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Kak

Although formed in Davis, CA, Kak were based in San Francisco for a good part of 1968, when they recorded their only album. Lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Gary Lee Yoder and lead guitarist Dehner Patten had been in the Oxford Circle, an obscure early Northern Californian psychedelic band that had cut one garage/psych single ("Foolish Woman"/"Mind Destruction") and played some shows on the San Francisco psychedelic circuit, while bassist Joe Dave Damrell had been on a 1965 single on Scorpio Records with Group "B".

The self-titled Kak LP was minor-league San Francisco psychedelic rock colored by a lot of influence from bigger Bay Area bands, particularly Moby Grape; the vocal harmonies and curling guitar work on tracks like "Disbelievin'" and "Everything's Changing" in particular sounded like a more pedestrian Moby Grape. There were also more distant echoes of Quicksilver Messenger Service (in the guitar work) and the Grateful Dead (in faint traces of country-blues-rock). Kak were best, and least derivative, at their quietest, as on the gentle country-tinged rocker "I've Got Time, " the good-time wistful psych-folk-rock of "Lemonade Kid, " and the harpsichord-decorated ballad "Flowing By, " which was as derivative of Donovan as much of their other songs were of Moby Grape.

Kak's album was barely promoted and sold little. It didn't help that the band played less than a dozen shows before breaking up in early 1969, Damrell having already quit prior to the split. Yoder did a single for Epic and then joined Blue Cheer. The Kak album eventually became a pricey collector's item, and was reissued on CD by Big Beat (with the new title Kak-ola) in 1999 with plenty of bonus cuts, including previously unreleased acoustic demos and Yoder solo tracks from the late '60s. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Suck on the kak batch!
johnnyohania n
proof is in the pudding; they made only one album...surp r i s e d they made it that far. first learn to play the guitar then resubmit.
geoffbattick
This is a great example of the second tier SF psych bands of the time. Like the bio says, it's fairly derivative of the big guys. But it has that QSMS lead guitar tone nailed, and the multi changeup section towards the end indicates more writing talent the the average one hook per song band. Definitely one of those little nuggets that gets overlooked.
Unfortunatel y overlooked & underrated this is an extremely talented group of musicians and a superbly cosmic album.
Someone boring must like this
They aren't very good. No wonder no one heard of them
sounds like kak
go floating tambourine, go!
pistachio33
Thanks to the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (URO) for introducing me to the Beatles' song "Within You, With Out You". I was inspired to a create a Pandora station for the song and I found this funky gem. What a refreshing hippie treat indeed!
I grew up in the bay area and lived in Modesto in1968(Grace D a v i s H S ) I remember this band(I think)from a Frisco show on one of my weekend trips in the city.When I heard the song(Lemonad e Kid)on my BeatlesStati o n I fell out.What a flashback.Th a t was an instant I would have otherwise forgotten.Li v i n g in Nashville now and miss all my Mt.Tamelpias C o m m u n e F a m i l y and Friends from Modesto.(con t a c t via profile please)The pix is my wife(SuzyQ)G o d N e v e r F o r g e t s P e a c e & L o v e . N a m a s t e ( S c o t t G o r d o n ) N k l S k @ t .
Hard to find... God bless Amazon!
Please don't gag on my kak. Or go ahead. Whatever. Up to you really.
wanted to buy the song. Itunes didnt have it. Grr.

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