Moloch, a pioneering Memphis blues-rock band led by the exceptional guitar player Lee Baker, released its sole album at Ardent on National in 1970. They promoted the release of this album by playing a show with punk stalwarts Iggy Pop and Mc5 at the New York State Pavilion. However, their sound is purely 12 bar-blues with delta slide guitar, harmonica, frenzied guitar solos and tight drumming. Moloch was highly influenced by Blue Cheer, Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Faces and countless other blues-influenced 60's rock groups . Unfortunately, the band's sound never caught on, and they didn't receive the acclaim that was due to them. Lee Baker went on to produce and play guitar on Alex Chilton's highly underrated album Like Flies on Sherbert and Big Star's swan song Big Star 3rd.
Moloch's only record is out of print, but it is available as an import here. That being said, this is the best place to witness the stunning guitar artistry of Lee Baker, outside of his contributions on the aforementioned Like Flies on Sherbert and Big Star 3rd. The album has an up-front and cleanly produced sound, but without all of the nasty compression usually added to contemporary music. Lee's guitar playing is phenomenal, the rhythm section is tight and funky and the organ playing is incendiary. Moloch achieves an eclectic mix of styles that serves as the bridge from delta blues to heavy metal. If you like what you hear, let me know, and I will post the rest of the album.
Moloch: Maverick Woman Blues, Gone Too Long(Featuring Johnny Woods),She Looks Like an Angel, I Can Think the Same As You and Goin' Down
From: Moloch [National 1970]