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Sagittarius - Present Tense

1968

Columbia 9644

Track List:

Another Time, Song To The Magic Frog (Will You Ever Know), You Know I've Found A Way, The Keeper Of The Games, Glass, Would You Like To Go, My World Fell Down, Hotel Indiscreet, I'm Not Living Here, Musty Dusty, The Truth Is Not Real. CD Bonus Tracks: Artificial Light, (Of All The Living Lies), Get The Message, Mass 586, Love's Fatal Way, My World Fell Down, Hotel Indiscreet, Lonely Girk, The Keeper Of The Games, Sister Marie.

Review:

This one of those albums which truly deserve words like stunning, beautiful, and classic. Imagine a cross between Forever Changes and Pet Sounds, with a dash of Sergeant Pepper thrown in. The overall feel is psychedelic, though in a lightweight, baroque, poppy style rather an acid-fuelled, mind-bending, over the top kind of way.

Produced by Gary Usher at about the same time he was producing the Byrds' 'Younger Than Yesterday' it has the same tone of pop-cum-psychedelia. It featured the angelic voice of Curt Boettcher, formerly of The Association ('Along Comes Mary' and 'Cherish'), some of his former band associates and some of Usher's associates, like Bruce Johnston, Glen Campbell (not the Misunderstood one!), and Terry Melcher. Curt's voice and production expertise are what makes this album really shine, though. He also wrote pure, simple songs, mostly romantic ballads, embellished with harp (the stringed variety), harpsichord, vocal harmonies, sitars, tambourines and the occasional mellotron

The sentiments are of nostalgia, wistfulness, and romance. 'My World Fell Down' has the strongest Beach Boys influence, and memorable hook lines. It was released as a single and only managed a lowly 70 in the U.S. charts, which is hard to understand considering its brilliance. 'Musty Dusty' is so nostalgic that its joint composer, Tandyn Almer (with Boettcher) was reputedly in tears as he wrote it. 'The Keeper of the Games' sounds like something Bryan Maclean might have included on Forever Changes. 'The Truth Is Not Real,' featuring Usher's vocals with heavy phasing, is another one with deep, metaphysical lyrics and a melody reminiscent of George Harrison's 'Blue Jay Way'.

On the CD reissue (on Sundazed) you get alternate takes and demos, but also some unwelcome intrusions from the Firesign Theatre, a bunch of not-too-clever satirical comics. They are not enough to spoil an otherwise magical album, though.

Reviewed by DoctorDark

 
 

Santana - Santana

1969

C.B.S (cbs 63015)

Track List :

Waiting, evil ways, Shades of time, Savor, Jin-go-la-ba, Persuasion, Treat, You just don't care, Soul sacrifice.

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Santana - Abraxas

1970

C.B.S (cbs 64087)

Track List :

Singing winds-crying beasts, Black magic woman - Gypsy queen, Oyo como va, Incident at Neshabur, Se a cabo, Mother's daughter, Samba pa ti, Hope your feeling better, El Nicoya.

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Sapphire Thinkers - From Within
1969
Hobbit

Track List:
Melancholy Baby, I Fell A Bit Strange, Get Along Boy, Blues On you, From Within, I Got To You, Not Another Night, Let Her Come In, Please Understand, Blind With A borrowed Light, There Is A Woman, Doin’ Alright.

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The Satellite Circle - S/T

2001

Rage Of Achilles iliado 14

Track List :

You Were Never The King, Remedy, Black Mountainside, Slow Descent, The Thin White Line Between Happiness And Sanity, Simplicity,  The Beginning Of The End Of The World, Need To Keep This To Myself, The Beginning Of The End Of The World Part 2.

Review:

Satellite Circle were formed in 1997 by guitarist Jonas Nordin, Drummer / vocalist Jonas Ericson, and bassist Fredrik Holmgren who all originate from Sweden and show their love for 70's style rock. They play deep thundering guitars in Sabbath, Mountain style but have also been likened to Sir Lord Baltimore not only for musical influences but by the fact that the drummer and vocalist are one, which is just way cool.
  Jonas Ericson sings with melodic anger and beats his drums with tree trunks, fused tightly with Jonas Nordins adrenaline guitars and Fredrik Holmgren' deep gut churning bass, together has the musical intensity of an anti-aircraft gun. Yet for a band that rocks hard they play superb eastern style psych as in the hypnotic "Black mountain side", and the equally sublime  "The beginning of the end of the world", which goes to show the bands capabilities of musical diversity and reinforces that this album is not just another tear your head off & piss down your neck affair. Still when all said and done this is a predominately heavy rock, stoner rock, psychedelic metal whatever you want to call it personally, it is what it is and it is a fine hard hitting album.
Get refreshed!!.

 
Reviewed by Sir Eel - February 2002

 

Saturnia - The Glitter Odd   ** Download Samples HERE **

2001

Cranium CRM 006

Track List :

Chrysalis, Bliss, Still Life, A Trick Of The Light, Azimuth/Menadl, Organo, Borealis, The Glitter Odd.

Review:

Saturnia are from Portugal and the band comprises of Luis Simões and Francisco Rebelo. This album is a strange but pleasant experience with a nice surprise in store for the listener in the shape of an interesting take on Digital Recording.
Self-confessed vinyl junkie and Audiophile Luis Simões came up with the wonderful concept of making a CD sound like a piece of vinyl.....yes, you did read that right!! The album opens with the sound of a tone arm gently dropping onto a 'record' complete with authentic crackle. Throughout the album between tracks is an authentic vinyl crackle and the CD ends with the
'tone arm' running off at the end, lifting from the 'record' and returning to to its rest...how cool is that? The packaging too is very cool, the CD looks like a mini vinyl record, underneath which you will find a slipmat and on the left of the turntable is a tone arm which shows through the closed case like clear record deck lid!!!. The front cover artwork is of Luis Simões 28" Paiste Symphonic Gong.
The treat does not stop here as musically there is a fantastic array of instruments played here by the talented duo:
Gibson Explorer, National Lap Steel, Epiphone and Les Paul Guitars, Electric and acoustic sitars, nº1 Electronics Theremin, Paiste 28" Symphonic Gong, Jazz Bass, Chimes, Castanets Phase Shifter, Digital Pitch Shifter, a host of guitar effects such as Whammy, Cry-baby and Wha-Wha, Organs, Synthesisers, Vintage Keys and a host of computer effects.
Saturnia's roots lie in 1960's psychedelia and Progressive Rock and also with modern dance music and this strange marriage of genres forms the basis for The Glitter Odd. On paper you would most likely dismiss this concept as being 'unlikely to succeed' but in truth its the exact opposite. The opening track 'Chrysalis' is Piper At The Gates Of Dawn/Saucerful Of Secrets Floyd, meets 90's dance beats and sets the scene for a wonderfully ambient and relaxed album from this extremely versatile band.
The Glitter Odd is a very clever blend of classic British Psychedelia, spacey ambient vibes and 70's prog flavoured organ that grows on you with each and every playing with the tempo shifting lazily between 'horizontal 4 O'clock in the morning waves of blissed out chill sounds' (A Trick Of The Light) to funky Farfisa dub beats laced with Theremin (Organo) and back again.
In case you are wondering, the wonderfully trippy title track is my personal favourite (no surprise there!!).
This refreshingly different album will appeal to fans of organ led 70's Prog, Ozric Tentacles, Nodens Ictus and early Floyd.

