Leon’s Creation – 1970 – This Is the Beginning

Leon‘s Creation hail from San Fransisco, they released this album on the small Studio 10 label. I think some people have a misconception that this is a funk record, I would classify it more as psychedelic soul ala Sly and the Family Stone. This is a fantastic record that has simply slipped through the cracks. Why this hasn’t been reissued yet is beyond me. Definitely one worth seeking out in my opinion.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Studio 10 label including covers.

Tracks
A1 This Is the Beginning 5:00
A2
Until You Were Gone 4:14
A3
Mirage6:42
A4
Back Roads4:27
B1
Confusion 3:08
B2
If I Had the Power 4:01
B3
Love 3:23
B4
Sightless 5:22

“Is it me, or has all the text on this record sleeve clearly been done with a felt tip pen? It isn’t even written straight! Some letters are darker than others where they’ve been ‘gone over’ too many times! The ham-fisted attempt at making the ‘T’ of ‘Creation’ into a crucifix! Man this is a great record sleeve. Jesus Freak concept, junior-school graphic design, and a brutally unflattering band photo. “Hey, yeah, you, Afro dude, you and the honky at the front with the crap goatee and awful sun glasses, why doncha try and look like you’re taking a dump or something, yeah, really strain, ok, great, yeah, looks good, lets get this shot and get the hell outta here so I can go to Rymans and pick up some more Crimson Red felt tip pens…” Perfect.

…and the music doesn’t disappoint…

A stomping set of Sly & The Family Stone-styled psyche-soul jams packed with brass, acid-rock guitar and coupla breaks, ‘In The Beginning’ got a private pressing in 1969 and never saw a proper release. This San Francisco outfit (Leon Patillo: Vocals, keyboards, Jimmy Calhoun: bass, Dennis MarcellinoVocals – Saxophone, Billy Gerst: trumpet, Joe Provost : Drums, Neil Stallings : Guitat -Vocals, Carol Stallings : Violin -Vocals)deserved better, ‘cos on this evidence they really had something, easily the match of Tower Of Power, Buddy Miles or Ides Of March etc etc operating in a similar field at the time. I read a rumour someplace that Sly Stone actually shelved all their stuff when he bought out the label – Studio 10 – they were working with, and if that’s true and he did so ‘cos he sensed Leon’s Creation were competition, then his instincts were right. This is a really great LP, highly recommend for fans of This Sort Of Thing.

I dunno how many of these were pressed but it can’t have been many, and they certainly don’t appear on everyday so if you like the sound of Leon’s Creation, go here, and BUY NOW for at least $75″ (Notes from http://www.electricroulette.com/)

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61 Comments
  • reOO
    Posted at 17:04h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Amazing stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 17:41h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Finally…been waiting for this one for what seems like an eternity :¬)

    /Laf

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 17:58h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Laf, what a wonderful album e? try the killer track “Mirage”. So many great tunes. The band founder Leon Patillo joined Santana in 1973 when the band split.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 18:15h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you for sharing such a rarity with us.

  • k02
    Posted at 18:53h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Have been anticipating this for so long, anyways thanks nikos, time to give this a lesson.

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 19:15h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks. i did’nt know this.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 19:44h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Was a hot August 69 night, location Bethel NY. Circus was in town! A magician named Sylvester in a ruby red suit was making his tricks while shaking his butt. A clown named George Clint was fooling around. An electric gypsy named Jimi H was surfing in space. A very young kid named Prince was pulling Sylvester’s red suit. The audience was going nuts. .Spyros Agnew the vice president was halucinating, i swear… And then I woke up. Cold sweat… Phew… Back to real reality now.

  • MotherEArth
    Posted at 20:44h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    The killer “Mirage” is a cross between 5th Dimension and Jefferson Airplane. A dreamy compination! Harmony soul vocals and Grace Slick!
    Fucking amazing!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:21h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks For this Rare Gem Nikos!!

  • Markus
    Posted at 01:31h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    excellent grooves. big sly fan so this is right up my alley.

  • Henney
    Posted at 01:43h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    thanks..

  • FatN
    Posted at 06:45h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    An experience to explore my musical limits. Superb record nikos.

