Index Originals Vol. 2 (1969)

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In February of 2009, Jim Valice of Index discovered three reels in a cardboard box stuffed in a closet of his parents home in Michigan. These songs from 1969 were on those reels. Fourteen original compositions by Index, seven making their vinyl debut, the other seven released for the first time ever, all transferred from the original tapes! Index was once again a pure power trio by 1969. There was massive demand for Index personal performances. Index was not interested. It was becoming more difficult for guitarist John Ford to travel back from Yale University to Detroit on a weekly basis. Index wanted to push the bounds of their own creativity. They chose to use their limited time together to write and record. Index were the epitome of a DIY band. They made great use of the newly developed sound on sound (SOS) technology. It allowed Index to record basic tracks (guitars, drums and lead vocals); with SOS they then could add keyboards, additional guitar tracks and vocals. A musical revolution in miniature! The addition of Tom Ballew on bass in 1968 made a positive impact on Indexs sound. He and drummer Jim Valice laid down a musical foundation in and around which John would weave his guitar. Livin In Detroit and Kick It Out are two perfect examples of that dynamic. Here youll also find over-the-top psychedelic numbers like Street Crime and the fast version of Yesterday and Today. But on this album youll also find mature romantic ballads filled with angst, such as Love is Here To Stay and I Walk Alone. The hip-shaking, organ-driven 432 Lakeshore highlights another groovier aspect to Indexs sound. The music of Index has been lauded by music heads for decades with good reason: the band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud pushy rhythms. Its wonderful, droning, murky and introspective: the atonal side of late 1960s rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk and indie rock artists like Joy Division or the Fall or Felt to name three out of a thousand. Or in the case of the previously unreleased song Something Sweet, The Jesus & Mary Chain. Its as if Index projected their sound through time and space, creating sonic templates for future artists. Index continues to inspire bands all over the world even to this day. Listen to Index and feed your soul.


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