To purchase this excellent CD please follow this linK:
http://www.cranium.co.nz/catalog/A_1748.htm

Reviewed by pOoTer

The Glitter Odd

 

The Scientists - Heading For A Trauma

1986

Au-Go-Go

Track List :

Swampland, The wall, Fire escape, Raver, Clear spot, Happy hour, We had love, Temple of love, Murderess in a purple dress, Psycho cook supreme, Demolition derby

Review:

For the uninitiated The Scientists were Australia’s best kept secret and by far the best band to ever escape those distant shores and infect the world with low down real gone rock ‘n’ roll. The purists will yell “This isn’t psychedelia”........but hey......do I care?
Words escape me to describe the Scientists sound, their obvious influences are The Stooges, The Birthday Party, The Cramps, the MC5 and something radioactive that just crawled out of a swamp. Suffice to say that this is spaced out grunged up slime dripping rock ‘n’ roll that would scare your parents to death, I will not actually review this, but instead quote from a press review of a 1985 gig that I was present at:
‘The Scientists once aimed to form a shaky wall of white-boy crucifixion blues; tonight they bulldozed it down with a menacing relish and replaced it with a monolith of white noise. They were totally out of control, stampeding through a set with boot-bruising force, guitars cutting a big gushing slit of passionate noise, drums pumping a lusting pelvis into the heart of noise disorder and ejaculating the phlegm of sex into the steamy air of desire.
It was fast, wild, savage, disgusting - in fact everything rock ‘n’ roll should be.’

Kim Salmon is God?

Reviewed by pOoTer

 

The Scientists - Atom Bomb Baby

1985

Au-Go-Go ANDA 37

Track List:

Travis, Leadfoot, Bad priest, It came from out of the sky, Hell beach, Go baby go, Atom bomb baby.

Review:

Another slab of swamp infested glory from Australia’s finest in this mini album on Au-Go-Go records. The menacing throb of the Taxi Driver inspired Travis opens this classic piece of Scientists fare, divebombing into Leadfoot and Bad Priest before jolting into the 50’s monster movie tale It Came From Out Of The Sky that see’s the Scientists fuelled up on nitro and throbbing guitars.

Reviewed by pOoTer

 

The Scientists - This Heart Doesn’t Run on Blood, This Heart Doesn’t Run On Love

1986

Au-Go-Go ANDA 32

Track List:

Nitro, Solid gold hell, I cried no tears, Crazy heart, This life of yours.

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The Seeds - The Seeds & Web Of Sound
Diablo Records CD re-issue consists of the 1st two albums: The Seeds & Web Of Sound” Both albums originally released in 1966
Diablo Records
Tracks - The Seeds:
Can't Seem To Make You Mine, No Escape, Lose Your Mind, Evil Hoodoo, Girl I Want You, Pushin' Too Hard, Try To Understand, Nobody Spoil My Fun, It's A Hard Life, You Can't Be Trusted, Excuse Excuse, Fallin' In Love

Tracks - Web Of Sound:
Mr Farmer, Pictures & Designs, Tripmaker, I Tell Myself, A Faded Picture, Rollin' Machine,
Just Let Go, Up In Her Room

Review:
"Flower Punk" as they have been termed. To me these first two albums are essential Seeds recordings. Clearly the boys at Diablo felt so too as they have chosen to re-issue both albums on one tremendous CD. The third Seeds LP, "Future" is also a superb listen, but by then Sky and the boys were becoming less punkish and more about "flower power" and hippie vibes, man.
However, these first two albums are Sky Saxon and The Seeds at their very best. Even now, some 36 years later, one can hear how ahead of their time these lads were. How do you describe the music contained within? Hmmm…how about….simple, raw, abrasive, crunchy, snotty, and oh so PUNKY! Almost every track overflows with buzzing fuzz guitars, cheesy-garage organ, and Sky Saxon's snarled voice, which helps deliver a knockout punch. With the exception of the extended improv of “Up In Her Room”, most tracks are short, matter of fact and to the point. Their name says it all….seeds. These recordings were THE underground of their time and helped sow the seeds of what would later be coined “Punk Rock”.
Without the Seeds I'm not sure if we would have the likes of The Stooges, The Ramones, or The Sex Pistols. If you have only ever heard them through their many 60’s compilation appearances (e.g. “Pushin’ Too Hard”), then I urge you to buy this album now.
Dated?
Maybe.
But definitely a must have for any serious rock collector.


Reviewed by BlueMagoo - 20th September 2002
 
 

The Seeds - Master Recordings

1977

Sonet

Track List :

 

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The Seeds - Future

1967

GNP Crescendo 2038

Track List :

Introduction, March Of The Flower Children, Travel With Your Mind, Out Of The Question, Painted Doll, Flower Lady & Her Assistant, Now A Man, A Thousand Shadows, Two Fingers Pointing At You, Where Is The Entrance Way To Play, Six Dreams, Fallin’.

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The Seeds - Web Of Sound

1968

Music Box SMB 136

Track List:

Mr. Farmer, Pictures And Designs, Tripmaker, I Tell Myself, A Faded Picture, Rollin’ Machine, Just Let Go, Up In Her Room

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Skip Spence - Oar
1969
Sundazed Music SCLP5030
Track List:
Little Hands, Cripple Creek, Diana, Margaret - Tiger Rug, Weighted Down (The Prison Song), War In Peace, Broken Heart, All Come To Meet Her, Book Of Moses, Dixie Beach Promenade (Yin for Yang), Lawrence Of Euphoria, Grey/Afro.
The following are bonus tracks included on the 1999 CD reissue:
This Time He Has Come, It's The Best Thing For You, Keep Everything Under Your Hat, Furry Heroine (Halo Of Gold), Givin' Up Things, If I'm Good, You Know, Doodle, Fountain, I Think You And I.
Review:
After Spence was released from New Yorrk's Bellevue Hospital, incarcerated for attempting to attack fellow members of Moby Grape, he travelled to Nashville where he recorded, arranged, and produced his only solo album, Oar. He played all the instruments on this album, on many trippy and beautiful songs, from the country sound of "Cripple Creek", to the African drums of the freakout, "Grey/Afro." The album begins with "Little Hands". The song begins with a folksy guitar, as Spence gradually adds more instruments. The lyrics tell of unity and brotherhood. Next is "Cripple Creek", a definate highlight of the album. This is a simple melody with country and bluegrass influences. The lyrics tell of a young man's life and love. Another highlight is "War In Peace". The lyrics are difficult to decifer, but give the feel of a stream of consciousness. A dark guitar melody drives the song, which sounds vaguely similar to "Dark Star". "Grey/Afro" is a nine minute freakout, complete with phased, African sounding drums and some funky bass guitar. Spence's lyrics are almost impossible to decifer, but he uses them to sort of create another instrument. This album truely deserves five electric sugar cubes. In 1999, an album entitled "More Oar" was released as a tribute, including contributions from Robert Plant, Beck, and Tom Waits.

Reviewed by Mr Skin - August 2002
 

Greg Segal - Always Look On The Dark Side Of Life    ** Download Samples HERE **

2001

Phantom Airship Records PARGS01

Track List:

As The sky Turns To Fire, Cold Sky, Night Circus ((Pt 2),), Introduction, If I Die Tomorrow, So Far, King Of Illusion (Edit), A Man Who Was Here, Discharge (Edit), Nothing In The Dark (That’s Note Here In The Light), The Taker, I Was Back In School Again, Honour, Motifs, The Time To Be, Demolished, What Gives You The Right.

Review:

Always Look On The Dark Side Of Life comprises of selected recordings that cover a nine year period, 1984-1993. The original format was a series of home produced cassette tapes that were distributed around the US and from these tapes this CD was produced.
The overall feel to Greg’s music is one of darkness and foreboding events, with much of the inspiration taken from dreams and this gives the music a wonderfully Gothic edge.
The style is dark guitar based heavy psych with occasional use of keyboards and the songs are wonderfully haunting and evocative. To be totally honest this CD got way more than our usual ‘10 plays for review purposes’ with me carrying it round in my truck, playing it on the CD Walkman at home and work and it being almost a permanent feature on the Pooterland HQ CD player for many weeks.
If I am forced to draw comparisons (and there aren’t many) then I guess there are elements of heavier Cream (particularly in the vocal style), Terry Brooks & Strange and even possibly a little Jethro Tull creeping in here and there.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable and original journey that encompasses the end of the world, evil spirits, strange worlds and the Dark Side Of Life......

