Michael Yonkers
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Guitarist Michael Yonkers, whose garage-rock beginnings are documented on Michael and the Mumbles (De Stijl, 2009), recorded in 1966, formed his own Michael Yonkers Band in Minneapolis in 1967, at about the same time that Hendrix was forming his Experience.

The album recorded in 1968, Microminiature Love (1969 - Destijl, 2002 - Subpop, 2003), his artistic peak, ran the gamut of the era's styles, from Jefferson Airplane-ish acid-rock (Jasontown) to voodoo-blues (Boy In The Sandbox, Smile Awhile).

Free Flight (Get Hip, 1997) collects unreleased recordings from 1964 to 1969.

Yonkers recorded a few solo records and collaborations before he broke his back in 1971. All those albums were released years after they had been recorded: the acoustic, folkish Grimwood (1974 - De Stijl, 2007), recorded in 1969, Michael Lee Yonkers (1974), recorded in 1972, Goodby Sunball (1974), recorded in 1973, Borders of my Mind (1974), and Thy Will Be Done (1976). They contain cute ideas, but also a lot of filler, and nothing truly groundbreaking.

Lovely Gold (Drag City, 2010) documents a private home recording of 1977. Despite the rough production, these songs display a dramatic musical jump.

After a quarter of a century, Michael Yonkers returned with It's Only Yonkers (Galactic Zoo Disk, 2004).

Carbohydrates Hydrocarbons (Go Johnny Go, 2007), Cold Town (Learning Curve Records, 2010) and Period (S-S, 2012) paired him with the Blind Shake for sessions of distorted garage-rock, possibly his best since Microminiature Love (notably Carbohydrate Hydrocarbons).

No Kidding (Ruby Red Editora, 2008) was a solo guitar show that leaned towards cacophony.

The mostly instrumental Bleed Out (Spiral Staircase, 2009) documented a 2004 collaboration with Plastic Crimewave Sound.

The High Speed Recording Complex (Burka For Everybody, 2010) was a collaboration with fellow electric guitarist Gregory Raimo of the Gunslingers, almost a continuation of Raimo's solo album GR & Full-Blown Expansion.

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