- From Lemon Drops to Acid Rock
- Artist: Buzzsaw
- Format: LP
- Release Date: 3/31/2015
From the ashes of '60s garage band the Lemon Drops comes power trio Buzzsaw with their loud heavy-psych sound. In the late '60s, the Lemon Drops, one of the finest garage-psych bands from Chicago (of I Live in the Springtime fame), relocated to the West Coast, where they gigged around and tried to secure a record contract. After a three-day strawberry acid party at manager Dan Herron's mansion, the original band disintegrated. And that's when power trio Buzzsaw was born, featuring Eddie and Gary Weiss (both ex-Lemon Drops) on guitar and drums respectively and Rick Fertel on bass. Buzzsaw was the perfect vehicle for Eddie Weiss (whose use of fuzz and distortion was the trademark sound of the Lemon Drops) to push his guitar and effects pedals to the limit. The trio used to visit Star Hill, Neil Young's old sawmill in La Honda, where they rehearsed and wrote songs. The photo used for the front cover of this collection was taken there. In 1971, Max Weiss (Creedence Clearwater Revival's manager) expressed interest in the band, so Buzzsaw entered Ampex Studios in San Francisco (the place where CCR had recorded Suzie Q) to lay down some tracks. They also recorded some material at Pacific Sound Studios. All of these recordings were produced by Roger Weiss, the original producer of the Lemon Drops and co-owner of Rembrandt Records. Sadly, Buzzsaw only released one 45 during their short lifespan. And it was a frustrating release, as it included a recording from the Lemon Drops era on the A-side backed with a new song which didn't reflect the real sound of the band on the B-side. That 45 went nowhere, Buzzsaw split, and the recordings they did at Ampex and Pacific Studios remained unreleased until 1995, when some of them were included on Collectables' from Lemon Drops to Acid Rock CD. Out-Sider's double vinyl retrospective includes all the tracks from the 1995 from Lemon Drops to Acid Rock CD plus some amazing acetates and previously unreleased master tapes. The music is orgasmic '71 heavy psych/proto-grunge in the style of Hendrix and Blue Cheer with killer fuzz-wah guitar and melodic vocals. Eddie's guitar sound is just insane... despite the vintage '71 date, some of his playing would not be out of place on a High Rise or Ty Segall album. Remastered from the original tapes and acetates. Liner notes by original producer Roger Weiss.