Monday, April 20, 2009


The Blues Train, like The Crazy People, are unknown artists that released some great sounds in the late 60’s and early 70’s. While little is known about them, we do know they were Canadian and recorded The Blues Train on the Burnaby, British Columbia-based Condor label in 1970. Condor has gone down in history as a Canadian exploit label and they were indeed on the crest of the different crazes that were going on during these times. Condor released quite a diversified line of music during the late 60’s: everything ranging from the weirdness of The Crazy People to Latin Holiday to the highly-rated Blues Train, The Surf Riders, and The Jimmy Cole Unlimited.

As with The Crazy People, there are several rumors circulating as to actually who The Blues Train were. The most plausible theory shared by both Clarke Faville and myself is that one of its members was Johnny Kitchen, who has songwriting credits on both this LP and on other Condor releases The World With The Trio Of Tyme and The Crazy People. It is a known fact that he was in Canada at this time and obviously associated with the label. Kitchen ended up in Los Angeles in 1969, making records beginning with The Victims Of Chance on the Crestview label. As arcane as this might seem to the casual reader, his name is synonymous with at least a dozen weird underground records released on various private labels in the US, and still nothing is known about them. To date, Johnny Kitchen has over 200 songs copyrighted through BMI!!

We also know there is a connection with Johnny Kitchen to Wild Man Fischer. His 1969 LP Life Brand New, has the chorus “My life is all brand new”, which is the same voice and words appearing on the “Parade At The Funny Farm” and “Let’s Split” of The Crazy People LP. However, other Blues Train song writing credits that never appeared on the original Condor release do not match any others from The Crazy People. The inclusion of only one by Kitchen himself implies his involvement on Blues Train, unlike that of The Crazy People, may have been minimal.

Although all performers are uncredited, there has also been some speculation that a prominent Vancouver “personality” (and local TV weatherman) was involved in putting together the “Rock” oriented exploit efforts on this label, and it is also likely that some of the musicians involved also appear on the Blues Train, Jimmy Cole Unlimited, and other Condor albums. Jack Millman, who has songwriting and production credits on Crazy People, also is shown as involved with the Condor release And I Love Her by Jack Millman and the Tempo Orchestra. In addition, Jack Millman, along with Jean Daniel Productions, produced The Blues Train.

- Roger Maglio, Gear Fab Records

Tracks :

1 Ride The Train
2 Missin' You
3 Pain In My Head
4 Some Body To Love
5 Hootchie Kootchie Man
6 Busted In Chicago
7 A & R Man
8 Coast To Coast
9 Whole Lot O' Blues
10 Got My Eyes On You
11 Mojo

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  1. Hey EMB, hat's off to you for this gem, great stuff, cheers from oz

  2. Thanks , can you post a link to
    The Victims Of Chance lp ? ,
    can't seem to find

  3. Incredible to see this LP cover again. In the early 70s my dad gave me an old HeathKit amp, a Gerard turntable and this LP. We made some speakers from junk at the local landfill and I began my audio journey at the age of 7!



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