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time: 49'16" size: 119 mb
Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
This bunch of Hollywood misfits are rumoured to have contained members of The 13th Floor Elevators, which is wrong. It is also rumoured that Sky Saxon had some involvement with them prior to the Psycho album. This is also thought to be incorrect.
All the above albums are extremely rare and musically very weird. Those known to the author are largely mellow, mystical and probably drug-induced. The Psycho pressing was limited to 300 - all on coloured vinyl. This is reputed to contain their best music on tracks like Time Travel, a spacey instrumental, Voyage, which opens with strange chants that give way to a percussion-dominated instrumental and Across The Prairie, one of the more commercial tracks on the album. Nonetheless, its musical appeal is still likely to be quite narrow. Very much a band for collectors of rare psychedelia with plentiful funds. Some of these albums have undergone limited repressings and are now more accessible.
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time: 56'49" size: 139 mb
is a Norwegian symphonic prog band that was formed in 1999 in Honefoss, Norway. The line-up consists of Lars Fredrik Froislie (of WHITE WILLOW)on keyboards, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass guitar, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, Morten Andreas Eriksen on electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin and Tony Johannessen on vocals. This group is strongly evocative of KING CRIMSON, GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT along with newer symphonic prog bands like ANGLAGARD and ANEKDOTEN with a dash of Scandinavian folk and classical influences thrown into the mix.
Their debut cd WOBBLER "Hinterland" contains long and complex tracks featuring lush, vintage keyboard sounds, making extensive use of Mellotron, Mini-Moog, Hammond C-3 and harpsichord, along with beautiful electric and acoustic guitar playing, a complex rhythm section along with flutes, recorder, saxophones, mandolins and various other instruments providing a very full, symphonic sound.
Highly recommended for fans of the early progressive greats and symphonic prog music.
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genre: psych folk
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Tapestry Of Delights:
One of many one-off albums on Deram, this is actually one of the better ones on that label. The sound is greatly influenced by medieval and renaissance music, but without being purist or overtly complicated like Gryphon. It's main strength is the nice three-part vocal harmony which is present in nearly every song. Still, oboes, bassoons and trumpets abide, as do some interesting string arrangements. Some tracks like Peppermint Store have a definite sixties feel in being good-natured as well as intriguing. There is also a very strong 'British' flavour in the music. Recommended, but rather light-weight. (Marcel Koopman).
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Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
Prior to their first LP this band recorded an album that was never issued. Warner Bros reputedly have the tapes. They became the touring band for Warner Bros. Medicine Ball Caravan, a multi-circus group which toured Canada and the USA and journeyed to London between the summer of 1970 and February 1971. During this time they produced demos for Columbia which later emerged in Italy on Blue Velvet records. Reputedly pretty good despite their indifferent sound quality, they include several tracks not included on later albums. For reasons better known to them the label called the album Stoneground-On Stage (Blue Velvet FCP 001) although none of the tracks are live.
After their tour they settled in their native San Francisco, where they rapidly established a reputation as a fine live band. Their debut album was notable for fine guitar work by Barnes and used several vocalists to good effect. The follow-up was a double LP consisting of one studio side and three live sides from a San Francisco radio FM broadcast. After one further album with the full size band internal friction lead to the departure of all of the original members except Barnes and Sampson. They even split up all together for a while but Barnes returned in 1973 with a new line-up.
An historically important band in the tapestry of West Coast rock (for example, Sal Valentino had earlier been with Beau Brummels and later formed Valentino which included Blakely and Phillips; Lydia Phillips had earlier played with Indian Puddin' And Pipe; Pete Sears joined from Copperhead and later played for Jefferson Starship, Silver Metre and Price, Godula and Lerois were all previously in Together) they were also featured on the closing days of the Fillmore LP. They were still recording albums, too, in the early eighties.
Very much a hippie outfit, they may be of interest to readers. ~ (Vernon Joynson / Max Waller)