Folk & Psychedelic Music from 60s and 70s and...not only...
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Here’s a terrific private press rarity that’s completely fallen under the radar. It’s way better than multi-hundred-dollar singer-songwriter/folk-rock/soft pop rarities like Richard Soutar or Mick Stevens and the entire brigade of albums inaccurately compared to Michael Angelo. Like all of those records, there’s scant amount of fuzz guitar or trippiness here. But there’s some excellent lead guitar, occasional use of hippie instruments like conga and flute, a bit of moog, unusual chord progressions and thoughtful, intelligent songwriting to go along with the requisite vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars. It’s also much less wimpy than your average CSN-influenced private press album. The highlights are “...and dream,” which has some great lead guitar, and “Eye to eye,” which rocks out (and, admittedly, veers a tad toward prog). The rest of the album is quite good too. Neat album cover; you’d think that alone would have attracted attention to it. Snap it up quick before it gets discovered and the price balloons. About 1500 copies were pressed. [AM] Stephen Spano - Eye to Eye (Adelphi, 1975)
Blues Section is considered a seminal and ground-breaking band in Finnish rock music. They started in 1967, formed around the vocalist Jim Pembroke, a British expatriate song-writer now living in Finland.
AZTECA, formed in 1972 in Oakland, was the vision of brothers Coke and Pete Escovedo following their successful time playing along side Latin-funk trailblazers, Santana. They are widely regarded to be the first large-scale group that combined multiple musical elements centred around and built as a Latin orchestra.
Please were formed by Peter Dunton and Bernie Jinks in late 1967. They had just returned to Britain from Germany where they had played with Neon Pearl, which also included their third member Jurgen Ermisch. The fourth original member Adrian Gurvitz later co-founded Gun.
Tina & David Meltzer - Lullaby [Poet Song] 1968 Singer Tina Meltzer and her husband, poet/singer/songwriter David Meltzer, were the main creative forces in the Serpent Power, a minor late-'60s San Francisco Bay Area psychedelic band that did one album for Vanguard Records. In 1969, the duo cut a record on their own for Vanguard "Poet Song", mixing David Meltzer's spoken poems with gentle, bittersweet psychedelic-tinged folk-rock tunes, usually sung by Tina Meltzer. The album is nice enough. It's more assured and less derivative than the David Meltzer-penned psychedelic music on the Serpent Power's LP.
FRED NEIL Sessions (US limited edition 7-track LP pressed on high definition premium180gram Virgin vinyl, originally released in 1968, a fantastic set from the legendary singer-songwriter, showcasing his baritone voice and accomplished 12-string guitar playing, presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve).
Covered in a variegated spray of New Orleans Mardi Gras feathers and shiny voodoo baubles, Mac Rebennack's highly personal mythology was finally made real on this 1968 album. This was his first appearance made under the new guise of Dr. John Creaux, the Night Tripper. Before then, he'd been a pivotal figure on the Crescent City R&B circuit. Afterward, he became one of its most significant blues ambassadors. This album is a classic of the admittedly specialized psychedelic swamp-gumbo genre, boasting at least four tracks that have become cult favorites. "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya," "Mama Roux," "Jump Sturdy," and "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" each delicately mix catchy choruses and weird spatial sound effects, with radical stereo separation, intensely croaking, close-quarter vocals from the doctor, pneumatic keyboard riffs, pinprick electric guitar, and booming Afro-Caribbean percussion.