Week of February 7, 1999

The Gods


Brian Glasscock - Drums
John Glasscock - Bass, Vocals
Ken Hensley - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Joe Konas - Guitar, Vocals
Mick Taylor - Guitar
Lee Kerslake - Drums
Greg Lake - Bass, Vocals
Paul Newton - Bass, Vocals


Genesis (Columbia SCX 6286) 1968
(Reissued on CD (Repertoire REP 4418-WY) 1994, with four bonus tracks)
To Samuel A Son (Columbia SCX 6372) 1970
(Reissued on CD (Repertoire REP 4555-WY) 1995, with one bonus track, "Maria")
Gods (Harvest compilation SHSM 2011) 1976
A later compilation is The Best Of The Gods (C5 537) 1989.


Baby's Rich/Somewhere In The Street (Columbia DB 8486) 1968
Hey! Bulldog/Real Love Guaranteed (Columbia DB 8544) 1969
Maria/Long Time, Sad Time, Bad Time (Columbia DB 8572) 1969

Not to be confused with the American group of the same name, this Gods were formed in Hatfield in 1965 by Mick Taylor. Taylor was a great John Mayall fan and left to join his Bluesbreakers in the Summer of 1967. He left behind a faltering blues band.  The line-up sought to revive their fortunes on the club/college circuit and relocated to London, securing a residency at the Marquee. The problem was that Greg Lake was too talented for the background role the rest of the band had in mind for him and in the Summer of 1968 he split to join King Crimson. The band had to regroup again but line-up next, with John Glasscock back in the fold, recorded a couple of interesting progressive rock albums and a few 45s.  Of their 45s, "Hey! Bulldog", the Beatles track, is their best known, and both sides have been compiled on The Great British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 3 CD.

The "Genesis" album is certainly worth checking out.  The band played an imaginative amalgam of psychedelia and progressivism.  Its better tracks like "Towards The Skies" and "Time And Eternity" are full of heavy ploughing Hammond organ and distorted guitar riffs and Ken Hensley's unique and rather dramatic vocals add a further dimension. The recent Repertoire reissues also includes bonus cuts.

"The Best Of The Gods" compilation is another good way to access their material which is for the most part pretty typical late sixties pop/rock, epitomised by songs like "Radio Show" and "Yes I Cry". There are shades of Vanilla Fudge on their cover of West Side Story extract "Maria" but only on a few tracks like Candlelight and "Real Love Guaranteed" is there an inkling of the heavier sound Hensley and Kerslake would propagate in their next venture, Uriah Heep.

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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