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Record Release Party - Yama and the Karma Dusters

Posted on April 20, 2010

Lion Productions is pleased to announce the release of Yama and the Karma Dusters’ 1971 album, “Up From The Sewers” on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2020.  Yama and the Karma Dusters played music at the first Earth Day Celebration at Daley Plaza in 1970; and they recorded their environmental warning song “Evolution” on their self produced album, which featured revolutionary protest songs, blues, rock and love songs. 
The record, whose full title is Euphoria Blimp Works presents Yama and the Karma Dusters “Up From The Sewers,” has been a collectors item for years. It will now be available on CD and soon as a remastered LP, according to Al Goldberg, co-producer and drummer of the original album.  Lion Productions, which specializes in archival re-releases of 1960’s and 1970’s music, has put together a deluxe package full of band history, photos, articles, character bios and stories of the counterculture that integrated music, art and politics into an exciting and unique rock ‘n roll band.
Liner Notes From CD:
Super political, rocking, anti-establishment communal band (c. 1970) put together as a result of the Kent State Massacre. As the Euphoria Blimp Works Band, fronted by Howard Berkman from morose garage punksters the Knaves, they played demonstrations and student strikes when they weren’t opening for blues royalty—or being the first band to play the yard at Cook County Jail. They were inter-racial, anti-war, Stop the Bomb, free love hippies, the wildest of the wild kids. And this is the quintessential anarcho-hippie record, a surprisingly well-engineered indie effort which came inside home-made silk-screened jackets, with twisted, poetic lyrics (Dylan or Arthur Lee and Love? you decide), and funky, rocking bones—political, sociological, ecological, reflective and free-love sexy.
The Karma Dusters really cook on the up-tempo tracks, sounding at times like a cross between The Blues Project and Dylan’s band circa 1966, augmented by some dazzling violin. This excellent sounding master-tape reissue has two bonus tracks; it also has two booklets—one is for the outrageous and explicit Gonzo history of the band and their urban commune; the other is a wrap-around booklet for lyrics, all served up together in a Mylar plastic sleeve. You just know the FBI has a huge file on these punks. But do they have the album?

Review From Dusty Groove Records:
Commune rock from the Chicago scene early 70s—working in a more stridently angry mode than many of their anti-establishment peers, who leaned on a more lilting and spiritually informed folk rock style—with loose, ragged charm on both the angry social commentaries and the more meandering jams. Yama & The Karma Dusters were alternately known as Euphoria Blimp Works (named, apparently, for their home commune) and it’s one of the more accomplished sounding private press obscurities we’ve heard from the era, the sound is sharp and the musicianship is confident and adventurous in the post Blonde On Blonde style of roof raising, shambling rock. Includes “Don’t Kill The Babies”, “Take Me back To Puerto Rico”, “Kathleen”, “CTA”, “I Want To Talk To You”, “Evolution”, “Hello Big City” and more—plus 2 bonus tracks, “Out In The World” and “Los Angeles Earthquake”.

There will be copies available at the party.  Also available on the internet, but be careful that you buy this authorized edition with the stories and photos produced by Lion Productions and not the bootleg on Radioactive Records.
Contact:      Al Goldberg 847-910-1556

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