US outfit Seatrain evolved from the New York based Blues Project. The original members were Donald Kretmar on sax and bass, Andy Kulberg on bass and flute, John Gregory on guitar and vocals, Richard Greene on violin and Roy Blumenfeld on drums. They were joined lyricist James T.Roberts, and this line up recorded their self-titled debut album in 1969. This album contained elements of jazz, folk, bluegrass and rock and was apparently quite well received. Internal problems prompted a mass exodus, leaving Kulberg, Roberts and Greene as the only remaining original members. Former Earth Opera guitarist/vocalist Peter Rowan joined, together with keyboard player Lloyd Baskin and drummer Larry Atamanuk. A second album, recorded in London and also called "Seatrain", was released the following year. This album was much better than their debut and it contained "Song of Job", one of the best tracks ever written by this little known band. A third album, ''Marblehead Messenger", was released in 1971 with the same line-up as that of the second album and was equally as good, although it appeared that both albums were doomed to commercial indifference. By the time "Watch" was released in 1973, Rowan and Greene had left for the critically acclaimed Muleskinner. Peter Walsh on guitar, Julio Coronado on drums and Bill Elliot on keyboards were drafted into the band, but the album was considered to be a major disappointment, in spite of their stunning version of the Al Kooper classic, our featured track, and Seatrain finally disbanded in1 974. Andy Kulberg would go on to a career composing material for numerous TV shows. All four albums have been available on CD for a number of years.
  
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Biography by Jason Ankeny
Roots-fusion combo Seatrain formed from the ashes of the Blues Project — following the exits of the New York-based group's other members. Flutist/bassist Andy Kulberg and drummer Roy Blumenfeld relocated to Marin County, CA, forming a new lineup with vocalist Jim Roberts, ex-Mystery Trend guitarist John Gregory, former Jim Kweskin Jug Band violinist Richard Greene, and saxophonist Don Kretmar. Though the group's 1968 album, Planned Obsolescence, was issued under the Blues Project name out of contractual obligations, the sextet immediately rechristened itself Seatrain to release a self-titled 1969 LP highlighted by their unique blend of rock, bluegrass, folk, and blues. A series of roster changes plagued the group in the months to follow, however, and in 1970 Seatrain — now comprising Kulberg, Roberts and Greene in addition to keyboardist Lloyd Baskin, drummer Larry Atamanuik, and former Earth Opera guitarist Peter Rowan — released their second album, also eponymously-titled, scoring a minor hit with the single "13 Questions." The George Martin-produced Marblehead Messenger followed a year later, with Greene and Rowan soon exiting to join Muleskinner; Roberts and Atamanuik left Seatrain as well, with the latter eventually resurfacing in Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers. The remaining duo of Kulberg and Baskin recruited guitarist Peter Walsh, keyboardist Bill Elliot, and drummer Julio Coronado for one final LP, 1973's Watch. 

 

Peter Rowan
Richard Greene
Jim Roberts
Larry Atamanuik
Lloyd Baskin
Roy Blumenfeld
Julio Coronado
Bill Elliott
Don Kretmar
Andy Kulberg
Peter "Pops" Walsh
John Gregory

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The Blues Project
Hearts and Flowers
Richard Greene

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Seatrain - 1969 - Seatrain (First Album) - 3/5

Seatrain - 1970 - Seatrain (Second Album) - 4.5/5

Seatrain - 1971 - The Marblehead Messenger - 4.5/5

Seatrain - 1973 - Watch - 3/5

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