Bruce Hamana "Hamana" LP
Hamana´s debut album recorded in 1974, was issued on the local Phoenix label Canyon Records. To most of the 60´s psychedelic rock/folk fans this is almost an unknown album, original pressings seem to have disappeared. Only a few copies are known in collectors hands. Bruce Hamana, a native American, is member of the Hopi Tribe and in 1969 went to college near San Francisco to live in the white man´s world. Instead of traditional native American themes he felt like writing "modern, revolutionary, contemporary music". The result, as you hear on this album, is powerful and melodic and expresses perfectly the sunny California peace, love & freedom feeling, but also contains a social-critical message.
The music itself is emotive with strong vocals, lots of Westcoast psychedelic guitar flashes, a bit garage feeling but also Loner Folk with Native American elements. The appeal of this album reminds of Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Byrds, X.I.T, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield and Garrett Lund. Nearly unbelievable that on these recordings all instruments, bass, guitars, vocals and drums have been played by Hamana himself. This LP-reissue is a mastertape release licensed by Canyon Records and contains an 8 page booklet and 2 unreleased bonustracks. Highly recommended!
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