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ARTIST
TITLE
Vacuum Cleaner
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
SVVRCH 039LP SVVRCH 039LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/25/2021

Survival Research present a reissue of Merryweather & Carey's Vacuum Cleaner, originally released in 1971. Canadian bassist/vocalist Neil Merryweather relocated to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and hooked up with the singer, actress and future Penthouse pet, Lynn Carey. They would find greater fame upon forming the band Mama Lion in 1972, but Vacuum Cleaner captures the prototype of the group on this collaboration cut the year before, after RCA signed them as a duo. Merryweather's bass is a solid anchor and his harmony and musical arrangements help keep everything in place; Canadian keyboardist JJ Velker adds atmosphere, but it is Carey's powerful voice that really drives this hard rockin' beast, gleaning comparisons with Janis Joplin. Merryweather & Carey notably appeared in Russ Meyer's The Seven Minutes too.