Sunday, June 23, 2013

Abstract Truth - Silver Trees (1970)






Abstract Truth - Silver Trees (1970)

Excellent early '70s melodic wistful freak rock blends with laid back, almost trance-like sounds featuring assorted instruments like flutes, harpsichord, electric guitars, saxophone, keyboards, percussion etc. A refreshing approach with psychedelic touches. Silver Trees was South African band Abstract Truth's second LP. It is much stronger than their debut, Totum, released earlier the same year (1970). Totum consisted of cover songs approached in the psychedelic folk vein; Silver Trees features solely original compositions and rocks out a lot more.

Tracklist:

1. Pollution
2. All The Same
3. Original Man
4. Silver Trees
5. In A Space
6. Moving Away
7. Two
8. Blue Wednesday Speaks
9. It's Alright With Me

Abstract Truth - Silver Trees (1970)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Moonstone - Moonstone (1973)


Moonstone - Moonstone (1973)

This band was from Alaska, and recorded this on a Canadian label back in 1973. The songs really are exquisite, with excellent acoustic guitar, good electric guitar leads in places, piano, percussion, some flute, and very nice male/female vocal harmonies. Privately released on the obscure Kotai label (KOT3003), the album features predominantly female vocals and crystal clear male-female harmony singing. Imagine the meeting of U.S. West Coast acoustic songwriting and esoteric U.K. folk from the early 70s. This is it! Intimate, compelling...magical! Musical accompaniment minimum. Only acoustic guitar features throughout, with piano and flute occasionally. There's the hint of a gentle electric guitar in there too, but its those intricate, ethereal vocal harmonies that draw the listener. Those who enjoy late night/early morning listening, Linda Perhacs, CSNY, Trader Horne, and 70s folk music in general.



Tracklist:

1. Focus
2. In Case
3. Top Heavy
4. Finas Birthday Song
5. Cointreau
6. Relative Hoak
7. Black Blind Light
8. David (Blue)
9. Murk
10. Said Gently
11. Hope You Come See

Moonstone - Moonstone (1973)

Various Artists - With the Sun in My Eyes: 20 Psychedelic Spins From The UK & Europe (2007)




With The Sun In My Eyes is a collection of rare psychedelic spins from the UK and Europe. With so many similarly-themed comps around, it's genuinely difficult to come up with 20 killer tracks previously uncomped on CD. However, the Psychic Circle label happily reassures any worried aficionado that the well has not run dry. It may take a little longer for the pebble to hit the water, but when it does, there are still bucketfuls of lysergically-treated fluid to draw up. Here, you'll find Elton John's rhythm section, Hungary's top psych band, an army PE instructor who thought he was the reincarnation of an Egyptian pharaoh, a Swedish Red Indian expert whose brother sold his records door to door, and the man who asked "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?" getting decidedly strange, plus a whole bunch of other psyched-out artistes. Just say yes. Compiled by legendary psych musician and Psychic Circle label-head, Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). Artists include: Plastic Penny, Peter Sarstedt, The Mindbenders, Ola & The Janglers, Omega Group, Zion De Gallier, The Gnomes Of Zurich, The Rattles, Foggy, Majority One, Schadel, Sound Network, Youngblood, Ramases, Grand Union, Winston G, Peter & The Wolves, Don Curtis, Giorgio and The Mooche.

Tracklist:

1. Give Me Money - Plastic Penny
2. Mary Jane - Sarstedt, Peter
3. Yellow Brick Road - Mindbenders
4. No One Knows What Happens Round The Corner - Ola & The Janglers
5. Ten Thousand Paces - Omega Group
6. Me - De Gallier, Zion
7. Hang On Baby - Gnomes Of Zurich
8. Lady Love - Rattles
9. She's Far Away - Foggy
10. Get Back Home - Majority One
11. With The Sun In My Eyes - Schadel
12. Watching - Sound Network
13. Don't Leave Me In The Dark - Youngblood
14. Balloon - Ramases
15. She Said - Grand Union
16. Bye Bye Baby - Winston G
17. Woman On My Mind - Peter & The Wolves
18. In The Corners - Curtis, Don
19. Stop - Giorgio
20. Seen Through A Light - Mooche

Various Artists - With the Sun in My Eyes: 20 Psychedelic Spins From The UK & Europe (2007)

Monday, June 03, 2013

Various Artists - The Room Of Loud Sound - Heavy Psych From The USA 1968-1972 (2008)


Various Artists - The Room Of Loud Sound - Heavy Psych From The USA 1968-1972 (2008)

The Psychic Circle label presents a follow-up to the White Lace & Strange: Heavy Psych and Power Fuzz from the U.S.A. 68-72 compilation, further delving into the less-frequented areas of late '60s and early '70s heavy psych rock from the USA. On this volume, you'll hear the band that would spawn Cheap Trick, a former member of Dion's Belmonts getting all funked up, the drummer of The Knickerbockers working under a pseudonym, the young Leslie West stretching out, and a whole lot more besides. Enter The Room Of Loud Sound and live to tell the tale. Twenty never-before comped burners specially compiled by legendary Psych musician and Psychic Circle label-head, Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). Artists include: Hot Soup, Bump, Fuse, Carlo, Five By Five, Plant & See, Morning Sun, Today's Special, Fantasy, Mister Beeler, Peace & Quiet, Six Pak, Salem Witchcraft, The Vagrants, Hammer, Blowtorch, Locomotive, Eagle, The Mystic Number National Bank and Silk.

Tracklist:

1. Hot Soup – You Took Me By Surprise
2. Bump – Got To Get You Back
3. Fuse – Permanent Resident
4. Carlo – Fever
5. Five By Five – Good Connection
6. Plant & See – Put Out My Fire
7. Morning Sun – Dark Hair
8. Today's Special – Krista
9. Fantasy – Understand
10. Mister Beeler – Henrietta
11. Peace & Quiet – You Can Wait Till Tomorrow
12. Six Pak – Tombstone Shadow
13. Salem Witchcraft – Rock & Roll Lover
14. Vagrants, The – Beside The Sea
15. Hammer – Something Easy
16. Blowtorch – C'mon & Get It
17. Locomotive – Get On Away
18. Eagle – Pack Up
19. Mystic Number National Bank, The – Beautician Blues
20. Silk – Skitzo Blues

Various Artists - The Room Of Loud Sound - Heavy Psych From The USA 1968-1972 (2008)

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Hieronymus Bosch Garden Of Earthly Delights Detail Postcard




A detail from the middle panel of "The Garden Of Earthly Delights". Whereas some believe that the middle panel, which depicts a fantastical world of nudes in sexual engagement, large fruits, and other suggestive elements, is simply an illustration of paradise lost, others believe that it is a moral warning, which will lead you to hell, as it is depicted in the third panel of the series.