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.