  • Eliah
    Posted at 06:56h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    A must have for every music lover. Those who like late 60’s rock, will go crazy! what a find!!!!Thankkkkkkkkkk you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fritzthecat
    Posted at 07:27h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    very nice. thank you very much

  • YOU&me
    Posted at 09:18h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    Classic. Thanks for another great post.

  • N.
    Posted at 14:07h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    Coooool. This LP is a MASTERPIECE ! And the rumor is not a rumor, this is TRUE : just after having discovered the band, Sly (Stone) found the way to prevent the band from any kind of success, corrupting them with a substantial amount of $$$$$… ((say, ‘piss off, your career is over’)) F###!

    PS beginning of track B1 is missing –> trouble with the archive or damaged copy ?

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 16:10h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    Glad you’re enjoying the mixes my friend. You ain’t doin’ too bad yourself with these phenomenal shares. As always, thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

    Peace and blessings.

  • Eddie Santiago
    Posted at 22:25h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for an interesting post. You can see that Sly and the Family Stone definitely influenced other bands. I write about this and more in my book, Sly: the Live of Sylvester Stewart and Sly Stone. Check it out at Amazon.com or other online booksellers.

  • solomon
    Posted at 19:56h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    thanks a million!

  • CAN
    Posted at 20:09h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    Amazing album! Blow my mind! Bravo!

  • Fin
    Posted at 21:23h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    killer track, killer album, killer blog. keep it up.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 21:34h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    N. so sad that rumors are true! i might push the button a sec later in B1 song my friend. it happens!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 05:24h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the post.Always surprising.

  • i&me
    Posted at 07:21h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you for indroducing me to another rare and wonderful album.

  • Kizza
    Posted at 11:56h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    Fantastic stuff! Can’t thank you guys enough for your tremendous posts!

  • SotirisP
    Posted at 12:23h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    I knew that group and most of the songs of this album.. many years ago. Thanx nikos.

  • kate
    Posted at 17:34h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for this rare record,nick!

  • mb
    Posted at 17:37h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    Ohh!!! Damn, I was looking for it for ages!!

  • Donovan
    Posted at 19:57h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    Can’t wait to listen it! look so promising.

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 20:34h, 11 June 2008 Reply

    thx for this one Nikos , can’t wait to listen , new to me , as many others, I think Ive been here once b4 , but I see now , Imma have to play catch up! thx again !

  • soulbrotha
    Posted at 03:29h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    Nikos, you were right my friend. Killer stuff! Thanks!

  • Owl
    Posted at 11:22h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    looks great man.. cheers! 🙂

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 08:05h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    Doctor Okeh, i am sure there’s a lot of classic albums you should check here. We(bloggers) exchange our knowledge. I still discovering albums, believe me a lot of them i should know them. Time is what we do not have these days, brother. So i hope you enjoy some as much as i enjoy your cool mixes.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 08:15h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    SB, i would like to hear you singing!!!!!!! So sorry i am married!!! ha! ha! anyway this album is a dynamite. I was on ebay and show the cover, did a quick reserch and desided to grab it. i was lucky cause this goes very high as a collectors item. Maybe is not for all mainstream classic soul lovers but those who are more deep into music will adore it. (it deserves more comments e? but i am not complaining so far. it’s not bad. There’s so many blogger with excellent work and sites with no comments at all)

  • Rich
    Posted at 13:24h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    What up nikos finally had a chance to grab this album never heard off it but then again most of the stuff u post i never heard of and its damn good music so thanx.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 19:00h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    hi Rich, you do not know them cause you are so young!!!! It is classic stuff and a few rare ones. Have you seen i ask you an invite for your blog? congrs for your work too. You’re doing fine!

  • Sam
    Posted at 21:16h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    Amazing! thanx.

  • jazzy
    Posted at 14:27h, 13 June 2008 Reply

    Many thanks for sharing this and continually amazing us with these lost gems! keep it up.

  • kate
    Posted at 13:32h, 14 June 2008 Reply

    It’s magic. Thanx u for your excellent record collection you share with us.

  • manny
    Posted at 17:15h, 14 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for sharing cant wait to give it a listen

  • beats2go
    Posted at 19:43h, 14 June 2008 Reply

    thx alot great album

  • Lookin4crates
    Posted at 14:15h, 15 June 2008 Reply

    great stuff like always!
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  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:02h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for album!!!!

