Rastus ‎– Rastus

GRT ‎– G2T 30004
2 × Vinyl, Album, LP, Gatefold


A1 Black Cat 9:15
A2 Texas / The Bells (Medley) 12:25
B1 Walking In The Park 3:30
B2 Goodnight Nelda Greb (The Telephone Company Has Cut Us Off) 15:30
C1 Wizard Of Oz Medley 1:02
C2 Sinnin' For You 5:48
C3 Farmer Jo 4:23
C4 1-75 Riff 5:20
D1 Sailin' Easy 3:04
D2 Black Cat 3:00
D3 El Congo Valiente 2:15
D4 Warm 5:15
D5 Multicolored Taxicab 4:41



Disc 1 Recorded at live in concert, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Disc 2 Recorded at Sonad Studios, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

No date on cover, but released in 1971.
All arrangements by Rastus

Supervision for GRT Records: Ron Kramer
Remixed at Sound City - Van Nuys, Cal.
Re-mix Engineer - Dale Batchelor

Technical Assistance by - Kepex

The label for record 2 has Side 3 and Side 4 swapped in comparison to the listing on the sleeve. . . i.e. on the label, side 3 (C) track 1 is Sailin' Easy, and side 4 (D) track 1 is Wizard Of Oz Medley

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9099-30004 Rastus Rastus(2xLP, Album, Gat) GRT 9099-30004 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
BLST 6501 Rastus Rastus(2xLP, Album, Gat) Bellaphon BLST 6501 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
GRT 30004 Rastus Rastus(2xLP, Album, Promo, Gat) GRT GRT 30004 US 1971 Sell This Version



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March 1, 2013
edited over 2 years ago

In 1968 a group of gentlemen came to see me in Detroit to ask if I might be interested in producing a band consisting of six men. After listening to the tape of the band, I decided to go to Cleveland to listen to the band live.The band at that time was called The Fifth Amendment. Later to be changed to The Sixth Amendment when they added another man. The band would later be called Rastus and would become the terror horn band of all time.This band, when it was on....was scary to behold. No one wanted to follow this band on stage. As a matter of fact, Rastus gained a thirteen week contract to open for The Ike and Tina Turner Review. After the third show (which took place at Cobo Hall in Detroit), Ike Turner came up to me and said, "Gotta cut you loose!" When I asked Ike what he meant, he simply stated, "Your band's too hot. You are supposed to set us up. Not kill us before we play!"
This is the story of a truly great band who never had the opportunity to be heard. Listen in to the interview with Jim Cantale and myself as we go through the heartbreak and agony of a band that should have made it all the way to the top but, for various reasons, never got the break they deserved.
This series of shows is dedicated to those members of Rastus who have gone on before us. To magnificent drummer and wonderful friend, Smokey Smelko. To cutting-edge horn man, Vic Walkuski. And last, but not least, to Mr. Angelo Crimi (manager) who hung in to the bitter end with this phenominal band and, thank God, is still living in Cleveland. Without these people, Rastus could never have survived the short time they did..

As I’ve mentioned here before, one of the things I look for when I’m digging for new sounds in the rock aisle are bands with horn sections. When I saw this record that boasted a 5 piece horn section, I was pretty much sold, but held back just to see if I could find any info about the band and their sound. A single youtube clip for “Sailin’ Easy” was all I needed to swing back around and pick up this double LP, the debut for the band Rastus.

Rastus were a 9 piece band out of the Cleveland area that had a very Tower of Power meets Chicago kind of vibe. They appear to have released a second LP after this, but I can only vouch for this one. “Sailin’ Easy” was one of my favorite discoveries diggin’ in the crates last year, with it’s punchy horns and cymbal crashes during the marching band meets b-boy styled opening and breakdowns. In addition to the sound I just love the sentiment as the lead singer and the band rap about ”Livin’ Life Without a Care.” ”Rap” is a pretty appropriate term here, because a lot of the delivery and the braggadocio of the lyrics has more than just a bit of proto-Hip-Hop in it. I have no idea if it would go over well, but I’d love to drop the needle on this song at Funky Sole or some place where B-boys & B-girls really get down.

Of the group’s two versions of Brian Auger’s “Black Cat” I’ve chosen to post the live one, since this one includes a pretty tasty and clean live drum break (though it does go a bit too long, but hey drummers…what can you do?) the final selection is a strange number called “Multi-Colored Taxicab” that seems like it’s a metaphor for something else, but at the same time could be just a straight up (and rather rare) ode to taxicabs. Though it hasn’t been updated in a couple of years it appears there’s a website that fills in the blanks on Rastus and is worth a check out if you dig the sounds..

watch full excellent first double live album, also & second album with excellent sound with free copyright and not deleting lists & poor bad sound (you tube).... only in google+..by johnkatsmc5