DARIUS - 'Sweet Mama' (Chartmaker CSG 1102) 1969
I remember buying a bootleg copy of the Darius album back in the mid 80s and being decidedly disappointed with it but I suppose during that time I was only interested in 60s garage. I just did not know where Darius was at, yeah he looked a cool cat on the sleeve with his long hair and dressed in black but his music just wasn't my scene.
Thankfully, over the years my tastes have changed somewhat and I highly recommend this set, full of Darius original songs and played beautifully by Hollywood's finest session musicians, including Jerry Scheff (bass), Toxey French (drums), Ben Benay (lead guitar) and Mike Deasy (guitar) in other words Darius was back by Goldenrod. Check out their psych fest album also on Chartmaker.
The album was recorded at Harmony Studios, Hollywood sometime in 1969
Darius has a vocal style similar to Arthur Lee on some tracks and was obviously influenced by the Love sound. It's a shame that the album sank without trace and even today Darius is largely unknown. German label World In Sound reissued it in 2001 with some bonus cuts.
DARIUS - Sweet Mama (stereo)