Peter Kaukonen ‎– Black Kangaroo

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Grunt (3) ‎– FTR-1006
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A1 Up Or Down
Bass – Larry WeisbergDrums – Shelley Silverman
3:47
A2 Postcard
Bass – Larry WeisbergDrums – Shelley SilvermanOrgan, Piano [Piano Pictures] – Nick Buck
5:14
A3 What We All Know And Love
Bass – Mark RyanDrums – Joey Covington
4:52
A4 Billy's Tune
Drums – Joey Covington
4:55
B1 Barking Dog Blues 4:02
B2 Dynamo Snackbar
Drums – Joey Covington
3:56
B3 Prisoner
Backing Vocals [Back Up Vocals] – Diane Earl, Joey CovingtonDrums – Joey Covington
4:54
B4 That's A Good Question
Bass [Bowed Bass] – Peter Marshall (2)Cello – Terry Adams (6)
5:08

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Printed inner sleeve with lyrics & photo

Recorded at Wally Heiders S.F.
Mastered at United Sound Burbank
Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1 variante 1): BARS-8512-Is
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2 variante 1): BARS-8513-Is Re-I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1 variante 2): BARS-8512 - 2S - AIC R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2 variante 2): BARS-8513 - 2S - AIA R

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
P8FT-1006 Peter Kaukonen Black Kangaroo(8-Trk, Album) Grunt (3) P8FT-1006 US 1972 Sell This Version
PKFT-1006 Peter Kaukonen Black Kangaroo(Cass, Album) Grunt (3) PKFT-1006 US 1972 Sell This Version
WOU 106 Peter Kaukonen Black Kangaroo(CD, Album, RE) Wounded Bird Records WOU 106 US 2007 Sell This Version
LER 43006 Peter Kaukonen Black Kangaroo(CD, Album, RE) Lake Eerie Records LER 43006 US 2005 Sell This Version
GS-36102 Peter Kaukonen Black Kangaroo (Canguro Negro)(LP, Album) Grunt (3) GS-36102 Spain 1973 Sell This Version

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music_emporium

music_emporium

January 31, 2016
JORMA'S BROS' UNLEASHES JAMMIN' HEAVY JIMI GUITAR ACTION / PSYCHER WELL WORTH CRANKIN' UP LOUD
adaug

adaug

April 8, 2013
thanks doc. excellent and fair review of an under-rated record that can be picked up inexpensively at this point.
Doc_Smiley

Doc_Smiley

February 5, 2013
edited over 5 years ago

Peter Kaukonen is a well known San Francisco Bay area guitarist, whose repertoire includes performing and recording with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Paul Kantner, and Johnny Winter, to name a few.

Peter is Jorma's younger brother(Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna), and both are excellent guitarists. Though Peter's playing style on this LP seems a little more in the early 70's hard rock vein in comparison to Jorma's more blues based approach.
Upon first hearing this LP, it reminded me a bit of Randy California's "Kaptain Kopter" and even Velvet Turner at times. The Jimi Hendrix vibe can be felt throughout this LP, in particular on the spacey "Billy's Tune" The hard rockers 'Dynamo Snackbar', 'Up Or Down', and 'Prisoner' are also sure to please.

The album features Shelley Silverman and Joey Covington on drums, who had both played and/or been associated with various members of the Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna camp. Session man Larry "Fuzzy" Knight/Weisberg, and Mark Ryan played bass. Mark then went on to join 'Quicksilver', and also appeared on the 'Bodacious D.F.' album (Marty Balin) in 1973. Larry can also be found playing on the 1978 "Live" album by 'Spirit' (also released as "Live In Germany"), along with appearing on Randy California's 1972 solo LP "Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds"

The production and sound quality on 'Black Kangaroo' are great, recorded at 'Wally Heider's Studio' in San Francisco.
As mentioned above, the music ranges from all out heavily Hendrix inspired songs, to a couple very nice acoustic blues numbers, reminiscent of what elder brother Jorma was so well known for.
Peter's vocal style is very similar to that of Jorma's, so that can be a plus or a minus, depending on ones tastes I suppose.

I've added one of my YouTube videos that feature a few of my favourite cuts from this LP. My video features imagery sourced from my vinyl LP; gatefold jacket, labels, etc, along with a vinyl rip. Please see this LP's release page for video. Thanks.