A great way to enjoy these two sublime early albums from PinkFloyd – in a cool 70s Hipnosis package, to boot! LP, Vinyl record album
(Italian pressing with cool inner sleeves.)
Animals ... LP Columbia, 1977. Used Gatefold ...
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One of our favorite Floyd albums ever – a lot more subtle than The Wall, but with a focus missing from Wish You Were Here, too! Titles include "Dogs", "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", "Sheep", and "Pigs On The Wing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with barcode on cover. Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)
Raw sounds from the US underground, circa 1968 – by a group who clearly grew in the garage, but sprung forth with a whole range of new ideas too! Sometimes the Bachs can have this bite that's almost pre-punk, but other moments have this warmly harmonic feel that's quite a surprise – still delivered with a nice edge, given the indie production of the set – which definitely lives up to the spirit of the album's original print run of only 150 copies! All songs are originals, and surprisingly well-written at times – with these dark lyrical turns that are a great foil for the twin lead vocals – almost with the moody feel of Syd Barrett on the shorter, spookier early PinkFloyd tunes, but a lot rougher. Titles include Free Fall", "Answer To Yesterday", "Minister To A Mind Diseased", "Show Me That You Want To Go Home", "I'm A Little Boy", and "Tables Of Grass Fields". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl pressing – with bonus insert of notes!)
Torun Eriksen —
Visits ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from singer Torun Eriksen – one based around a selection of older songs that are some of her favorites, but which are done with the slight mix of electricity we love in her other work! The core of the album features Torun's lovely vocals with lots of great keyboard work from David Wallumrod – who plays Fender Rhodes, Prophet 5, and other keys with a spacious style that mostly lets Eriksen's vocals take the lead, while a bit of bass and percussion fill in the rhythms. Many of these tunes really transform in the process, without any sense of gimmick at all – and tracks include versions of Prince's "Sign O The Times", Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home", Jimmy Webb's "Witchita Lineman", PinkFloyd's "Wish You Were Here", and Coldplay's "Fix You". CD
Classic space rock from Hawkwind – a gem from the early years of the legendary group – with long cuts in a proggier, stranger realm than some the more hard rocking records to come! In Search Of Space really sets a mood, with the trippy guitars and overall astral strangeness, and the vocals at this point are indebted to early PinkFloyd – and that is not a complaint! Great stuff! "Master Of The Universe", "Adjust Me", "Children Of The Sun", "You Shouldn't Do That", and "You Know You're Only Dreaming". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the special fold-out cover – missing booklet. One of the points in the gatefold has some creasing, but the rest is great.)
Jester ... CD Harvest/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A hell of a record from this lesser-known Belgian combo – one who work at a level that sounds much more like 1972 than the 1977 date of the record – a wickedly tight approach to prog that's perfectly at home on the Harvest label! The set begins with a masterpiece of heavy drums, long-woven guitar solos, and these fierce vocals that have a very spooky quality – and the production is impeccable, almost PinkFloyd-like Harvest style – with a beautiful blend of compression and outward flow that makes the already-great instrumentation sound even better! And sure, in 1977 the rest of the world was turning towards punk, and might have laughed at the sound of this set – but these guys are so unabashed in their approach, we can only salute them – and be very happy that we discovered this record so many decades later. Titles include "In The Reign Of Queen Pollution", "Mr Street Fair", "Jester", "Sparkling Jaw", and "Wisdom". CD
This issue of Mojo's so special, they had to put it inside a special envelope – to hold the special New Psych Sounds CD that's included, plus two special PinkFloyd art prints – to go along with the cover feature on the great Syd Barrett! The Barrett feature is almost 20 pages long – and looks at all of his recordings, his myth and mystery, and his final session – in an issue that also has big features on The Smiths, Paul Weller, the Santana reunion, Sonny Rollins, ABC, and Keith Emerson! And as always, there's loads of reviews – plus plenty of ads that feature the best new releases in the past few months. Magazine
