THE AMBOY DUKES - Journey To The Center Of The Mind (1968) & Migration (1969)
The Amboy Dukes were an American rock band formed in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, and later based in Detroit, Michigan. They are known for their one hit single "Journey to the Center of the Mind". The band's name comes from the title of a novel by Irving Shulman. In the UK the group's records were released under the name of The American Amboy Dukes because of the existence of a British group with the same name. The band went through a number of personnel changes during its active years, the only constant being lead guitarist and composer Ted Nugent. The band transitioned to being Nugent's backing band before he discontinued the name in 1975. The group contributed to the foundations of heavy metal and progressive rock. The group's primary genres were psychedelic rock, acid rock and hard rock.
Journey to the Center of the Mind is the second studio album released by The Amboy Dukes. It was released in April 1968 on Mainstream Records. A remastered CD reissue was released in 1992 by Mainstream Direct Ltd. with one bonus track.
Migration is the third studio album by The Amboy Dukes. It was released in 1969 on Mainstream Records. On this album, Rusty Day replaced John Drake on vocals. The song "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" is a cover of the 1956 song by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers. A CD reissue was released in 1991 by Repertoire Records with two bonus tracks. It credits the band as "The American Amboy Dukes", the name under which the group's records were released in Britain. This CD features an edited version of 'Prodigal Man' ( bass and organ solo removed) and not the full version from the original LP. (In fact, the full version has yet to see a CD release).
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