Morly Grey

The Only Truth, 1972, Starshine, USA. £700+

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Re­spon­si­ble for one of the bet­ter lo­cally re­leased US heavypsych LPs of the early 70s, Morly Grey formed in Al­liance, Ohio by brothers Tim Roller (gui­tars) and Mark Roller (bass, lead vo­cals). Ini­tially a fourpiece, they re­leased a sin­gle on their own la­bel in 1969, be­fore strip­ping down to a power trio, with two dif­fer­ent drum­mers on each side. Lim­ited to 1,000 copies, it has rightly be­come a sought-af­ter rar­ity.

Open­ing with Peace Of­fi­cer, you’re given a good in­di­ca­tion of what the rest of the al­bum has to of­fer; es­sen­tially heavy but not all-out blud­geon, fea­tur­ing West Coast vibes mor­ph­ing into folk-rock and pro­gres­sive blues, with a vast ar­ray of acid guitar mo­tifs. There ap­pears to be an el­e­ment of Chris­tian­ity in their gen­eral mes­sage, though it’s hard to as­cer­tain.

But it’s the 17 minute ti­tle-track, The Only Truth, which is the stand­out here. It fea­tures some truly in your face hard-rock ac­tion, with at­mo­spheric moves and mes­meris­ing guitar dream se­quences.

Not long af­ter this re­lease, Morly Grey changed their name to The Roller Bros band, re­leas­ing a more com­mer­cial sound­ing al­bum the next year.

The brothers con­tin­ued to play lo­cally up un­til re­cent times, record­ing another Morly Grey al­bum dur­ing the mid-90s, yet to see the light of day.

The Only Truth is a very ac­com­plished mu­si­cal work, which should have had a big­ger au­di­ence. A procla­ma­tion on the back sleeve states: “This record was specif­i­cally recorded to be played at a high vol­ume”. Amen to that. LD

‘Lim­ited to 1,000 copies, it has rightly be­come sought-af­ter.’

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