MCKENNA MENDELSON BLUES - ST (bluesy psych demo tapes from 1968) LP
ORIGINAL TEST PRESSING! Only a few of these! Test pressings are the white label copies issued to the record label in advance of the actual pressing , there are normally only 5 of these made.
Blues guitarist Mike McKenna met acoustic blues guitar player Joe Mendelson in Toronto in early 1968 & put the band together with Mike Harrison (bass) & Tony Nolasco (drums), all musicians who had played several years on the Toronto bar scene. The band headed to England to score a record deal & ended up touring & playing as opening band for Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Family, Keef Hartley Band & the newly formed Led Zeppelin in addition to a number of name European music festivals. They landed a deal with United Artists/Liberty & recorded their debut album “Stink”. “Think I’m Losing My Marbles” written & sung by Joe Mendelson became a staple track on Canada’s new “underground/progressive rock” stations including Toronto’s CHUM-FM, Montreal’s CHOM-FM, & in our region on “LGFM” 99.3 CKLG-FM Vancouver. Meanwhile, some demos MMM had recorded in Toronto to try & attract record companies got released as an unauthorized bootleg – “McKenna Mendelson Blues”. Homesickness, dissension within the band brought them back home to Canada in 1969 just as “Stink” was gaining some success, sales & airplay. They were signed by Canada’s GRT Records in 1971 & released new material. adding a studio horn section to their gritty blues/folk sound. However, subsequent releases failed to chart or make much impact on record buyers. Differences between McKenna & Mendelson resulted in disbanding in 1972.