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If you've never heard of Poobah, then it's time to buy an album, tie a bandanna around your head and pick up the obligatory air guitar. The band's 1972 album "Let Me In" has just been re-released on 2CD's by Ripple Records, there's also a vinyl release available, a cheaper alternative than the extremely costly and rather rare original.
The album cover depicts an elderly charicature vomiting in to a toilet, cartoonesque voices are often heard on the album, these witty little dialogues are at the beginning of tracks before the band fly off in to heavy stoner rock. Some of these sound a little like Cheech and Chong and it's possible they were influenced by them as they did tour with them in the early 70s.
Poobah really are a hidden gem, another outstandingly talented band from Cleveland, Ohio. Lead by Jim Gustaffson, they manage to have some killer classic rock/early metal guitar riffs with some amazing solos, lots of interesting sound effects from feedback and the like.
Mr. Destroyer starts off fast and mean before mellowing a little, Live to Work is even more up tempo and full of angst, the vocals sound like a furious Alice Cooper whilst the guitar playing is both catchy and varied. "Bowleen" is probably the best song on the album, it definitely has the most awesome guitar solos. The other three tracks from the original release are "Enjoy What You Have" which is a calmer track, "Rock N Roll" a lively classic rock tune, like hair metal but a decade earlier and the title track of course "Let Me In' which is close to "Bowleen" as my favourite on the album.
Some of the tracks that were not picked for the original release are a little bit raw, with the rawness comes some really heavy stuff though as is the case with "Walk of the Bug" and "Upside Down Highway", the latter starts off with a bit too much feedback and may have sounded odd at the time but it was obviously a bit ahead of its time and is definitely doom metal before doom existed!