Seatrain (band)

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Seatrain
1970 seatrain.jpg
Seatrain in 1970
Background information
Origin Marin County, California, United States
Years active 1968–1973
Labels Edsel, Capitol, One Way, Wounded Bird
Past members Andy Kulberg
Richard Greene
Lloyd Baskin
Peter Walsh
Bill Elliot
Peter Rowan
Julio Coronado
Larry Atamanuik
Jim Roberts
Don Kretmar
Elliot Randall
Red Shepherd
Teddy Irwin
Bobby Moses

Seatrain was an American roots fusion band based initially in Marin County, California, and later in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Seatrain was formed in 1969, subsequently drawing some members from the Blues Project upon its break-up. The group, which recorded four albums, disbanded in 1973.[1]

Band history[edit]

Flutist/bassist Andy Kulberg and drummer Roy Blumenfeld of Blues Project formed the band with Jim Roberts, ex-Mystery Trend guitarist John Gregory, former Jim Kweskin Jug Band violinist/fiddler Richard Greene, and saxophonist Don Kretmar. Seatrain recorded their first album, Planned Obsolescence, in 1968, but had to release it as a Blues Project album for contractual reasons. In 1969, they released a self-titled LP (Sea Train), but faced a major change in membership a few months later.[2]

The group's second self-titled album was released in 1970 under the single-word name Seatrain. By then, Blumenfeld, Gregory, and Kretmar had been replaced by drummer Larry Atamanuik, keyboardist Lloyd Baskin, and Earth Opera guitarist Peter Rowan. The album's "13 Questions" was released as a single and became a minor hit in the US,[3] reaching #49 on Billboard's national chart.

George Martin produced the album, marking the first time he had acted in that capacity with a rock act since his work with the Beatles. He also produced Seatrain's much-anticipated 1971 follow-up album, The Marblehead Messenger.[4] In September Seatrain toured Great Britain for the first time, usually performing as a support act for Traffic.[5] However, Rowan and Greene left the band soon after to form Muleskinner, while Roberts and Atamanuik joined the backing band of Emmylou Harris. Kulberg and Baskin replaced these members with guitarist Peter Walsh, keyboardist Bill Elliot, and drummer Julio Coronado, but only released one more album, 1973's Watch.

Line-ups[edit]

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1968 - 1969[edit]

  • Don Kretmar - sax/bass
  • John Gregory - guitar/vocals
  • Roy Blumenfeld - drums
  • Andy Kulberg - bass/flute
  • Richard Greene - violin
  • Jim Roberts - lyricist

1969[edit]

  • Andy Kulberg - bass/flute
  • Richard Greene - violin
  • Don Kretmar - sax/bass
  • Jim Roberts - lyricist
  • Teddy Irwin - guitar
  • Red Shepherd - vocals
  • Bobby Moses - drums

1969[edit]

  • Andy Kulberg - bass/flute
  • Richard Greene - violin
  • Don Kretmar - sax/bass
  • Red Shepherd - vocals
  • Elliot Randall - guitar
  • Billy Williams - drums

1969 - 1972[edit]

1972 - 1973[edit]

  • Andy Kulberg - bass/flute
  • Lloyd Baskin - keyboards/vocals
  • Peter Walsh - guitar
  • Bill Elliot - keyboards
  • Julio Coronado - drums

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seatrain - Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  2. ^ "Biography: Seatrain". Billboard website. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  3. ^ "The Blues Project / Seatrain". Jhendrix110.tripod.com. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  4. ^ Crouse, Tim (November 25, 1971). "Album Review: Marblehead Messenger". Rolling Stone website. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  5. ^ "British Dates For Traffic". Sounds (Spotlight Publications). 28 August 1971. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Gary S. Hartman. "Seatrain". Classicwebs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 

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