Monday, January 27, 2014


Mint Tattoo was born as an off-shoot of the legendary '60s proto-punk acid band Blue Cheer. Bruce Stevens and Ralph Burns Kellogg had played together in Blue Cheer on the band's self-titled album in 1969, but after that one album, Stevens left the band to pursue other interests. Kellogg stayed on with Blue Cheer until the demise of the band in 1971, but during his tenure with Blue Cheer he reunited with Stevens, along with drummer Greg Thomas to form the band Mint Tattoo. Produced by James William Guercio (Chicago) and engineered by Phil Ramone in New York, Mint Tattoo is a mixture of blues-styled original songs, a cover of classic blues numbers and some rather uninspired, typical-for-the-era hard rock tunes. Not an overly exciting album, compared to the early Blue Cheer material, but none the less a periodDot Records Keith Pettipas, Rovi
.Sound quality is rough but it's as good as it gets considering that Mint Tattoo was not recorded a lot


eric said...

Holy shit! Bill you're da man :D

Anonymous said...

I've searched far an wide looking for some live Mint Tattoo!!can't believe this was up..anyway for a reupload for some old memories..god i would love to hear this..
Saw the Mint once wayy back..A great band to have been able to see, but Blue Cheer was more vicious live,both underrated to this day...
this would b muchly appreciated

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!

Anonymous said...

WOW, live Mint, an incredible find. Thank you very much, this brings back many good memories.

Bob W.

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