Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

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Irish Coffee played unremarkable bluesy hard rock on this rare 1971 LP. Like so many late-'60s and early-'70s albums of this kind that never got a wide hearing, a weirdly tense, negative attitude was prevalent in the basic minor-keyed melodies, noodling guitars, churchy organ, despondent lyrics, and half-screamed descent-into-hell vocalizing. It's more mundane than menacing, although creating a troubled atmosphere seems to have been part of the intent. There's a little more of a good-time soul-rock feel on the two-part "The Show," with funkish wah-wah effects. Considering the obscurity of the original release, the 2002 CD reissue is woefully short of detail, with no liner notes or even listings of members of the band, though it does cite its original release as 1971 on Triangle Records, and says that all tracks were written by W. Souffreau and J. Van Der.

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