Friday, May 15, 2009

The Damnation of Adam Blessing

Okay, there was this band out of Cleveland, Ohio back in the late 60s and early 70s, known as The Damnation of Adam Blessing. Well known in the Cleveland area. Never achieved the nationwide reputation they likely deserved. They recorded four albums, the third under the band name of "Damnation" and the fourth under the band name of "Glory," which makes discographies more complicated than need be.

And (this is where I come in) some time back around 1979, when I was a young punk in grad school, I stumbled across their third album, Which Is the Justice, Which Is the Thief?, in a remainder bin somewhere. I loved it. Played it over and over. It became one of my favorites.

There matters rested until several years ago, when I searched around online and found some bits and snippets about The Damnation of Adam Blessing, but no place where more of their music was available. :-(

Until, ummmm, maybe last week. I searched again, found that in the interim their albums had been rereleased on CD. So. I bought their other three albums. And the past few days I've been gorging on The Damnation of Adam Blessing, blissfully listening to their albums over and over and over again. Damn, their first two albums are even better than the one I've been listening to, and loved, for these past thirty years...

Takes me back to my days as a young punk. Sharing a fourth floor efficiency apartment with my brother. Old early 60s vintage wood-cabinet stereo. Many a Friday evening, listening to loud music. The Beatles. Led Zeppelin. Pink Floyd. And of course that album by (The) Damnation (of Adam Blessing), opening with the wondrously (over)wrought tones of a song entitled "Fingers on a Windmill"...

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