CD reissue includes several bonus tracks, some of which give us more of Poobah's heavy guitar rock in song or instrumental. Other tracks like "Here's the Band" and "Aww, Not Now" are experimental studio vocal tracks showing the band's silly side. "Aww, Not Now" seems to be a dialogue between an alien vessel's first mate and the captain as they approach earth for domination. The first mate is trying to persuade the stoned captain to commence the attack while his "highness" only replies, "Aww, not now, man. Not now."

Since the original album was only about 30 minutes long, having these bonus tracks is indeed a bonus. Poobah really can rock heavy and the rough vocal style suits the music well. There are plenty of cool heavy guitar riffs and some great moments where the bass leads the rhythm. Tracks like "Upside Down Highway", "Smoke" and "Walk of the Bug" are exemplary tracks of early seventies heavy rock but with an attitude that could almost be punk.

Poobah toured heavily in the '70s and went through some lineup changes. However they remained dedicated to exciting heavy and intense rock, and though they split up for a few years, they never really went away. Though album releases have been few, the band is still active today, thanks to founder Jim Gustafson, and working on new material. Check out their web site!

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