Iron Claw – Dismorphophobia

Iron Claw – Dismorphophobia

Scottish Heavy Underground Rock 1970-73

Underground heavy rock from the Scottish band iron claw recorded in the early 70s but not released until now. Hard ‘n heavy with some great guitar work as well as the odd harmonica lick. Similar in places to Black Sabbath, The Dark and Budgie.

Tracklist:
1. Claustrophobia 5:05
2. Let It Grow 2:43
3. Gonna Be Free 3:37
4. Lightning 3:35
5. Pavement Artist 5:16
6. Loving You 2:34
7. All I Really Need 3:13
8. Take Me Back 5:07
9. Knock ‘Em Dead 2:52
10. Winter 6:00
11. Strait-Jacket 4:52
12. Rock Band Blues 4:08
13. Real Mean Rocker 3:17
14. Spider’s Web 3:12

Iron Claw – Dismorphophobia

Abstract Truth – Silver Trees (1970)



Abstract Truth – Silver Trees (1970)

Excellent early ’70s melodic wistful freak rock blends with laid back, almost trance-like sounds featuring assorted instruments like flutes, harpsichord, electric guitars, saxophone, keyboards, percussion etc. A refreshing approach with psychedelic touches. Silver Trees was South African band Abstract Truth’s second LP. It is much stronger than their debut, Totum, released earlier the same year (1970). Totum consisted of cover songs approached in the psychedelic folk vein; Silver Trees features solely original compositions and rocks out a lot more.

Tracklist:

1. Pollution
2. All The Same
3. Original Man
4. Silver Trees
5. In A Space
6. Moving Away
7. Two
8. Blue Wednesday Speaks
9. It’s Alright With Me

Abstract Truth – Silver Trees (1970)

Moonstone – Moonstone (1973)

Moonstone – Moonstone (1973)

This band was from Alaska, and recorded this on a Canadian label back in 1973. The songs really are exquisite, with excellent acoustic guitar, good electric guitar leads in places, piano, percussion, some flute, and very nice male/female vocal harmonies. Privately released on the obscure Kotai label (KOT3003), the album features predominantly female vocals and crystal clear male-female harmony singing. Imagine the meeting of U.S. West Coast acoustic songwriting and esoteric U.K. folk from the early 70s. This is it! Intimate, compelling…magical! Musical accompaniment minimum. Only acoustic guitar features throughout, with piano and flute occasionally. There’s the hint of a gentle electric guitar in there too, but its those intricate, ethereal vocal harmonies that draw the listener. Those who enjoy late night/early morning listening, Linda Perhacs, CSNY, Trader Horne, and 70s folk music in general.

Tracklist:

1. Focus
2. In Case
3. Top Heavy
4. Finas Birthday Song
5. Cointreau
6. Relative Hoak
7. Black Blind Light
8. David (Blue)
9. Murk
10. Said Gently
11. Hope You Come See

Moonstone – Moonstone (1973)

Various Artists – With the Sun in My Eyes: 20 Psychedelic Spins From The UK & Europe (2007)

With The Sun In My Eyes is a collection of rare psychedelic spins from the UK and Europe. With so many similarly-themed comps around, it’s genuinely difficult to come up with 20 killer tracks previously uncomped on CD. However, the Psychic Circle label happily reassures any worried aficionado that the well has not run dry. It may take a little longer for the pebble to hit the water, but when it does, there are still bucketfuls of lysergically-treated fluid to draw up. Here, you’ll find Elton John’s rhythm section, Hungary’s top psych band, an army PE instructor who thought he was the reincarnation of an Egyptian pharaoh, a Swedish Red Indian expert whose brother sold his records door to door, and the man who asked “Where Do You Go To My Lovely?” getting decidedly strange, plus a whole bunch of other psyched-out artistes. Just say yes. Compiled by legendary psych musician and Psychic Circle label-head, Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). Artists include: Plastic Penny, Peter Sarstedt, The Mindbenders, Ola & The Janglers, Omega Group, Zion De Gallier, The Gnomes Of Zurich, The Rattles, Foggy, Majority One, Schadel, Sound Network, Youngblood, Ramases, Grand Union, Winston G, Peter & The Wolves, Don Curtis, Giorgio and The Mooche.

Tracklist:

1. Give Me Money – Plastic Penny
2. Mary Jane – Sarstedt, Peter
3. Yellow Brick Road – Mindbenders
4. No One Knows What Happens Round The Corner – Ola & The Janglers
5. Ten Thousand Paces – Omega Group
6. Me – De Gallier, Zion
7. Hang On Baby – Gnomes Of Zurich
8. Lady Love – Rattles
9. She’s Far Away – Foggy
10. Get Back Home – Majority One
11. With The Sun In My Eyes – Schadel
12. Watching – Sound Network
13. Don’t Leave Me In The Dark – Youngblood
14. Balloon – Ramases
15. She Said – Grand Union
16. Bye Bye Baby – Winston G
17. Woman On My Mind – Peter & The Wolves
18. In The Corners – Curtis, Don
19. Stop – Giorgio
20. Seen Through A Light – Mooche

Various Artists – With the Sun in My Eyes: 20 Psychedelic Spins From The UK & Europe (2007)

Various Artists – The Room Of Loud Sound – Heavy Psych From The USA 1968-1972 (2008)

Various Artists – The Room Of Loud Sound – Heavy Psych From The USA 1968-1972 (2008)

