A Heavy Dose of Lyte Psych

A Heavy Dose of Lyte Psych


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Heavy is right, although whether some of this is terribly good psychedelia is open to debate. On the one hand, there are some incredibly rare tracks here by terrifically obscure bands; on the other, only about 15 of the 24 songs here are all that interesting, or even listenable more than once. The best (and best-sounding) act here is the Gurus (who are also represented on the front cover), identified as five collegiate music majors from New York, who have a muscular yet melodic attack on their instruments. The Misty Wizards' "It's Love" is spacy fun, with electric sitar noodling over ethereal singing, and the Capes of Good Hopes' "Lady Margaret" offers some catchy hooks over engaging folk-rock-style rhythm guitar and lead guitar noodling. But a lot of what's here is uneven, selected based on its rarity rather than its effectiveness or attractiveness; Freeborne's "Land of Diana," for example, has so many shifts in tempo and fragmented melodic passages (including a shift out of psychedelic freak-out choruses and into a scat section) that it's difficult to imagine it getting played anywhere. There are some real surprises here as well, like "Brink of Death" by Childe Harold, a New York outfit produced by Walter Carlos, complete with orchestral accompaniment, eerie sound effects, and a pleasantly dissolute mood broken by some lively hard-rocking passages -- kind of like the Rolling Stones' "In Another Land." One number designated as a "Mystery Track," cut sometime in 1968 in Boston, apparently cut for a low-budget exploitation film, does sound like a lost Jefferson Airplane number circa After Bathing At Baxters. The sound is surprisingly good throughout, and producer Erik Lindgren has provided fairly thorough notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/1997
Label: Arf Arf
UPC: 0737835506222
catalogNumber: 62
Rank: 82402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nico   Organ
Fourth Way   Track Performer
Freeborne   Track Performer
Picture   Track Performer
Tea Company   Track Performer
Rod McKuen   Vocals
Bob Margolin   Guitar
Michael Brown   Keyboards
ID   Track Performer
Crescent Six   Track Performer
Truth   Track Performer
Attic Sound   Track Performer
White Room   Track Performer
Ballroom   Track Performer
Wild Flowers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Winter   Contributor
Curt Boettcher   Producer
Erik Lindgren   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Paul Arnold   Producer
Ben Benay   Contributor
Toxey French   Contributor
David Hassinger   Producer
Aram Heller   Graphic Design
Jim Ryan   Composer
Jerry Scheff   Contributor
Dave Brown   Contributor
Dick Toops   Producer
Joel Cory   Producer
Bill Wangerin   Engineer
Chimps   Contributor
Jay Kaye   Composer
Misty Wizards   Engineer
Thomas A. Edison Electric Band   Producer

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