Mackay, Rabbit & The Somis Rhythm Band
Bug Cloth
Uni 1968

Music - 5 stars

Mackay, Rabbit & The Somis Rhythm Band
Passing Through
Uni 1969

Music - 5 stars

Bug Cloth - front cover

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Bug Cloth - rear cover

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Review

A first time listener thought this album was a one band sampler. It is an apt description of the album, since it defies labels.
This is strong, self-assured music, not just songwriting but song craft. The Somis Rhythm Band is defined by its vocals too. They're perfect for these songs. There's some really nice keyboard work, and at times the record has a rustic feel.

Rabbit Mackay says "find a record player and a quiet place." It's excellent advice.

- Nancy Carson - Allan J Moore

Passing Through - front cover

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Passing Through - rear cover

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Review

This is one of the greatest bands that nobody ever heard.
This time the group cranks up the amps and takes listeners on another sonic adventure.

"Stranger Here" is a rough hewn intro. We have a terrific interplay between an acoustic guitar and a banjo with Mackay's powerful voice riding atop. The song craft is first rate. Tendency to be Free, Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, and a snarling cover of Bob Dylan's anti-war epic John Brown are highlights.

The second side has six first rate songs. Clever and memorable lyrics, first rate musicianship, and really fine melodies round out a superior record.

Rabbit, if you ever see this, please grab your guitar and let everyone hear more

- Allan J Moore

Rabbit Mackay John Brown

Rabbit Mackay Stranger Here