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Wednesday, April 23, 2008


"Lotti Golden -Motor Cycle-1969 US":

Lotti Golden, who wrote all songs on this album except one that she co-wrote, is a very earthy female vocalist on this "psychedelic soul trip" album, produced by Bob Crewe. The vocals, material and musicianship are outstanding.
One standout track is "A Lot Like Lucifer", a sprawling epic that starts out soulful, turns ragtime, leads into a stomper, throws in some fuzz guitar, goes for the Memphis sound, and then tosses in the kitchen sink. Guitarist Vinnie Bell is credited for guitar work on the lp.

14 comments:

beat2go00 said...

THXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!

joel said...

eggcellent

Sir said...

amazing, thanks mate!

Travis said...

this is incredible! it's been on constant repeat in the ipod. i don't suppose you have her self-titled album from 1971??? can't seem to find that one anywhere...

basso said...

hi fanis,

your description of this one made me dl. will come back for more words after listening.

cheers,
Basso

thebabblebox said...

This looks like it could be quite good..... thanks guys.

jazzmore said...

This LP is the bomb. Lotti Golden has gotten well over 1,000,000 searches on google, and although she went on to write and produce "other people's" hits, it appears the interest is in this "Motor-Cycle" LP. Just reading the lyrics is a trip---that is---if you have them. The lyrics were included with the original LP on Atlantic. Speaking of Atlantic, they sucked the first time by not have a clue as to how to promote Golden, and they still have no IQ: the LP is hot on the Internet and they haven't a reissued it. That's why the music business is out of business. If this LP were on Itunes, they actually could be selling albums. Amazing!

kiel said...

Thanks for the tip on Lotti Golden's Motor-Cycle LP, hippy djkit. A friend turned me on to Golden a number of years ago, and I'm glad to see this lady's resurgence on the Internet. Golden's "Motor-Cycle" on Atlantic is groundbreaking. The record plays like a movie with a cast of characters you'll never forget—Golden's biker boyfriend Michael becomes Lucifer, Silky's baby is baptized in Central Park in the rain, and parties are hosted by Fay that will rival any Andy Warhol scene. This LP is guaranteed to rock any party. Definitely due for reissue on CD.

kiel said...

Just played Lotti Golden. !#$%^@, this LP is so good! I really wish the "executives" at Atlantic Records would reissue Golden's Motorcycle LP. There are additional tracks I'd like to get. Also, I hear the original LP came with a lyric insert! I'd like to get my hands on. As in all rock/soul, you can't hear everything Golden is saying, and she's saying some pretty sick and cool !#$%^@. I would love to have this Rosetta Stone. Wow, Golden's Motorcycle just gets better with every play.

Charlotte said...

Lotti Golden LP "Motor-Cycle" (1969) on Atlantic records is driven by a Kerouac inspired sensibility. As Golden’s story of her life in New York’s East Village unfolds we are introduced to an amazing cast of characters. The LP is full of contradictions--it loaded with the mores of the 60's yet Golden uses biblical metaphors, e.g. her mentor/boyfriend, Michael (angel?) morphs into Lucifer in “A lot Like Lucifer.” The last song, “You Can Find Him” sounds like Rock/R&B meets a Baptist revival, first line of lyrics: “You can find him any Easter, rapping with the angels on some lady’s lawn.” As you listen, you hope to decrypt Golden’s layered meanings. That is part of Golden's mystique. Close your eyes, and travel in Golden's timeless universe; it’s a trip you’re not likely to forget.

John said...

DKIT, your review of Lotti Golden's "Motor-Cycle" LP is right on the money. I heard this LP years ago and was blown away by Golden's lyrics as well as the songs, arrangements, musicianship and vocals. "Sprawling epic" is a great description of her tune "A Lot Like Lucifer." Golden uses the switching of genres and tempos to underscore her lyrics, which is very unusual--brilliant I think, because more than writing songs, she's telling a story, and each song is like a chapter in a novel. "Motor-Cycle" by Golden is highly experimental; I too wish her record label would have done more. I listened again recently, and Golden sounds as cool as ever.

amahabim said...

The most amazing album by Lotti Golden, hippie goddess is a must listen. On "Motor-Cycle" she deals with issues that are relevant today. Released 1969, when she was still in her teens, it is hard to fathom--wise beyond her years, Golden takes us on a wild ride. It’s like reading a novel with a soundtrack.

limboseed said...

Lotti Golden's "Motor-Cycle" released in 1969 is a veritable time capsule. Golden's vocal style is an unusual mix of tough, street-wise New York City attitude, psychedelic transcendence and soul, evoking the Shangi-Las, Janis Joplin and echos of Aretha Franklin. Golden narrates her amazing story of East Village life from the highs of the the Summer of Love and Woodstock to the depths Kent State. Lyrically stunning, Golden's rite of passage memoir is a valuable commentary on a compelling period in American history.

Varkola said...

"Motor-Cycle" is one of the best rock albums of its time and of all time. Many agree that Atlantic didn't promote the LP because it was radical even for the late 60's--I agree that could be true. Meanwhile, Lotti Goden's epic LP has maintained a durable cult following for 40 years, before and during the digital age. Highly recommended!