At Home (Shocking Blue album)

At Home is the second album by the rock band, Shocking Blue. It was released in 1969 on the Pink Elephant label. The album is the debut for Mariska Veres.

At Home
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Studio album by
Released30 September 1969 (1969-09-30)
Recorded1969
StudioSound Push Studios, Blaricum, Netherlands
GenrePsychedelic rock, Pop rock, blues rock, folk rock
Length46:50
LabelPink Elephant
ProducerShocking Blue
Shocking Blue chronology
Shocking Blue
(1967)
At Home
(1969)
Scorpio's Dance
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone(favorable) [2]
PopMatters(favorable) [3]

BackgroundEdit

This is the group's first record with singer Mariska Veres. Robbie van Leeuwen acquired Veres in an attempt to ape the form of the female-fronted Jefferson Airplane. With Veres's notable vocal performance and stunning looks, the band finally had an adequate frontwoman.[4] The band's second album was a mixture of influences ranging from pop rock to psychedelic rock. There is also early evidence of their interest in Americana, with tracks like "California Here I Come" and "Harley Davidson".[5] Overall, it is best known for its hit single "Venus" which reached number one on the American national charts. Never again did the band achieve such success in the US.[6]

The John Mayer version of the song "Acka Raga" was used as the theme song for the BBC1 quiz show Ask the Family.

The track "Love Buzz" gained notoriety when it was covered by grunge band Nirvana.

Track listingEdit

All songs were written by Robbie van Leeuwen, except for "Acka Raga" by John Mayer.

LP versionEdit

As originally released on the Pink Elephant label in the Netherlands in 1969, the album ran as follows:

Side one
  1. "Boll Weevil" – 2:40
  2. "I'll Write Your Name Through the Fire"– 2:50
  3. "Acka Raga" – 3:10
  4. "Love Machine" – 3:15
  5. "I'm a Woman" – 3:00
Side two
  1. "California Here I Come" – 3:15
  2. "Poor Boy" – 4:50
  3. "Love Buzz" – 3:40
  4. "The Butterfly and I" – 3:50

Later pressings of the album would often append the hit single "Venus", as well as other contemporary tracks. On some editions "Poor Boy" is edited to 2:28.

CD versionEdit

Repertoire Records re-issued the album in CD format in 1989:

  1. "Boll Weevil" – 2:40
  2. "I'll Write Your Name Through the Fire"– 2:50
  3. "Acka Raga" – 3:10
  4. "Love Machine" – 3:15
  5. "I'm a Woman" – 3:00
  6. "Venus" - 3:07
  7. "California Here I Come" – 3:15
  8. "Poor Boy" – 4:50
  9. "Long and Lonesome Road" – 2:44
  10. "Love Buzz" – 3:40
  11. "The Butterfly and I" – 3:50

Bonus tracks:

  1. "Harley Davidson" – 2:39
  2. "Fireball of Love" – 3:00
  3. "Hot Sand" – 2:35
  4. "Wild Wind" – 2:15

ChartsEdit

Chart (1970) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 30

PersonnelEdit

Studio musiciansEdit

  • Cees Schrama - keyboards

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adams, Greg. At Home at AllMusic
  2. ^ Marcus, Griel (19 March 1970). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (54): 48. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. ^ Horning, Rob (19 September 2004). "Shocking Blue: At Home". PopMatters.
  4. ^ http://www.scrammagazine.com/shockingblue
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/at-home-mw0000455808
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/279156/shocking-blue/biography?mobile_redirection=false
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 272. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.