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"The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight" (Tee Pee Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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The Mystic Krewe Of Clearlight hails from the mighty land of Creole food, swamps, and all-night parties. This should bring a smile to your face because The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight features members of Eyehategod, Crowbar, and Down - now that's a switch! Despite their pithy name, The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight are borne of the New Orleans jam ethos and are dedicated to exploring the relationship of blues and rock in the form of lengthy instrumentals.

Like the city they're from, The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight elevate having fun to an art form. A festival atmosphere runs throughout the six tracks. The instrumental sludge and doom jams have odd twists of '70s rock a la Deep Purple, glorious hard rock, and surf music in each song. All the songs are upbeat and evoke happy spirits. One can easily imagine The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight playing to a smoky, crowded bar with jovial folks smiling as they enjoy the music over beer, cigarettes, and good conversation.

The only comparisons I can make for The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight are the Bakerton Group or Sixty Watt Shaman with a Hammond organ. However, if you like stoner rock, "heavy" rock, or jam rock then The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight will light your fuse. Even fans of Southern rock legends that jam like the Allman Brothers or Lynyrd Skynyrd would find something to like with this Krewe. 

Production was conducted by The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight and Dan Fortman.

The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight is Jimmy Bower on guitar, Joey LaCaze on drums, Andy Shepard on bass, Paul Webb on guitar, and Ross Karpalman on organ.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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