martes, 14 de agosto de 2012

Federal Duck - Federal Duck (1968 US)

Formados en el campus de Haverford, en Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, hacia final de los 60s, y en ese ambiente de Fraternidades daban sus primeras actuaciones. El nombre les vino ideado de una ocasión en que de noche, estaban tumbados en la hierba, cerca de un estanque donde habia patos, y que mas o menos fueron rodeando al grupo de estudiantes, y alguien lanzó la idea de si aquellos patos trabajaban para el Gobierno.... asi que tomaron el nombre de Federal Duck..... la idea de este grupo era la de divertirse tocando, y ligar mucho... por pocos dólares tocaban hasta en alguna habitación si era necesario. La música interpretada era del tipo sin complicaciones, canciones cortas, de tres acordes....  al final hasta hubo una banda mas o menos consistente, con cantidad de instrumentos que producian sonido... cuernos, flautas, violines, teclados, banjo, y por supuesto guitarras, bajo y bateria.... asi se llega a grabar este disco, el único que grabaron, en 1968.... música y canciones desde algo divertidas, alegres, hasta alguna con claros sintomas de jazz, pasando por folk, psicodelia, mayormente, ni que decir que el disco pasó casi desapercibido, pero felizmente, años después recuperado y listo para darle una todo tuyo......



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adamus67 dijo...

Federal Duck were Ken Stover (piano-organ-tuba), Jack Bowers (guitar-dulcimer-recorders), George Stavis (guitars-vocals), Huck White (guitars-french horn-recorders), Timmy ackerman (drums-conga-percussion), Bob Stern (bass-vocals), and Tony Shaftel (bass-vocal) with Thesha Dow (triangle).
The bizarrely-named Federal Duck made its appearance on the Musicor label in 1968. Formed by banjo exponent George Stavis, Federal Duck (named after the Federal Duck Stamp Program which was enacted by conservationist Jay "Ding" Darling and US President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1934) produced this lone musical effort which, once you get past the absurd cover, is a consistently good album that is mildly jazzy, some fine bass and an ever-present dark ish vibe. The album, which was recorded in New York, is not greatly acclaimed although there are some good tracks including the mellow psychedelia of Tomorrow Waits For Today and Peace In My Mind. The outstanding track, however, is Bird with strong out-there vocals and a jazzy piano solo this is an album that deserves greater recognition than it has hitherto received....
1(A) FEDERAL DUCK (Musicor MS 3162) 1968
NB : Reissued CD Radioactive (RRCD 160)

In 1969, George Stavis and Timmy Ackerman recorded an album for Vanguard. In 1970 Stavis, Ackerman, Stern and Bowers formed a new band Oganookie in Santa Cruz, California with Bruce Frye. Oganookie released a great country psych album in 1973, and about half the members backed up Bruce Frye in 1974 on a local Santa Cruz compilation album.

adamus67 dijo...

Dave Barry (the humorist) once wrote about being in a band in high school called the Federal Duck. This is most likely a later iteration of the same band.

Federal Duck was the band I belonged to when I was a student at Haverford College back in the '60s. We were originally called the Stomp Jackson Quintet, and then the Guides (don't ask), but we came up with our new and final name one night when we were lying on the bank of the Haverford campus duck pond, and some ducks started waddling toward us in what looked like a purposeful manner, and as we watched them with increasing alarm -- an oncoming duck squadron in the moonlight -- the thought struck us that these ducks might be working for the government. And if you are wondering why that particular thought would have struck us, you did not experience the '60s.

We were one of many college bands formed in that era by young men with a sincere artistic desire to attract women of the opposite sex. We pretty much failed at that, but we did get hired a lot, because of a distinctive quality we had, which I would describe as "a low price." For as little as $100, or sometimes even less, you could have the Federal Duck perform at your dance, dorm mixer, fraternity party, pagan tree-worship ceremony, livestock neutering, whatever.

We would play anywhere, and we would play all night long, or until the police arrived, which happened sometimes, especially at the frat parties, where there tended to be a lot of spirited hijinks during that magical 45-minute interlude between the time the first keg was tapped and the time the last frat brother passed out in a puddle of his own bodily fluids.

The Federal Duck could play through pretty much anything, because we had a bulletproof repertoire consisting of songs containing three or fewer chords, one of which was always "E." If something distracting happened during a song -- say, a group of frat brothers suddenly appeared on the dance floor physically carrying a Volkswagen -- and you lost your place, you could always play an "E" chord, and the odds were good that this was also what the rest of the band was playing.

We did that for four years, and, although I am not proud of this fact, the Federal Duck was the single most memorable part of my college experience. I was an English major, and I studied some of the greatest works of literature the human mind has ever produced, and today I can remember virtually nothing about any of them, but I still know all the words to "Louie Louie."

(David Barry is A Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary)

Miguel:Thanks a lot!

Miguel Campoviejo dijo...

Magnifica información. Gracias, adamus67

juan manuel muñoz dijo...

mil gracias. Saludos