T.I.M.E. Smooth Ball (1969) – Early Steppenwolf Precursor/Offshoot

Smooth Ball (1969)
Blues/Psych With A Steppenwolf Connection

Don’t ask me any questions about these guys. This is one of those obscure titles I grabbed online a few years ago when I was trolling the web downloading any and all hints of psychedelia I’d never heard of back when I was a teen. These guys attracted my attention because of one-time Steppenwolf guitarist, Larry Byrom (Nick St. Nicholas was also on board for the band’s 1968 debut, T.I.M.E.). There’s not much in the way of critique here, either, as this style of music – melodic, heavy blues/psych – is coming of age music for me, so it inexplicably comforts my aging soul… regardless of its merits, good or bad. Many would surely consider this stuff routine, and it’s hard to dispute that. But, I’ve never understood how that bubbling, swirling B3-type style found on “I’d Think You’d Cry” ever went out of style in the first place, so what do I know? Amazon’s got it HERE. Find some archived Steppenwolf HERE.

Preparation G (0:52)
Leavin’ My Home (3:08)
See Me As I Am (5:47)
I Think You’d Cry (4:21)
I’ll Write A Song (4:20)
Lazy Day Blues (1:45)
Do You Feel It (2:31)
Flowers (2:39)
Morning Come (10:03)
Trust In Men Everywhere (5:01)

10 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    January 11, 2013 - 13:29 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Andrew
    January 11, 2013 - 13:31 | Permalink

    Love this, thanks!

  • 3
    johnny b. goode
    January 11, 2013 - 16:35 | Permalink

    this is great stuff, thanks. i love Larry Byrom’s guitar sound here, which is very similar to early Steppenwolf. Any chance you have the first LP with Nick St Nick?

  • 5
    Tony
    January 11, 2013 - 17:18 | Permalink

    No need to apologise for this one. As a long time collector of psych, in my opinion, this is one of THE BEST! I Think You’d Cry is simply astounding…turn this up full volume and it will blast you through the wall, similarly the Trust In Men Everywhere with it’s deep phasing is a complete trip…this is why I love psych. …and great guitar work on Do You Feel It. Many psych albums try to get the spirit of the times…but this one delivers.

  • 6
    TheWalkingDeadMan
    January 11, 2013 - 17:53 | Permalink

    I’m with ya on the hammond – nothing more mesmerizing, especially when that Leslie get cranking….

  • 7
    TheWalkingDeadMan
    January 11, 2013 - 17:54 | Permalink

    oh, and thank you Willard

  • 8
    Janey
    January 11, 2013 - 18:14 | Permalink

    Thank you!! I love this blog!!

  • 9
    Sun Ira
    January 12, 2013 - 11:21 | Permalink

    Back in the day, this was in HEAVY rotation with me & my buds in Jacksonville, FL, with emphasis on the heavy. I think our prepared minds responded well to it. Thanks for dredging up another happy youthful memory.

  • 10
    January 12, 2013 - 17:27 | Permalink

    Growling. Gritty. Groovebending! Thanx, Willy!

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