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Good God - Good God (CD)




Flawed Gems





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Studio Album, released in 1972
CD Reissue Flawed Gems 2012
sealed !

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Murder Of Crows (6:24)
2. Galorna Gavorna (5:11)
3. King Kong (8:53)
4. Dragon Song (4:20)
5. Zaragoza (6:31)
6. Fish Eye (8:37)

Total Time 39:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Zeno Sparkles (Larry Cardarelli) / guitar, vocals
- Cotton Kent / keyboards, soprano saxophone, marimba, vocals
- Greg Scott / soprano, alto & tenor saxophones
- John Ransome / bass
- Hank Ransome / drums, vocals
- Johnny Almond / tenor saxophone
- Bruce Solomon / trombone
- Bob Martin / french horn
- Bob Shemenek / trumpet
- Larry Washington / conga

Good God biography
Good God was a jazz/rock fusion band based is Philadelphia in the early 1970s. The group was led by guirist Larry Cardarelli on guitar and Cotton Kent on keyboards. Filling out the band were Greg Scott on saxophones, John Ransome on bass and Hank Ransome on drums. They released one album in 1972 on Atlantic Records (with the catalog number right before Close To The Edge - thanks to Dick Heath for that tidbit).

Rumor has it that band got it's name when they, huge Captain Beefheart fans, called Don Van Vliet out of the blue, and asked what they should call themselves. Good God! was his reported reply.

Whether or not that story is true, their album, as rare as it is, is highly regarded among fusion enthusiasts.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 I was lucky enough to find this wonderful album in a used record store in the late seventies, and it became one of my favorite rare gems.

this album was the one and only release from Good God, a fusion band from Philadelphia. The songs, while fusion lean a bit more toward the rock side, with Larry Cardarelli's strong guitar leading the way. But Cotton Kent's keyboards, mostly electric piano, keep the fusion feel throughout the album. The horns play a big role here, and the band added a number of extra players to keep the sound heavy.

I get hints of a Magma-like sound at times, especially in Galorna Gavorna. And the group does a fantastic job on Frank Zappa's early standard, King Kong, and John McLaughlin's Dragon Song.

Considering the popularity of good fusion at that time, it's surprising that this band remained obscure, and onlt put out this one album. But if you can find it, it's worth the price.