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The Devil's Anvil

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The Devil’s Anvil is one of those groups that could only have been signed to a label like Columbia Records in the late 1960s. At that point, the record company was desperately trying to make up for the ground and market share that it had lost during the years 1964-66, when — with a few notable exceptions — it had avoided rock & roll. Enter folkie-turned-rock musician/producer Felix Pappalardi, who brought The Devil’s Anvil to Columbia and got them a contract to record one album.

Pappalardi was born in the Bronx in 1939, the son of a doctor. He studied classical music and graduated from the University of Michigan, and came back to New York seeking work as a conductor before being lured to the burgeoning folk music community in Greenwich Village. He later worked as a backup musician and arranger with Tim Hardin, The Youngbloods, Ian and Sylvia, The Mugwumps, and Tom Rush. It was in 1966, while hanging out in the Village that he chanced upon a group of Middle Eastern-born or -descended musicians, playing at a coffee house called Feejon. Pappalardi began playing with them, and eventually they became the unofficial house band at Feejon — the core members of the group, which took the name The Devil’s Anvil, were Steve Knight (rhythm guitar, bass, bouzouki), Jerry Satpir (lead guitar, vocals), Elierzer Adoram (accordion), and Kareem Issaq (oud, vocals). Knight and Pappalardi developed a good working relationship, trading the bass and guitar spots during the recording of the group’s one album, Hard Rock from the Middle East, which set the stage for their subsequent team-up together in Mountain.

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  • heydedoTiger

    good

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • bloomindaedalus

    what a little treasure

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    A spectacular mix, a magical whirlwind of sounds and colors, a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • reddbaronn

    very underrated band.. :(

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • recipes-o

    Awesome!!!

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • zeromero

    Alucinante!!

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Last_Bullet

    Lovee them too mucch!!

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Audiotopia

    This band is a mixed, international garage band from NYC that formed (and played at a cafe called Cafe Fenjun), and combined an Arab (a Palestinian who lived in NY at that time, you can see him on the LP cover-pic wearing the Demaieyh; or the fellahi Palestinian male-wear), and an Israeli ... yes! A Greek, a Turk guy too. The LP's release was suspended and put on the back-burner for ages because the Six Days' War (Yom Kippurim War) started in 1967 shortly after the album was completed. It's a shame some never know or can get that music/sound can unite all humans into one big chained ball of Love and Peace, and Happiness. Damn shame! They are not good, though. Most songs are sung by the Arab singer who also plays the Oud (Originally a Greek instrument, used by Muslim musicians years ago) and most of his songs are covers by a Syrian-turned-Gyppie (Egyptian) singer namely eh, Farid El-Atrash! Bleh!!! I liked Karkadan! It has a jungle beat and a humor-intensive lyric-line to it. It's ok :\

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • maulofsound

    i like them quite a bit.

    10 Sep 2008 Reply
  • aBlackCherry

    didnt like them:/ but worth trying

    24 Jan 2008 Reply
  • pagansawas

    good music from east.

    24 Nov 2007 Reply
  • ydebru

    does anyone here have any info regarding band personnel in this group? i have been told that felix pappalardi was in this band.

    29 Jul 2007 Reply

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