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Monday, October 22, 2012

The Medium - The Medium (1969 canada, fantastic heavy psych with early prog tinges, Flawed Gems 2012 remaster)



The only album of this forgotten Montreal band was released on tiny Gamma label in 1969 and is usually considered as one of the very best Canadian albums from late 60' s psychedelic era. 

It mostly contained a trippy, instrumental music full of swirling organ and fuzz guitar parts, but there were also a space for atmospheric, dreamy ballads sung in a deep voice and for some distinctive, weird and 'jazzy' guitar solos... 

Anyway, it was a pretty complex and freaky album, which can be described as a stylistic combination of Vanilla Fudge, The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Aorta and C.A. Quintet. It has been carefully remastered from the original, analogue source and sounds really great!


Tracks
1. New Thing - 4:34
2. My Lady Lies Forever - 2:39
3. Give Me A Peace - 4:01
4. Two By Two - 2:35
5. The Mouse - 5:04
6. I'll Love Everyone At Last - 2:51
7. In Between - 4:41
8. Melon - 1:44
9. Stars - 5:34
All compositions by Jim Solkin

The Medium
*Robert Ellis - Vocals, Harmonica
*James Solkin - Organ, Piano
*Pierre Latrelille - Guitar
*Neil Malott - Bass
*Steve Blackwell - Percussion

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16 comments:

Hajul Ellah said...

Thank you very much, King Marios.

Александр said...

Thanks, Marios!

DanP said...

"heavy psych with prog tinges" sounds very tastey thanks again marios!!!

Remy said...

Thank-you, Marios!

mscmichael said...

Thanks very much...

sorogan said...

Thanks a lot, Marios!

kobilica said...

Thank you.again...

juan manuel muñoz said...

thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot !!!!

adamus67 said...

Recorded in Montreal in 1969 and released simultaneously with another Gamma label album Anthony Green & Barry Stagg, the album could be cited as one of the first in Quebec to have ventured into progressive mobilities. Pretty adventurous album for the time and place. Band is from Montreal, though their sound is more similar to the Toronto area. A nice fuzz and 1960s era non-Hammond organ. Melodramatic vocals can be a bit much. Last track has similarities to Soft Machine "II",sole album of this forgotten Montreal band was released on the tiny Gamma label in 1969 and is usually considered as one of the best Canadian albums from the late 60's psychedelic era.

This Canadian psych album is pretty interesting, starting with a trippy instrumental full of organ and fuzz guitar, and moving on to dreamy ballads and slightly heavier (but never fast) songs. The guitar playing throughout is somewhere between jazz and angular San Francisco-style noodling. There seems to be little or no attempt at melody, which actually makes the solos pretty distinctive and weird. An organ/guitar battle on “Give Me A Peace” is especially fun. The songs don’t follow traditional verse/chorus structures at all. The singer has a deep voice but isn’t exactly soulful or bluesy. This album is pretty freaky, what may have happened if bands like Aorta and Day Blindness didn’t bother to tidy up their loose ends. The style wears a little thin by the end, as the songwriting on side two doesn’t really offer anything new. Still, this is something most of you will enjoy. It has some similarities to the more satirical and pop-oriented Rabble, also from Montreal. Anyway, it was a pretty complex and freaky album, which can be described as a stylistic combination of The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Aorta and C.A. Quintet, of rare atmospheric 1969 Canadian psychedelic rock record featuring swirling organs and trippy weird guitar solos fuzz atmospheric, dreamy ballads sung in a deep,dreamy voice originally released on the tiny label Gamma GS 503 is one of the collectible vinyl rarities.
All songs, words & music by Jim Solkin
Sound Engineering: Rudi Delle
Cover Photo: John Walker
Album Design: Ronald Labelle
Produced by Daniel Lazare

The time now first time on CD! Released by Flawed Gems in 2012,it has been carefully remastered from the original, analogue source and sounds really great! oh yeah you have to admit that the guys from the Flawed Gems,they know their stuff. Excellent prog /psych, with lots of instrumental work and plenty of organs distortions, like early Doors, but more psych. This rare album is pretty interesting, starting with a trippy instrumental full of organ and fuzz guitar and moving on to dreamy ballads and slightly heavier songs. All titles in english.

Thanks a lot, Marios! :D

Cesar said...

Very good, as usual in this place. Thank you.

lmelis said...

Δεν τους έχω ξανακούσει, αλλά το δείγμα μου άρεσε. Σε ευχαριστώ πολύ.

John Katsigiannis said...

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3OV5QGpDBFFMDVjRfvapm-48SHSsGEXQ&feature=view_all....full rare album by medium in you tube...

Ioual said...

Gracias por estos tesoros sonoros.

Filldemontgat said...

Please Marios...
Thank you very much.

Marios said...

......Medium...Updated......