Thursday, 2 August 2018

The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

Reprise 1967

01 I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
02 Bangles
03 Onie
04 Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoy It Less)
05 Train For Tomorrow
06 Sold To The Highest Bidder
07 Get Me To The World On Time
08 About A Quarter To Nine
09 The King Is In The Counting House
10 Luvin
11 Try Me On For Size
12 The Toonerville Trolley

The Electric Prunes were a psychedelic garage rock band from L.A. and this is there debut album from 1967.

There seemed to be no end of absolutely terrible contracts given out to bands throughout the 1960's. The burden for The Electric Prunes was they were contractually bound to record the songs of songwriting team Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz. On this first album, the band only had one original they wrote themselves.

There are a couple of songs that sound out of place and the band made no secret of their frustration with having to record these compositions. Some tracks though, like the title track and 'Get Me to the World On Time' are garage classics.

The real highlight is that the band were allowed to apply their recording ideas and experiments to these songs. They employ fuzztone, tremelo, sound effects and electronic composition.

The Electric Prunes had a strange career and we'll be looking at their other releases in the coming months.

Taj Mahal Travellers - August 1974

CBS Japan 1975

01 I
02 II
03 III
04 IV

The Taj Mahal Travellers entered Nippon Columbia Studio No.1 in Tokyo to record their second album. The final album released in the groups lifetime, it was a mammoth 88 minute double of improvised abstract and drone.

Brocken Spectre - Drive By Election

Treehouse Orchestra Recordings 2018

01 Drive By Election

The first release in over a year from TOR. 

The re-formed Brocken Spectre (in which I play guitar) release this single ahead of a new album which is due in the Autumn.

Stream or free download at Bandcamp.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Various Artists - Summer 2018

01 Frankie Seay & The Soul Riders - Soul Food
02 Bruno Nicolai - Pursuited-Jennifer's Recall
03 Augustus Pablo & King Tubby - Keep On Dubbing
04 Indian Puddin And Pipe - Hashish
05 Nils Frahm - All Melody
06 Talk Talk - Stump
07 Sachiko Kanenobu - Anata Kara Toku E
08 Blues Magoos - I'll Go Crazy
09 Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Ice and Snow
10 Colin Stetson - Spindrift
11 Art - Love Is Real (Unreleased Version)
12 Thane Russal & Three - Security
13 Goat - Let It Burn (Radio Edit)
14 Gu - Marianne
15 Modesty Blaise - Carol Mountain

Time for another mixtape. It's a double helping this month, soundtracking this beautiful sunshine.

Mellow Candle ‎- Swaddling Songs

Deram 1972

01 Heaven Heat
02 Sheep Season
03 Silversong
04 The Poet And The Witch
05 Messenger Birds
06 Dan The Wing
07 Reverend Sisters
08 Break Your Token
09 Buy Or Beware
10 Vile Excesses
11 Lonely Man
12 Boulders On My Grave

Not sure why it's taken me this long to post Mellow Candle's 'Swaddling Songs'. It's classic psych folk, with a prog hint here and there. The best moments are the spooky songs, 'Reverend Sisters' being a favourite.

Original copies go for thousands and remains the only album the band released in it's lifetime.

Various Artists - Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! Seminar: Aesthetic Expressions Of Psychedelic Funk Music In India 1970-1983

World Psychedelic Funk Classics 2010

01 The Black Beats - The Mod Trade
02 X'Lents - Psychedelia
03 Kalyanji Anandji - Somebody To Love (Edit)
04 Kalyanji Anandji - Bairaag Dance Music (Edit)
05 R.D. Burman - Dance Music From Hare Rama Hare Krishna
06 R.D. Burman - Lekar Ham Diwana Dil
07 R.D. Burman - Freak Out Music
08 Bappi Lahari - Everybody Dance With Me
09 Kalyanji Anandji with R.D. Burman - Dharmatma Theme Music
10 Asha Bhosle - Dum Maro Dum Live (Edit)
11 Usha Khanna - Hotel Incidental Music (Edit)
12 Klaus Doldinger - Sitar Beat
13 Sapan Jagmohan - Meri Aakhon Mein Ek Sapna Hai (Edit)
14 Keith Kanga - Butterfly (Version Two)
15 Atomic Forest - Mary Long
16 Usha Khanna - Tera Jasia Pyara Koi Nahin
17 Hemant Bhosle - Phir Teri Yaad
18 R.D. Burman - Aaj Mera Dil
19 Kalyanji Anandji with Manhar & Anand - Hum Tumhe Chate Hain (Edit)
20 Ilaiyaraaja Feat. Vani Jairam & Chorus - Thabimayil

Another great psych/funk comp from a few years back that now seems a little hard to find.

Taj Mahal Travellers - July 15, 1972

CBS/Sony Japan 1972

01 The Taj-Mahal Travelers Between 6:20~6:46P.M.
02 The Taj-Mahal Travelers Between 7:03~7:15P.M.
03 The Taj-Mahal Travelers Between 7:50~8:05P.M.

 Takehisa Kosugi had his Taj Mahal Travellers improvise live performances on beaches, hillsides, art galleries and more. This is Japanese avant garde/drone at its finest.

Recorded at Sohgetsu Hall, Tokyo, Japan.