Evans / Oblivians

Melissa's Garage Revisited

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This album collects two different previously released EPs with overlapping players. Austin's Walter Daniels takes the vocal lead on the first half, and provides his properly greasy electric harmonica playing throughout. Jeffrey Evans, using "Monsieur" as part of his stage name, takes over singing chores on the second half. The "Oblivians" are three fellows named Greg, Eric, and Jack who all use the same last name. Whether they are actually related can be a subject for future research. There are some good covers here and a proper rocking bluesy feeling, but the muffled recording sound prevents the material from really connecting. Most of the vocals sound as if the singing is being done through the harmonica microphone, an effect Daniels and other harp players use from time to time but hardly appropriate for an entire set of songs. Some listeners may find the attractive young woman photographed on the front cover the most exciting thing about this album; perhaps she was hanging around and distracted the recording engineer (if there was one) during an important phase of microphone placement.

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