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Friday, March 8, 2013

Various Artists - The Electric Asylum Vol. 1 (1970-74 uk, rare acid freakrock, Past and Present release)

20 blasts of long-forgotten British Freakrock. The Glorious British Psychedelic music scene did not cease to exist at midnight on December 31st 1969, it took on the previous decade with furore, new gadgets and studio gimmicks, but with some of the same key players. 

From the hard and loud sound of J.C. Heavy, Rainbow Family and Steel Mill to the sublimely bonkers Asylum, Monsoon, Mighty ‘Em and Galahad interspersed with spoonfuls of Psychedelia, Doom and Acid Rock.

Artists - Tracks
1. Mighty 'Em - Jekyll & Hyde - 3:23
2. Asylum - Suzy's Back - 2:36
3. Iron Horse - Magic Love - 3:04
4. Monsoon - Night Of The Fly - 3:01
5. Galahad - Rocket Summer - 3:06
6. J.C. Heavy - Is This Really Me - 3:12
7. Rainbow Family, The - Travellin' Lady - 2:49
8. Puzzle - Do You Feel The Pain - 2:48
9. Grumbleweeds, The - In A Teknicolor Dreem - 3:44
10.Explosive, The - Hey Presto, Magic Man - 3:05
11.J.C. Heavy - Do What You Like - 3:15
12.Choc - The Devil - 3:07
13.Danta - Queen Of Sheba - 4:17
14.Vincent Crane's Atomic Rooster* - O.D.- 3:19
15.Renegade - Never Let Me Go - 2:34
16.Satisfaction - Love It Is - 3:01
17.Audience - Eye To Eye - 2:33
18.Steel Mill - Get On The Line - 4:17
19.Kirk St. James - Tears I Cry3:55
20.Legs - So Many Faces - 2:54

The Past and Present compilations
60-70's  Floor Filler Killers / New Directions Vol. 3
60-70's  Mind Expanders Vol.2
1967-74  Psych Bites Vol.1
1968-74  Psych Bites Vol.2
1969-73  Up All Night

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Dick Campbell - Blue Winds Only Know (1965 us, great folk rock with smart pop feel, 2003 Rev Ola issue)

The enigmatic Dick Campbell, singer, songwriter, producer and one of the most famous humorists in the 1960's music business, it's sometimes difficult to tell whether he means something seriously or not the quality of the music remains the same as ever outstanding! In 1965, on his way from Massachusetts to join Gary Usher in California, he stopped off in Chicago to produce a band.and ended up making one of the foremost and most collectable electric-Dylan clone albums of the period....with backing from the Butterfield Blues Band and the young Peter Cetera.

Dick had never any intention of being a folk rocker, The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons being more his thing, his publisher being behind the deal, but the idea of making a record with these outstanding musicians AND getting paid was too much to turn down! only the occasional incongruous surf backing vocal and deliberately over-convoluted faux Dylan lyric gives away Dick's real personality It is possible to take it all as a straight Dylan cop ala David Blue..(with rather better melodies!)..if one does not spot Dick's enigmatic smile on the cover!.

Dick would go on to produce many classic mid-west garage bands, and write and record the amazing fairy tale album "Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt" with Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher, as well as be publishing A'n'R for Harry Nillson and Paul Williams, AND writing songs for the Cowsills to boot.but the sheer Mouse And The Traps gall of this record gives us...the essential Dick Campbell! Dick Campbell was a part of the legendary Gary Usher/Curt Boettcher circle and this release contains Backing by The Butterfield Blues Band with Mike Bloomfield, as on the classic Dylan early electric albums, Peter Cetera, later of Chicago and members of The Buckinghams.

1 Blue Winds Only Know - 2:30
2 Share With Me - 3:00
3 Don't Give Up On Me - 2:06
4 Echo - 2:00
5 If I Didn't See You - 3:47
6 I'll Be Alone - 2:20
7 Love Knows Only You - 2:07
8 Maybe - 2:43
9 Pretend It's Me - 2:17
10 Sea Gull - 2:26
11 Time To Sing For You - 2:07
12 So Long - 2:39
13 Window World (Dick Campbell, Keypashine Golesorkh) - 1:41
14 Peace On Earth (D. Campbell, K. Golesorkhi, Steve Hoffman) - 1:59
15 Sometimes (Dick Campbell) - 1:46
16 The World (Dick Campbell, Keypashine Golesorkh) - 2:31
All songs by Dick Campbell and Gary Usher unless as else stated.
Bonus tracks 13-16

*Dick Campbell - Voclas, Guitar
*Michael Bloomfield - Guitar
*Paul Butterfield - Harmonica
*Peter Cetera - Bass
*Sam Lay - Drums
*Mark Naftalin - Organ

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