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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Mandrake Memorial - 3 Part Inventions (1969 us, exceptional psych prog rock, 2016 release)

The lost, third studio album from 1969 by this quite good psychedelic / proto-progressive band. An absolutely worthwhile release for fans of music of this era.

“Having made two superb psychedelic albums and gigged with The Doors, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground and many others, in June of 1969, The Mandrake Memorial came to London. The plan was to record with famed producer Shel Talmy (The Kinks, The Who, Pentangle), but when that fell through, they persevered alone.

Long thought to be lost, 3 Part Inventions anticipates the woozy, dream-like vibe of their 1970 masterpiece Puzzle, combining eerie vocals, trippy guitar and otherworldly electronics to create a unique whole.

Transferred directly from the master tape, it's released here for the first time, together with a detailed band history, rare images, two previously unheard outtakes from a 1969 acetate, and a rare radio interview.“
CD Liner-Notes

1. The Puzzle - 2:52
2. Ocean's Daughter - 2:56
3. Tadpole - 2:32
4. Part Of My Dreams - 5:48
5. Wouldn't You Like It - 2:14
6. Bucket Of Air - 7:29
7. Witness The End - 10:06
8. Cassandra - 4:54
9. The 12th Brigade - 5:14
10.Rock Star Interview - 2:39
All compositions by Craig Anderton, Michael Kac, Randy Monaco, John Kevin Lally

The Mandrake Memorial
*Craig Anderton - Guitars, Electronics, Sitar
*Michael Kac - Keyboards, Voices
*Randy Monaco - Bass, Voices
*John Kevin Lally - Drums

1968  The Mandrake Memorial
1969  Medium
1970  Puzzle  

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