Introspection

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It must be a good sign about the health of the reissue market in 2005 that Decca Records has put out this expanded reissue of Introspection by the End. A Surrey-spawned quintet whose roots went back to early-'60s British pop
ock, in support of vocalists like Dave Berry and John Leyton, the group achieved some modest notice in the press when it was taken under Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman's wing as producer. Their one and only album, Introspection was recorded during the rather disjointed Rolling Stones sessions for Their Satanic Majesties Request, which has only added to its mystique across the decades. It was a good psychedelic album ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It must be a good sign about the health of the reissue market in 2005 that Decca Records has put out this expanded reissue of Introspection by the End. A Surrey-spawned quintet whose roots went back to early-'60s British pop
ock, in support of vocalists like Dave Berry and John Leyton, the group achieved some modest notice in the press when it was taken under Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman's wing as producer. Their one and only album, Introspection was recorded during the rather disjointed Rolling Stones sessions for Their Satanic Majesties Request, which has only added to its mystique across the decades. It was a good psychedelic album in any case, but it was so much better a piece of psychedelic rock than what the Stones themselves delivered that it actually outshone the better-known group's efforts, at least among those rarefied few who actually got to hear Introspection. This re-release has a nice close sound that gives impact to the playing even as the ethereal backing vocals waft over the listener on "Dreamworld" and "Under the Rainbow," while the single "Shades of Orange" displays the same kind of mix of spacy lyrics and ballsy guitar work that the Stones achieved on "2000 Man," and is one of the best psychedelic rock mood pieces you can find. "Cardboard Watch" is similarly trippy and rocking all in one, without any awkward seams showing in the mix, and the two-part title track makes one think of an improved version of the Stones' own "We Love You." The sound is all up close and personal, crunchy guitar textures juxtaposed with trippy harmonies and decadent acid-laced lyrics. Even "Loving, Sacred Loving" works that balance out after its dangerously lightweight harpsichord-laced opening. The best moment here comes just ahead of the ending of the original album, with a harmony-based, minimalist rendition of "She Said Yeah" with sax/piano/drums accompaniment, which comes off vocally as almost the Manhattan Transfer version of the song next to the turbocharged version by the Stones from the middle of the decade. The spoken word interludes between the songs also come off as not too distant relatives of the carnival segment on Satanic Majesties. The original LP's contents have been rounded out with the punchier mono mixes of "Shades of Orange" and "Loving, Sacred Loving" from the accompanying single release, and a set of very full notes has been included detailing the band's history, before and after the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 042284411523
  • Catalog Number: 844115

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The End Primary Artist
Nicky Hopkins Harpsichord
Nick Graham Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Colin Griffin Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Terry Norman Taylor Guitar, Group Member
Jim Henderson Harmony
Dave Brown Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Gordon Smith Spiritual Advisor
Bill Wyman Composer, Original Album Producer
Glyn Johns Engineer
Peter Gosling Composer
Phil Smee CD Package Design
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