Frijid Pink – S/T – Used LP
VG-/VG- Scratch through first song, can clearly be felt with fingernail but played through on the Green Noise turntable. Not actual item in photos; actual copy has much more ringwear and corner wear.
Pink 1970, sludgy fuzz acid garage rock from the Motor City, the version of "House of the Rising Sun" the centerpiece, but if you are familiar with that, you will likely find more to enjoy here. Side one has some dated excess and the last cut suggests the best is over, but the flipside quickly pulls out the slack, the excess of "End of the Line," much more enjoyable than the excess on the first side, featuring some great drumming, and launching into some wild improvisation, leading the listener to "House of the Rising Sun," maybe not the best version of that song but definitely one of my favorites, clearly coming from the Animals' version but with loads of fuzz guitar replacing Price's use of organ. The explosive strength of that song is hard to follow, but with the hook of "House of the Rising Sun" firmly planted, the band manages to hold your attention until the end. While this will never hold the place in the history books like other sets from this setting, that was tough competition, with Detroit at this time one of the best settings in the history of music, and this remains an integral part of that explosion in time and space. -- winch (green noise)
Bruce Eder: Frijid Pink's self-titled debut album is a slashing, seriously soulful example of late-'60s Detroit rock near its best. Although they never registered with critics or rock historians the way MC5 or the Stooges did, Frijid Pink had obviously learned something in the course of two years on the road, and with Mike Valvano producing, they were able to channel the excitement of their work onto the grooves of this album very neatly. Those who bought the number seven single "House of the Rising Sun" weren't disappointed with the bluesy boogie sound of "I'm on My Way" or the slowed-down Yardbirds approach of "Drivin' Blues" (somehow, when Kelly Green sang "My woman loves me" it seemed to matter), and even if "Tell Me Why" was a tuneless mess, Gary Thompson made up for it with a fuzz-out guitar performance that sounded like speaker burnout in slow motion. They were back in form on the next number, the crunchy, pumping rocker "End of the Line," where Green, Thompson, and company move into Led Zeppelin territory very effectively (you can just imagine them switching gear into "Black Dog" in a jam to this song on-stage), with a killer performance by Rich Stevers on the drums. And that was all leading up to "House of the Rising Sun." "Boozin' Blues," which closed the original LP, is a blues workout reminiscent of Cream's version of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful"; a virtuoso effort by Thompson and Green, it shows off a more reflective and studied side of the band's sound.