If the cover here reminds you a lot of the cover of the first album by King Crimson, that's no mistake – as the mighty Morgaua Quartet serve up their own versions of tracks from that record, alongside unique instrumental versions of songs by Genesis and PinkFloyd too! As with the group's excellent Atom Heart Mother Is On The Edge record, the style here is hardly the usual "string quartet meets rock" approach – and instead, these guys really dismantle the songs and find a way to build them up again with just the four familiar instruments of a string quartet – in a manner that's surprisingly faithful to both the vocal and instrumental structure of the originals, but without ever forcing things in a gimmicky way. In addition to their own takes on "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In The Court Of The Crimson King", the group also perform "Starless", "Money", "Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun", "Dancing With The Moonlight Knight", "Master Of Puppets", and "And You & I/Cord Of Life Eclipse". CD
Surprisingly great string quartet versions of songs by King Crimson, Genesis, PinkFloyd, and Yes – played by a group who really get at the spirit of the original versions, while still trying to something very new! We'll be the first to admit that we're usually not the biggest fans of "classic rock meets classical" experiments – nor are we fans of string quartet "tribute" records – but the Morgaua Quartet is something else entirely – four string players who really seem to understand these songs from a drawn-out, progressive melodic perspective – and craft their strings in ways that echo both the vocal passages and instrumental solos, as if they've fully digested the songs all their lives – then let them live freely through their instruments. All tracks are quite long, and really open up with a sound that we didn't expect – and titles include "Red", "Atom Heart Mother", "Peace/Fallen Angel/Epitaph", "Cinema Show/Aisle Of Plenty", "Close To The Edge", and "Triloy". CD
The second album from Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – and arguably even better than the first, thanks to some really focused production from Nick Mason! The sound here has more of the building elements of psychedelia you'd expect from Mason's history with PinkFloyd – and a bit less of the flowery looseness of Principal Edwards' debut – and the new focus is a really welcome addition, as it helps the group find a new level of power in their music they might never have attained! There's still plenty of folksy instrumentation and trippy themes in the tunes – but the guitars are more electric, the studio tricks more dynamic, and the overall record is a much more pleasing bit of ear candy that stands up well to the test of time. Titles include "Freef", "Total Glycerol Esther", "Mc Alpine's Dream", and "Asmoto Running Band". CD
AMMMusic 1966 ... LP Elektra/Black Truffle (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
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Noisy brilliance from AMM – one of the most important avant acts of the 60s – and an incredible bridge between jazz, psych, and 20th Century classical worlds! The group were a powerhouse on the London scene of the middle of the decade – reportedly a huge influence on PinkFloyd, too – and all these many years later, there's hardly been a record to match the power of this amazing debut – a record that was even more equally amazingly released by Elektra Records on its first pressing! These guys may have made the most noise anyone had in the studio for this set – and that even includes the Velvet Underground, and any 60s electronic musician too – and the legendary lineup features Cornelius Cardew on piano, cello, and transistor radio; Lou Gare on tenor and violin; Eddie Prevost on drums, xylophone, bells, and cymbals; Keith Rowe on guitar and transistor radio; and Lawrence Sheaff on cello, accordion, clarinet, and one more transistor radio. Titles include "Later During A Flaming Riviera Sunset" and "After Rapidly Circling The Plaza". LP, Vinyl record album
A Syd Barrett treasure trove – and an essential compilation of unreleased work that's a much-needed companion to Barrett's classic albums for EMI! The material here is all from the years 1968 to 1970 – tracks recorded before, during, and around the sessions that later became The Madcap Laughs and Barrett – but which often also show a wider-ranging side of Syd's talents, especially on the few demo recordings – which offer an even more personal glimpse of the artist trying to find his way. Instrumentation is a bit more acoustic than on Barrett's full albums, but even the acoustic guitar is played with these dark tones that have the same sinister quality as the chords he brought to PinkFloyd – maybe even more striking here without any fuzz, as they resonate alongside Syd's offbeat lyrics. Titles include "Rats", "Golden Hair", "Opel", "Clowns & Jugglers", "Birdie Hop", "Let's Spilt", and "Swan Lee". Features a number of bonus alternate takes – added to the original core lineup of 14 tracks from the 1988 release of Opel. CD