Fricke's Picks: Endless Boogie's Nonstop Party


On their 1968 album Living the Blues, Canned Heat set some kind of jam-endurance record with the live 40-minute track "Refried Hockey Boogie." The New York quartet Endless Boogie go even further — 79 minutes — on their fantastic, note-perfect update of electric-blues drone and railroad rhythm, Focus Level (No Quarter). The album is divided into 10 so-to-speak songs, such as the Can-like chug "The Manly Vibe" and "Executive Focus," a dead ringer for a 1971 Pink Fairies wig-out. But the cumulative effect of the hog-sneeze distortion, twin-guitar skirmishes and John Lee Hooker-style chooglin' is nonstop stoner-rock delight. The vocals are cartoon-demon yowling, but the rest is as authentic as my old Groundhogs LPs. Singer-guitarist Top Dollar (the band members use pseudonyms) is also a renowned rare-record dealer — real name Paul Major — who has now made an album as freaky as those he sells.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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