THE SONS OF CHAMPLIN Minus Seeds And Stems

Minus Seeds And Stems (1972)
Self-Released Vinyl Oddity

The Sons Of Champlin never had an easy go of it. They were one of the original west coast, jazz/R&B psychedelic jam bands, and were regular denizens of the Fillmore and Winterland. But their inadvertent head-butting with record companies proved to be their early undoing. The band’s 1967 debut was canned when an exploratory single failed to chart (the album was eventually released in 1999, as Fat City), and it took the band another 2 years to get a second chance, via Capitol Records. But, their double album debut (Loosen Up Naturally) created a ruckus when an obscenity was discovered on the cover, necessitating a recall. Even after the band split up in late 1970, Capitol’s lawyers hauled them back into the studio to complete their third contracted LP (Follow Your Heart). After which, in 1972, The Sons (having temporarily shortened their name) decided to self-release this extremely rare vinyl obscurity, Minus Seeds And Stems, a gathering of (mostly) live jams from Winterland and beyond. It’s a strange LP – filled with short, 1 & 2 minute passages tying together a handful of tunes and jams. Its never been on CD, not surprising since most of The Sons’ releases that have been are out of print anyway. Though, it was re-issued on vinyl in 1993. A real curio.

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (6:00)
You Don’t Love Me No Mo (3:08)
Nice Time Being (1:50)
Miles Around You (5:38)
What Are We Doing Here (0:57)
Lucille (1:26)
Beer Barrel Polka (0:41)
Yo Mama (1:19)
Uncle Mergetroid (3:12)
Chico Smoke El Ropo (1:38)
Instantaneous Instrumental Jam or Do Watcha Wanna Do (2:22)
Get High (Piano Solo Excerpt) (0:58)
Hey Children (1:03)
Hag Backwards (Inside Outside) (0:28)
Beggin‘ You Baby (7:36)

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