The Psychic Circle label presents a follow-up to the White Lace & Strange: Heavy Psych and Power Fuzz from the U.S.A. 68-72 compilation, further delving into the less-frequented areas of late ’60s and early ’70s heavy psych rock from the USA. On this volume, you’ll hear the band that would spawn Cheap Trick, a former member of Dion’s Belmonts getting all funked up, the drummer of The Knickerbockers working under a pseudonym, the young Leslie West stretching out, and a whole lot more besides. Enter The Room Of Loud Sound and live to tell the tale. Twenty never-before comped burners specially compiled by legendary Psych musician and Psychic Circle label-head, Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). Artists include: Hot Soup, Bump, Fuse, Carlo, Five By Five, Plant & See, Morning Sun, Today’s Special, Fantasy, Mister Beeler, Peace & Quiet, Six Pak, Salem Witchcraft, The Vagrants, Hammer, Blowtorch, Locomotive, Eagle, The Mystic Number National Bank and Silk.

Tracklist:

1. Hot Soup – You Took Me By Surprise
2. Bump – Got To Get You Back
3. Fuse – Permanent Resident
4. Carlo – Fever
5. Five By Five – Good Connection
6. Plant & See – Put Out My Fire
7. Morning Sun – Dark Hair
8. Today’s Special – Krista
9. Fantasy – Understand
10. Mister Beeler – Henrietta
11. Peace & Quiet – You Can Wait Till Tomorrow
12. Six Pak – Tombstone Shadow
13. Salem Witchcraft – Rock & Roll Lover
14. Vagrants, The – Beside The Sea
15. Hammer – Something Easy
16. Blowtorch – C’mon & Get It
17. Locomotive – Get On Away
18. Eagle – Pack Up
19. Mystic Number National Bank, The – Beautician Blues
20. Silk – Skitzo Blues

Various Artists – The Room Of Loud Sound – Heavy Psych From The USA 1968-1972 (2008)

Hieronymus Bosch Garden Of Earthly Delights Detail Postcard


A detail from the middle panel of “The Garden Of Earthly Delights”. Whereas some believe that the middle panel, which depicts a fantastical world of nudes in sexual engagement, large fruits, and other suggestive elements, is simply an illustration of paradise lost, others believe that it is a moral warning, which will lead you to hell, as it is depicted in the third panel of the series. 

Jan & Lorraine – Gypsy People (1969)

Jan & Lorraine – Gypsy People (1969)

This is British duo Jan Hendin and Lorraine Lefevre, and their superb collection of acid-tinged folk and pop has been acclaimed as one of the best female psychedelic albums of the late 1960s, with contents varying from fragile ballads to rousing rock and roll, set to complex arrangements and gorgeous vocal harmonies. Recorded in London but only released in the US and Canada, it features support from musicians including Terry Cox (Pentangle), Brian Odgers (Al Stewart, Van Morrison, John McLaughlin, John Surman), Keshav Sathe (Magic Carpet) and legendary session drummer, Clem Cattini. Amongst the most enigmatic recordings of its time and full of mostly original songs (and one song co-written by Davy Graham), it makes its long-awaited CD debut here complete with explanatory liner notes.

Tracklist:

1. Break out the Wine
2. Bird of Passage
3. Gypsy People
4. Foolin’ Myself
5. Old Tyme Movie
6. Life’s Parade
7. Snow Roses
8. The Assignment Song-Sequence
9. Number 33
10. Don’t You Feel Fine

Jan & Lorraine – Gypsy People (1969)

Arthur – In Search Of (1968)

Arthur – In Search Of (1968)

ARTHUR ‘In Search Of’ LP  (Switzerland, RD, Catalogue #RD 13)

Mega-rare early recordings (45 rpm single, unreleased tracks and 1-sided Two:Dot label demo LP release) circa 1968-69 of acid folk/psychedelic music by Arthur (later signed to Tumbleweed Records and at that point recording as Arthur Gee.)

‘Long awaited release of this psychedelic/acid folk masterpiece from the North. Arthur started his career in Toronto, Canada as folkie in the mid ’60s. In 1969 he went to Colorado and recorded a 1-sided demo LP that surfaced some years ago in collector’s circles. It was on Two:Dot, the same label that Hendrickson Roadhouse was on. Only a handful of demo copies were released and sent out to major labels to get a record deal. This happened only later after he signed with Tumbleweed Records and released two albums as Arthur Gee. This first ever official release includes his complete demo LP, unreleased sessions and his mega rare 45 rpm both from before the LP and recorded in Canada. The music can be described as a mixture of Perry Leopold, William C. Beeley and early Pink Floyd (his 45 rpm) which is pure magic. Pressed on heavy audiophile vinyl, ultra heavy old style cardboard sleeve and an insert with a bio witten by Arthur.’

‘Dark, damaged acoustic strum folk in Perry Leopold style but a bit stronger vocally. Missed notes, stream of consciousness lyricism, and obsessions with mystic and biblical imagery. Saddened reports on the lost state of the planet. A great loner mini-LP, although you really can feel too much.’
~Acid Archives/RM

‘The last track is a killer deep guilt-trip on level with Perry Leopold.’
~Acid Archives/PL

Tracks on this LP are as follows:

* Armstrong Tourist Resthome
* Tea Gardens
* Sunspots
* Dimensions/Plain Talk
* Tea Gardens
* Plain Talk
* Warm Traitor’s Breath
* Armstrong Tourist Resthome
* Miller Tragedy
* Untitled
* Confessions

Arthur – In Search Of (1968)