In day 2 of our 10-Day Album Challenge, I present (for thee) Sir Lord Baltimore’s 1970 debut, Kingdom Come. This cult album deserves it’s double designation of “Sir” and “Lord”, and has a special place in hearts at cottagemixtape.com. I can’t recall how I discovered this album, it was originally on Mercury (a major label) and periodically is reissued. Once discovered however, it has been played often amongst our friends, at parties, the cottage, the camp or otherwise.
These “lords” of stoner rock were just a bunch of high school friends from Brooklyn (not Baltimore), when they recorded this masterpiece. Light years ahead of everything in its heavy fuzz guitars, bombastic drums and over the top vocals, it became an inside joke amongst our camp, not out of any sort of malice but of pure devotional love and appreciation. Blurting out “lady of fire!”, followed by a hail of blistering guitar work, or from the song Kingdom Come: “sail on crimson majesty!” Who says that shit? Stylistically, it has: the trio power bluesy-ness of Cream; some heavy Iommian/Sabbath riffing; the deep end of Deep Purple; the street-savy grit of fellow New Yorker’s Blue Oyster Cult; and the overtop vocal proginess of Edgar Broughton Band, Uriah Heep and the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. Even crazier is that the drummer is the singer! Waaaaa?!
Songs from Sir Lord Baltimore’s “Kingdome Come” (1970) appear on Cottage Country Mix: