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.
A1 This Is the Beginning 5:00
A2 Until You Were Gone 4:14
B1 Confusion 3:08
B2 If I Had the Power 4:01
“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 Marcellino : Vocals – 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/)