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Albums Of The Week: Sons Of Adam | Saturday’s Sons: The Complete Recordings 1964-1966

This long-lost Los Angeles foursome – featuring future members of Blue Cheer & Love – finally get their long-overdue due in this extensive & exhaustive compilation.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Saturday’s Sons: The Complete Recordings 1964-1966 is the first-ever comprehensive anthology of legendary 1960s L.A. band Sons Of Adam.

Led by visionary guitarist Randy Holden (Blue Cheer, The Other Half) and featuring charismatic frontman Jac Ttanna (Genesis), bassist Mike Port and drummer Michael Stuart-Ware (Love), The Sons of Adam were a lean, mean rock ’n’ roll machine, lighting up the Sunset Strip alongside such groundbreaking icons as The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors and The Mothers of Invention. Schooled in surf and emboldened by the British Invasion, the band earned a reputation as a fearsome live act, known for blowing fellow artists off the stage with their high-energy performance and voluble power. The quartet enjoyed a brief but incandescent three-year career, fueled by a fervent fan following who flocked to such world-famous Hollywood haunts as the Whisky A Go Go, Bido Lito’s and Gazarri’s to thrill to their explosive sounds and passionate intensity.

“The guitar for me was a total, full-blast, full-on love affair,” says Holden. “The louder and clearer that baby was, the more beautiful it was. Hitting that guitar string on a voluminous amp was just heaven, and people felt it.” Adds Ttanna: “It was the best time of my life. We were onstage with The Rolling Stones, we did everything. We were at the right place at the right time, more than anybody has a right to hope for.”

Saturday’s Sons: The Complete Recordings 1964-1966 gathers The Sons of Adam’s complete studio output — spanning rare 45s, outtakes, and demo recordings — including fiery material from their early incarnation as The Fender IV as well as their fabled 1966 single Feathered Fish, donated to the band by Love’s Arthur Lee. Most significantly, Saturday’s Sons features a previously unreleased 1966 full concert performance from San Francisco’s famed Avalon Ballroom — a vintage recording so exciting and powerfully dynamic that few will be in doubt of The Sons of Adam’s lost potential. In addition, Saturday’s Sons: The Complete Recordings 1964-1966 includes a definitive 15,000-word chronicle of the group’s unfulfilled reach for the brass ring by Grammy-nominated compilation producer Alec Palao, featuring the full co-operation of the band members and associates, and showcasing a stunning range of rare photos, poster art, and other previously unseen images.”