Friday, March 23, 2007

I'll Be Darned

The Damnation of Adam Blessing

Man, you'd think from the title, the year, and the homebase (Cleveland) that this would be a metal band. Not at all, though. Maybe they'd have done better if they were called the Darnation of Adam Blessing.

For me, the bands from Detroit seemed to do a good job of incorporating a natural sounding soul feel into rock. The Rationals, SRC, MC5, hell, even the Stooges if you listen to the rhythm section were way more groovy than any white band outside of the Rascals. Even though the DoAB were from across state lines, I think they had a similar thing going on.

In fact, I'd compare these guys pretty closely to SRCs second record Milestones. If you took that album, stripped out the Hammond Organ, and beefed up the guitars, you'd have something like this. They both have a nice Zombies undercurrent with that soul feel that makes for some good listening.

Please comment on the Sharebee service. I'm still making up my mind who'll have my business.


fuzztunnel said...

any comparison to SRC warrants an immediate download and bump-to-top-of-listening-queue, as far as I'm concerned. Thanks!

fuzztunnel said...

...adding that Sharebee looks pretty awesome!

ratm said...

They also have a second album called "Second Damnation" and after that changed their name to Glory and released one self titled album. I can up these if you're interested.

Christopher said...

Sharebee seems so far to be a really good option. A couple other blogs I'm reading are using it and it's nice to have a choice for downloading.

I'll cast a vote in favor of the "Second Damnation" and Glory lps while I'm here.

Thanks for the great work!

sunburstmusicpr said...

Legendary Damnation of Adam Blessing Return For Two Concerts In NE Ohio

(Cleveland, OH) The Damnation of Adam Blessing will return to perform two concerts in NE Ohio. On Friday April 27th the band will play the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH and Saturday April 28th at the Tangier in Akron, OH.

Cleveland acid rock combo the Damnation of Adam Blessing was formed in 1968 from the ashes of a pair of local garage bands, the Society and Dust, led by frontman Adam Blessing (Bill Constable), his brother Ken Constable, guitarists Jim Quinn and Bob Kalamasz, bassist Ray Benich, and drummer Bill Schwark. The band signed with United Artist Records in 1969 and went on to record four albums for the label. Their albums produced such hits as Morning Dew, Back to the River, Cookbook and Last Train to Clarksville.

The group toured extensively from coast to coast and was one of the busiest opening acts in the business performing with such greats as Eric Clapton, Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seeger, Alice Cooper, Uriah Heap, Traffic, Iggy Pop, The James Gang and many more. From the Village Gate in NYC to The Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, the band played nonstop and finally disbanded in 1972 after completing their last Album “Glory”.

After a 28 year hiatus, in 2000, the Damnation of Adam Blessing returned to it’s hometown of Cleveland to perform to a record breaking crowd at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 5th Anniversary celebration.

Akarma Records in Italy has re-issued all four albums on CD and in September of 2006 released Damnation of Adam Blessing – Plus, which included rare live performances from the band’s 1970 tour.

“We promise to make these performances very memorable for all who attend.” “We’re going to play all the favorites and we’re looking forward to seeing old and new friends and fans on what is perhaps the last time we will get together in concert.” Remarks lead singer Adam Blessing.

Official Website:

April 27th 8:00 PM
The Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110.
Phone, (216) 383-1124
Tickets $18.00 Adv. $20.00 Day of Show

April 28th 8:00 PM
532 W Market St.
Akron, 44303
Order Tickets (330) 376-7171 ext. 10
Tickets $20.00 Adv. $25.00 Day of Show (All Seats Reserved)