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Friday, November 30, 2012

Human Instinct - Pins In It (1971 new zealand, effective acid psych guitar rock, 1997 digipak and 2011 bonus tracks edition)

On their return to New Zealand (early 1969), they began recording an album at Stebbing's studios. About half way through it Peter Barton left the group and Larry Waide was brought in to complete the album. Released late 1969, the album was called "Burning Up Years". From it came the single "I Think I'll Go Back Home"/"You Really Got Me".

Work then began immediately on the second album. It was recorded in June 1970 and released as "Stoned Guitar". From it came the singles "Midnight Sun"/"Idea" and "Black Sally"/"Tomorrow".

Larry Waide left the group after recording the second album, as musical directions began to change. His position was filled in February 1971 by former Underdogs bass player Neil Edwards. No sooner had he joined and the group was back in the studios to record their third album. This was called "Pins In It" and was released in June 1971. One single, "Rainbow World"/"Highway", was issued from this album.

Firmly established as one of the rarest LPs of the period, it's presented here complete with exclusive photographs, six bonus tracks and detailed notes by Greer himself, making it truly essential for fans of hard psychedelic rock. 

At the same time as its release, the group headed to Sydney for a three month tour. It was not a happy time for the band and at the end of the visit, Billy TK announced that he was remaining in Australia. This basically signalled the end of Human Instinct as a heavy rock band. Instead of replacing Billy with another guitarist, Maurice decided to go for a totally different sound and added Graeme Collins on keyboards. 

This configuration didn't last very long and in 1972 Maurice started again with a completely new line-up which consisted of himself, Martin Hope, from the Fourmyula, and John Donoghue, from Timberjack, both on guitar, and Glenn Mickelsson (also known as Zaine Griff) on bass. From late 1971, Maurice divided his time between his music and nightclub construction with his brothers, Barry and Frank. They were responsible for opening quite a few clubs in Auckland, notably Hatchett's, Granny's, Shantytown, Ruby's Saloon and Croft's, as well as quite a number of others around the country.

1. Pinzinet (Neil Edwards, Khayam) - 4:02
2. Stand Up (Neil Edwards, Maurice Greer, Tiny Thompson) - 3:44
3. Duchess of Montrose (Neil Edwards) - 3:56
4. Hazy Days (Billy Te Kahika) - 3:36
5. The Washing Song (Neil Edwards) - 2:50
6. The Nile Song (Roger Waters) - 3:17
7. Play My Guitar (Billy Te Kahika) - 2:53
8. Highway (Billy Te Kahika) - 2:22
9. Rainbow World (G. R. Edwards, Neil Edwards, Maurice Greer) - 4:27

Bonus Tracks
10.Play My Guitar (Billy Te Kahika) - 2:52
11.The Nile Song (Roger Waters) - 3:08
12.Duchess Of Montrose (Neil Edwards) - 2:43
13.Rainbow World (G. R. Edwards, Neil Edwards, Maurice Greer) - 4:13
14.Texas Sparrow (Mike Rabon) - 2:43
15.Children Of The World (Neil Edwards, Tiny Thompson) - 2:30
Tracks 10-13 recorded in 1971 for the Australian TV show "Getting To Know"
Tracks 14-15 single 45' 1971 release

Human Instinct
*Maurice Greer - Lead Vocals, Drums, Percussion
*Neil Edwards - Bass
*Billy Te Kahika - Guitars
*Dick Hopp - Flute (Tracks 6,9)
*Robert Hooper Smith - Organ (Tracks 7,8)
*Graeme Collins - Keyboards (Tracks 14,15) 

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1975  Peg Leg / The Lost Tapes

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The Human Expression - Love At Psychedelic Velocity (1966 us, raw garage psych, 2010 Cicadelic bonus tracks edition)

In 1966, four high school students from the Los Angeles suburbs formed The Human Expression, and by January 1967, their first single, Love At Psychedelic Velocity b/w Every Night, was released to an unsuspecting public.

It was a dazzling, driving, opus of mind-bending sounds, and a harbinger of things to come.

Their second single, Optical Sound b/w Calm Me Down, released in the Summer Of Love, was a two-sided tour de force, with brooding introspective lyrics by lead singer, Jim Quarles.

The Human Expression's edgy bad boy image was the antithesis of the flower-children image so prevalent for groups in 1967.

The Human Expression's third single was Sweet Child Of Nothingness, written by Mars Bonfire, who offered the band another new song, Born To Be Wild.

Quarles thought the lyrics trite, and since he was the lead singer, the band rejected the song, even before Steppenwolf recorded it.

Nevertheless, the three singles The Human Expression released during their short-lived career, would burnish their reputation as one of the finest garage bands to emerge from the mid-60's Los Angeles music scene.

Compiled on this CD are all the surviving demos and tapes of The Human Expression, along with rare band memorabilia, and demos by Quarles from 1965 (recorded just before The Human Expression).

1. Readin' Your Will (Jim Quarles, Jim Foster) - 2:45
2. Love at Psychedelic Velocity (Human Expression) - 2:37
3. Every Night (Demo Version) (Human Expression) - 2:43
4. Calm Me Down (Single Version) (Jim Quarles, Jim Foster) - 2:28
5. Optical Sound (Single Version) (Jim Quarles, Jim Foster) - 2:37
6. Sweet Child of Nothingness (Mars Bonfire) - 3:08
7. Room of Shadows (Complete Version) (Jim Quarles) - 2:22
8. Calm Me Down (False Start) (Jim Quarles, Jim Foster) - 0:14
9. Calm Me Down (Unreleased Version) (Jim Quarles, Jim Foster) - 2:27
10.Every Night (Single Version) (Human Expression) - 2:36
11.Optical Sound (Promo Version) (Jim Quarles, Jim Foster) - 2:33
12.Calm Me Down (Promo Version) (Jim Quarles, Jim Foster) - 2:25
13.I Don't Need Nobody (Mike Verlingien) - 2:56
14.I Told Her (Jim Quarles) - 1:57
15.Return Nevermore (Jim Quarles) - 1:58
16.Judgement of Rejection (Jim Quarles) - 2:05

The Human Expression
*Jim Quarles  - Lead Vocals
*Jim Foster  - Rhythm Guitar
*Martin Eshleman  - Lead Guitar
*Tom Hamilton  - Bass
*Armand Poulin  - Drums

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