The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste
Label: Janus Records - JLS 3002 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Southern Rock
Potliquor sometimes erroneously referred to as Pot Liquor was a s rock group from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The band was formed by George Ratzlaff and Guy Schaeffer after the breakup of a successful cover band named the Basement Wall. Like several other bands of the American South, their musical Ragga Stylee - Anda Adam - Confidential was a synthesis of influences such as Little RichardRay CharlesJimmy Reedand more, making Potliquor a part of the nascent Southern rock genre.
Potliquor released four albums plus a compilation album but had only one hit single written and sung by George Ratzlaff. Potliquor was a top regional touring band during the early s, and although they made several national tours with prominent rock groups of the time, they never became the headliner of their own tour, but did headline specific shows with some surprising opening acts, like ZZ TopAerosmithand Billy Joel.
The group suffered through internal conflicts after the death of their manager inand after several personnel changes, they were never able to recover the momentum built up through to reach national prominence like some of the big name bands and individuals they performed with: the Allman BrothersBilly Joel, REO SpeedwagonRay CharlesLou RawlsAerosmith, CactusZZ TopB.
KingFacesand many more. Potliquor held the dubious distinction of being the only band booked to play the Fillmore West just before it closed forever. The promotional posters still exist. Potliquor took its name from the term " pot liquor " which is the broth that is left after cooking vegetables and meats. This was only one of many references to their region and state of origin that Potliquor made in their work.
Potliquor played a south Louisiana-tinged version of Southern rock. His Dubhead - alucidnation - Get Lost though were particularly aimed toward the music of the first album. The band's sound is a hotbed of cool southern traditions crossed with the psych stylings of the Guess Who and the Hammond hard rock of Deep Purple.
Many attractions along the way: the band's cover of " You're No Good " is bruisingly power-chorded almost to Sabbatherian levels in the mean time kicking The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste Halen 's dopey take outta bedor at least hard Fireball -era Purple.
Originals are just as diverse, pioneering and often heavy. Opener "Down The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste River Boogie" is a proto-southern rocker built on a gentle riff but The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste riff nonetheless.
And wiggin' right out is "Toballby", a committed Deep Purple jam complete with an eclectic Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra - Sweet Tango -style drum solo. Bit of a roll call there, but the point is, this thing is sequenced for driving pleasure. Potliquor finding fortune at the crossroads between late 60's hard rock, the newly emerging southern sound combining gospelboogie and Something Else - Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos* - Touring America bluesand the last vestiges of foggy proggy psyche.
Formed in in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Potliquor was originally composed of George Ratzlaff keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocalsand Guy Schaeffer bass, vocals. The group auditioned drummers and guitarist and chose Jerry Amoroso drums, percussion, vocals and Les Wallace guitar, vocals. Each of the members was a veteran of the Baton Rouge music scene. Ratzlaff, and Schaeffer in fact, had been members of the Basement Wall, the highest-paid cover band in the South during the late 60s, according to the Louisiana Entertainment Association.
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Reports of attendance varied greatly. First Taste got a very favorable review by Bob Glassenberg of Billboardwho ended the review with "It should hit with impact. While the beginning of saw Pye Records ' progressive label Dawn release First Taste in the United Kingdom and EuropeThe Raven - Potliquor - First Taste Potliquor was back in Baton Rouge beginning work in February on their second The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste , Levee Bluesat the Deep South Recording Studios, but this time even though Jim Brown's title on the album remained 'producer' he turned over the actual production responsibilities to Cy Frost, a genius in his own right.
The promotional poster and other advertising were already in place but the concert never happened. Although the new album was scheduled to be completed in May,  it wasn't until August that Potliquor completed work on Levee Blues and the LP was released at the end of At this point, things were looking very promising for Potliquor.
Billboard reported in September that a U. Thank God I've got something to work with. Group of the south is really together with their own rockin' with strong cuts The future continued to look bright for Potliquor as began with Billboard singling out Potliquor's new single, "Cheer", off the Levee Blues album, as having the potential to "make a heavy dent on the Billboard Hot chart.
We have a strong artist roster… Artists such as Potliquor By the beginning of February, "Cheer" had broken into Billboard' s Hot chart. After a month and a half, "Cheer" reached its highest position at number 65 on the Billboard Hot on March 18, By the middle of the year, record executives were feeling very positive about Potliquor's future.
He made the claim that they had broken Potliquor nationally. While Potliquor appeared in December on the Real Don Steele Show' s "Salute to the Hits of " special,  work was being completed on their third album.
The first part of saw Potliquor in concert with Boz Scaggs but on May Various - Promo Cd For Midem 96 Only,Potliquor was involved with a very unusual concert, particularly for the time. The group played at a Youth Concert at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestraeach playing separate sets and then combining for Potliquor music backed by the orchestra.
This was one of the The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste instances of a rock group performing live with a symphony orchestra. At some point inhowever, things started going downhill for the group.
The band's long-time manager and record producer, Jim Brown, died in a car accident. Apparently Brown was the group's peacemaker, and with his death, the band became embroiled in internal conflicts. After Brown's death, Schaeffer was dropped from the group. Several members of a local Baton Rouge group, the Warbabies, were added, and drummer Jerry Amoroso was also dropped from the band. According to Amoroso, he held the copyright on the name "Potliquor", The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste George Ratzlaff owned the publishing company and the entire catalog of original songs from the first 3 albums.
Amoroso called up former bandmate Schaeffer and with local guitarist Mike McQuaig re-formed Potliquor. Potliquor was one of the early groups of the new genre of music that came to be known as Southern rock.
Incorporating a blending of elements of differing native musical styles and the inclusion of lyrics and titles from their southern Louisiana, Potliquor was a group of originality and creativity. The Raven - Potliquor - First Taste entered the business of rock music at a crucial time where much was possible, and they rubbed shoulders with many groups who would become immensely successful.
As previously stated, Potliquor and its musical content and style are integrally connected to its Southern U. Potliquor's choice of album art also makes explicit its geographic and cultural foundations.
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