For more info on Greg Segal check out this website: http://www.gregsegal.com
or drop him an email:
gregsegal@gregsegal.com

Reviewed by pOoTer - November 2001

Always Look On The Dark Side Of Life

 

Greg Segal - In Search Of The Fantastic

2002

Phantom Airship PARGS02

Track List:

Alone, Looking For Paradise, Nad, Sahara 1909, Congruence Asserts Its Presence, Madstone, Returns, Snallygaster, The Deros Discover King Solomon's Mines, Sanctuary.

Review:

Greg Segal is a favourite of ours here at Pooterland and we dig his previous solo work along with the ambitious Jugalbandi project of Greg and rocketeer percussionist extrordinaire Hyam Sosnow, so receiving this we kind of thought we knew what were expecting...er.....WRONG!!!.
The accompanying letter from Greg said not much more than 'Expect the unexpected' and damn he was right there!!.
Opening with some excellent gothic poetry courtesy of the master of the macabre himself, Edgar Allen Poe we immediately knew this was a different bag indeed!!.
What follows this foreboding prose and steps forward out of the shadows with an evil gait and fetid breath is a monumental album containing dark and menacing psychedelia of a kind never thought possible.
Not a man known to pass on a guitar effect, Greg uses his skill (and monstrous effects rig) to the max and creates a doomy soundscape that is the very essence of darkness and it is this that envelops you for the next 19 tracks as we are sucked into the dark, fantastic world of Greg Segal.
On the whole the album feels like a journey across the world under cover of darkness as elements of music from lands far away dance into view and then vanish suddenly into the shadows as some giant omnipotent force lumbers across our path.
Long, shadowy, mainly instrumental effects laden passages are the fare here as we are buffeted along by the product of Segal's dark macabre mind, down narrow dimly lit alleys, through misty graveyards in the dead of night and deep amongst the slimy black weeds in dark
phantasmagorial lakes.
A brief respite in the form of a Stooges-esque throb The Bad Ass Ride and we are whipped away again into the shadows for the remainder of the ride.

Gothic and baroque psychedelia for the next millennium...

The question is, could you survive the entire album if you were Mic'd up on your favourite brand of blotter? We reckon you would have to be a hardened 'traveller' to escape unscathed, either that or we just have rather supple cerebrums these days ;-P

Reviewers Tale:
My son came down one breakfast time and saw the Sony Discman laying on the kitchen table where it had been left the night before, he gestured toward me with the headphones so I said "Sure, go right ahead"
His eyes lit up as he cautiously slid the headphones over his head gauging my response, I just stared right back at him, expressionless and waited him to click 'Play'. He jumped suddenly as I had left the volume in my favourite position (No.11) and as the Edgar Allen Poe piece started he flashed me a grin and said simply "Cool".
Having never heard anything quite like this before (he is 10) he stood there transfixed by the ghoulish poetry for the next minute or so and then suddenly his face screwed up like he had just bitten into a fresh lemon, at the same time he is tearing the headphones off his head and shouting "Cor, he's not very good at the violin is he?"....


Reviewed by pOoTer - July 2002

 

Shadows of Knight - Gloria

1966

Dunwich (sd 666)

Track List:

Gloria, Light bulb blues, I got my mojo working, Dark side, Let it rock, Oh yeah, It always happens that way, You can't judge a book (by looking at the cover), I just want to make love to you, Bad little woman, Gospel zone, Hey Joe, I'll make you sorry, Peepin' and hidin', Tomorrow's going to be another day, Spoonful.

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Shadows of Knight - Back Door Men

1967

Dunwich (sd 667)

Track List:

Bad little women, Gospel zone, The behemoth, Three for love, Hey Joe, I'll make you sorry, Peepin' and hidin', Tomorrow's going to be another day, New York bullseye, High blood pressure, spoonful.

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Shiva's Headband - Take Me To The Mountains

1970

Capitol (st 538)

Track List:

My baby, Take me to the mountains, Homesick armadillo blues, Ripple, Song for peace, Ebeneezer, North Austin strut, Come with me, Good time, Kaleidoscoptic.

Review:

Take Me To The Mountains was one of the best albums of 1970, which was a very good year, the drugs were relatively pure and they had not yet destroyed our best minds, yet.
That was to follow, not precede, Allan Ginsberg's proclamation notwithstanding.

I was a rock critic then, and also an employee of Capitol Records. No conflict of interest there, let's just put that cavilling to rest. There never is a conflict between money over there and opinion over here, as long as the opinion has a little integrity.

SHB swung through town with a typically Texas swagger, a cross between Doug Sahm and Lyndon Johnson. They had this nasty Austin superiority, which both made the music special and caused the Zen Buddhists of the day to cringe.
The chick (ok word in those days) singer was lusty, the violin crunched the sky like the album cover illustration; the organ a little strange in a rock band, but powerful and eerie. The sound was nice, folk rock that I favored, like the Mamas and Papas or Grateful Dead.
I hear it today and it still sounds good. That goes for all three. What doesn't go for all three is this: SHB's lyrics were really honest and good and hold up today and aren't sappy.

Eventually, the SHB played the Fillmore stage for its fifteen minutes of fame. After that they disappeared. I heard they went back to Austin.

R.I.P. Shiva's and all my other favorite "one album" bands: 13th Floor Elevators, Dave Ray at Paxton Lodge, John Koerner (same place) Blue Velvets and Sea Train. 

Reviewed by Virginia Hanley

 

[sh-man-tra] - Cornucopia    ** Download Samples HERE **

1998

Cranium CRM003

Track List:

Recurring nocturnal habit, Shipwreckers, Guinii, Spawn Of Tamagotchi, Reprise of the infernal machine, Sextent dawn, Paraphernalia, Archimedes bath, Epoch.

Review:

sh-man-tra are many things, which will appeal to some and most likely confuse others.....
In many ways they are undefinable in their shape shifting style which drifts seamlessly through Avant Garde, Jazz Fusion, haunting Psychedelia and Progressive Rock, injected periodically with sudden slabs of big riffs and this is all thrown together to build the dark and surreal world that is Cornucopia.
The cover shows a post-apocalyptic alternate reality, populated by legions of marching androids(?) broadcasting some sinister message.  Cornucopia can be seen as a dark journey through a maleovolant  hallucinatory universe, the songs are rich and varied with very little vocals. Spawn Of Tamagotchi and Epoch are our two faves with some fine heavy psych guitar that is fighting to get out, but instead is cleverly kept at bay to good effect.
An eclectic and very fine album that is both inspiring and HIGHLY original.
To buy this CD follow the link below:
http://www.cranium.co.nz/catalog/A_1038.htm

Reviewed by pOoTer

Cornucopia

 

sh'mantra - Formula Orange

2000

SCD02 (Independant Release)

Track List:

CD one: Kiutl, Robots on The Beach, Pit and the Pendulum, 74.40s 167.20e 04:46:18, Sweat Of The Sun-Tears Of The Moon, Sunburst On The Cayman Trench,
Absence_substance_quantity_quality_relation_action_affection_position_time_location_cond ition_place and state_presence.
CD two: Recurring Nocturnal Habit II, Inanimate Articulate, tws.

