Index (16) ‎– Black Album / Red Album / Yesterday & Today

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Lion Productions ‎– LION 644
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2 × CD, Compilation
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The Black Album
1-1 Eight Miles High
Written-By – Crosby*, Clark*, McGuinn*
3:33
1-2 Israeli Blues
Written-By – Ford*
4:05
1-3 John Riley
Written-By – Gibson*, Neff*
4:00
1-4 Turquoise Feline
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
3:30
1-5 Rainy, Starless Nights
Written-By – Ford*
2:25
1-6 Fire Eyes
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
4:08
1-7 Shock Wave
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
3:20
1-8 You Keep Me Hanging On
Written-By – Holland-Dozier-Holland
3:00
1-9 Feedback
Written-By – Ford*
4:50
The Red Album
1-10 Turquoise Feline II
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*, Ballew*
3:50
1-11 I Can't See Nobody
Written-By – Gibb*, Gibb*
3:00
1-12 Spoonful
Written-By – Dixon*
4:50
1-13 Eight Miles High
Written-By – Crosby*, Clark*, McGuinn*
3:33
1-14 New York Mining Disaster
Written-By – Gibb*, Gibb*
3:20
1-15 Paradise Beach
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
3:30
1-16 Break Out
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*, Ballew*
2:45
1-17 I Love You
Written-By – Ford*
3:40
1-18 Rainy, Starless Nights
Written-By – Ford*
3:10
Yesterday And Today
2-1 Jill
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
4:37
2-2 Long Tall Shorty
Written-By – Covay*, Abramson*
3:38
2-3 Mustang Sally
Written-By – Rice*
2:42
2-4 You Like Me Too Much
Written-By – Harrison*
2:10
2-5 Yesterday And Today I
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
2:19
2-6 It's All In Your Mind
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
2:08
2-7 I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written-By – Brown*
2:39
2-8 Dear Friend
Written-By – McCartney*
3:03
2-9 Yesterday And Today II
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
4:09
2-10 I Met A Man
Written-By – Crosby*
3:04
2-11 Morning Dew
Written-By – Dobson*
3:14
2-12 I Used To Be A King
Written-By – Nash*
2:53
2-13 431 Lakeshore Drive
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
2:47
2-14 Don't You Know
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
4:43
2-15 Sunny Skies
Written-By – Taylor*
4:14
2-16 Kick It Out
Written-By – Valice*, Ford*
2:58
2-17 Helplessly Hoping
Written-By – Stills*
2:38

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"Long Tall Shorty" is credited Davies but it's Covay / Abramson

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 78578 06442 6
  • Barcode (String): 778578064426
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1): 81527 #01
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2): 81529 #01

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streetmouse

streetmouse

April 16, 2018
edited about 1 month ago

There was a reason this band was paid little attention during the heyday of psychedelic music, with the reason being … they weren’t that original, so derivative in fact that they attempted to channel yet another derivative band, Vanilla Fudge, even finding the presence of mind to venture their own take on the Vanilla Fudge cover of “You Keep Me Hanging On” along with “Eight Miles High” by The Byrds, “Spoonful,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Yesterday and Today,” “Morning Dew” along many others, including The the sappy “New York Mining Disaster” by Bee Gees, and this is all from a band who had but two formal albums released in 1967 and 1968.

So why has this band suddenly garnished such attention and praise [?], because of record collectors of course. If there’s money to be made from a passed over band whose records were scarcely distributed, due to the fact that the band self published and the records were seldom saved, then that’s what happens, and in so doing, record companies take note, and in so noting, decide to create a compilation on compact disc for later generations to look back on all wide-eyed and full of wonder. Yet I assure you, that while Index may have had fan base around Detroit, Michigan, that base was severely limited, and any of today’s fans are certainly unwilling to shell out $100US for a sketchy low graded vinyl copy of either of their albums. And if anyone is willing to divest themselves of that amount of money on a record they’re never gonna play, you must understand that it’s all about the bragging rights, the having, and not the music.

Sonically, Index sounds smitten with Jimi Hendrix, lacing their work with his signature influences of reverb and fuzz, yet adding touches of surf and drone into the background to set them apart from so many others. With bit of silliness, initially flying under the banner of Chicken Every Sunday (the title of a 1949 romantic comedy) there was no way they were ever going to be taken seriously until they changed that name, though it seems that even that didn’t help. Laying down two albums using the same album title, which are now referred to as The Black Album and The Red Album, (limited to 200 copies each) and if they weren’t derivative enough to begin with, their second release contained differing versions of songs from their first outing.

Index were attempting to embrace garage psych, and perhaps in that manner they were successful with loud rhythms, songs drenched in feedback along with fuzzed out guitars suggesting drugged overtones, along with mild political and social stances that came off more as a fashion statement of the times than resounding with an important truth. Yes, there are those who will attempt to walk the cat backwards and suggest that Index were nearly single handedly responsible for the likes of Joy Division and The Fall, yet the sincere truth of the matter is, Index were just doing what they were doing in 1968 and with a mere 400 records pressed, mostly given to friends, no one was hearing these sounds, the music was lost to the wind, while bands with true talent like Joy Division and The Fall, made a name for themselves without every knowing that Index had once walked the planet.

Please … in all seriousness, rare records are simply rare, they are not necessarily good, rare record collectors collect rare records, not good rare music.

*** The Fun Facts: Those characters featured on the front of the first album jacket, those gents are Orpheus and Bacus, the founding members of the Yale singing club John Ford (guitarist) had joined while attending the school.

The DC Record label is in homage to Dwight Conger, who was responsible for helping Index press their records.

Review by Jenell Kesler