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(1969 – 1970)

When the band, The Good Idea disintegrated in 1969. The organist, John Miesen landed a deal with “Roulette” on the basis of an unreleased The Good Idea’s track which he later explored with Thundertree. Thundertree, whose members hailed from Minneapolis, was formed by Miesen and vocalist/guitarist Bill Hallquist to exploit the former’s fortuitous “Roulette” contract. The band managed only one eponymous album for Roulette (SR-42038) which appeared in 1970, but a combination of psychedelia and progressivism turned a highly-experimental album into an increasingly hard to find collectable. The emphasis is very much on psych guitar and organ, and generally the album bristles with new ideas and innovation. Strangely, given that most of the band’s songs were written by Miesen, he has disappeared without trace, while Hallquist went on to record two solo albums under the name of Persephone Billy, both of which, with their pleasant, dreamy folk-rock style, have become minor collectables in their own right.

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  • Color_Of_Sound

    Thundertree did a good work performing a balancing among psychedelic and dashes of progressive rock !!! Some great moments in B-Side...

    26 Jan 2012 Reply

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