Review:

This is one release we have been eagerly awaiting after being more than impressed by sh-mantra's debut release Cornucopia on New Zealand's Cranium Music label. I believe there have since been some personnel changes in the band and as a result Alex Hole has been able to take the band down a much more psychedelic/experimental route than on Cornucopia. Couple this with the fact that sh-mantra have released this independantly, giving them the advantage of 'spreading out' over two CD's this almost couldn't fail!
Side A (CD One) starts with the omnipotent and mysterious 'Kiutl' with it's Close Encounters synth 'scale' that laps at you gently and beguilingly until around 5:17 when things start to heat up with sinister effects laden guitar and synth kicking in. The darkness creeps in and from the shadows emerges a monstrous, white hot space rock riff complete with hammering
bass/drums before it takes a dive to a peaceful plateau with soft vocals.
'Robots On The Beach' is more of a gentler song that terminates with a gargantuan metal riff overlayed with synthesiser madness. 'Pit And The Pendulum' is more sh-mantra of old, an excellent prog rock style opus with deranged lyrics and haunting keyboards building up to a peak, topping out at 9:96. The curiously titled '74.40s 167.20e 04:46:18'(??) is a wonderful ambient voyage of epic proportions that takes you out into the dark corners of space and monkeys with your senses and for full effect should be listened to in a darkend room at full
volume (we insist!!)........it will thrill you and scare you simultaneously. 'Sweat Of The Sun-Tears Of The Moon's' 3:57 of mesmerising acoustic guitar reminds me of late period Bauhuaus or even Jethro Tull and unfortunately ends all too soon.
Just when you though it was safe to go back in the water, things are taken up a few levels with the evocative and menacing 'Sunburst On The Cayman Trench' a moody drum lead track laced with samples that spirals lazily upwards before being met by a blistering slice of distorted guitar and frenzied synth attacks.
You fall washed-up and depleted to the floor in a crumpled heap but are slapped into life by splintered shards of guitar and a spine-chilling keyboard lick carries you out into the ether for a 17 minute white knuckle rollercoaster ride in the farthest depths of deepest space, out here no one can hear you scream........Look no further for your daily dose of blistering psychedelia than
'Absence_substance_quantity_quality_relation_action_affection_position_time_location_con dition_place and state_presence'

Now peel yourself off the wall and reach for the second CD...........

Side B (CD Two)'Recurring Nocturnal Habit II' revisits the opening track on Cornucopia, sh'mantra's debut release (Cranium CRM003) it opens with an almost Floyd-like intro developing into a hypnotic piano led mantra. This serves as a warm up for what is to come, starting with 'Inanimate Articulate' with its unusual time signatures, Avant-Garde/Jazz drumming that has
touches of Van Der Graaf Generator. A rising wall of impenetrable feedback announces the arrrival of 'tws', a truly epic (24:47) and giant slice of flawless brilliance.

This double CD album is an absolute masterpiece of sheer self-indulgence and is quite possibly one of the best albums we have heard so far this year. Formula Orange is a rich, dark and complex tapestry of sound that shouldn't be entered into lightly, but for the Intrepid Traveller who is prepared to go the distance the reward is most satisfying.
There simply is not enough music of this quality and depth being produced today anywhere on the planet and for those of you who fancy something exciting and powerful we recommend entering into the profound world of sh'mantra.
 
Contact sh'mantra direct at contact@shmantra.com or shmantra@hotmail.com, alternatively visit their website www.shmantra.com where you can purchase this CD.
If you prefer phone, they are in Australia on 0401 051 419.
Please mention Pooterland when contacting them.

Reviewed by pOoTer

Formula Orange

 

Silver Apples - Silver Apples

1968

Kapp KS 3562

Track List:

Oscillations, Dancing gods, Dust, Program, Velvet cave, Whirly-bird, Misty mountain, Lovefingers, Seagreen serenades.

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Silver Apples - Contact

1969

Kapp KS 3584

Track List:

You and I, Water, Ruby, Gypsy love, You’re not foolin’ me, I have known love, A pox on you, Confusion, Fantasies.

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Sky Saxon - New Fruit From Old Seeds Volume 1

1983

Archive International Productions AIP 10009

Track List:

Go ahead and cry, They say, They say, Darling I swear that it’s true, Do the swim, Trouble with my baby, A thousand shadows (live), Bad part of town, Love in a summer basket, Did he die, Wish me up, Shuckin’ and jivin’, You took me by surprise.

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Soho Orange - Soho Orange
1990
Witch & Warlock W&W 002 (CD) (Ger)

Track List:
King of the road, Mississippi Tales/The wish – Tears, Freedom callin, Dream queen, Nightmare, Seven faces.
Review:
The best band among those who recorded for Jim West; they hailed from Glasgow and wove psychedelic textures rent by hardblues riffs played with punk aptitude. Collectors' initiative dug out of the vaults this submerged jewel originally taped at Central Scotland Studios, Falkirk in 1971.

Submitted by Roberto (The Wrong Way) - August 2003
Soho Orange
 

The Standells - Dirty Water

1968

Eva

Track List :

Dirty Water, Little Sally Tease, Black Is Black, Barracuda, Animal Girl, St. James Infirmary, Try It, Summer In The City, Why Did You Hurt Me, Rari, Paint It Black, Medication, Why Pick On Me, Sunny Afternoon, Mr. Nobody, Wild Thing.

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The Standells - Why Pick On Me-Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White

1966

Tower ST 5044

Track List:

Why pick on me, Paint it black, Mi hai fatto innamorate, I hate to leave, Black hearted woman, Sometimes good guy’s don’t wear white, Girl and the moon, Looking at tomorrow, Mr. Nobody, My little red book, Mailine, Have you ever spent the night in jail.

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Strange - Translucent World

1973

Outer Galaxie TW1000

Track List :

Ruler of the Universe, The Kiss of a Butterfly, Lost,

Review:

Get out your dictionary and look up Heavy Psychedelia and it will say:
‘Uncompromising, unrelenting extreme terrifying unstoppable force produced by Terry Brooks and Strange’. Strap yourself in and be prepared to get slapped around the face by your neural ganglion the devil is in town and he is packing a lethal dose of psychedelics.
For those who like their psych loud and bad, look no further, you are looking at the definitive article.

Reviewed by pOoTer

Translucent World

Strange - Raw Power

1976

Outer Galaxie OG 1001

Track List :

Love Me, Fields and Fields of People, Are You My Friend, To The Far Side of Time, Life Jam

Review:

More gargantuanly heavy psych from the maestro himself Terry Brooks, a slightly more tuneful excursion than Translucent World and not quite so terrifying, this album is packed with Strange’s unique form of heavy psychedelia. This is psych like you have never heard before and is both beautiful and haunting on one hand and deeply malevolant on the other. Haunting lyrics and blistering guitar make this a must have for the discerning heavy psych fan. Not that covers are always a good benchmark of whats inside the package, but this time the sleeve says it all........

Reviewed by pOoTer

Raw Power

Sky Sunlight Saxon - Starry Ride

1984

Psycho 29

Track List :

Starry Ride, I'm inlove with Life, Drums stars & Guitars, 24 Hour rocker.

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Sky Sunlight Saxon and Fire Wall- Destinys Children

1984

PVC 6912

Track List :

Starving for your love, Burning down the walls of the city, Spirit of the sixties, Love dog, House of mine, Sha la la la its a groovy thing, Over reaction/Hollywood Blvd (medley).

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The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight

1986

Living Cream

Track List:

I Wanna Destroy You, Kingdom Of Love, Positive Vibrations, I Got The Job, Insanely Jealous, Tonight, You’ll Have To Go Sideways, Old Pervert, The Queens Of Eyes, Underwater Moonlight.

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Underwater Moonlight

Soft Machine - The Soft Machine

1968

Probe CPLP 4500

Track List:

Hope for happiness, Joy of a toy, Hope for happiness (reprise), Why am I so short?, So boot if at all, A certain kind, Save yourself, Priscilla, Lullabye letter, We did it again, Plus belle qu’une poubelle, why are we sleeping, Bos 25-4 LID.

