As rock n roll got HEAVY in the late sixties and lost the "...and roll", a good chunk of the magic was lost forever, in this writers opinion. However, several groups delivered the heavy with a swagger and GROOVE that make the music enjoyable for those of us whose preferences don't run towards long plodding songs that might sound great under the influence of 'ludes.
The wildly named Damnation Of Adam Blessing were one such group from Cleveland, OH. The sound these fellas conjured up come across like some sort of cross between the Stax rhythm section and the Jimi Hendrix Experience on these excellent cuts.
"Cookbook" (from their first LP, released in 1969) hit big in their home town but never broke nationally. Turns out that singer Adam Blessing was leading a group called The Society when he saw a group called Dust (not to be confused with the band of the same name that released some LP's in the early 70's) perform. Blessing took the core of Dust (Bob Kalamasz- lead guitar, Bill Schwark- drums), and Ray Benich- bass) to create The Damnation. The group released four albums until their end in 1973. While the lyrics to "Cookbook" may be dated and kinda silly, vocalist Adam Blessing delivers them so well and with such conviction that it simply doesn't matter.
The 1970 followup LP (The Second Damnation, what else?) featured what is perhaps their greatest jam, 'Back To The River", which as a single seemed poised to break out into chart hit territory. Strip away the vocals and the track could easily fit on a Can LP, as the rhythm takes on that distinctly German "motorik" groove. The lead vocals and tripped out harmonies are majestic, and this track is a mini-masterpiece of hard hitting, late period psychedelia. The flip side, "Driver", grinds along with one of those dirty ass grooves that can be dropped into any biker or psych-ploitation film you care to view and it will make sense immediately.
I've read that these dudes opened for the likes of Grand Funk and Ten Years After; I can't imagine that they didn't blow those bands off the stage and don't understand why they didn't become massive- they were THAT GOOD!