Poobah - Let Me In (Ripple Music)
What a shocker!!! I had to listen to this CD few times just to make sure the initial impression was not just a hoax. Sure enough, Poobah rocks in a big way. What an intense slab of uncompromising hard rock. This album was originally released back in 1973, and probably only made waves on the local front in Ohio. It's where the band is from. The re-unleashing (that's how the label calls this release, and trust me it's more than appropriate name for the process,) includes the original album and 12 bonus cuts. It's 75 minutes of ripping hard rock. It's only three guys, but they make enough noise for six. Distorted heavy guitars, pounding drums, and driving bass rhythms is the name of the game here. And the vocals just fly with the melodies. Poobah is not afraid to go into overdrive and just jam on many of the tracks presented here. The jamming aspect is incredibly exciting. The songs go through a lot of mood changes, but they are linked by one incredible spirit. Some tracks just kick you in the face with their intensity, others sooth you with their psychedelic calmness. Poobah maintains a great musical balance throughout the record, even the bonus tracks are appropriately placed to fit the entire concept. Poobah is rock the way it was intended to be, and "Let Me In" is indeed a pearl.