Review:

If you were rifling through the LP covers in a record shop in the late 60’s, this one would surely have caught your eye. It had cardoard cutout rotatey bits and a fine picture of a tattooed lady with no clothes on.
There were also pictures of the band and sleeve notes but we needn’t dwell on that, need we? In those days we didn’t know that members Daevid Allen, Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt would go on to become leading lights of British psychedelic and progressive rock. We just bought the album
for the sexy picture. Such is hindsight. Having got it home and avoided the critical gaze of parents, we slip it on the turntable and discover we have bought a jazz album by mistake. At
least that’s what the first two minutes or so tell us. But then it all breaks down into the wah-wah bass guitar with echoey drums solo that is “Joy of a Toy” and we think ‘hey, this is a bit odd.’ We have Kevin Ayers to thank for that one.
After a reprise of the first track we are treated to an account of Robert Wyatt’s eccentric lifestyle, which drifts into echoey justification of why he is in the band, namely he is an ace drummer! Ratledge and Ayers pour in their ideas on bass and keyboards. Sounds float around from one speaker to another in the best stereo separation of any album you’re likely to hear. Then we hear Robert Wyatt’s superb, emotional, sad, glorious ballad, “A Certain Kind.” This is probably the best of all the love songs of the Canterbury romantic genre. The whole album is worth getting for this and is a good pointer in the direction of Robert’s many solo works.
Side 2 opens with the rockier “Save Yourself,” followed by “Priscilla” and “Lullabye Letter,” all of which are up-tempo jazzy-rocky songs.
Halfway through “Lullabye Letter,” Mike Ratledge unleashes a devastating solo on his Lowrey organ, which sets the scene for the next half a dozen Soft Machine albums. Then we are into the totally hypnotic “We Did It Again.” This consists of Ayers repeating the song title over and over
and over and over…. again. Ayers dominates with the next track, “Why Are We Sleeping,” his baritone voice intoning coolly about his favourite nightclub milieu and its analogy to life, reality and illusion.
In restrospect this album displays the electrifying but one-dimensional genius of Mike Ratledge, is a superb departure point for Kevin Ayers and introduces us to the talents of Robert Wyatt, a magnificent drummer and vocalist who has entertained us with his genius for many years.

Reviewed by DoctorDark

The Soft Machine

Soft Machine - Vol. 2

1969

Probe SPB 1002

Track List:

Pataphysical introduction (part 1), A concise British alphabet (part 1), Hibou, Anamone and bear, A concise British alphabet (part 2), Hulloder, Dada was here, Thank you Pierrot Lunaire, Have you ever been green?, Pataphysical introduction (part II), Out of tunes, As long as he lies perfectly still, Dedicated to you but you weren’t listening, Fire engine passing with bells clanging, Pig, Orange skin food, A door opens and closes, 10:30 returns to the bedroom.

Review:

After their USA tour with Jimi Hendrix, the ban d return to England and disbanded, Kevin Ayers felt tired of rock'n'roll way of life and decided to take a time at Deya, Ratlege and Wyatt with a new LP contract in their hands, decided to call Hugh Hopper, a friend of old Canterbury days to play the bass. With the addition of brother Brian Hopper on sax (not as a permanent member) they get into the studio to create a better sound and quality album, more jazzy than pop, more experimental than vocal, it has a brilliant beginning with the suite of side 1 (as it was conceived in the vinyl) pataphysical introduction".
Hibou anemone and bear with great and consistent instrumental passages, they fly through space with the organ-drum playing and the solid bass touch (thanks Hugh), a good song Thank you Pierrot Lunaire with great vocals by Robert Wyatt.
Side 2 is more experimental and less ""punchiër" as side one but it was a big advance on Soft Machine's music, they don't know what future depares to them....

Reviewed by Alejandro Casado, Argentina - June 2002
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Soft Machine - Third

1970

CBS 66246

Track List:

Facelift, Slightly all the time, Moon in June, Out-Bloody-Rageous.

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Third




Soft Machine - Noisette
1970

Track List:
Eamonn Andrews, Mousetrap, Noisette, Backwards, Mousetrap reprise, Hibou Anemone and Bear, Moon in June, 12/8 Theme, Esther Nosejob, We Did it Again.

Review:
Fantastic live show from Jan 4th 1970 that showcases the classic SM line up of Mike Ratledge (kbds), Hugh Hopper (bs), Robert Wyatt (dr, vox) and Elton Dean (sax) as well as Lyn Dobson (fl, sax, vox).
The band was in the transition from initial psychedelic group to a jazz-fusion combo and that shows in horns becoming prominent sound among distorted organs and fuzz bass as well as vocals becoming less prominent, there are occasional scats from Wyatt and Dobson.

The only song with proper vocals here is "Hibou Anemone and Bear" and even that is preceeded by lenghty jamming. Material here is from 1st three albums, plus a few songs that didn`t make its way to any SM studio album, "Eamonn Andrews", "Mousetrap", "12/8 Theme" (the last one appeared on one of Hugh Hopper`s solo albums).

The sound is intense and performance is really superb. The documented live show also has its reputation for providing one of the live versions of "Facelift" to the final edition on "Third", but sadly the unedited version is left out.
You can`t say that this band rocks, since this is rock only remotely, but Hugh Hopper was right when he said that Softs were a mean live band in late 60s and early 70s.

Submitted by Stereomouse - February 2004



Soft Machine - Fourth

1971

CBS 64280

Track List:

Teeth, Kings and Queens, Fletcher’s blemish, Virtually (parts 1-4).

Review:

Soft Machine's fourth album is the progression of things that the group shows in some songs of second and in all third, here the jazz form replace the space and psychedelic sounds of second album with the band as a quartet with some collaborations as future softs bassist Roy Babbington has a peak in the band's sound and musical direction for the next 2 albums. Without vocals but an excellent performance as drummer Robert Wyatt plays his last Soft Machine album, Hugh Hopper composed the excellent and "classic" Virtually suite, Mike Ratledge composed another excellent jazz theme "Teeth" and Elton Dean plays excellent solos in his own personal way, it means sometimes ""jazzy" sometimes "free" but everytime hoy.
Listen it with a cup of wine,a cool album to be enjoyed.

Reviewed by Alejandro Casado, Argentina - June 2002
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Soft Machine - Fifth

1972

CBS 64806

Track List:

All white, Drop, Mc, As if, LBO, Pigling bland, Bone.

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Soft Machine - Six

1973

CBS

Track List:

Fanfare, All white, Between, Riff, 37 and a Half, Geseolveut, E.P.V, Lefty, Stumble, 5 From 13, Riff IIoft Wee, The Sd Factor, Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album, Chloe And The Pirates, 1983

Review
After the cool and cold album Fifth I think sometimes insipid and without heart the band reform with Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper always on piano/organ and electric bass,with new members John Marshall (drums) who joined in the middle of the Fifth recording sessions and ex Nucleus Karl Jenkins (baritone sax, oboe electric piano) replacing Elton Dean.The original vinyl shows a two set album with one live and other studio album, the live was the best, played with intense and excellent performs of new members, only one Fifth song "All White" in an excellent version and the other new stuff has the remarkable Geselrout, riff, riff 2 all great performances. Disc 2 is the studio album with 4 songs played in a most "minimal jazzy way", the Soft Weed Factor has the band at his best.Another Softs album that you MUST have in your collection.....

