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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Children Of The Mushroom - Children Of The Mushroom (1968 us, incredible rough garage psych, 2014 issue)



Back in the mid '60s there were lots of garage/psychedelic bands, that only released one or two singles and among them there were kids that apparently found out about psilocybin very soon. Children Of The Mushroom formed in Thousand Oaks, California, which is a small town near Los Angeles. First they were called The Captives and around the summer of love they became Children Of The Mushroom. 

The band consisted of Jerry McMillen (guitar, vocals, flute), Bob Holland (organ), Al Pisciotta (bass), Dennis Christensen (drums) and Paul Gabrinetti (guitar, vocals). The band was inspired by The Doors, Iron Butterfly and similar groups, which appeared around the L.A area. In 1968 the Soho label out of Hollywood released their incredible single. 

The A-side, 'August Mademoiselle', was written by Holland while the B-side, 'You Can't Erase A Mirror', was written by McMillen and Holland. 'August Mademoiselle' is one of the best garage/psych singles of all time in our opinion and consists of wicked Vox organ playing, huge amount of fuzz and the haunting atmosphere with crazy fast tempo that really blows your brains out. 

'You Can't Erase A Mirror' is just the opposite; slow but again a very haunting number from the band. It's easy to say that the band represents the true garage spirit of the late '60s when there were tons of bands with one or two singles out. Some of them were good, some of them just OK, but the Mushroom people released one the most celebrated ones, which is a must to any psych/garage collector.
by Klemen Brezinkar


Tracks
1. August Mademoiselle (Bob Holland) - 2:27
2. You Can't Erase Α Mirror (Bob Holland, Jerry McMillen) - 3:02
3. Blade - 6:11
4. It Won't Be Enough - 4:08
5. Vortex - 5:05
6. Care for Me - 4:09
7. Exordium (The Mushroom Theme) (Bob Holland, Jerry McMillen) - 7:17
Music by Children Of The Mushroom, Lyrics by Jerry McMillen except where stated

The Children Of The Mushroom
*Jerry McMillen - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Dennis Christensen Swanson - Ludwig Drums
*Al Pisciotta - Fender Bass
*Paul Gabrinetti - Fender Guitar, Vocals
*Bob Holland - Vox Organ, Vocals

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