Coven Blood on the Snow (Red & White Blood on the Snow Vinyl Edition) LP
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  • Coven’s Third Album, Blood on the Snow, Released in 1974 on the Buddah Label After Their Worldwide Hit “One Tin Soldier,” Took a Lighter Approach to the Occult

    While the Gatefold Art Featured a Violin-Playing Devil on the Cover and Another Weird Satanic Ritual on the Inner Spread, the Lyrical Concerns Were Not Nearly as Dark

    Features a More Polished Sound Courtesy of Legendary Producer Shel Talmy (Who, Kinks)

    The Band Shows Impressive Range, from Punk-Ish, Stooge-Like Riffs on “Don’t Call Me” to Fleetwood Mac-Esque Melodic Turns on “This Song’s for All You Children” and “Lady-O”

    Lead Singer Dawson Reaffirms Her Status as One of the Most Underappreciated Vocalists of Her Era

    In the End, the Band Was Too Talented and Complex an Outfit for Buddah to Promote Properly, and Thus Blood on the Snow Was the Last Coven Album for 40 Years

    First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

    Features Original Gatefold Album Art and Inner Sleeve with Lyrics

    “Blood on the Snow” Vinyl Pressing

    Limited to 1200 Copies

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    Coven: Blood on the Snow (Red & White  Blood on the Snow  Vinyl Edition) LP 

    We caused a stir of supernatural proportions last year when we reissued Coven's 1969 debut album Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls, complete with nude sacrificial centerfold and instructions for a Black Mass. And Blood on the Snow, which displays a violin-playing devil on the cover and pictures of some sort of weird occult ritual on the gatefold spread, promises more of the same. But, in the sure hands of Who producer Shel Talmy, this 1974 release on the Buddah label presents a much milder, even, dare we say, benevolent version of the band that launched the whole genre of Satanic rock. Part of this was no doubt due to Coven's having gotten a taste of mass chart success in the early part of the decade with their version of 'One Tin Soldier' that was featured in the Billy Jack movie. And, while true unbeliever and lead singer Jinx Dawson'one of the most unjustly neglected vocalists of her era'is still around, guitarist Christopher Neilsen brings a lighter songwriting touch to the material, former guitarist Jim Donlinger having left to further pursue his interest in the macabre with the band H.P. Lovecraft. That's not to say that Blood on the Snow is a pop record; 'Don't Call Me' almost sounds like Raw Power Stooges, their cover of Alan O'Day's 'Easy Evil' is the toughest ever recorded, and the title song simply blazes. But only 'Blue, Blue Ships,' with its melancholy take on mortality, would qualify as a song about the occult, and numbers like 'This Song's for All You Children' and 'Lady-O' wouldn't be out of place on a Fleetwood Mac or Jefferson Starship album, thanks in part to Talmy's orchestral production touches. In short, this was a band far more talented and versatile than Buddah knew how to handle; hence this was the last Coven album to emerge for 40 years. But it's a hotly pursued one at that; and for its first-ever LP reissue, we've pressed up a white and red 'Blood on the Snow' vinyl edition limited to 1200 copies, housed inside a gatefold jacket with an inner sleeve featuring lyrics!

    Side A

    1. Don’t Call Me
    2. This Song’s For All You Children 

    3. Lady-O
    4. Blue, Blue Ships

    Side B

    1. I Need a Hundred of You 

    2. Hide Your Daughters
    3. Lost Without a Trace
    4. Easy Evil

    5. Blood on the Snow

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