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Though not as manically inspired as their label mates The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, nor as unrepentantly eccentric as The Red Krayola, The Bubble Puppy were perhaps the most pop oriented act on Austin’s legendary International Artists label. While their more experimentally minded labelmates were exploring the weirder reaches of the American musical tradition, The Bubble Puppy had their eyes firmly fixed on the distant English scene, recording songs that mirrored the progressive psychedelia of acts like Cream and The Move. The harmonized twin guitar leads and multi-part song structures of “Hot Smoke and Sassafras” arguably anticipate some of the more sophisticated developments of the glam era including the playful art-rock of Roxy music and the audacious showmanship of Thin Lizzy. The misleadingly titled Selected Favorites in fact compiles the group’s complete recorded output, and includes the entirety of A Gathering Of Promises as well as a brace of rare bonus material previously available only on vinyl.

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Hot Smoke & Sasafrass

I find it AMAZING that i-tunes has this song (and album) in it's library - I've searched all over and now that I have a Shuffle (Gen II), I just created an account and found this !!! Reliving my teenage years. I've always loved this song, as obscure as it is. Thank you i-tunes !!!

A Gathering Of Promises

Oddly enough, rather than being "selected favorites", this is the legendary "A Gathering Of Promises" album in its entirety, with bonus tracks! Why wasn't it named as such? Legal reasons? Anyway, reorder the tracks appropriately and plug yourself back into 1969 and the Puppy's groundbreaking twin-lead guitar and yummy Nuggets-style pschedelia. Correct track order for "A Gathering Of Promises" 1. Hot Smoke And Sasafrass 2. Todd's Tune 3. I've Got To Reach You 4. Lonely 5. Gathering Of Promises 6. Hurry Sundown 7. Elizabeth 8. It's Safe To Say 9. Road To St. Stephens 10. Beginning Don't just get "Sasafrass" .. buy the whole album and enjoy.

It really is a shame

Oh Bubble Puppy. Thy tragic history does not go unknown. I find it kinda sad that they got stuck in Texas, all those years ago (my dad told me the story, so I think I've got it right). Off of this album, the only song I actually like is Hot Smoke and Sassafrass, but they were still a relatively young band. I think that if they had a proper chance, their music could have developed nicely, maybe with more songs like that one. Ah well. It's still an excellent song. Hurrah for the sixties!


Formed: Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '10s

Though typically overshadowed by International Artists labelmates the 13th Floor Elevators, Bubble Puppy enjoyed arguably the greatest commercial success of all the Texas psychedelic bands, scoring a Top 20 pop hit with "Hot Smoke & Sasafrass." The roots of the group lie in the Corpus Christi-based Bad Seeds, a trio comprising singer/guitarist Rod Prince, bassist Roy Cox, and drummer Clayton Pulley (later replaced by David Fore); with the 1967 addition of guitarist Todd Potter, the foursome changed...
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