"Just a poke was recorded live in the recording studio. We played the songs straight through not overdubbing each instrument. This I always felt gave the album a great amount of energy."
Andrew Dershin
Sweet Smoke
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just a poke (1970)

Just a Poke cover

Just a Poke is the Sweet Smoke's record you'll adopt the fastest way if you're discovering the band, as the song Baby Night expresses the whole genius of the players.

Baby Night is architecured in three parts, looking like an overture, a development and a conclusion that reminds the introduction. Four minutes of an instrumental phase let us discover the virtuosity of the band, chaining different rythms and tonalities.
You'll remark that the flute gives the play a magic sound, and solos played on both bridge or neck microphone of the guitar, and overdrive or clean sound will force you to buy a SG and a Stratocaster. People who already own these two guitares but not this record should see a doctor ASAP.

Silly Sally doesn't reach the same perfection degree, because based on a totaly different approach. It offers to the auditor a great wha-wha solo, followed, after a good time with the bass, by a huricane of percussions, during more than 5 minutes.
This time, you will run and buy a complete drum set at the corner shop after hearing this.

As a conclusion, we can say that with only 33 minutes of music, this record is a pure magnificent thing, and a very good introduction to Sweet Smoke.

Just a Poke is produced by the label : Electrola.
"Peace and clear light to the family Kuhn and may the lord watch over Nico Scholtens forever."

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