El Shalom - Frost. Date of release varies from site to site on this one, but I think '75 turns up the most often so....let's go with that. But this one sounds more like 1969 and that's one of favorite things about it. Really cool psych/prog. Give it a try and see whatcha think.
Next up is one I promised a bit ago and almost forgot about (sorry) but I did add a little bonus (and I'll get Granicus up next). This is hard biker rock from the midwest (Columbus, Ohio USA to be specific) and although the production leaves a bit to be desired (they were on Neil Bogart's short lived Millenium label, which basically released the non-disco stuff from his stable) there are a few tasty nuggets to be found, especially the final track, Candy's Going Bad.
And here is the bonus, a 1995 reunion show that was released on the High Chief label (#1002) in the Ohio area. Very short lived in print and extremely hard to find these days, and the sound quality is excellent, in my opinion better than the above album, and has damn near everything in livelier versions.
Amon Duul (sorry no umlauts on my keys) began life as a communal group that released art-rock albums before splitting into 2 camps (hence Amon Duul II) and both going in a more prog direction. This is where it began for the original group with 1969's Psychedelic Underground, a fun and classy romp through the sounds that were a part of the German underground at this time. Over time I hope to add more of the obscure releases from both camps, figuring most fans have the more well known stuff from II, such as Wolf City and Tanz Der Lemmings but I figured that this was a good place to start with the Duul. Any requests?
I absolutely love this album. From the
first official reissue of this legendary Westcoast acid psych masterpiece. It was recorded 1969 in Hollywood and originally released on Chartmaker. Goldenrod is not just the backing band of Darius -- it is Ben Benay, Jerry Scheff and Toxey French who all were involved into several major projects, playing with Elvis Presley, 5th Dimension, supporting The Doors, Ventures to name a few. On this album they let it all go-- just caring about their own passion with a magical sound in 4 long cuts: Descent of the cyclopeans/ Karmic Dream Sequence/ The Gator Society/ Standing Ovaluation -- those satisfy by its intense and emotional sound with ultimate guitarwork by Ben Benay. Ben was also one of the main culprits in one of many exploito psych LPs called Friar Tuck & His Psychedelic Guitar and did a couple solo albums for Capitol in the mid 60's including a blues harmonica album.
And from Bruce here are a few choice nuggets :
Iron Butterfly - Live 5-3-88 (128k) Reunion show from Boston @ Summerville Theater.
Crystal Circus - same (Strawberry Alarm Clock releated)
The personnel above are as credited on the Akarma LP but all may not be as it seems.... Supposedly a reissue of an untitled 1968 album, allocated a catalog # of All-American AA-5733-LPD (it sez), that only made it to the test-pressing stage. One copy surfaced in 2000 with a price-tag of $1500.
This group/project was in Bill Holmes' All-American stable of inter-twined groups from in and around the Santa Barbara, California area. Greg Munford had been with Thee Sixpence up to the point that they recorded the Incense And Pepermints (sic) 45 and became The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Crystal Circus would appear to have been his next venture. He was involved in other projects and a 45 released in '67 by The Shapes Of Sound - Lost Weekend / Twisted Conversation (All-American 343) - is a likely candidate, given that Twisted Conversation turns up on the Crystal Circus LP.
Fuzzy Duck - Fuzzy Duck
This outfit included Mick Hawksworth who'd previously played with Andromeda and Five Day Week Straw People. Their organist Roy Sharland had previously been with Spice and Arthur Brown. Original copies of the album are expensive. Only 500 copies were originally pressed and they came with a free poster. The cover depicted an Afro-wearing duck. Musically it's in the heavy progressive genre. It does contain some pretty good organ-dominated instrumental passages and is worth investigation.