Hello Folks, just for your information i will go to the sun this year from the 23rd of this month until around the 15th of october. I got the confirmation today. Hurray :-). hope we will meet here again after my holidays.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Psychedelic Pop? : The Tingling Mother’s Circus - A Circus Of The Mind 1968 Vinyl (Musicor Records) Flac & mp3@320

Signed by Roulette, the band debuted with the 1967 single "Face In My MInd" b/w "Isn't It Strange (Roulette catalog number 4758). While the single vanished without a trace, it attracted the attention of Musicor Records, which promptly signed them to a contract. Produced by Bob Schwartz, 1968's 'A Circus Of The Mind' is best described as an interesting mess. Musically the quintet was clearly trying to find a path between being cool and happenin' and top-40 commerciality. Interestingly, while they seldom managed to find that happy median (recalling The Mamas and the Papas with a fuzz guitar up there rectum, 'Sunday Kind Of Feelin'' was one of the few exceptions), the set has a goofy quality that makes it kind of engaging and worth a couple of spins. Randall had a decent voice and kicked in snippets of tasty fuzz guitar ('New York Mining Disaster 1941'). In contrast, given vocalist Andrea sounded like Minnie Mouse (check out her performance on the helium propelled "Sky Diver" and 'Positively Negative'), one had to assume her inclusion had something to do with physical attributes rather than musical talents.(clear spot-nl)

This is the kind of record where it seems that everything goes...or even not? I can't imagine what kind of concept was behind this. However

take it or leave it
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Flat Earth Society - Waleeco & The Lost Space Kids 1967-68 (1993 Arf-Arf Records) Flac & mp3

A young group from the Boston area -- in fact, none of the members looked to be older than 15 -- Flat Earth Society recorded a rare album in 1968 that became a prime collectible two or three decades later. This was probably based more on its rarity than the actual music, as the record was marketed by Waleeco candy bars -- you could mail-order the album with half a dozen candy wrappers and $1.50. Those consumers that took advantage of the offer were rewarded with competent, but somewhat generic, psychedelic rock, with the prominent electric keyboards that were characteristic of much of the Boston sound. Some Doors influence could be heard, perhaps, in the minor-hued melodies, and some Jefferson Airplane in the harmonies; to throw in an obscure reference, it's a bit like a garage version of H.P. Lovecraft. The record has since been reissued, making the transition to CD in the 1990s.(Richie Unterberger,

Having read the previous review of this album, it's time to set the record straight. Firstly, their cover of the midnight hour [all the other songs are originals] is a fair effort. I wouldn't call it either dreadful or fantastic.

But I would call the haunting, eerie "Dark Street Downtown" fantastic..a masterpiece with its distinctive vocals and piano accompaniment supported by lyrics of the finest order. Turn the lights out, light the candles and just listen.Breathtaking stuff!! Very Baroque and very beautiful.

This standard is maintained on "Prelude For The Town Monk", another Jack Kerivan composition and with equally thought- provoking lyrics.A young man in his late teens getting his message across in the most literate of ways and with a voice to match any before or since in Rock.

His third contribution is "Shadows", an uptempo, organ-driven number but with the same haunting mood of "Dark Street". The rest of the songs are written by Jack Kerivan and Phil Dubuque or Jack Kerivan and Rick Doyle. The latter collaboration contains two excellent instrumentals of a laid-back, psychedelic nature, "Portrait in Grey" and "Satori". Some nice phasing and experimentation that rounded off an excellent debut[and sadly only]album.

If you like Folk Rock, you'll like The Flat Earth Society. If you like Baroque, similarly.Psychedelic, garagey, quite a mix in this the band themselves say "no particular bag at all''.(amazon customer)

Also here is an audio adventure called ''The Space Kids ''.  The space kids material, which features backing music from the seminal boston 60's outfit called The Lost. This was apparently never released, it was done for a local pbs station. This fine band, whose recordings i recommend, featured future members of bands such as ultimate spinach, listening, bagatelle, and even the latest, much derided, version of the Velvet Underground! Names like walter powers , lee mason, kyle garrahan, and willie alexander. The last is still well known in Boston today. (excerpt of a custom review at amazon)

The Waleeco album is a fine piece of psychedelic rock and i like it very much. Also great tracks are the songs for the audio adventure ''The Lost Space Kids''. Very different very good. I really recommend to give it a listen. 

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Sunshine/Bubblegum: The Clique - Sugar On Sunday / The Definitive Collection (2006 Rev-Ola) Flac & mp3

The Clique had a medium hit in late 1969 with "Sugar on Sunday," a cover of a song from Tommy James' Crimson and Clover album, and a smaller hit with "I'll Hold Out My Hand," a song from their sole album. Emphasizing harmonies and carefully arranged light pop-rock tunes with horns, they were part of the scene that's now known as L.A. sunshine pop, except that they fell closer to bubblegum than some other acts in the genre.

Like several such acts of the time, they were less a self-contained group than a vehicle for producer/songwriter Gary Zekley, who co-wrote much of their material with Mitchell Bottler and used session musicians on most of their tracks. If other such singer/producers in California at the time (like Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher) emulated the lightest aspects of The Beach Boys, then Zekley and the Clique were lighter still, sometimes sounding a little like the Monkees or bubblegum groups of the time like the Cuff Links, and at gutsier moments like Tommy James (who produced a couple of Clique cuts).

As it turned out, however, the Clique are not remembered today for "Sugar on Sunday," but for its B-side, "Superman." Out of the ordinary for the Clique in its cool paisley moodiness and forceful guitar strumming, it was covered in 1986 by R.E.M. on Life's Rich Pageant; their version has become far more famous than the original. The Clique's album was reissued on CD by Varese Sarabande, with bonus tracks.(allmusic)

The Clique, also a favourite band project of me. Producer and writers Mantler/Zekley have done a great job with this band. In this kind of pop music this was a first class work. It was all catchy as hell.
This collection is a wonderful piece of ''light'' pop music from the sixties. 5 stars  out of 5stars.

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