Submitted by Alex Casado  alexmagicflute@yahoo.com.ar - February 2004

The SolarFlares - Psychedelic Tantrum
1999
Twist
Track List:
Mary, Stargazing, Apollo Go Go, Lifetime In One Season, All Too Much, Medway, Just Wanna Be Bad, Out Of Our Minds, The Shadow Of The Past, Find A Hidden Door, You Always Find A Way To Hurt Me, Brompton Lane,
Medicine Spoon, Hold Your Head Up.
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The SolarFlares - That Was Then...And So Is This
2000
Twist
Track List:
Can't Get You Out Of My Mind!, It's Alright, A Right And A Wrong Way, Miles Away, Get It Together, Sucking Out My Insides, Picture Of You, The Mountain, Angel Interceptor, Separate Ways, Inside Unseen, Souvenir.
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The SolarFlares - Can't Get You Out Of My Mind! (single)
2000
Twist
Track List:
Can't Get You Out Of My Mind!, Lunar Girl, Inside Of A Dream
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The SolarFlares - Reflections (7")
2001
Twist
Track List:
Reflections, Open Your Eyes.
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Sonic Boom - Spectrum

1990

Silvertone

Track List:

Pretty Baby, If I Should Die, Lonely Avenue, Help Me Please, Angel, Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Killing My Life, You’re The One.

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Sopwith Camel - Sopwith Camel  www.sopwithcamel.com

1967

Kama Sutra (klps 8060)

Track List:

Hello hello, Frantic desolation, Saga of the low down let down, Little orphan Annie, You always tall me baby, Maybe in a dream, Cellophane woman, Thing that I could do with you, Walk inthe park, The Great Morpheum, Postcard from Jamaica.

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Sopwith Camel - The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon  www.sopwithcamel.com

2000

Generic Type CD 8600

Track List:

Fazon, Coke, Suede and Waterbeds, Dancin’ Wizard, Sleazy Street, Orange Peel, Oriental Fantasy, Sneaky Smith, Monkeys On The Moon, Astronaut Food, Brief Synthophonia.

Review:

This the third album from San Francisco's Sopwith Camel and one that has finally be re-released on CD after being held for 28 years in the vaults of Warner Brothers. The man responsible for this release is none other than original band member Norm Mayall. Not only this he has also managed to get the original album remastered and it comes complete with a nice booklet/artwork.
Sopwith Camel were one of the earliest bands on the San Francisco scene and played their first gig in 1966. They went on to play the Avalon, Fillmore and The Matrix and appeared with many of the top bands at the time including The Doors, The Who and The Rolling Stones. After a brief flirtation with the psychedelic sound (Hello Hello - Kama Sutra 1966) the band settled into a more laid back Jazz/Rock vibe which changed over the years to what is recorded here. The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon probably represents the band at their peak being musically more mature than the other albums. There are varied styles here with everything from Jazz Rock, Folk and a bit of everything in between including an amount of eastern flavoured tracks.
The songwriting is second to none and the production on this remastered CD really allows this and the musicians skill to shine through. Instruments range from guitar/bass/drums through to Saxophone, Flute and even some Sitar (Dancin' Wizard).

If a nice relaxed Jazz/Rock vibe is what you are looking for and one that contains a whole bunch of good songs then look no further than here, this is one band that deserve much more recognition than they got first time around, maybe they can finally get it now.
My fave track?.....Fazon, of course!!

For more info on Sopwith Camel, check out their site: www.sopwithcamel.com where you can also order this CD.

Reviewed by pOoTer - January 2002

The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon

 

Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire

1989

Fire Records Fire CD16

Track List:

Honey, Come Down Softly To My Soul, How Does It Feel?, I Believe It, Revolution, Let Me Down Gently, So Hot (Wash Away All My Tears), Suicide, Lord Can You Hear Me?, Suicide (live), Repeater (How Does It Feel?) (live).

Review:

Q Magazine listed this as one of the great heroin albums of all time.  Dunno about that, especially since bassist’s Willie Carruthers’ primal nyong-nyong-nyong tones would incite nitrous flashbacks, if only there were such things. Much of the album is quiet and starstruck, with vox organ, guitar and bass floating like narcotized hummingbirds around a transcendent chord or two. The songs are mostly about desiring something profoundly: whether that something is salvation, fornication or annihilation can be hard to tell. Jason Pierce took his knack for devotional pop onto bigger things as Spiritualized, and this album contains the original versions of “So Hot” and “Lord Can You Hear Me”.  “How Does It Feel” doesn’t work as a Bolero-style accelerando, but “Suicide” and “Revolution” take the delicate sonic textures, and spike them with testosterone – if the Spacemen can’t float effortlessly away into the
sublime, then they’re going to invade it by force. Extra points to the lyrics to “Revolution” for putting a Maoist face on teenage irritation.

Two savage attempts at scrambling your brains, set among whispered gospels of inutterably perfect longing.
Highly recommended.

Reviewed by McGannahan Skjellyfetti - March 2002

 
 
Spacemen 3 - Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To
1990
Father Yod Records FYP L25
Track List:
2:35, Mary Anne, Sound Of Confusion, Losing Touch With Mi mind, A-Men, That’s Just Fine, Come Down Easy
Review:
The Spacemen's drug use is well documented, but when these songs were first being played one must have suspected these dudes were on some pretty serious shit even before the admissions came. "Taking Drugs..." picks up where "White Light/White Heat" & “Funhouse” left off and then pushes us back into the heroin vortex. This album is actually an "unofficial" LP of early demo tunes recorded in Northampton (ignore the statement on the sleeve that they are "Rugby Rehearsals"). Most of
the tunes contained within this album would eventually be re-worked and re-recorded for the official 1st album entitled, "The Perfect Prescription". However, if it is sheer raw energy that you want and would like it injected with a red-hot needle then look no further than these demos by Sonic and Jason. Their stormin’ version of Juicy Lucy’s “Mary Ann” sounds like it could easily have been an outtake of a ’68 Velvets session.
For those who are interested in the UK underground drug music scene during the mid 1980’s, then the Spacemen 3 are essential.


Reviewed by BlueMagoo - 20th September 2002

 
 
Spacemen 3 - Translucent Flashbacks
1995
Fire Records
Track List:
Walking With Jesus, Roller Coaster, Feel So Good, Transparent Radiation, Ecstasy symphony, Transparent Radiation (Flashback), Starship, Take Me To The Other Side, Soul 1, That’s Just Fine
Review:
A collection of singles released between 1986-1988. Psychedelic? Yes, very.
However, as stated in my other reviews of their work, these guys were perhaps more into heroin than acid. The songs, like the come down, are long and at times make you float in a truly blissful state ("That's Just Fine"). However, like their chosen drug of choice, they can easily spiral into a frightening frenzy ("Starship"). Most of the time however, the songs are calm & gentle like the golden sunshine rush they came in on ("Feel So Good”, and the gorgeous cover of Red Krayola's "Transparent Radiation").
When listening to these songs (much of it is actually extended jamming) you get a sense that the ideas as well as the drugs were flowing in abundance. For example, on the lysergic drone of “Ecstasy Symphony" one can easily hear the beginnings of Jason Pierce's follow-up band; Spiritualized emerging out of the noodling and meandering guitar work. The highlight of this disc however, has to be the 17-minute version of “Roller Coaster”. In case you thought it couldn’t get any more psychedelic than the
original 13th Floor Elevators version, well….it just has.
Phenomenal.


Reviewed by BlueMagoo - 20th September 2002
 
 

Spirit - Spirit

1968

C.B.S (63278)

Track List:

Fresh garbage, Uncle Jack, Mechanical world, Taurus, Straight arrow, Topango windows, Gramophone man, Water woman, Great canyon fire in general, Elijah, Girl in your eyes.

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Spirit - Clear Spirit

1969

C.B.S (63729)

Track List:

Dark eyed woman, Apple orchard, So little time to fly, Groundhog, Cold wind, Policeman's ball, Ice, Give a life-take a life, I'm trucking, Clear, Caught, New dope in town.

