L.S. Underground | The Grape Prophet

The first of many rock operas by Mr. Knott. This album is a classic. Heavy music with a heavy message (presented with plenty of irony and humor). This was pre-grunge explosion music influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and other Seattle pioneers. The “story” told on this opera closely follows real life events within Michael Knott’s church at the time. Due to problems with Blonde Vonyl’s distributor going under, this album was also fairly hard to find for quite a while (now available as a CD-R re-issue online).

Liner Notes:
This is the story of Ellis, an orange picker from the groves of Southern California. Ellis worked for Colonel Peckesen, the orchard boss, and was instructed to oversee all of the hired hands for the Colonel. One day, early in the morning, as Ellis was picking oranges before the hired hands were to awake, the Colonel climbed up the ladder Ellis was picking from and handed him a letter. The letter stated: “We the pickers have heard the call of the Grape Prophet and have chosen to leave the orchards and work on the grapevines up north.” After much coaxing by Colonel Peckesen, Ellis decides to travel to the grapevines to find out more of this Grape Prophet in hopes of returning with the hired hands before the orange crop spoils.

Other information:
This album was scheduled to be re-released in the late 1990’s on the Lion Communications label, but they went out of business. Re-released independently on CD-R format in 2003.

L.S. Underground - The Grape Prophet cover

L.S. Underground
The Grape Prophet (1992 Blonde Vinyl Records)
Produced by: Michael Knott

Caryn Colbert – Background vocals
Chuck Cummings – Drums
Brian Doidge – Lead and rhythm guitars
Steve Hindalong – Percussion, voice of Grape Prophet
Michael Knott – Vocals, guitars, additional bass
Dan Michaels – Saxaphone on “Back to the Orchard”
Mike Sauerbrey – Bass

01) Ellis in the Orchard 4:32 Knott
02) Travels 3:10 Knott
03) The Fold 3:59 Knott
04) Wino of the Red is Stained 3:53 Knott
05) The Grape Prophet Speaks 2:18 Knott
06) English Interpreter of English 3:45 Knott
07) Ellis Converses with the Prophets 3:13 Knott
08) A Group of Prophets Predict the Picker’s Future Without Them 3:36 Knott
09) She Said 3:30 Knott
10) Back to the Fold 4:39 Doidge


Older comments on “L.S. Underground | The Grape Prophet

  1. BGW on July 27, 2009 at 11:53 am said:

    Their best album ever!!!

  2. Joshua Lory on November 08, 2009 at 04:41 pm said:

    In a conversation I had with Knott I asked about the sick bass line at the end of The Fold and he was the one who played it, Sauerbrey had left the band before this album was finished.

  3. Tharp on December 16, 2012 at 09:32 am said:

    Easily the most fully realized and wonderfully executed album in Michael Knott’s entire discography, as well as one of his heaviest. A brilliant concept made even more amazing by Knott’s lyrics and supported further by one of his most passionate vocal performances. Genius guitar work from Brian as well as the rest of the band. A must-own.

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