Monday, January 08, 2007

Mary Butterworth Group - Same (1969)

In the Spring of 1968 the Mary Butterworth band was formed. They enjoyed playing a variety of engagements around the Southern California area and in 1969, the recorded the one and only album entitled Mary Butterworth. This original, vinyl album was pre-sold to fans and friends only-- it was never available to the general public. Shortly thereafter, the group split up and never performed together again.

Years passed and rumors spread that Mary Butterworth had made it big. However, that was not the case. What did happen was that one of those original vinyl albums made it into the hands of "bootleggers" in another country. They thought enough of the music to reissued the album, and they began a sales campaign of their own. It didn't stop there. The Butterworth album has been bootlegged at least three other times in two different countries.

The bootlegging has created a Mary Butterworth following and pushed the price of the original vinyl album to over $1,000.00 per vinyl album. The Psychedelic Rock Music of the '60's is still regarded, even today, as some of the greatest live music ever created -- and Mary Butterworth will be a lasting part of that history. This CD also includes many photos of the group. The CD, like the original vinyl album, is bound to be a collector's item. Now you can find out why.

Internet Review:
"A fine progressive rock album which maintains a good standard throughout and features lots of good keyboards and drums. Phase II and Its a Hard Road are perhaps the pick of the bunch, but really every track's a winner. Recommended. Two of its finer moments, Phase II and Week in 8 Days (a bluesy number), can also be heard in Valley of the Son of the Gathering of the Tribe."

More info & buy CD here

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Valentine said...

Great music, Lisa, thank you very much

Mystery Poster said...

This album is completely an excellent artifact to dig up - it is great all the way through. I used to have the Gathering of the Tribes #2 on white vinyl with the closing track from Mary Butterworth on it and had always adored it. Thank you for making it possible for me to enjoy and fall in love with the full album! By the way, the official name of the (last) song seems to be "Phase II." In turn, it could be safe to assume that the opener is "Phase I." I like how they bookend that thematic development around this magnum opus.

If you dig it as much as I do, I would also heartily recommend checking out Lost Nation and Tea Company from my blogspool.

Thanks again!

~Mystery Poster

Anonymous said...

For some reason the password is not working on this file. Or is it just me?

Dr. F

Anonymous said...

I was the main crewman for The Hammond B3 organ. My girlfriend's brother did the cover. His name is Gary Myers. MB would play at the Marina Palace in Seal Beach CA quite often, also at the Hollywood Palladium on the Sunset Strip at the yearly Teen Age Fair. I don't remember them ever losing any "Battle of the Bands" they entered. They were great times. Thanks for noticing.

The roadie formerly known as "Teddy Bear"

Anonymous said...

This is a great album!
It was done live and has lots of energy. You can still get the new CD at the original singers website which represents the original band members.
Help them make back some of the money the bootleggers got by buying one of your very own copies.