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Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus

1971

Epic (EPC 64191)

Track List:

Nothing to hide, Nature's way, Animal zoo, Love has found a way, Why can't I be free, Mr.Skin, Space child, When I touch you, Sweet worm, Life has just begun, Morning will come, Soldier.

Review:

This record occupies a curious slot – overrated by fanboys of West Coast acid-rock, and underrated by almost everybody else.
Spirit got lots of press for trying to incorporate jazz into pop, but you won’t hear it in this album of commercial, Nixon-era rock. “Nature’s Way”, an early ecological anthem, is their most famous song, and has been covered by luminaries such as Christopher Cross and Victoria Williams. “Mr. Skin” is an ill-advised attempt at funk, but “Animal Zoo” works well as a
back-to-the-land anthem. “Life Has Just Begun” is the strongest track, and always makes me wish for a hillside, a sunset and a circle of best friends to hold hands with. The music isn’t nearly as warped as the cover and inset photographs, but psychedelia bubbles up in lots of unexpected places and ways.
Not ready for the big time then or now, 12 Dreams is still a fascinating piece of hallucinogenic history.

n.b.: It’s worth seeking out the Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs version of this disc, both for the improved sound quality and the rearranged song list. “Intro/Nothing to Hide” opens the album, and “Life Has Just Begun” ends it, precisely as they should.

Reviewed by McGannahan Skjellyfetti - March 2002

 
Spirit - The Family that Plays Together


Track List:
I Got A Line On You, It Shall Be, Poor RIchard, Drunkard, Silky Sam, Darlin' IF, It's All The Same, Jewish, Dream Within Her Dream, She Smiles, Aren't You Glad

Review:
For me this is the underappreciated Spirit album. It opens with their highest charting single "I Got A Line On You" which is also a rollicking tune. The album drifts into different moodsand really picks up strength with the tracks that were originally on the second side. From "It's All The Same" right thru to the closing track "Aren't You Glad", you're treated to excellent jazz-tinged heavy psychedelic rock. Even the Randy California track *Jewish*, which apparently contains a traditional Hebrew song catches you when he soars off with restrained Hendrix like guitar pieces. The final song *Aren't You Glad* really does it for me tho. The drawn out jam is just captivating. Spirit is easily one of my fave groups and while it is not as flawless as, say 12 Dreams, the latter CD frequently has to get dusted off before playing, but 'Family' gets used too often for dust to settle.

Five Cosmic Cubes

Review submitted by Arthur from Trinidad - August 2004

 
 

Status Quo - Pictureseque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo

1968

Pye PL 18220

Track List:

Black Veils Of Meloncholy, When My Mind Is Not Live, Ice In The Sun, Elizabeth Dreams, Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe, Paradise Flat, Technicolor Dreams, Spicks & Specks, Sheila, Sunny Celophane Skies, Green Tambourine, Pictures Of Matchstick Men.

Review:

One of the last albums of the 60's to be released in mono only, what it lacks in fidelity, it certainly makes up for with extreme melodicism. Much like the familiar hit single mentioned in the title, the rest of the album also relies heavily on a similar organ/wah-wah guitar/deadpan vocal sound. Most of the original songs on the album are easily as catchy and hook-laden as the hit (in America, "Ice In The Sun" also managed to scrape into Billboard's hot 100). "Black Veils Of Melancholy" is basically "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" played sideways, but songs like "Sunny Cellophane Skies" and "Technicolour Dreams" could've easily been hit singles as well.
The album's only weak cuts are the three covers of hits by Tommy Roe, The Bee Gees and The Lemon Pipers. None of them add anything to the originals, and come off sounding like rushed bar-band knockoffs.

Reviewed By Daniel H.

Pictureseque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo

 
 

Status Quo - Spare Parts

1968

Pye PL 18301

Track List:

Face Without A Soul, You're Just What I Was Looking For Today, Are You Growing Tired Of My Love?, Antique Angelica, So Ends Another Life, Poor Old Man, Mr. Mind Detector, The Clown, Velvet Curtains, Little Miss Nothing, When I Awake, Nothing At All, The Status Quo.

Review:

The band's second, and final psychedelic effort, basically contains more of the same sound that was featured on the first album, except this time, in stereo. On this one, they wisely only included one non-original (Goffin & King's "You're Just What I Was Looking For Today"), which makes this a much more consistant record/CD than the first. Songs like "When I Awake," "So Ends Another Life," and "Velvet Curtains" all would fit just as comfortably on Piper At The Gates Of Dawn or Satanic Majesties Request, and overall the whole album sounds a bit like something much more typical of 1967 than 1969, which I believe is a good thing.

Reviewed By Daniel H.

Spare Parts

 

Status Quo - Works

1983

PRT  DOW10

Track List:

Pictures Of Matchstick Men,Ice In The Sun, Black Veils Of Melancholy, Are You Growing Tired Of My Love, Down The Dustpipe, In My Chair, Mean Girl, Lakky Lady

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Stoned Circus
1970
Rockadelic

Track List:
Find A Way, Feel What We Feel, Face What You Find, There Will Be A New World, Dictionary, My Sweet Lovin’, Lavender Release, Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, Corrina, Lot Of Love.

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Stooges - Stooges

1969

Elektra EKS 74051

Track List :

1969, I wanna be your dog, We will fall, No fun, Real cool time, Ann, Not right, Little doll.

Review:

The band that influenced a thousand others in this their first release. Coming at you at 200mph and grabbing you by the throat.....was this really released in 1969???. What can I say....every single track on here is a blistering classic, totally original and about 10 years ahead of its time. Raw guitar, tortured vocals and a relentless drum beat...in your face hypnotic kick ass groove, if you have not heard it, shutdown your browser now and go buy it......!!!

Reviewed by pOoTer

Stooges

 
 
The Stooges - Funhouse
1970
Elektra 7559 60669-2
Track List:
Down On The Street, Loose, TV Eye, Dirt, 1970, Funhouse, LA Blues
Review:

Could this be the greatest rock and roll album ever recorded? Perhaps. However, along with VU’s “White Light/White Heat”, “Funhouse” is quite possibly rock’s sleaziest statement ever committed to tape. For those born after 1970, you must remember what NYC used to be like before Giuliani. NYC was the crime capital of the USA, its trains were covered in graffiti, the streets were dirty, Central Park was declared unsafe after dark, the NYPD were corrupt and Times Square was full of seedy bars, porn shops, dirty old men, and junkies. This album was spawned in the grimiest junk den imaginable. It’s not pretty, nor is it clean and track 2 sums this album up perfectly, “loose”.
Gone is the nihilistic teenage angst prevalent in their 1st album. In less than a year, Iggy and co. have grown up, and shot too much smack to worry about having “a real cool time”. Now the songs are about hanging out on the street to score more smack, feeling like dirt, and being loose…always! The amazing thing about "Fun House" is that it sounds as if it were recorded yesterday.
It has aged well and rocks harder than most bands today. “Callin’ from the fun house baby, with my songs…..” Essential!


Reviewed by BlueMagoo - 20th September 2002

 

Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf

1968

R.C.A. (RD/SF 7974)

Track List :

Sookie Sookie, Everybody's next one, Berry rides again, Hoochie coochie man, Born to be wild, Your wall's too high, Desperation, The pusher, A girl I knew, Take what you need, The ostrich.

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Steppenwolf - The Second

1968

Dunhill 50037

Track List :

Faster Than The Speed Of Light, Tighten Up Your Wig, None Of Your Doing, Spiritual Fantasy, Don’t Step On The Grass Sam, 28, Magic Carpet Ride, Disappointment, Number, Lost And Found By Trial And Error, Hodge Podge Strained Through A Leslie, Ressurection, Reflections.

