Yesterdays Children
(ST)
1969
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre:
Blues, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like:
Captain Beyond, Blue Cheer, Cactus
We know this is not the greatest album cover for a psyche rock band, so we urge you to look past this. The artwork does not portray the music very well, in fact it could have played a part in the bands’ short career. Yesterday’s Children were a highly obscure psychedelic rock band from Connecticut in the mid to late 60s. They released three singles and this Self-Titled album before splitting up in 1969. It’s hard to believe how the band didn't have any level of success to generate at least a small underground following. They just got lost within the shuffle of emerging bands such as Blue Cheer, MC5 and Cream to name a few. Their blend of raw, bluesy psychedelic rock is downright appealing and could have easily been an influence to the highly saturated modern psychedelic rock of today. If you listen to bands like Graveyard and Kadavar you will definitely hear a Yesterday’s Children influence. To be honest this sounds very much like Graveyards first album, so it seems as if heavy psychedelic rock hasn’t changed much in the past forty six years.

Track Listing:
1. Paranoia
2. Sad Born Loser
3. What Of I
4. She's Easy
5. Sailing
6. Providence Bummer
7. Evil Woman
8. Hunter's Moon

The albums first song “Paranoia” jumps right into the psychedelic rock immediately. The song showcases the raw groove the band can put forth and singer Denis Croce has a rough around the edges, unfiltered voice that suites the music. Track 2, “Sad Born Loser” is terrific and really showcases their talents and how they were a bit ahead of their time. Graveyard could have easily taken a page from this song, it sounds exactly like one of their songs, and even the vocals eerily resemble Graveyard’s Joakim Nilsson. Track 4, “She’s Easy” has some cheesy lyrics, but you actually forget about this as the song is very gritty with some killer blues hooks and psychedelic jamming.

The longest song “Sailing” coming in at 7:38 is another highly entertaining song that is more toned-down and the vocals shine on this one. The spontaneous soft extended jamming in the middle of the song is a great change of pace. It seems the more we listen to the album, this song seems to just grow on us. We were waiting for some sort of Black Sabbath influence to be found somewhere on the album, well you’ll find it on the last song “Hunter’s Moon”. This track has a dense Sabbath blues vibe; it’s good to hear a darker side to the band and a great closer to the album. It’s a shame that this was the last song to be recorded from the band.

Band Members:
Reggie Wright (guitar)
Denis Croce (vocals)
Richard Croce (guitar)
Chuck Maher (bass)
Ralph Muscatelli (drums)

It seems that every generation has these lost albums and Yesterday’s Children were a true hidden gem in the classic psychedelic rock world. It’s amazing to hear the influences they put down and we have no doubt they somehow paved a path for these types of bands today. - 10/2/2015

Standout Tracks: Sailing, Sad Born Loser, Paranoia
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