Curtis Knight ‎– Down In The Village

Paramount Records ‎– PAS 5023
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A1 Down In The Village
Written-By – Curtis McNear
A2 Lena
Written-By – Curtis McNear
A3 Friedman Hill
Written-By – Curtis McNear
A4 See No Evil
Written-By – Curtis McNear
A5 Beautiful World, Beautiful People
Written-By – Curtis McNear, John Mazzola
A6 Goin Up The Road
Written-By – Curtis McNear
B1 Give You Plenty Lovin'
Written-By – Curtis McNear, Harvey Vinson
B2 Eenee Meenee Minee Mo
Written-By – Curtis McNear
B3 Hi-Low
Written-By – Curtis McNear
B4 Goodbye Cruel World
Written-By – Curtis McNear, John Mazzola

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Recorded at Dimensional Sound Studios
All songs published by PPX Publishing Co. (BMI)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AUCD5021 Curtis Knight Down In The Village(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Aurora (7) AUCD5021 UK 2012 Sell This Version
SLK 16 686-P Curtis Knight Down In The Village(LP, Album, Promo) Decca SLK 16 686-P Germany 1970 Sell This Version
PAC 5023 Curtis Knight Down In The Village(Cass, Album) Paramount Records PAC 5023 US Unknown Sell This Version
C 062-92378 Curtis Knight Down In The Village(LP) Stateside C 062-92378 France Unknown Sell This Version
SLK16686-P Curtis Knight Down In The Village(LP) Decca SLK16686-P Germany 1970 Sell This Version


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March 28, 2017

This singer-guitarist was born Mont Curtis McNear in Fort Scott, Kansas on May 9th 1929. According to later publicity material, however, 'Curtis Knight was born in 1945, half black, half Blackfoot Indian. He lived on an Indian reservation until the age of eight. 

He was inspired to write songs at a very early age by his mother, who wrote poetry as well as songs and music. After high school Curtis went to California, where he was able to broaden his musical scope. Then a 3000 mile bus ride took him to New York City, where he met an agent, started a group and began to build up a club circuit on the East Coast. It was in New York that Curtis was introduced to Jimi Hendrix.

Their rapport was immediate and they started playing together the first day theymet. This meeting was in 1965, by which time Knight had also put in a stint with the latter-day Ink Spots, issued several solo 45s, formed a band in Harlem named The Squires, and signed a contract with the independent producer Ed Chalpin. Chalpin also signed up Hendrix, and made several recordings of the two performers, which became lucrative when Hendrix rose to stardom as of late 1966. 

The extent to which Knight influenced Hendrix has never been established, though by the time Down In The Village was made, Knight was clearly in thrall to his alleged former protege. After Hendrix's September 1970 death, Knight moved to London and penned a biography of him, as well as making another album with a band named Zeus (including guitarist Eddie Clarke, later to join Motorhead). 

As well as being a musician, Knight was a highly-rated table-tennis player, described by one online source as 'a penholder with pretty good touch who liked to add a lot of spin to pushes and blocks'. By the 1990s he was running a limousine business, and moved to Holland in 1992, where he continued to record and play until his death on November 29th 1999.
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August 17, 2013
good soulful heavy psychedelic rock with lots of Hendrix like lead guitar.
for both psychedelic soulrock /early 70s hardrock lovers this album is worth a spinn!

several great tracks
''Give you plenty lovin'' an almost 10 minute track has a powerful bass and lots of freaky guitar.

Hi-low powerful soulrocker with Hendrix involvement

See no evil also a standout track.