Saturday, January 07, 2006

Gothic Horizon - The Jason Lodge Poetry Book (1970)

Gothic Horizon - The Jason Lodge Poetry Book (1970)

Beautiful debut album by UK band Gothic Horizon. The music exposed on this album is highly unique, transparent and fragile. Kinda like Left Banke meets Honeybus larded and sauced with UK folk. A real beautiful album. Originally released on Argo in 1970.

Gothic Horizon made two albums: 'The Jason Lodge Poetry Book' (Argo ZFB 26) 1970, which also gained an American release: ([USA:] London PS592) 1971; and 'Tomorrow Is Another day' (Argo ZDA 150) 1972. Their music is not gloomy, brooding, damp, ghoulish, dark, threatening, creepy, bloody, horrifying or any of the other adjectives which spring to mind when one thinks of "Gothic". Instead it is warm, chatty, light, breezy, informal, witty. The albums are sometimes hyped as "psych-pop" (the former especially on account of its convoluted title and colourful pop-art cover) or even "acid-folk", but essentially they are neither of these things; they tends mostly towards folk and acousticism. However there are some tracks here to delight the psychedelically-inclined. The title track of the first album, 'The Jason Lodge Poetry Book', is great. Complex pop of sufficient quality to delight the pop-syke faithful. 'Song For Susan' is so close in sound and style to Fairfield Parlour that it just about escapes charges of plagiarism. 'A J Lone's Dog' is ragtime pop; and unsurprisingly with a title like 'Willow Tree Vale Song' this song is folk. But 'A Third For Jason Lodge' is very weird. Bizarre changes and references to flying, mushrooms and toadstools! (by Dave Thubron)


1. The Jason Lodge Poetry Book
2. Song For Susan
3. Odysseus
4. A.J. Lone's Dog
5. Willow Tree Vale Song
6. Six Summers Back
7. Song
8. Althea Williams
9. Wilhelmina Before Sunrise
10. St. Valentine's Day Massacre
11. A Third For Jason Lodge
12. Pisces
13. A Farewell Ode To Port Sunlight

Gothic Horizon - The Jason Lodge Poetry Book (1970)


Mike D said...

really nice record - thanks. did you use a de-popping device to clean uo the vinyl? i would be interested in using one.

Νομίζω said...

an awesome record! It reminds me of the Birds, Donovan and McMacleod. Thanks

Anonymous said...

looks like a great LP ,thanks alot !
never seen this one , or heard of it :
thanks much ~
azfad : i use the WAVS restoration plugins which work wonders on cleaning up the snap , crackle & pop of some records.


mettwr said...

Can you repost this, please?

Tiago said...


Anonymous said...

I first met the guys when helping out at the earlsdon cottage folk club in coventry where richard & andy were regular & popular guests. Bass & drums on the album were provided by ron lawrence & gray richardson of coventry folk band APRIL for whom my buddie bullet & i were unofficial & very much unpaid roadies. Gothic were always well received in coventry and i am delighted to say i still own a signed vinyl copy of the LP. i hope they are both well. Dave

Sambodhi Prem said...

Andy is now called Miten and makes beautiful music with his partner Deva Premal. website:

Anonymous said...

Mike Simmons wrote a lot of their music. He's still doing stuff on