Moloch (9) ‎– Moloch

Pilot Records (9) ‎– PILCD6004
CD, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release


1 Helping Hand
2 Maverick Woman Blues
3 Outta Hand
4 Same Old Blues
5 Going Down
6 She Looks Like An Angel
7 Gone Too Long
8 Dance Chaney Dance
9 Mona
10 People Keep Talking
11 I Can Think The Same Of You
12 Night At The Possum
Bonus Tracks
13 Cocaine Katy
14 The Terrorizing Of Miss Nancy Jane

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Produced by Don Nix (widely credited as a key architect of the 'Memphis Sound'), this hard-hitting collection of bluesy acid rock first appeared on Stax subsidiary Enterprise in 1970.

Due to the obscurity of some of the albums released on this record label, we are occasionally unable to locate the owners of the master recordings. As we have no desire to deprive the owners of their royalties or license fees, we have created an escrow account in the hope that the rightful owners will see these releases and contact us. This approach is far from desirable, but it is the only way we can bring this music to a wider audience. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Booklet Notes:
Moloch emerged from the fertile music scene in Memphis, Tennessee in 1969. Led by guitarist Lee Baker (who had played with the Memphis Blazers throughout the decade, toured with the Mar-Keys and is often called 'the greatest guitarist you've never heard of'), they gigged alongside the MC5 and the Stooges and were offered the opportunity to make an album for local Stax subsidiary Enterprise in 1970. Recorded at the legendary Ardent studios with local producer Don Nix (a collaborator with Lonnie Mack, Furry Lewis, Freddy King, Albert King, Delaney & Bonnie, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers and others, and often credited as a key architect of the 'Memphis Sound'), they laid down a rich stew of 12-bar blues peppered with fiery guitar, fat organ and taut drumming. Though the bulk of the songs were penned by Nix (including the original version of Goin' Down, later to become a blues standard covered by Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Deep Purple, Pearl Jam and others), the sound is unmistakably theirs, and betrays the influence of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Blue Cheer as well as blues musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sleepy John Estes and Bukka White (all of whom Baker had played with at the legendary Memphis Country Blues Festivals of the late 60s). The album was a triumph, but failed to sell, prompting the band to split in 1971. The following year, Baker assembled another version of Moloch (featuring bassist Michael Jones, later to play with Talking Heads) and released a one-off 45 on a tiny local label called Booger. This featured even more vicious guitar than the LP, but was doomed to obscurity from the start. Baker went on to play with fellow local hero Alex Chilton (whose Big Star were to suffer a similar fate to Moloch on another Stax subsidiary, Ardent), contributing guitar to his legendary Third / Sister Lovers LP and the Like Flies On Sherbet album later in the decade. Baker also formed Mudboy & The Neutrons with friends Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge and Jimmy Crosthwait (dubbed 'the great band that nobody can find' by Bob Dylan), and collaborated extensively with pioneering blues guitarist Furry Lewis. He was still prominent on the Memphis music scene when he was senselessly murdered in September 1996, and it is to be hoped that this reissue will bring his astonishing guitar player [sic] to a wider audience.

Tracks 1 to 12 originally released on Moloch
Bonus tracks 13-14 recorded in Memphis, 1972
First release date misstated as 1970 in booklet

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 059179 600424
  • ASIN: B005HH43J0
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Mastering SID Code: PILCD6004 MOLOCH

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ENS-1002 Moloch (9) Moloch(LP) Enterprise ENS-1002 US 1969 Sell This Version
S-21.242 Moloch (9) Moloch(LP, Album) Stax S-21.242 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
PCD-5173 Moloch (9) Moloch(CD, Album, RE) P-Vine Records PCD-5173 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
MJJ310 Moloch (9) Moloch(LP, Album, RE) Klimt Records MJJ310 France 2010 Sell This Version
FOCD2031 Moloch (9) Moloch(CD, Album, RE) Fallout FOCD2031 US 2007 Sell This Version