YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: Nope
SINGLES: Wicked Woman
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Black Sabbath (oh, wait, this is a different one)
LINEUP: Jinx Dawson, Greg ‘Oz’ Osbourne, Jim Donelson, Rick Durrett, Steve Ross
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The first really Satanic-themed record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Forever known as the purveyors of “One Tin Soldier”, and known by some as the band that threw up the “Devil Horns” first, Coven was, well, a band composing of followers of the occult.
Singer Jinx Dawson is the star. She can belt out these devilish tunes with great fervor. But there’s some cringe-worthy moments (the chanting in some songs is almost funny, really) and when Jim Donelson sings (a hired gun by Dunhill Records) he’s so wimpy compared to Dawson, especially when he sings “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”.
Dawson herself saves a lot of the material, which is rather much warmed-over organ-driven psychedelic rock instead of proto-metal (though there’s some tasty guitar here and there, especially on “Choke, Thirst, Die”). But thanks to bad press due to Manson, Mercury pulled this record before the publicity could help sales.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Despite them being actual members of a coven, the core group (Dawson, Osbourne, Ross) didn’t write much of their first album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE C: I exiled some of this, and it’s really more of a curio than anything.