  • mr.digit
    Posted at 17:49h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    much thanx! though track A2 seems to be currupted…

  • Egan
    Posted at 19:34h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    This was excellent. Great recommendation.

  • MaDuke
    Posted at 03:16h, 22 June 2008 Reply

    You have the best lps!!!! But why do you use rapidshare? Its the pits.

  • winton tostello
    Posted at 23:22h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    wow!that’s a find!to be honest, i learned about this band , while i was searching this fabulous youtube channel – a real treasure trove.
    well, what to say?this is definitely a sly rip – off, but in the most positive sense.The record has this lo-fi, underground feeling, but on the same time a determination and focus.More technically, the drummer plays more freely, than Erico, but they can’t achieve this grade scale of vocals like the Family-there ain’t no Larry Graham…
    A big thanks and deeply appreciated.
    Και στα ελληνικά , Νίκο μου, πραγματικά ευχαριστώ πολύ για την ανοιδιοτέλεια, την όρεξη και το γούστο σου!
    Συνέχισε έτσι!Αρκεί να διαβάσει κανείς τα πόστ…

  • Marc-Eddy
    Posted at 07:04h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Incredible album!!!

    This is the first time I’ve felt the urge to write a comment in appreciation of your great blog, probably because I’m such a huge Sly fan 🙂

  • Jan
    Posted at 09:23h, 27 July 2008 Reply

    The drummer/percussionist that delivered those amazing drum solos on Leon’s Creation’s first album on the Studio 10 label “This is the Beginning” is Joe Provost (my brother). He is on the album cover standing in the back between Leon and Carol. Barry Frost appeared on the second album released several years later on Atlantic Records. Joe is from San Francisco and went on to play with Frankie Beverly and Maze.

  • jimi
    Posted at 17:04h, 20 August 2008 Reply

    The post by Jan is correct. Joe Provost was the drummer on the entire album and the only drummer in the band named “Leon’s Creation.” There was a second iteration of the band named simply “Creation” on Atlantic with a slightly different line up of San Francisco musicians named above. I am the bass player on both albums and there is talk of re-releasing then on CD so feel free to let us know if there is interest @ jimjulaine@yahoo.com.

    JImi

  • Bushrod
    Posted at 13:05h, 11 October 2008 Reply

    A funky revelation. Thanks!!!

  • Doctorjunk
    Posted at 20:20h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks, amazing music never heard before

  • Jaguar
    Posted at 18:47h, 09 December 2008 Reply

    Never heard this.

    Looking forward to it.

    Many thanks.

  • Olivia Baldain
    Posted at 06:32h, 28 October 2009 Reply

    Does anyone remember mojo hannah? Wasn’t that by Leon before Leon’s Creation?

  • Matt Parker
    Posted at 15:01h, 29 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks for an awesome album.
    There’s a great version of Mirage on Santana’s album Borbolletta, for anyone who’s unfamiliar with this record.

  • Sean
    Posted at 03:11h, 11 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks so much for this. heard mirage while i was digging around on youtube last night, a great track thats brought me to here!

    Big up to all you bloggers out there, this past years been a musical journey 🙂

  • Carl Howard
    Posted at 22:17h, 30 January 2010 Reply

    I am awed by this. Currently I am downloading your higher bit rate rip to swap out another blog which just posted the LP at 192.

  • Dan
    Posted at 12:38h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks, it’s great album.

  • mckinleyjackson
    Posted at 22:41h, 24 May 2010 Reply

    one of the best group i ever heard live. Shout out to Carol and her brother Neil. Much Musical Love<<>>

  • Greg
    Posted at 16:49h, 08 June 2010 Reply

    Some of the members of this group went on to play in many other funk/fusion bands of that time – it is heavy – thanks for providing it!

  • Dennis Marcellino
    Posted at 22:08h, 19 February 2014 Reply

    One thing you missed that I think that you’d like is that on the front cover, you can see the photographer’s shadow on the band 🙂 I think you’re right about Sly. I later joined Sly & The Family Stone, and then Jerry Martini and I started Rubicon. You might like that funk too, mostly in the middle of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ0aGlb490M. BTW, you have the wrong lineup of the band on that record. The lineup that you have is from a later release by a re-formed Creation.

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