The latest release from the endlessly fascinating Roaratorio Recordsis a 7″ single featuring two songs by the Cleveland Wrecking Company.
Like Crystal Syphon, who are featured on two archival LPs from the label, this single presents unreleased material from the late 60s Bay Area scene. The band’s bassist Jim Moscoso wrote great liner notes summing up the band’s history, which are both fun and interesting. The story of an agent losing the band’s advance in a marijuana smuggling scene is makes for a fun read, but its also a cautionary tale.
Also inside is a picture of the band performing at the Atascadero Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
The recordings they eventually made are presumed lost. What we have here is a studio track and a live recording from a band that opened for a pretty impressive list: The Dead, CCR, Big Mama Thornton, Sons of Champlin, Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Just another reason Roaratorio is one of our favorite Minnesota record labels.