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Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints

1967

Pye 7N 25436

Track List:

Incense and Peppermints, The Birdman of Alkatrash.

Review:

Unbelievably bad bandwagon jumping trash from re-incarnated surf band Thee Sixpence, you do not need to listen too it, just check out the cover of the same named LP and that should be warning enough. Released in the autumn of 1967 (i.e when the Summer Of Love was already a thing of the past) as a cash in with corny lyrics and even cornier dress sense.
Avoid at all cost....
Reviewed by pOoTer

 

The Strawbs - From The Witchwood

1971

A&M AMLS 64304

Track List :

A Glimpse Of Heaven, Witchwood, Thirty Days, Flight, The Hangman And The Papist, Sheep, Cannondale, The Shepherd's Song, In Amongst The Roses, I'll Carry On Beside You. 

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From The Witchwood

 
 

SRC - Revenge Of The Quackenbush Brothers

1987

Bam Caruso KIRI 054

Track List :

Daystar, Midnight Fever, Across The Land Of Sight, I Remember Your Face, Marionette, By Way Of You, Exile, A New Crusader, Black Sheep, Never Before Now.

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Small Faces - There Are But Four Small Faces

1968

RCA victor (Z12-52-002)

Track List :

Here comes the nice, All or nothing, Lazy Sunday, Sha-la-la-la-lee, Collibosher, The Autumn stone, Watcha gonna do about it?, My mind's eye, Itchycoo park, Hey girl, The universal, Runaway, Call it something nice, I can't make it, Afterglow (of your love).

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The Small Faces - Ogdens Nut Gone Flake

1968

Immediate IMLP 008

Track List :

Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, Afterglow, Long Ago's And Worlds Apart, Rene, Son of a Baker, Lazy Sunday, Happiness Stan, Rollin' Over, The Hungry Intruder, The Journey, Mad John, Happy Days, Toy Town.

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Ogdens Nut Gone Flake

 

Small Faces - The Autumn Stone (rarities, live,etc)

1969

Decca

Track List :

Here comes the nice, The Autumn stone, Collibosher, All or nothing, Red ballon, Lazy Sunday, Rollin' over, If I were a carpenter, Every little bit hurts, My minds eye, Tin soldier, Just asking, Call it something else, I can't make it, Afterglow (of your love), Sha-la-la-la-lee, The universal, Itchycoo park, Hey girl, Wide eyed girl, On the wall, Watcha gonna do about it?, Wham bam thank you mam.

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Sun Dial - Other Way Out
1990
Tangerine MM 07 (ltd. ed. of 1500) (LP) (UK)

Track List:
Plains of Nazca, Exploding in your mind, Magic flight, World without time, She's looking all around, Lorne blues.
Review:
The greatest psychedelic album of the nineties, no doubt in my opinion; it's really a pity that Gary Ramon altered his course after this astonishing debut.

Submitted by Roberto (The Wrong Way) - August 2003
Other Way Out Other Way Out
 
 

Sun Ra - The Heliocentric World Of Sun Ra, Volume 1

1965

E.S.P. (ESP 1014)

Track List :

Heliocentric, Outer nothingness, Other worlds, The cosmos, Of heavenly things, Nebulae, Dancing in the sun.

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Sun Ra - Nothing Is

1968

E.S.P. (ESP 1045)

Track List :

Dancing shadows, Imagination, Exotic forest, Sun Ra and his band from outer space, Shadow world, Theme of the stargazers, Outer spaceways incorporated, Next stop Mars.

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Vine Sweetland & The Forefathers Of The New Millennium - Light Shining In The Distance

1999

Zemira Productions

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Light Shining In The Distance.

Review:

Set the controls for the heart of the sun, Vine Sweetland & The Forefathers Of The New Millennium are in town and you are in for the ride, like it or not!
One of the more interesting (and ambitious, it's ONE 74 minute track..) CD's to have dropped through the Pooterland letterbox in recent months (alongside other heavyweights such as Lamp Of The Universe's Cosmic Union and Acid Mothers Temple's La Novia) Light Shining In The Distance features acclaimed American Street Poet Vine Sweetland, accompanied by 24 musicians from 4 different continents playing 40 different instruments, including renowned Sitar talent Rahul Sakyaputra.
Spawned in Orange County, California in July 1998, although one continuous and uninterrupted track the sleeve notes list 27 different 'sections' that become apparent as we embark on this monumental voyage with the young female caterpillar as she begins her epic and profound journey as the 'last butterfly born'...

'A dying guru inspires a young caterpillar with his final vision of life's ambition. Crawling from the window sill out into the jungles of tribulation she pursues wisdom and understanding. The trials of her existence offer friendship and folly, heartache and horror, as she acknowledges her destiny: that she has become the last butterfly born.'

Opening with an authentic vinyl lead in, overlayed with an embryonic heartbeat we are treated to the first poetic interlude. I will ignore the frequently drawn comparisons with The Lizard King, sure Vine is American and he's a poet...and?.
Some powerful and prophetic poetry ensues (Equinox Breeding) and portrays, with some foreboding, the introduction and gravity of the situation. Next up Rahul takes us up on Leaf Ride On The Niranjana as our vision slowly starts dissolving and the ride begins for real. Now it's time to let go and surrender ourselves to the story line, smiling gently at the light-headed feeling and the warm sensation lapping up your spine.
Fear takes the upper hand as we are torn from bathing in The Light and our first visit to Paranoia kicks in with some awesome demonic, reverb laden poetry that strikes terror into the very centre of our vision, we are reprieved after a while and allowed to return back to the warmth and The Vision Of Realisation, some beautiful and hypnotic Sitar/Tabla soothes and seduces us as we transcend further into the Realm.
Passages of wonderful orchestration follow and also a brief introduction to an evil 'didge' that I fear will be back for more later on our journey.
30 minutes in and reality is long gone, it's place taken by the Odyssey Of Discernment, a higher level of blissful consciousness and metamorphosis into a free creature of the wind, we are now soaring high amongst the Angels and are brought again under the terrifying gaze of the omnipotent, throbbing Dijeridu before being dashed upon the rocks of Hades. Fear not, we are soon on our way again with some blistering Hendrixesque wah-wah soaked slabs of guitar, carried along with funked up Hammond Organ as we reach the zenith amid intense cacophony and spiralling madness. More phased guitar carries us up high on the wind From The Lips Of The Lotus Leaf until we reach The Breath Of Autumn's Child and begin Charm amidst the call of Peacock's and the seductive female charms of Indian song.
The gently whispered Task Of The Ruby falls gently into the void, dissolving before our eyes as fear spirals up briefly From Within Nothingness awaits Nothingness. Our fantastical trip is drawing to a close now as we are bathed in the Raga Omega Flight and our ears caressed with waves of Sitar and bells, the pleasure still coursing through our veins causing us to grin, our eyes tightly closed and our bodies now weightless and drifting amongst the ether.
Return to earth seems uncertain for a while when we are suddenly gripped with fear, our fingernails involuntarily sinking into the woodwork as the demon Dijeridu returns to terrorise us once more and we are uncontrollably dragged into a world of screaming and chanting demons and the ever pulsing Dijeridu.
Decomposition ensues, the End is nigh and a strangely comforting voice in the shape of The Guide greets us on our return to Terra Firma, he announces himself politely and then nothingness......

This album has come under a great deal of scrutiny and judging from the Press Pack that came with the CD, has been interpreted in many different ways by the various reviewers. One common criticism has been the length of this album, but I do not consider that an issue.
The journey is one of many twists and turns, it is a complex work and one that I believe succeeds magnificently on many levels.

Everything you ever dreamed for and more besides.......open up your hearts and minds to The Forefathers Of The New Millennium.


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Blissfully Reviewed by pOoTer - May 2002

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   

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