4 AM at Frank's Restored Raga (mono, 1964​/​2001)

by Seventh Sons

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This 30 MINUTE acoustic raga-JAM is a restored and enhanced version of the legendary tape from 1964 first released on vinyl in 1968 (ESP-1068) as "Raga". Frank Eventoff on flute joins the core 7th sons lineup of Buzz on harp guitar, Serge on hand drums and James Rock on electric bass.

For the first time, this single track is one track of nearly 31 minutes of continuous music. Due to time constraints inherent to sides of vinyl, the original reel had to be split into the A1 & B1 side/tracks for the original vinyl release. That ESP disk is worth a lot of money now, and features photos of the band on each label rather than track info.

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Mostly instrumental and non-verbal vocalization, some parts you can hear phrasing and some lyrics for the raga-oriented song Sing Joy.

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released December 16, 2016
Buzzy Linhart - guitar (harp guitar; credited as "Buzz Linhart")
Serge Katzen - hand drums
James Rock - electric bass
Frank Eventoff - flute (and live sound engineer)

Although this historically significant work has been reissued by small european labels such as ESP Disk, Fallout Records and get back, none have been authorized by any of the Seventh Sons nor their estates and all prior reissues were interrupted mid-jam by the side break. Some reissues called the work "4 AM at Franks", because it is not truly a raga, Buzzy Linhart has referred to this as "ragoid" and a glimpse into what become "Sing Joy" released on his album "buzzy" (1969, Phillips). The original vinyl "RAGA" and CD reissues include liner notes written by Steve Denaut who was the original bass player for the Seventh Sons when they backed Fred Neil at many gigs in Greenwich Village. Steve went on to be an actor writer and director especially for stage on the West coast.

Buzzy Linhart himself oversaw the session where this split track was restored and enhanced for modern mono enjoyment by Harvey Mandel in Electric Snake Studios, San Mateo CA (3/23/2001). Buzzy explained that this was really just a loose jam, testing Frank's new (at the time) Ampax 601 reel-to-reel recorder at his loft in Baltimore. The "4 AM at Frank's" moniker gets at the late night vibe, this coming long after the Seventh Sons gig earlier in the night. "I'm glad he did record it and it was released as rough as it was, because it turns out we never did have any other official releases as the Seventh Sons." Buzzy went on to have a successful but still quite obscure solo career, and Frank Eventoff (correct spelling) was in other bands before becoming well-known for inventing several unique electric instruments involving computer programming.

Enjoy the one and only official release from the legendary Seventh Sons from Greenwich Village as it was originally played - no break!

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7th Sons Berkeley, California

1963-68 in Greenwich Village Seventh Sons lead by Buzz Linhart often backed Fred Neil live & are credited with the first use of Indian raga-style music with folk/rock. Managed by their drummer Serge Katzen. they notable members were Max Ochs on guitar, Steve DeNaut (bass 63-64) and James Rock on bass, 1964-1968. But before they could release a full album they broke up and Buzzy went solo. ... more

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