Fuzz Acid & Flowers: Ford Theatre is the place where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the liner notes explain that "the six musicians chose this name because it corresponds to what they are trying to create - a vision of America in all its present chaos and agony".
The group were probably from Milford, Massachussets, given that their first album gives a credit to 'the population' of that town. Produced by Bob Thiele (Eden's Children, Free Spirits), Harry Palmer and Fred Cenedella, Trilogy For The Masses is excellent in parts, particularly the nine minute 101 Harrison Street. All the tracks were written by Harry Palmer and Wally Magee (who also lead the string quartet present on some tracks).
It's a pity that their follow-up, 'a musical concept' album was not as interesting.
Harry Palmer also played on Smooth As Raw Silk by Silk, another ABC production. ~ (Stephane Rebeschini/Vernon Joynson)
Wiki: Ship of Memories is a compilation album by the progressive rock band Focus. Issued in 1976, it compiles previously unreleased songs recorded in 1973 that had been left off other Focus albums. Because of this, it could perhaps be counted as a studio album, though the band themselves refer to it as a compilation.
Side one "P's March" (Thijs van Leer) – 4:43
"Can't Believe My Eyes" (Jan Akkerman) – 5:17
"Focus V" (van Leer) – 3:02
"Out of Vesuvius" (Akkerman, Bert Ruiter, Pierre van der Linden, van Leer) – 5:50
Side two "Glider" (Akkerman) – 4:38
"Red Sky at Night" (Akkerman, van Leer) – 5:50
"Spoke the Lord Creator" (van Leer) – 2:32
"Crackers" (Akkerman) – 2:42
"Ship of Memories" (van der Linden) – 1:48
bonus : "Hocus Pocus" (US Single Version) (Akkerman, van Leer) – 3:24
Thijs van Leer – keyboards, flute, vocals
Jan Akkerman – guitar
Bert Ruiter – bass guitar
Martin Dresden – bass guitar
Pierre van der Linden – drums
Hans Cleuver – drums
David Kemper – drums
genre: heavy psych
audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
time: 1:13'56" size: 477 mb
Formed in 1967, this japanse proggy-doom heavy rockin' band started their career with 60's West coast acid rock covers under the name Yuya Uchida & The Flowers ("Challenge", 1969). With "Anywhere" (1970 they were in search of their own sound and musical identity, surfing on 70's California rock and on the stoned heavy rock of the Sabbath. Satori (1971) remains their ultimate masterpiece, delivering a really captivating, personal psych-hard rockin' trip with discreet Eastern mystical influences. After this mesmerising stoner rock essay the band released a last album "Make up" (1973). Flower Travellin' Band is definitely a 70's cult psychedelic / space rock standard and a strong reference on the Japaneses underground scene with other psych-proto-metallers as Brush!? and Les Rallizes Denudes.
... They became friends with the Canadian band Lighthouse and in December relocated to Toronto, Canada, where they performed with artists such as Dr. John and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. While there they recorded their second original album Made in Japan and signed a deal with Atlantic Records. They returned to Japan for a show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and in 1973 were billed to perform with the Rolling Stones throughout their Japanese tour, however all concerts were canceled when Mick Jagger's visa was rejected due to a drug conviction. Rescheduling, they released a half-studio, half-live album titled Make Up and in April performed at Maruyama Park in Kyoto. ...
genre: flower pop
audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
time: 1:18'07" size: 477 mb
Tapestry of Delights:
These three session singers successfully articulated the sentiments of the flower-power movement with Let's Go To San Francisco, which climbed to No 4. The follow-up, A Walk In The Sky, also captured the feel of the flower-power era but didn't sell as well. Their later efforts were more ordinary and even a change of name to Friends late in 1968 failed to revive their fortunes. Inevitably, perhaps, this act were destined to be one-hit wonders and after their demise in 1969 Burrows went on to join Edison Lighthouse after a brief stab at a solo career, whilst Landon departed to Fat Mattress. All three had previously been involved in The Ivy League.
The Let's Go To San Francisco compilation features both sides of their four Deram singles on side one and an interesting selection of material on side two including both sides of the 1968 single the trio recorded as Friends (Piccolo Man and Mythological Sunday) and some other previously unissued songs, including the psychedelic Blow Away and two songs dating from the seventies, Journey's End and Silicon City.
Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
From Lynn, just north of Boston, Flat Earth Society were notable for their crispy, clear vocal sound. In early 1968 they were approached by the Boston advertising firm Quinn and Johnson to make an album and a jingle for the manufacturer of the 'Waleeco' candy bar - the F. B. Washburn Candy Company. That year every 'Waleeco' bar carried a coupon advertising the Flat Earth's Society's album Waleeco for $1.50 and six 'Waleeco' bar wrappers.
Recorded at Fleetwood Recording Studio in Revere, most of the material was written by Kerivan, the only non-original being a slow melodic version of Midnight Hour. The sound of their only album was notable for their crispy, clear vocal sound. Their most famus number "Feel'n much better" was included on this album. The album covers quite a wide rock spectrum with goodtime (I'm So Happy), folk (When You're There and The Prelude For Town Monk), hard rock (Four & Twenty Miles and Shadows), as well as psychedelia, but each track has the band's own style about it. Aside from Feelin' Much Better, the best tracks are arguably on the second side of the album. Dark Street Downtown has some haunting vocals superimposed upon swirling piano. Portrait In Grey is a haunting piano-oriented instrumental and Satori, a very strange psychedelic instrumental. The reissue is worth purchasing, although it's probably imprudent to fork out for the original should you come across a copy.
01. High Flyin' Baby 3:31
02. City Lights 4:25
03. Have You Seen My Babe ? 2:53
04. Yesterday's Numbers 3:59
05. Teenage Head 2:52
06. 32-20 2:05
07. Evil Hearted Ada 3:21
08. Doctor Boogie 2:33
09. Whiskey Woman 4:47
bonus: 10. Shakin' All Over 6:05
11. That'll Be The Day 2:23
12. Louie Louie 6:49
13. Walkin' The Dog 3:41
14. Scratch My Back 4:51
15. Carol 3:15
16. Going Out Theme 3:05
Cyril Jordan - guitar, vocals
Roy Loney - guitar, vocals
Tim Lynch - guitar
George Alexander - bass guitar
Danny Mihm - drums
Jim Dickinson - piano