Energy Album 1969
Jan 2, 2020
Energy was based in Montreal, Canada with Gary Ship on keys and lead vocals, Corky Laing on drums and vocals, George Gardos on bass and vocals. All of the music and lyrics were written by Corky, George and Gary (except for “Desire” which was written by Gary’s older brother Neil Ship, aka Neil Sheppard, “Who Am I But You and the Sun” which had lyric contributions from Gail Collins and “It’s My Lucky Day,” which was written by J.P. Lauzon who was the guitarist with Energy for less than a year before they became a trio). This album was the culmination of Corky, George and Gary’s 6+ year creative collaboration.
The Energy album was recorded in ‘69, produced by Felix Pappalardi and Gail Collins, but was never released because upon it’s completion, Corky was recruited to play drums with Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi in the legendary band Mountain. Energy’s music was lost and nobody could find any tapes until Corky’s house was sold recently by his ex-wife. One reel-to-reel tape was discovered by his son among the hundreds of tapes and cassettes in the attic. The reel-to-reel tape was resurrected to just barely acceptable quality, but the spirit and diversity of Energy is well represented in this video.
I had never heard of this project until just a few minutes ago.
Interesting stuff within!