10" Translucent Red Vinyl EP
The Energy Asylum returns with an evocative collection of songs from the golden era of 1965-1972. Producer Freddie Brooks has brought together a murderers' row of top-notch Detroit musicians to create an unusual and uniquely Detroit record with extraordinary remakes of soul classics previously recorded by the Four Tops, Gloria Jones, the Marvelettes and the Spinners, along with David Crosby's "Everybody's Been Burned," originally recorded by the Byrds.
The formidable lineup of players reads like a Detroit version of the Wrecking Crew with Luis Resto on keyboards; saxophonist Dave McMurray; guitarists Joe Mazzola, Randy Jacobs, Bobby East, Wayne Gerard, Jackson Smith, Duminie Deporres and Brian "Roscoe" White; bassists Darrell "Peanut" Smith and Jervonny Collier; Ron Otis, Buster Marbury, Ken Scott, Larry Fratangelo and Ron Pangborn on drums and percussion; with vocals by Carolyn Striho, Herschel Boone, Carol Hall and Bonnie Peele, and a special guest turn by the legendary Patti Smith.
Journalist Gary Graff once described the ever-formidable Detroit Energy Asylum as the area's leading rock collective since Was (Not Was) relocated to Los Angeles and it's easy to understand why.
Detroit record of the year? Only time will tell but hearing is believing...