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Blues Image

The Blues Image was a one-hit wonder Latin-tinged pop/rock band, that one hit being "Ride Captain Ride," which made the Top Ten and sold a million copies in 1970. The group was formed in Tampa, FL, in 1966 by Michael Pinera (b. September 29, 1948, Tampa, FL) (guitar, vocals), Manuel Bertematti (b. 1946, Tampa, FL) (percussion), and Joe Lala (b. Tampa, FL) (drums). Malcolm Jones (b. Cardiff, Wales) (bass) joined in 1966, followed in 1968 by Frank "Skip" Konte (b. Canyon City, OK) (keyboards). The band moved to New York City in 1968 and managed a club called the Image. Then they moved to Los Angeles, where they signed to Atlantic Records' Atco division in February 1969, and released their self-titled debut album. This was followed by Open (1970), which featured "Ride Captain Ride." But the Blues Image never followed their hit. Pinera left, replaced by Kent Henry (guitar) and Dennis Correll (vocals). Then the Blues Image broke up. A third album, Red White & Blues Image, was compiled from outtakes. Skip Konte joined Three Dog Night, while some other band members reformed as Manna. Pinera later was a member of Iron Butterfly, then Ramatam, and, with Bertematti, the New Cactus Band. He also formed a band called Thee Image and worked as a solo artist. Lala became a Los Angeles session player and worked with Joe Walsh and the various manifestations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, among others. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Anthology Box 1975-1979

Disc 1

1. In Front Behind You

2. Something To Say

3. Take Me To The Sunrise

4. Outside Was Night

5. Prelude Full Moon Blues

6. Yesterday Could Be Today

7. Lazy Day Blues

8. New York City Blackout

9. Ride Captain Ride (Demo)

10. Can’t You Believe

11. I Am The Bubble

12. Looking At The Light

13. Goodnight My Love

14. Someone Like You

15. Moonlight Melody

16. Do What You Do

17. Here It Comes Again

18. Lost And Found

19. It’s You

20. Must Get Thru

21. Isla

22. Lady Divine

Disc 2

1. Good Things

2. For Another Day

3. Drift Off Endlessly

4. Love Is Here

5. So Hard To Say

6. It Happens All The Time

7. Come To You

8. Temptation

9. Show Your Love

10. Fly Away

11. Far Away Places

12. High Time Feeling

13. I.O.U.S

14. All Night Long

15. Good To You

16. Alone With You

17. Rapture Of The Deep

18. Nobody Wins 'Til The Game Is Over

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Track List: Ride Captain Ride: Anthology Of Classics

1. Ride Captain Ride (Rerecorded)

2. American Woman

3. Born To Be Wild

4. Paint It Black

5. Spinning Wheel

6. Summer Of '69

7. I Can See Clearly Now

8. Rocket Man

9. Magic Carpet Ride

10. Incense And Peppermints

11. Take A Letter Maria

12. Time Has Come Today

13. I Got A Line On You

14. Free Ride

15. Fire

16. Hold Your Head Up

17. Ride Captain Ride (Psychedelic Space Version)

18. Ride Captain Ride (Spanish Version)

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Track List: Ride Captain Ride / Pay My Dues (Digital 45)

1. Ride Captain Ride (Single Version)

2. Pay My Dues

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Blues Image

1. Ride Captain Ride

2. Parchman Farm

3. Leaving My Troubles Behind

4. Lazy Day Blues

5. In Front Behind You

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Track List: Open

1. Love Is The Answer

2. Running The Water

3. Clean Love

4. La Bamba

5. Consuelate

6. Ride Captain Ride (Single Version)

7. Pay My Dues

8. Fugue U

9. Parchman Farm

10. Wrath Of Daisey

11. Take Me

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Rippin' guitar solo at the end! I wish they would have extended it longer!
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jroka4393
good song memeories
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Got stoned to this song often. Ahh! The great memories of the times!!
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I knew all of them, growing up in Tampa, older then me,but Mike lived around the block from me, and if you didn't know Joe Lala passed away at the beginning of this year. We as musicians were all just gutted by his death. We never saw it coming,he was preforming a week before his death. RIP Joe we will never forget you.
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I always like Ride Captain Ride. We used to roller skate to it....funny. . . b u t it was part of my memory of back then.
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I still love this song.
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Who knew they stole a candy bar from Kmart that funny.
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snydermikesn y d e r
Little known fact, j Biebers uncle Oscar played tambourine in the early 70s for these guys he got busted stealing candy (Almond Joy) from a k mart in Dallas Texas and was exiled from the band.
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Clean love andstilljami n on the blues image I love this band and it was a great when they came out with anew album a great fm,band
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Cruising to this song back in the day
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This is the song I use to get other songs out of my head.
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One hit wonder or not, I still remember all the words!!
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I loved this song back in the 70's. Brings back good memories.
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These Guys didnt have alot of hits but were still a good band
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This takes me back......Go d , wish I could go back to that wonderful time in the 70's.
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Tex Bear 13 commented: Hey, they had whole album of great songs BEFORE "Ride, Captain, Ride" even came out. Look for it and you won't be disappointed ! Mike Pinera is a guitar virtuoso!
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lddav
I saw them at Pirates World in Dania, south fl, must have been summer of 71, 1st time i got high....grea t nite....thx BP
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Great Song. Ride Captain.....
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hhrothman
Strawberry Alarm Clock Did original version of this song
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Ride red captain you don't need just look.
at you
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saling517
Definitely not the original version...se e m s to be a remake later with some of the original members possibly involved. Too bad - this isn't nearly as good.
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I would prefer to hear the original Ride Captain Ride.
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rfunkhauser
Saw them at Clarkson College of Technology my freshman year 1970 in the alumni gym
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14739578
Hope you people know Hold your head up was org done by Argent
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They should have done more work. This is a great song, I am sure they could have done better!!
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what is this version of ride captain ride? cmon pandora pay for the real one.
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This is one of my favorites ! I am giving away my age I guess...
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Great band, wish they would've done more. Pinera went with Iron Butterfly for the Metamorphosi s album. A completely different sound, but I liked it, even if a lot of folks didn't. Janeblett is right; Ride Captain Ride was a good song, but not their best. Saw them live in 1974, a shell of their former selves.
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this song is sooo awesome!!!
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Got a chance to see them in '68 on tour...alway s one of my favorites, just rarely get a chance to hear the other songs...Ride Captain Ride was good but not their best...Clean Love reminds me of Kenny Wayne Shepherd...
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Gulp! Pinera was in Blues Image - Iron Butterfly - Ramatam - Cactus.

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