A Heavy Dose of Lyte Psych

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Arf Arf
  • UPC: 737835506222
  • Catalog Number: 62
  • Sales rank: 67,107

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [Untitled Track] (0:25)
  2. 2 It's Love - Misty Wizards (2:09)
  3. 3 Lady Margaret - Capes Of Good Hopes (2:37)
  4. 4 Land of Diana (2:57)
  5. 5 The Rake (2:02)
  6. 6 Flowers (3:18)
  7. 7 P.S. (Prognosis Stegnoisis) (3:11)
  8. 8 Baby Please Don't Go (3:05)
  9. 9 Haight Ashbury - Teddy & His Patches (2:51)
  10. 10 Evolution - Picture (4:22)
  11. 11 It Just Won't Be That Way - The Gurus (2:21)
  12. 12 Good Good Man - Mongrels (2:19)
  13. 13 More Than Me - The Wild Flowers (2:56)
  14. 14 This World (Is Closing in on Me) - Chris Carpenter (2:48)
  15. 15 Brink of Death - Childe Harold (3:30)
  16. 16 Fly - J.K. & Co. (4:39)
  17. 17 A Hundred Days & Nights - Masada (4:36)
  18. 18 And Then (2:43)
  19. 19 Look Straight Through You (2:19)
  20. 20 Thoughts of Yesterday (2:04)
  21. 21 Fifth Class Mail - The Chimps (4:24)
  22. 22 Waterfalls - Chris Carpenter (2:09)
  23. 23 The Far Side of Your Mind (2:50)
  24. 24 [Untitled Track] (7:44)
  25. 25 Venus 2038 - Rock Revival (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nico Organ
The 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
The 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
The Chimps Contributor
Jay Kaye Composer
Misty Wizards Engineer
Thomas A. Edison Electric Band Producer
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